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Resolve to Prepare Your Family for Emergencies in 2014

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There is no more important resolution to make than to renew our personal efforts to be sure our families are ready for whatever 2014 will bring. Everyone can do something to prepare for emergencies. Consider this: disasters can happen at any time, and families may not be together. Power could be lost, and cell phones may not work. Families should decide in advance what they will do. CLICK ON THE BANNER ABOVE TO LEARN MORE.

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Click here for information on OPEN BURNING in New Kent County and for a link to a downloadble/printable BURN PERMIT.

Find out why Debris Burning is the #1 Cause of Wildfires in Virginia and what you can do to minimize the risk when burning debris in New Kent County. Plan Ahead! If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.

New Kent Fire-Rescue
Building Our Organization One Member at a Time.

New Kent Fire-Rescue was established to provide all fire and emergency medical services to the residents of the county of New Kent, as well as services related to civilian safety and evacuation in disasters and emergencies. New Kent County takes pride in having a combined volunteer and career department that complements each others’ abilities and talents to best serve its residents. The following functions of our department continue to be the driving force in creating an organization with one mission: every decision results in improved service delivery to the customer.

  • Provide a safe environment in which our customers live and visit.
  • Minimize the threat of all disasters, including fire through awareness, preparation and mitigation.
  • Provide the highest quality of emergency medical treatment at the basic and advanced life support levels.
  • Take a proactive approach to developing relationships with our business community in the areas of fire prevention and education, economic development, and emergency preparedness.
  • Seek alternative funding methods to provide the maximum level of fiscal responsibility.
  • Safely provide aggressive response with trained personnel in all emergencies.
  • Provide a seamless integration of all emergency responders, focusing on Competency, Compassion, and Consistency.
  • Create a system that makes interoperability a standard practice.

 


Community Updates

VA Air Quality Forecasting by DEQ

VA Air Quality Forecasting by DEQ

Visit the DEQ Air Quality Forecasting webpage to view the current day’s forecast for metropolitan areas across the state. Once linked to that page, move your mouse pointer over the cells in the displayed Table for pop-up information and definitions. Move your mouse pointer over the AQI color key under the Table for pop-ups that provide additional information on each index rating: Good (green); Moderate (yellow); Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (orange); Unhealthy (red); Very Unhealthy (magenta); and Hazardous (dark red).

BE AWARE that during the hot and humid months of SUMMER pollutants, especially in and near large metropolitan areas, can impair daily air quality and lead to negative health effects for populations with breathing related issues, and in more extreme circumstances, even the general public.

Links to additional resources and information are available by moving your mouse pointer over the words in the grey navigation bar at the top of DEQ Air Quality Forecasting page.

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2014 Hurricane Season Preparedness

2014 Hurricane Season Preparedness

History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

NOAA National Hurricane Center Hurricane Preparedness Week 2014

This year NOAA has divided Hurricane Preparedness Week into five topics; Overview, Hurricane Hazards (Storm Surge, Winds, Inland Flooding), Forecast, Prepare, and Act.  For each topic point they have created an informational video all of which are posted to YouTube.  The following links will allow you to watch the video on each days topic.  The links are also available from the National Hurricane Center site link above. 

Sunday, May 25: Hurricane Basics  |  Monday, May 26: Storm Surge  |  Tuesday, May 27: Winds  |  Wednesday, May 28: Inland Flooding  |  Thursday, May 29: Forecast Process  |  Friday, May 30: Get a Plan  |  Saturday May 31: Take Action

NOAA Hurricane Preparedness – Watches & Warnings

NOAA Hurricane Preparedness – BE READY

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Follow VDEM on Facebook

Follow VDEM on Facebook

Follow the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) on facebook to stay connected and informed about emergency situations and related information and notices affecting all parts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, including New Kent County, the Richmond Metropolitan Area and Surrounding Counties as well as Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach.

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2014 Resolve to Be Ready

2014 Resolve to Be Ready

Online Resources to Learn More Information

→ FEMA’s Resolve to Be Ready campaign webpage
To learn about these tools in Spanish: Propóngase estar listo en el año 2014
→ FEMA’s Resolve to Be Ready online PDF template “Family Communication”; a form-fillable/printable document for recording important relevent family member contact information
→ FEMA’s Resolve to Be Ready “Emergency Checklist” (printable PDF)

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FireSafe Family VA App

FireSafe Family VA App

ANNOUNCING!
FireSafe Family VA presented by Virginia’s Department of Fire Programs

A new home fire safety mobile application available as a free download for your iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices. Download your free copy today!

Use the links below for more information:

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Heat Safety

Heat Safety

Heat is one of the leading weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year.  Use the following weblinks to learn more about the dangers of extreme heat and steps you can take to stay safe when working and playing in our summer weather.

National Weather Service; HEAT: A Major Killer

FEMA’s Ready.gov website:  EXTREME HEAT

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New Kent adds CodeRED® Emergency Notification Service

New Kent adds CodeRED® Emergency Notification Service

Register today for New Kent County’s rapid emergency notification system to be, and keep, informed in the event of a weather-related emergency, a missing child alert or any other emergency situation affecting/impacting our area. Registering your contact information takes little time and can be done securely from New Kent’s Community Notification Enrollment webpage. With the 2013 tornado season already very active and the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season just now starting, be proactive and enroll in CodeRED® to ensure you’re in the know when an emergency strikes.

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Ready Virginia Mobile App

Ready Virginia Mobile App

Be Mobile Ready

The Ready Virginia mobile app, created by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management is an interactive tool that makes it easier than ever to be prepared for emergencies.  The free app for iPhone® and Android™ devices provides emergency planning and guidance and other robust features not previously available in any mobile application.

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Become a Volunteer in 2014

Become a Volunteer in 2014

Volunteer Orientation Information

Interested in volunteering with New Kent Fire-Rescue Fire?  Fill out a Volunteer Application and then join us at our monthly orientation.

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Are You Ready?

Are You Ready?

September is National Preparedness Month. Pledge to Prepare by joining the National Preparedness Coalition now! Empower yourself and help coordinate preparedness activities for your family, neighbors and co-workers, and those with whom you may study or worship.

Additional resources include the ReadyVA and Ready.gov websites

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FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS

FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS

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Please read these important tips to keep you, your families, and your neighbors safe, this 4th of July.

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Tornado Preparedness

Tornado Preparedness

No part of Virginia is immune from tornadoes. They can hit at any time of the year and at any time of the day. Be Ready… Have a Plan… Be Safe!  Click on these links for valuable information:  Stay Informed  |  Preparing for Tornadoes  |  Make a Plan  |  Disaster Supply Kit

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New Kent Fire-Rescue
PO Box 209
New Kent, Virginia 23124
Phone: (804)966-9618
Fax: (804)966-2903