Hurricane Irma – Are You Prepared?

With the threat of Hurricane Irma approaching, it is critical that everyone prepares themselves and their loved ones for damage. As of today, the category 5 storm is racing at 175 MPH with reports of it being the “strongest Atlantic hurricane in 10 years.” If you’re in the projected path (and we at ECATTS just may be), it’s time to get ready.

Here are a few reminders of how to plan and also what not to do:

DO:

  1. Get your supplies:
  • Water
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Batteries & flashlights
  • Battery powered radio
  • Baby items (if applicable)
    • Food, diapers, formula, wipes, medications if needed, extra clothing
  • Pet supplies
    • Food, medicine, extra cage, leash, collars & tags, medical records
  • Cash
  • First Aid kit
  • Phone numbers and medical contacts
  • Paper products (toilet paper & towels)
  • Pack bags with important records & information if you need to leave your home quickly

2. Refill prescription medications

3. Make an evacuation plan (if you have any pets, make sure to find hotels that will            accept them beforehand)

Here’s link to read more about what to include in your supply kit: https://weather.com/safety/hurricane/news/things-to-get-during-hurricane-emergency-supply-run#/1

Do NOT:

  1. DON’T tape the windows – it does almost no good
  2. DON’T run a generator indoors – carbon monoxide emissions are deadly
  3. DON’T use a charcoal or gas grill indoors – carbon monoxide and fire risks are too great
  4. DON’T walk in flooded waters – alligators, snakes, downed power lines and sewage could be in the water
  5. DON’T stay after an evacuation is ordered – rescuers may not come in the height of the storm
  6. DON’T forget about your pets – they are part of your family too

 

Stay safe out there!

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Don’t Miss it: Solar Eclipse is Happening Today!

Today marks the first solar eclipse of the sun visible to the contiguous U.S. in more than three decades!

If you’re planning on witnessing this astronomical phenomenon, be sure to do it safely. Protect your eyes with proper eyewear (and no, regular sunglasses won’t cut it). Make sure the viewing glasses you use are labeled with the proper code: ISO 12312-2.

And if you can’t watch it in person, here’s a link for some live streaming options starting at 12 EDT: https://www.nasa.gov/eclipse2017

Enjoy!

Air Quality improves in the U.S.

A recent release from the EPA states that Air Quality continues to improve in the U.S. with the combined emissions of six key pollutants dropping by 73% in the last 46 years:

  • “Lead (3-month average) ↓99 percent
  • Carbon monoxide (8-hour) ↓ 77 percent
  • Sulfur dioxide (1-hour) ↓ 85 percent
  • Nitrogen dioxide (annual) ↓ 56 percent
  • Ground-level ozone (8-hour) ↓ 22 percent
  • Coarse Particulate Matter (24-hour) ↓ 39 percent and Fine Particulate Matter        (24-hour) ↓ 44 percent”

This significant progress to our air quality highlights the importance of the Clean Air Act and how education is essential to maintain a healthy environment.

ECATTS offers targeted environmental curriculum training and individual modules in Air/ Emissions, General Environmental Compliance and much more. Check out what ECATTS training can do for you now at: https://training.ecatts.com/ppCatalogAll?stateName=Select+a+state&state=

To view EPA’s full article, visit: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/air-quality-continues-improve-while-us-economy-continues-grow

March 3 is World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day 2017 is focused on encouraging youth around the world to rally together to address ongoing major threats to wildlife. This includes habitat change, over-exploitation or illicit trafficking.

“Governments, law makers, enforcement officers, customs officials and park rangers across every region are scaling up their efforts to protect wildlife. It is also up to every citizen, young and old, to protect wildlife and their habitats. We all have a role to play.” 

Participating in events and getting involved are great opportunities to help raise awareness and take action in order to be part of the solution.

Events near you and around the world: http://wildlifeday.org/content/events

EPA cites oil company for spill prevention and control violations

EPA cites Longview, WA, Oil company for spill prevention and control violations.The settlement agreement includes both fines and installation of an upgraded spill detection system.

“(Seattle) February 2, 2017 – EPA has settled with Wilson Oil Inc., (doing business as Wilcox & Flegel Oil Co.) for alleged Clean Water Act spill prevention violations at its Longview Terminal facility in Longview, Washington.

EPA determined after a 2015 inspection that the company had failed to implement an adequate Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan and lacked adequate secondary containment for large oil storage tanks in one of the Terminal’s tank farms. Since the inspection, the company constructed new secondary containment for that tank farm and upgraded their SPCC plan.

As part of the settlement, the Company will pay a $44,069 civil penalty and will implement a Supplemental Environmental Project worth approximately $125,000.”

Don’t wait for a violation to take action. Get the training you need now to maintain compliance and keep yourself, your company and the environment safe.

ECATTS offers both SPCC training, as well as training in Environmental Laws and Liability, which includes the Clean Water Act and Pollution Prevention Act. Check out all of our available environmental and safety training courses for Contractors at: https://training.ecatts.com/ppCatalogAll.