VA Medical Center Operating Normal During Heat Advisory

The Martinsburg VA Medical Center activated its Emergency Operations Center today in response to the ongoing extreme heat advisory and the powerful wind and rain storm last night. The medical center is operating under normal conditions at this time.

Martinsburg VA Medical Center patients who are without power and need oxygen supplies should contact Columbia Ancillary Services at 800-475-4425.

Veterans and members of the community are encouraged to seek cool locations and drink plenty of fluids. Cooling locations have been set up at the Martinsburg Mall, Hedgesville High School and all area volunteer fire departments EXCEPT Back Creek Valley.

Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the U.S. Heat-related illness results in hundreds of fatalities each year. On average, extreme heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. But what if you don’t understand what your weather professional is telling you?

The terminology used by local and national weather outlets and agencies provide guidance on weather events, but do we really know what the terms in the guidance mean? The Federal Emergency Management Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration websites provide an excellent starting point. Understanding the words and phrases used in warnings and alerts will help you begin to make choices and decisions truly focused on prevention and safety for you, loved ones, friends and co-workers.

Just like FEMA and NOAA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information vital in understanding and preventing heat-related illness. From preventing a heat-related health issue or recognizing when one exists, the extreme-heat information on the CDC website will help you keep everyone around you safe.

FEMA Site: http://www.ready.gov/heat
NOAA Site: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml
CDC Site: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide.asp

National Weather Service Site: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Martinsburg&state=WV&site=LWX&textField1=39.4603&textField2=-77.9693&e=1


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