Run Report

Year         Total Calls for Service YTD            Fire Calls                   EMS Calls
2014                2088                                                569                            1519
2013                1937                                                401                            1536

Statewide Tornado Drill March 3, 2015

The National Weather Service, the State Emergency Management Agency, Missouri's local emergency management offices, Eureka Fire Protection District and Eureka Police urge Missourians to use Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 2-7, as an opportunity to plan and prepare for how they will react and shelter in response to severe weather. Missouri will conduct the 40th annual Statewide Tornado Drill on Tuesday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. If severe weather is in the forecast on March 3, the drill will be moved to Thursday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m.

Missouri's Stormaware.mo.gov website includes detailed videos showing how to take shelter in  specific types of buildings-houses with and without basements, mobile homes, schools-and  important information about tornado sirens and weather alert radios. The site also includes links to free severe weather texting services that can alert people across Missouri to upcoming severe weather.

"Severe Weather Awareness Week is a perfect opportunity for schools, families and businesses to revisit what they will do if severe weather hits while at school, home or work," said State Emergency Management Agency Director Donald L. King. "As we all know, tornadoes are a common threat across Missouri, and advance planning and preparation for what you will do when a warning is issued are essential to reacting quickly and sheltering properly."

On March 5, Missouri outdoor warning sirens and weather alert radios will sound, indicating Missourians should seek shelter during the statewide tornado drill. The safest shelter location is the basement or an interior room in the lowest level of a building. The drill is complete once everyone is accounted for in the designated shelters.

The National Weather Service provides safety tips and educational information about each day of Severe Weather Awareness Week on the St. Louis Forecast Office site: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=severeweek  (Monday, Preparedness Day; Tuesday, Tornado Safety Day; Wednesday, Flash Flood Safety Day; Thursday, Severe Thunderstorm Day; Friday, NOAA Weather Radio Day).

Remember:
*         Tornado watch means watch the sky. A tornado may form during a thunderstorm.
*         Tornado warning means seek shelter immediately.
*         An interior room without windows on the lowest floor is the safest shelter location.
*         Do not seek shelter in a cafeteria, gymnasium or other large open room because the roof might collapse.  
*         Immediately leave a mobile home to seek shelter in a nearby building.  
*         Overpasses are not safe. An overpass' under-the-girder-type construction can cause a dangerous wind tunnel effect.
*         If you are driving, you should stop and take shelter in a nearby building.
*         If you are driving in a rural area, seek shelter in a roadside ditch. Protect yourself from flying debris by covering your head with your arms, a coat or a blanket. Be prepared to move quickly in case the ditch fills with water
*         Never drive into standing water. It can take less than six inches of fast moving water to make a slow moving car float.  Once floating, a vehicle can overturn and sink.   

Helpful websites:  
*         NWS - St. Louis, Spring Weather Campaign: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx/?n=preparedness
*         NWS - Springfield, Spring Weather Campaign features coloring books, pamphlets and videos: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/sgf/?n=floodawarenessweek
*         NWS - Springfield, Driver safety for flash flood and low water crossing information:
*         http://www.crh.noaa.gov/sgf/?n=ffrap_index  and http://www.crh.noaa.gov/sgf/?n=ffrap_lwc
*         Missouri Department of Transportation Travelers Map: http://www.modot.mo.gov/
*         Missouri's Ready In 3 program: http://www.dhss.mo.gov/Ready_in_3/
*         FEMA's Animals in Emergencies for Pet Owners DVD: http://www.fema.gov/individual/animals.shtm.
*         Missouri Storm Aware: http://stormaware.mo.gov
 
 
 
Eureka Firefighters and Police Officers will visit all the Schools in Eureka to assist with the drills.
 
 

8th Annual Eureka Chamber Garage Sale/Swap Meet

Flyer Dowload

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.

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.

You’re Stranded, Now What?

Some parts of the country experience extreme winter weather including blizzards. If a blizzard traps you in your car, do you know how to survive?

Taking the following steps can help you stay safe until you are found:

  • Don’t walk around in the snow to look for help. You might lose your way or become exhausted;
  • Remember to occasionally check your tailpipe to make sure it’s free of snow.  Clean the pipe to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning when the engine is running.
  • Keep yourself moving! A car offers very little room, but exercise is essential; and
  • Make the car visible for a rescue! Hang bright colored cloth or plastic from the windows. If the snow has stopped falling, open the hood of the car as a signal of distress.

If you have a cell phone call 911 to ask for help. Do not hang up until you know whom you have spoken with and what will happen next. You can also sign up for wireless emergency alerts before you travel to receive life-saving alerts wherever you are.

Items found in your vehicle emergency supply kit can assist you until help arrives. Take a look at this video from The Weather Channel showing how to prepare your winter car supply kit, including items you may not think of.

Heating Safety

 There is something about the winter months and curling up
with a good book by the fireplace. But did you know that heating
equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths? With a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening
.

 

FACT

Half of home heating fires are reported during the months of 
December, January, and February.

