Cobb Professional Fire Fighters IAFF L-2563

Cobb Professional Fire Fighters IAFF L-2563

  1. Hurricane season is here. Know how to protect yourself in case of a storm.
  2. Your fire fighters urge you to prepare for a hurricane by stocking supplies.
  3. The greatest potential for loss of life in a hurricane is from the storm surge.
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  5. Preparing for a hurricane can greatly help in preventing a tragedy during and after the storm.
  6. Most hurricane warnings are issued within 36 hours of the disaster, giving you time to prepare.
  7. During hurricane season, prepare a safety kit with flashlights, batteries, food, water and important documents.
  8. Consider purchasing a generator in case of a power outage in a hurricane.
  9. If you are evacuated from your home during a hurricane, do NOT return until officials say it is safe to do so.

Remember, the best way to enjoy fireworks and prevent injury is to watch a professional show. Some shows in the Cobb area include:

In Cobb County, GA you have several options:

In Acworth at Cauble Park, there will be a concert starting at 4 p.m.  The fireworks will start about 9:30 p.m.  The address is 2293 Beach Street, Acworth, GA.   

In Marietta, check them out at 4 Depot Street NE.  The Marietta Freedom Parade will be at 10 a.m. at Roswell Baptist Church and goes towards the Marietta Square.  There's a festival afterwards with food, arts, crafts and carnival. National Bell Ringing will be at 2 p.m.  The Parade Awards Ceremony is at 2:15 p.m.  The finale grande is the fireworks at dark. 

In Powder Springs, fireworks will be at the Historic Town Square in historic downtown Powder Springs.  Festivities begin at 4 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.

In Kennesaw, there will be a concert featuring Hotel California and fireworks on Sunday July 3, 2011 at the Depot in Downtown Kennesaw, 2828 Cherokee Street.   It opens at 6:00 p.m., the concert is at 8 p.m. and the Fireworks are at 9:30 p.m.

Local IAFF 2563 July 4th Public Safety Checklist

If you insist on setting off your own fireworks, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends taking these precautions. Local IAFF 2563 wants you and your family to be safe on the Fourth.

· Only buy fireworks from a licensed seller (not from someone on the street or from someone’s house)...
· Read and follow the directions on the fireworks before lighting them
· Have water handy in case of an emergency
· Only use fireworks in an open, outdoor area
· Light the fireworks on a hard surface and be cautious of any wind
· Have a designated person to set off the fireworks who avoids alcohol and does not wear loose clothing
· Make sure that the designated person wears safety goggles and close-toed shoes
· Do not alter or combine fireworks
· Aim the firework away from houses, dry leaves, flammable materials and people
· Never extend a body part over the devise
· Light one firework at a time
· Never relight a “dud” firework
· Wait 20 minutes after setting off the firework to approach it, and then soak it in water

Remember, the best way to enjoy fireworks and prevent injury is to watch a professional show.

Some shows in the Cobb area include:

In Acworth at Cauble Park, there will be a concert starting at 4 p.m. The fireworks will start about 9:30 p.m. The address is 2293 Beach Street, Acworth, GA.

In Marietta, check them out at 4 Depot Street NE. 

The Marietta Freedom Parade will be at 10 a.m. at Roswell Baptist Church and goes towards the Marietta Square. There's a festival afterwards with food, arts, crafts and carnival. National Bell Ringing will be at 2 p.m. The Parade Awards Ceremony is at 2:15 p.m. The finale grande is the fireworks at dark.

In Powder Springs, fireworks will be at the Historic Town Square in historic downtown Powder Springs. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.

In Kennesaw, there will be a concert featuring Hotel California and fireworks on Sunday July 3, 2011 at the Depot in Downtown Kennesaw, 2828 Cherokee Street. It opens at 6:00 p.m., the concert is at 8 p.m. and the Fireworks are at 9:30 p.m.

For more information about fireworks safety, visit

To check the legality of fireworks in your state, visit

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has issued a ban on open burning May 1 – September 30 of each year. Fifty-four counties in Georgia (including Cobb County) are affected. Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services is responsible for the enforcement of this state-issued burning ban in unincorporated Cobb County, and the cities of Acworth, Kennesaw, and Powder Springs.

