Lincoln County has joined the Environmental Protection Agency in declaring January 2015 as National Radon Action Month. Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water. Radon is a form of ionizing radiation and a proven carcinogen. Lincoln County is listed on the EPA web site as Zone 1, which is an area of highest potential for radon exposure in buildings. In Zone 1 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 picocuries per liter. A curie is a measurement of radioactive decay. A picocurie is a very small amount of such decay. For example, if the entire planet Earth was considered to be one curie, a picocurie would be the size of a grain of sand. For more information on Radon, visit our Radon Action Month web page.
The flooding and resulting damage on September 9 2014, caused an unexpected impact to Lincoln County residents. I am sure most of the residents experienced some inconveniences due to power outages, cell phone outages and internet outages - not to mention the huge traffic jam that filled our rural county roads in early September. Were you prepared for lack of services? Do you have an emergency plan and emergency kits? Are you ready if there is an extended power outage? What if it lasts for days instead of hours? We are pretty self-reliant here in Lincoln County and we help others when we see a need. Become prepared now so that you and your family can be safe and self-reliant and even reach out a helping hand to others when an emergency occurs.
- Create an emergency kit
- Ready.gov - How to prepare for emegencies
- A Citizens Guide to Emergency Preparedness
NOTICE: There is a new requirement for local burning permits when burning within Lincoln County. For more information please review the new burning permit web page.
Home Safety: There are many causes of fires around the home that we often overlook. The challenge is in identifying those potential risks and taking steps to address them. The home safety web page offer information on several areas of home and family safety.
There have been several small earthquakes recorded around Pioche. While these tremors are generally too small for us to feel, it is a good idea to review safety information concerning earthquake emergencies.
CodeRed: Lincoln County has instituted a new rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED®. This system uses a database of individual and business telephone numbers and addresses to contact residents in case of emergency. If you want to add your address and contact information for emergency notifications, please register with the code red database. The database is secure and confidential. Your personal information will only be used for emergency notifications.
Reduce the Fuels - Reduce the Risk - Letter from the Nevada State Fire Marshall
Living with Wildfire - This web site is sponsored by several state and federal agencies that have responsibilities for wildfire. It has important and useful information for homeowners and communities on what we can do to be aware of dangers and make our homes and communities safer from the dangers of wildfire. There are also blogs and Facebook comments concerning wildfire available on this web site.
The on-line encyclopedia Wikipedia defines emergency management (or disaster management) as the discipline of dealing with and avoiding risks. It is a discipline that involves preparing for disaster before it occurs, disaster response as well as supporting, and rebuilding society after natural or human-made disasters have occurred. In general, any emergency management is the continuous process by which all individuals, groups, and communities manage hazards in an effort to avoid or ameliorate the impact of disasters resulting from the hazards.
Smoke Detectors - What do you have in your home?
Did you know there are two types of smoke detectors? There is one for hot fires that put out smoke with high ionization and a separate kind for cooler smoldering fires that put out a lot of smoke with little or no heat or ionization. Ninety percent of homes in the United States use only the ionization detector, which will not go off in time to do much good if the fire is the cooler smoldering type. Read more about smoke detectors and watch a video clip from the NBC Today show concerning this very important topic on our smoke detectors web page. Then check to see what you have in your home and upgrade your smoke alarms if needed.
Wildfire Survival - It takes a Community. You Can Make a Difference!
The Living With Fire web site has useful information to help Nevadans live more safely with the threat of wildfire. The Bureau of Land Management Fire Assistance web site has information about community assistance available to educate and prepare its citizens to live safely in the areas where wildland and urban areas meet.
Fires are one of the primary causes of home injuries and fire hazards exist in nearly every room. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, approximately two-thirds of the fire-related home deaths occur because they either didn't have smoke alarms or they weren't working. Install at least one smoke detector outside every bedroom and on every level of your home. Check the batteries monthly and replace them at least once a year. Read more...
Letter of Promulgation - This letter officially notifies all citizens of the existence of the Lincoln County Emergency Operations Plan.
Do you and your family have an emergency response plan and an emergency kit? Read more...
Lincoln County has instituted a new rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED®. This system uses a database of individual and business telephone numbers and addresses to contact residents in case of emergency. If you want to add your address and contact information for emergency notifications, please register with the code red database. The database is secure and confidential. Your personal information will only be used for emergency notifications.