 

Heating Equipment Smarts

Install wood burning stoves following
manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the
installation. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented
to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

 If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the
appliance. Leave the home immediately
and call your local fire department or gas company.

 
Have a three-foot “kid-free zone”
around open fires and space heaters.
 
Never use your oven to heat your home.
 
Have heating equipment and chimneys
inspected every year by a qualified professional.
 
Have a qualified professional install stationary
space heating equipment, water heaters or central
heating equipment according to the local codes
and manufacturer’s instructions.
 
Remember to turn portable heaters off when
leaving the room or going to bed.
 
Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the
manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
 
Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop
sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be
cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep
the container a safe distance away from your home.
 
Test smoke alarms monthly!

 

March is Severe Weather Prepardness Month

The Month of March is Severe Weather Prepardness Month

During the month of March Eureka Fire District residents are encourgaed to review precautions an plans in the event of severe weather. During a severe weather event, tune to local radio and TV brodcasts for warning areas. Consider purchasing a weather radio. If outside and you hear the warning sirens going off, go inside seek shelter and listen to local brodcasts.
 
March 2-7, 2015 is Severe Weather Awarenes Week.
March 4th at 1:30 pm will be the Statewide Tornado Drill
 
City of Eureka Resients and Jefferson County Residents can enroll for the Code Red Program for notfication to your home or cell phone.
 
 
 
 
TORNADO WATCH means watch the sky! TORNADO WARNING means seek shelter immediately.
 
SHELTER: Immediately go to an interior room with NO windows on the lowest possible floor. If you are at school or work DO NOT GO to a cafeteria, gymnasium or large interior open space because the roof might collapse. 
 
LEAVE MOBILE HOMES IMMEDIATELY -- seek shelter in a nearby building or in a ditch. 
 
DRIVING: Take shelter in a nearby building, in a ditch or low-lying area away from your car. If you are outside, remember to cover your head with your arms, coat or blanket to protect yourself from flying debris watch for flash flooding. Never try to out drive a tornado.
 
OVERPASSES are NOT Safe -- An overpass’s under-the-girder-type construction can cause a dangerous wind tunnel effect. This may cause the winds to be stronger and more focused underneath. This can also cause the overpass to be a collector of debris.
 
 
FLASH FLOODING OR WATER ON THE ROAD: During a thunderstorm, low-lying areas are prone to flash flooding. Never drive into water on the road. If your car stalls, get out of your car immediately and seek higher ground. It takes less than two feet of water to make your car float. Once floating downstream, your car can overturn trapping you inside. 

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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

 

Mourning Loss of FF/EMT-P Greg Light

The Family, Friends, Officers, Chiefs, Staff and Board of Directors of Eureka Fire Protection District would like to express our sincerest  appreciation to the citizens and businesses of our Fire District and Entire Community, as well as to all of our brothers and sisters in all emergency services for the innumerable expressions of sympathy and kindness shown to us and the family of Firefighter Greg Light in the past weeks.

Thank You All So Much!!

 

Donations for the Greg Light Family can be sent to: Responder Rescue

Checks should be made out to: Responder Rescue in care of the Greg Light Family

                                                           

                                                           Responder Rescue                          
                                                            3711 Mexico Rd
                                                            St. Charles, MO 63303
                                                            314-627-0700

                                                  http://www.responderrescue.org/

 

Eureka Fire District has produced a commemorative Challenge Coin remembering Greg Light.

Proceeds from this coin will be put in the “Greg Light Family Fund “with Responder Rescue.

The cost of the coin is $5. You can get coins at the Eureka Fire Protection District Administrative office M-F 0800-1630 or contact Greg Brown, Shawn Merry, Kyle Brown or Scott Kavanagh. If you have any questions call 636-938-5505.

Or you can contact us at the “Contact Us” link on the EFPD web page,  http://www.efpd.org/contacts.php

 
 
 

Food Safety During Blackouts

Loss of power can jeopardize the safety of the food stored in your home refrigerator or freezer. In the event of a blackout, do you know how to determine if your food is safe to eat? The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers tips to minimize the potential loss of food and lower the risk of foodborne illness.

Before a blackout:

  • Gather an emergency supply of shelf-stable food, packaged foods, boxed or canned milk, bottle water, and canned goods;
  • Have coolers and frozen gel packs on hand to keep refrigerated food cold if the power goes out longer than four hours; and
  • Keep freezer items close together—this helps the food stay cold longer.

Bacteria in food grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The USDA instructs setting your refrigerator at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If the power is out for less than four hours and the refrigerator door is kept closed, your food should be safe.

Following a blackout:

  • Discard any perishable food items such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and leftovers that have been exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more;
  • Use a food thermometer to test the temperature of food – never taste it!  You can’t rely on appearance and odor to determine whether food is safe; and
  • Discard any items in the refrigerator that have come into contact with raw meat, seafood, or poultry juices.

Power outages can occur anywhere at any time of the year. Make sure you and your family are prepared and know what to do to avoid getting sick.