From May 1 – September 30, you may not burn leaves, tree limbs, or other yard waste, forest land, or use air curtain destructors for land clearing.

PSA: Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteres

According to @NFPA, 2/3 of home fire deaths result from broken smoke alarms. Check yours when you change the clock! #IAFFSafetyTips
  • When adjusting for Daylight Saving Time, make sure you are always checking your smoke alarms! #IAFFSafetyTips
  • Your fire fighters encourage you to always test your smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time. #IAFFSafetyTips
  • Make sure to always replace your smoke alarm every 7-10 years. Don’t see a date? Replace it! #IAFFSafetyTips
  • Your fire fighters recommend you install a smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of bathrooms and on each floor of your home. Make sure you mount them high on walls or ceilings and near stairways. #IAFFSafetyTips
  • Testing your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will decrease your risk of getting carbon monoxide poisonous, which is often fatal. #IAFFSafetyTips
  • For best protection, interconnect all smoke alarms. When one alarm sounds, they all sound. #IAFFSafetyTips
  • Check your smoke alarms when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time​. Press and hold – you should hear a loud siren if it is good. #IAFFSafetyTips

A disaster can happen at a moment’s notice, leaving your family stranded and searching for a way out. It’s important to have a plan in place to know what to do and to be prepared when a disaster occurs.

Here are some basic info about what you need to start preparing for a disaster situation:

Food and Water:

  • At least one gallon of water per person per day for three days
  • Non-perishable food items (and rough expiration date)
    • Boxed potatoes (6 months)
    • Dry crackers (6 months)
    • Powdered milk (6 months)
    • Dried fruit (6 months)
    • Canned foods (1 year)
    • Peanut butter and jelly (1 year)
    • Cereals that are unopened (1 year)
    • Dried corn, pasta and rice (many years)
    • Coffee, tea and cocoa (many years)
    • Bouillon products (many years)
    • Beef jerky (many years)

Avoid these foods:

  • Foods that will deplete water in your body (caffeinated or highly salted foods)
  • Foods that expire quickly (fresh fruits and vegetables)
  • Foods that must be frozen or refrigerated
  • Foods that require a lot of prep
  • Foods with little nutritional value (candy, fruit snacks, chips)

Other Necessities:

  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit (see below)
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Emergency contact information
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Cash
  • Prescriptions

Red Cross Recommended First Aid Kit
Most ready-made, cheap first-aid kits to not even begin to cover what you may actually need and it is highly recommended that you create your own.

Here’s what the Red Cross recommends you have in a first aid kit for a family of four:

  • Absorbent compress dressings (2)
  • Adhesive bandages (25 or more)
  • Adhesive cloth tape (1 roll)
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic wipes or spray
  • Aspirin
  • Tweezers
  • Non-latex gloves
  • A blanket
  • Disposable thermometers
  • Instant cold compress
  • 3-inch-wide roller bandage
  • 4-inch-wide roller bandage
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Scissors
  • Breathing barrier for CPR
  • Triangular bandages
  • First aid instruction booklet
  • Hand sanitizer


  • A generator – Although costly, a generator can keep your home up and running if the emergency did not do structural damage to your home. This can buy you time while you wait for electricity to be restored.
  • An emergency weather radio – Make sure you know what is going on with the weather and any disaster recovery efforts with an emergency weather radio. Consider a hand-crank type, so you are protected even if you can’t get batteries. Look for one with a “public alert” feature.
  • Hand-crank emergency cell phone charger – Make sure you have a way to contact people, and keep the phone charged, with a hand-crank emergency cell phone charger.
  • Propane – If you have a lot of propane-powered items, consider keeping some extra propane on hand to keep them powered.

As you’re considering power for an emergency, know what to avoid as well. You probably won’t need:

  • Tons of batteries – Batteries have a limited shelf life. Consider buying a few, but relying on recharging generators for the majority of your needs. If you do add batteries to your emergency preparedness kit, make sure to check them regularly for signs of corrosion.
  • Anything that must plug in or relies on fuel – Electricity and fuel may be in short supply. Look for manually or solar-powered sources of power rather than those fueled by electricity or gas.


