Run Report

Year         Total Calls for Service YTD            Fire Calls                   EMS Calls
2016                2391                                              618                                1773
2015                2239                                              860                                1379
2014                2088                                              569                                1519
 

February Is Earthquake Awareness Month In Missouri

 When most of us think of earthquakes, we do not usually think of Missouri – yet – February is “Earthquake Awareness Month” in Missouri. February has been chosen as a time to focus on the earthquake risk we face here in the state as well as to remember the “Great New Madrid Earthquake’ that occurred back in 1811-1812. During the month information about earthquakes in the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ) will be made available to Missourians from a variety of sources

 
 
EFPD_EQ_Pic.jpgOn December 16, 1811, the first of these quakes struck what is now the location of Memphis, Tennessee at a level nine intensity. The impacts were felt as far away as Washington, D.C. and Ohio. By the time the final quake occurred on February 7, 1812, in New Madrid, Missouri, the shaking had forced sand to erupt at the surface, triggered landslides, and caused ground elevation changes over large areas.
 
 
 
 
The Great New Madrid Earthquake was actually a series of over 2000 shocks in five months, some of 7.6 intensity and five of which were 8.0 or more in magnitude. Eighteen of these rang church bells on the Eastern seaboard. The very land itself was destroyed in the Missouri Bootheel, making it unfit even for farming for many years. It was the largest burst of seismic energy east of the Rocky Mountains in the history of the U.S. and was several times larger than the San Francisco quake of 1906.
 
A major earthquake centered in the New Madrid seismic zone potentially is one of the most serious natural hazard threats facing the state of Missouri. Experts mostly agree that it is not a matter of if a significant earthquake occurring, but rather it is a matter of how soon one will happen.
 
300px_NMSZBig.gifFor Missourians, earthquakes and other natural emergencies (disasters) are a reality. In order to deal with this situation, emergency preparedness must become a way of life. In the event of a major earthquake or disaster, freeways and surface streets may be impassable and public services could be interrupted or taxed beyond their limits. Therefore, everyone must know how to provide for their own needs for an extended period of time, whether at work, home, or on the road.
 
Our goal is to encourage you to prepare for a major disaster and to maintain that readiness. Part of becoming ready is having the necessary supplies. Earthquakes and major disasters, in our area, can happen at any time. They are not totally predictable. There may be long periods between disasters. This is why it is important to maintain fresh emergency supplies through rotation of older stock into daily use. The quality of life and the potential for survival are greatly increased by being prepared.
 

Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) press release

Staying Safe When Outdoors, Cold Weather

Many of us are entering the coldest time of the year. Cold temperatures make your body lose heat faster than it can be produced. This condition results in abnormally low body temperature, also known as hypothermia.
Hypothermia affects the brain, leaving the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This inability makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it’s happening. Victims of hypothermia are often:
  • Seniors with inadequate heating, food or clothing;
  • Babies sleeping in cold rooms; and
  • People who remain outdoors for long periods like the homeless, hikers or hunters.
 
In extreme cold, make outside trips as brief as possible to protect your health and safety. However, if you must be outside take a few special precautions:
  • Dress warmly and in layers.  A waterproof jacket will help you stay warm and dry if it starts to snow;
  • Work slowly if you have to do heavy outdoor chores; and
  • Notify friends and family where you will be before you go hiking, camping or skiing.
Do not ignore shivering. It is an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Learn the other signs of hypothermia and how to care for someone who may be suffering from it before your next outdoor winter excursion.

Eureka CERT Annual Equipment Check

Eureka CERT
 
March 11, 2017 is the date for our annual equipment check, update your contact information and ID card updates.
You need to bring in your CERT backpack and ID cards for inventory and update ID cards.
0900-1200 at Eureka Fire District Training Center
 
 
Note: All Eureka CERT members, you must either attend or contact the Fire District or Police Department and let us know if you are planning to still participate in CERT. If not, we will be removing your name and contact information. We will also need you to bring back your CERT equipment
(Backpack and ID cards) if you are no longer participating.
 
Thanks to all of CERT Members for taking time to help out
 
 
Eureka Police Department 636-938-6600
 
2/4/17

Winter Road Rules

Driving in winter weather conditions can be hazardous especially in areas that receive a large amount of snow and ice. Unless an emergency has occurred, it’s always best to stay off the roads. If you must drive, allow yourself extra time to reach your destination and make sure your vehicle emergency kit contains the following items:

  • Road salt;
  • Emergency flares;
  • An ice scraper; and
  • A shovel.

While on the road, you should adjust your driving techniques to account for the slippery conditions. Follow these tips to ensure your safety and that of others:

  • Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you;
  • Do not use cruise control; and
  • Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges, or shady areas.

  In addition, it is important to give snow plows extra room. If you find yourself behind a snow plow, slow down and don’t crowd the plow! Remember to always pass on the left side.

For more winter driving tips, click on this animated snow globe from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration containing vital information.

Winter Care for Seniors

Winter is an especially important time to keep an eye on seniors to make sure they are living as safely as possible. In addition to cold weather, ice and snow, the winter season can bring health problems and injury to senior citizens. That’s why it’s important for relatives and friends to check in with their older adult family members, friends and neighbors. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Falls are a concern for seniors. Putting road salt, cat litter or sand on sidewalks, steps and driveways will make these areas as slip-free as possible. Seniors should also wear boots with non-skid soles to make a fall less likely to occur. Older adults, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure should leave snow shoveling to others. 

 

  • Cold temperatures make senior citizens susceptible to hypothermia, a dangerous drop in body temperature.  Older adults tend to produce less body heat than younger people and it’s hard for them to tell when the temperature is too low. Learn the warning signs of this weather related illness and how to prevent it.
  • Keep indoor temperatures no lower than 55 degrees. If going outdoors is necessary, dress in layers to stay warm. Wearing two or three thin layers of loose-fitting clothing is warmer than a single layer of thick clothing. 

It’s a good idea to check on elderly loved ones regularly or, if you live out of town, make arrangements for neighbors to check in and provide their number to call in an emergency. With your help, older adults can enjoy the winter months safely.

Memorial Pavers

 

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Red Shirt Friday

Red Shirt Friday – Support Our Troops

 
Eureka Fire District is showing our support for the troops overseas by wearing and selling Red Tee Shirts.
EFPD Staff have the option to wear these tee shirts on Fridays and encourage others to also participate.
We are selling shirts to support the troops and the profits are being donated to the FOCUS Marine Foundation (  https://focusmarinesfoundation.org/)
and the Special Forces Casualty Fund (http://www.stlouisgreenberets.com/index.html )
 
Shirts are available for purchase for $20.00 each at EFPD Station # 1, 4849 Highway 109, Eureka