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In regions of low humidity, the most common human response to extreme heat is dehydration. Exposed to direct sunlight and temperatures in excess of 90 degrees, a human can lose as much as half a gallon of water every ten minutes, and this dehydration can seriously interfere with one's internal thermostat.
If you are in the peak summer months, and the temperature and/or humidity has been unusually high for several days, anticipate an extreme heat emergency situation. Keep an eye on The Weather Channel to track the heat index and to get information on excessive heat potential. Although the threshold criteria may vary depending on the location, two kinds of alerts are generally issued.
Issued when the heat, or combination of heat and humidity, is expected to become an inconvenience for much of the population, and a problem for some.
Issued when the heat, or combination of heat and humidity, is expected to be dangerous for a large portion of the population.
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Do you know if you live in a lightning-prone area? Check the incidence of thunderstorms in your area by contacting an expert source. Check the business listing of your white pages.
For current conditions, watch The Weather Channel. Or check the severe weather alerts or the thunderstorm forecast map.
Lightning always accompanies thunderstorms, so your first line of defense is to keep an eye and ear to the sky.
Stu Ostro, a Senior Weather Specialist at The Weather Channel and Weather Ready's expert resource for meteorological science, urges an awareness of the swiftness with which thunderstorms can develop, and of lightning's capricious nature.
You can do a rough calculation this way:
For example, if you count nine seconds between the flash and the thunder, the lightning struck just under two miles away.
There are no watches or warnings issued for lightning per se.
Rocky Lopes, Disaster Services representative for the American Red Cross, offers the following advice. "It's important for people to realize that they and only they must be responsible for preparing for a thunderstorm."
Make certain that everything you need is in one specific, easy-to-access location. It must be readily available for you to simply grab when needed.
Check the incidence of lightning in your area by contacting an expert source like your local American Red Cross chapter or check the business listing of your white pages.
Determine your severe weather insurance eligibility now.
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Learn how to help in an emergency. Contact your local American Red Cross chapter for training in administering First Aid and CPR, and how to treat lightning shock.
Check your local weather forecast or tune into The Weather Channel before planning any boat trips, water-based, or outdoor events.
Develop a Family Preparedness Plan that includes the following:
If you plan to spend the day outdoors, look for a place to take shelter if weather turns bad.
If a thunderstorm threatens your area, you can monitor its progress by turning on The Weather Channel or tuning into your local weather forecast.
You observe and/or hear lightning and thunder, or thunderstorms are in the forecast.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect what should you do?
If you are at home, protect yourself and your family by following the safety tips below:
There are times when storms come up suddenly.
If you are away from home, protect yourself and your family by taking cover in the best shelter you can find.
After lightning has struck, there is nothing more important than seeing to the safety and needs of your loved ones. But sometimes people are afraid to touch a lightning victim.
Once lightning has struck a person or even an object, however, the person or object does not carry a charge and cannot harm you. Although lightning is electrical, it is not like a house current.
Lightning kills or injures hundreds of people every year, mainly because the victims are not aware of the danger they face.
Myths and misperceptions about lightning can add to the confusion.
It's important for people to know how frequently thunderstorms occur in their own areas because no state is exempt from this danger. Floridians, for example, should be aware their state has the highest incidence of lightning in the country.
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According to pandemic flu government website and the Minnesota Department of Health, a pandemic is a global disease outbreak. A flu pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges for which people have little or no immunity, and for which there is no vaccine. The disease spreads easily person-to-person, causes serious illness, and can sweep across the country and around the world in very short time.
It is difficult to predict when the next influenza pandemic will occur or how severe it will be. Wherever and whenever a pandemic starts, everyone around the world is at risk. Countries might, through measures such as border closures and travel restrictions, delay the arrival of the virus, but cannot stop it.
Health professionals are concerned that the continued spread of a highly pathogenic avian H5N1 virus across eastern Asia and other countries represents a significant threat to human health. The H5N1 virus has raised concerns about a potential human pandemic because:
In 1918, pandemic influenza spread across the country in less than a month. Now, in the era of international air travel, a new pandemic will probably spread even faster, reaching Minnesota quickly after it is identified. Since everyone in the country would be hit pandemic at about the same time, we shouldn't expect help from other states.
Many people will get sick, and some will die. We expect that around 25% or 30% of our population might get the disease over the course of several months, and around two % will die. People won't be able to come to work because they are sick, are caring for someone who is sick, or are scared they will get sick from others at work, so absenteeism rates may be very high. Services in your community, such as utilities, grocery stores, and public transportation may be disrupted. Schools may close.
Hospitals and clinics will be very full, and will be completely overwhelmed. Many people will be cared for at home. Others may get care at huge sites like the Metrodome.
Eventually, there will be a vaccine, but it will take months to be produced, and there won't be enough for everyone at first.
What You Can Do To Prepare for Pandemic page.
A fact sheet from the Minnesota Department of Health to help you prepare.
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The splash pad is open from 9am-9pm everyday from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Cost per night for a tent is $15 and for a camper $20.
One visit is $5.
Your best bet will always be an online mapping service such as Google Maps. We strive to provide useful location information on our website for all city-owned property, but in the event you are unable to find what you're looking for then don't hesitate to call or email. View the staff directory for a variety of contact information.
The Wi-Fi at Central Park is for use by campers. Check with the park attendant for connectivity information, or contact City Hall at 218-281-1232 during regular business hours.
Not at present. Campsites at Central Park are first-come-first-served.
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