  • Tools for food – Make sure you have a manual can opener and utensils, preferably disposable, you can use to eat the food you have stashed.
  • Pocket knife – Make sure you can pry open items and cut through small debris with a pocket knife.
  • Scissors – They’re easy to forget about until you don’t have them, but make sure your emergency preparedness stash has some scissors.
  • Non-electric fan or heater – Protect your family in extreme weather, but make sure you can power the fan or heater you purchase.
  • Basic tool kit – You never know when you will need a wrench, hammer or screwdriver, so stash a small, high-quality tool kit in your emergency preparedness kit.
  • Rope – From rescues to tying down supplies, a rope is handy to have on hand.
  • Collapsible shovel – From digging latrines to digging out of rubble after an earthquake, a shovel can come in handy in an emergency.
  • Fixed-blade knife –Sometimes a pocket knife or scissors aren’t going to cut it, but a sturdy fixed-blade knife can get you through an emergency.
  • Tent – If you can’t stay in your home due to safety, a tent gives you some shelter.
  • Fire extinguisher – A dry chemical fire extinguisher can protect your home if fires pop up after an emergency.
  • Tarp – Use this to cover broken windows or holes in the roof.

For pets:

  • Get a Rescue Alert Sticker This easy-to-use sticker will let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers (we recommend placing it on or near your front door), and that it includes the types and number of pets in your home as well as the name and number of your veterinarian. If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write “EVACUATED” across the stickers.
  • Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. Note that not all shelters accept pets, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time. Contact your veterinarian for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities. Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets. Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets. Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.
  • Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification information. Your pet’s ID tag should contain his name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs. Be sure to also write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier.


Family Documents
Do you have all of the documents your family will need should you need to set up residence somewhere else temporarily, or, at worst, fleet the country? Yes, that may sound far fetched, but if the problems at home get bad enough, or your house is completely destroyed, will you have all of the necessary documents? Here are some you will want to have:

  • Birth certificates - Copies are fine, but have your birth certificates in the disaster preparedness kit to ensure you can prove who you are and where you are a citizen.
  • Marriage and divorce papers - These prove the marital status of the head of the household, and could be important in the future.
  • Adoption papers - If you have adopted a child, these are important to prove that the child is part of your family.
  • Social Security cards - Getting a new copy of your Social Security card takes time and may not be simple if your area is devastated in a natural disaster, so keep copies of the cards for all members of your household.
  • Passports and driver's license - If anyone in your family has a passport, make a copy of it. Also, copy all driver's licenses. These will provide a starting point for replacing these important forms of identification if they are lost in a tragedy.
  • Photographs of family and pets - Keep a recent photograph of all family members and pets so you can get help finding each other if you are separated.
  • Pet microchip numbers - If you have pets that are microchipped, keep a copy of the microchip tag number.

Why are these documents crucial? If you are involved in a natural disaster that is bad enough to destroy your home, all of these important documents will be destroyed along with your home. Should you need them again in the near future, you will be at the mercy of the office that issued them to get you copies. Having a copy of your own will help you be ahead of the curve as you get reestablished somewhere else.

Financial Documents

  • Tax information - Make a copy of the last year's tax returns, so you can prove your income should you need to. Also, make a copy of your personal and business property tax statements. Should you need to get a new loan or apply for assistance based on your income during your recovery period, you will need hits information.
  • Financial account numbers - Have copies of statements from all bank or credit union accounts you have, so you have access to the account number and the bank's contact information. Also, make copies of a credit or debit card statement for the same information. You want to be certain you have access to your money in the event of a disaster.
  • Income verification - In addition to the tax statements, have copies of recent pay stubs in your disaster kit so you can provide proof of income if needed.
  • Insurance information - All insurance policies you have, including life, car, homeowners and health insurance, should be copied and placed in your disaster prep kit. This will ensure you can get coverage or file a claim even when away from home.
  • Information about bills and obligations - If you have obligations, like mortgages, utility bills and loans, that you need to pay monthly, make a copy of the bill or statement to put into your disaster kit. This will ensure that you can access your account or the contact information to keep current with your payments.

Legal Documents
If your home burns down or is leveled in an earthquake, would you have to start all of your end-of-life planning from scratch? Here are some important legal documents to copy for your disaster preparedness kit.

