The current extreme weather conditions are dangerous; yet public safety is always ready
Today’s post is written by Marie Salcedo, Marketing Manager for Public Safety at Kronos. Marie spends a great deal of time working with the public safety community and has high esteem for their day-to-day jobs. You’ll see this admiration reflected in the blog below.
During this time of year, I am always grateful for the specialized way that public safety operates and staffs its workforce to serve the community. The weather events occurring during this winter season are extreme. In fact, there were five weather related FEMA-declared disasters in the month of January alone. Temperatures are plummeting to unprecedented levels, breaking records across the U.S. and Canada, and bringing along heavy snowfall, rainfall, ice, gusty winds, and blizzards. But it’s not just extreme cold that’s occurring this winter, but also dry weather in some areas that are lacking normal rainfall and snowfall – leading to wildfires. Without a doubt, the weather this winter has been wild and erratic placing first responders in high demand.
For public safety, this extreme weather means one thing – danger. And the danger can last for several days, depending on the event. Whether it’s a superstorm or the unusually dry/warm weather out west, certain emergencies increase during winter time such as house fires due to improper or unsupervised heating sources, car/transportation accidents related to poor driving conditions, roof collapses from heavy loads of snow, as well as hypothermia and exhaustion caused by the extremely cold temperatures.
Given the number of emergency events that can happen during this time of year, first responders must be trained and ready to respond to just about anything. And thankfully they are. The fact that fire and police departments maintain the appropriate number of firefighters and police officers needed at all times to be able to serve the community depending on the nature of incident is vital to preservation protecting life and property. To know that firefighters certified in structural collapse are on duty should a roof give way to heavy snowfall or police officers certified in traffic safety procedures and first aid care are on patrol during icy driving conditions should give us great peace of mind, especially in light of all of the types of incidents that can occur during the wintertime.
Whether winter, summer, or fall, it seems that the extreme and volatile weather is the new normal. In light of this, I’m grateful that public safety agencies and first responders are ready for worst case situations with proven processes and specially trained personnel 24/7/365.