The UAB Department of Occupational Health & Safety's mission is to ensure that our customers have a safe workplace by providing them with the service and knowledge necessary to protect themselves, the UAB community, and the environment.

Hurricane Preparedness

During the hurricane season, our concern in the Birmingham area is not storm surge but rather the effects of tornadoes as they make landfall.

Each year as hurricanes impact the coastal communities directly with storm surge, flooding, and high winds, inland communities such as Birmingham and surrounding areas face spin-off tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, lightning, and flooding. People are killed and lives are changed forever due to the effects of hurricanes on inland communities.

Hurricanes can create a situation whereby your power is cut off and drinking water contaminated. They can also create a scenario that would force you to evacuate your home and community. Emergency workers may not be able to access your community if it were to be impacted by the effects of hurricanes.

Are you prepared for these types of stressful events? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has prepared a list of tips to help people prepare for hurricanes and aid in their awareness. The same information can be used to prepare for other emergency response events.

NOAA: Hurricane Preparedness - Be Ready

Your house is clean, but is it safe?

Be smart about using, storing, and disposing household products.

According to the EPA, the average home can have as much as 100 pounds of environmentally harmful products stored in various areas.

Always:
  • Read the label
  • Keep products in original containers & stored safely away from children and pets
  • Dispose of household products safely
  • Try alternative products when available
Never:
  • Pour harmful household products down a sink, toilet, or bathtub drain unless they're made for that purpose
  • Pour products like used oil or bug killer on the ground or into storm drains
  • Store leftover products in food or beverage containers
For more helpful tips, visit the EPA's Household Hazardous Waste page and their household products brochure.

Heat Safety: Check the backseat

Keep your children and pets safe during the summer heat.
  • Never leave your child or pet unattended in a car, even with the windows rolled down.
  • Always make sure all children & pets have left the car. Never leave a sleeping infant in the car.
  • Make sure safety restraints aren't too hot before securing your child.

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For more information regarding heat risk: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/