  • Will - If you've crafted a last will and testament, put a copy of it into your disaster preparedness kit. If you have not created one, consider doing so immediately. This is the very minimum you need to have for a solid end-of-life plan.
  • Living will - A living will is a document outlining the medical treatments you wish to have or not have if you are seriously injured or suffer a terminal illness. The living will also names the individual who is allowed to make medical decisions when you can't do so for yourself. Have one of these made, and put it in your kit.
  • Power of Attorney - A power of attorney document provides someone with the power to act on your behalf for financial or legal concerns if you are not able to do so, such as if you are hospitalized in a coma. This should be part of your kit and your end-of-life plan.
  • Trust documents - If you have a trust, make sure you have copies of all of the documents relating to it.
  • Titles and deeds to property you own - From the car to your home, order copies of your titles and deeds, and place them in your disaster prep kit. Make sure these are actual copies from the appropriate government entity, not photocopies, so you can have legitimate proof of ownership.
  • Naturalization or citizenship documents - If you were not born in the United States, make sure you get a copy of your naturalization or citizenship papers for your disaster prep kit.

Medical Documents

  • Insurance information -  If you have medical insurance, put a copy of your policy numbers and your insurance card in your kit, so you can get the appropriate coverage in an emergency.
  • Immunization records - Keep the immunization records of your children and pets in this kit, so you know what they are protected against should you have to evacuate.
  • Allergy information - If anyone has serious allergies in your family, have a record of this information in your kit.
  • Medications list - If anyone in your family takes medications on a regular basis, list the medications, doses and the doctor who prescribed them, and put this in your kit. Don't forget to list medications for pets.

A “Go-Bag”

If you have to evacuate in an emergency, you aren’t going to have much time to hit the outdoor supply store and pack. One way to protect your family is to keep a go-bag packed for these events.

A go-bag is similar to your emergency preparedness kit, but on a smaller scale because you need to be able to grab and go when an evacuation is called. It will contain first aid items, tools and emergency power, among other things. This should be always packed and ready to grab at a moment’s notice.

If you’ve never packed a go-bag, figuring out what you need in it may feel overwhelming. Here are some tips on what to pack:

  • Flashlight with fresh batteries (check them regularly)
  • Emergency weather radio
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Spare batteries (check them regularly)
  • Emergency stash of cash in small denominations
  • Pocket knife
  • Butane lighter or matches
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and trial sizes of personal care items
  • Permanent market, tape and paper
  • Two to three bottles of water per person / per day
  • Non-perishable snack foods and a can opener
  • Extra house and vehicle keys
  • Food and water for pets
  • Change of clothing (consider changing climates)
  • Local maps (Internet-based maps and GPS service may be disrupted in an emergency)
  • Dust masks
  • Moist towelettes
  • Garbage bags
  • A small first aid kit
  • Infant formula and diapers (if needed)
  • Feminine supplies (if needed)

Most Importantly:


  • Be familiar with natural disaster risks in your community.
  • Consider how you will respond to emergencies that can happen anywhere, such as home fires and floods.
  • Consider how you will respond to emergencies that are unique to your region, such as volcanoes, tsunamis or tornadoes.
  • Think about emergencies that may require your family to shelter in place (such as a winter storm), vs. emergencies that may require evacuation (such as a hurricane).
  • Choose your meet-up place
  • Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person. It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service. Everyone should carry emergency contact information in writing and saved on their cell phones. Make sure places where your children spend time also have these contact numbers, like at school or daycare.
  • Your plan should account for family members who may live elsewhere during the year, such as members of the military on deployment or students away at college, or those who travel frequently.
  • Decide where you would go and what route you would take to get there.
  • Practice evacuating your home twice a year. Grab your emergency kit, just like you will in a real emergency, then drive your planned evacuation route. Plot alternate routes on your map in case roads are impassable. Make sure you have locations and maps saved on devices such as cell phones and GPS units and on paper.
  • Plan ahead for your pets. Keep a phone list of pet-friendly hotels/motels and animal shelters that are along your evacuation routes. Remember, if it’s not safe for you to stay home, it’s not safe for your pets either.

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