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City of Jackson urges you to take precautions ahead of storms

Due to inclement weather and hazardous traveling conditions, non-essential City of Jackson employees are permitted to leave at 2 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014.

Employees in the Police Department, Fire Department, Public Works Department, Parks and Recreation Department, and those individuals designated as part of the emergency management team are considered as essential employees and are not being dismissed. Therefore, the Department Directors should make the determination of which employees within these essential units may be dismissed.

The National Weather Service has warned of severe weather moving into the Jackson area, beginning around 2 p.m. The City of Jackson is encouraging all employees and city residents to be aware of the approaching weather and to take precautions. Please make sure those who live with you and are currently at home also take safety precautions ahead of the storm system.

The city has begun mobilizing and reviewing action plans.

Here are some preparedness tips:

• Build an emergency kit – including food, water and supplies – and make a family communications plan.

• Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.

• Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.

• Postpone outdoor activities.

• Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.

• Get inside a home, building or hard top automobile. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.

• Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.

• Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.

• Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

(Source: www.ready.gov )

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