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Oktibbeha Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services (OSERVS) is hosting a Vitalant blood drive on Thursday, April 11 from NOON to 5:00 pm @ 501 Highway 12 West in Starkville (Synergetics Building). You will easily spot the two bloodmobiles in the parking lot.
In order to save lives, the national blood supply must be ready to cover for everyday needs and unexpected disasters and tragedies. Please help Starkville be prepared by signing up online to donate.
Click the bloodhero link below to schedule your appointment. If you prefer, call Branson Strawderman at 662-384-2200, or call or text Hildred Deese at 662-341-0287, and they will be happy to make the appointment for you.
OSERVS and Vitalant appreciate your blood and so do the people whose lives are saved by your donation! Thanks for being a Blood Hero on April 11.
OSERVS holds monthly American Heart Association CPR certification classes. These classes are held periodically each month. Classes will accommodate a maximum of 8 students. All students must preregister by coming in or by calling 662-384-2200, or calling Hildred Deese at 662-341-0287. OSERVS is located at 501 Highway 12 West Suite 130 in the Synergetics Building.
The classes will be taught by American Heart Association Instructor Hildred Deese or Vanessa Wilson.
Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States, with direct property loss due to home fires estimated at $7.3 billion annually. Home fires can be prevented!
To protect yourself, it is important to understand the basic characteristics of fire. Fire spreads quickly; there is no time to gather valuables or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.
Heat and smoke from fire can be more dangerous than the flames. Inhaling the super-hot air can sear your lungs. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Instead of being awakened by a fire, you may fall into a deeper sleep. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.
Every day Americans experience the horror of fire but most people don't understand fire.
Fire is FAST!
There is little time! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames. Most deadly fires occur in the home when people are asleep. If you wake up to a fire, you won't have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape.
Fire is HOT!
Heat is more threatening than flames. A fire's heat alone can kill. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs. This heat can melt clothes to your skin. In five minutes, a room can get so hot that everything in it ignites at once: this is called flashover.
Fire is DARK!
Fire isn't bright, it's pitch black. Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness. If you wake up to a fire you may be blinded, disoriented and unable to find your way around the home you've lived in for years.
Fire is DEADLY!
Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill. Breathing even small amounts of smoke and toxic gases can make you drowsy, disoriented and short of breath. The odorless, colorless fumes can lull you into a deep sleep before the flames reach your door. You may not wake up in time to escape.
Only when we know the true nature of fire can we prepare our families and ourselves.
Before a Fire
In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly.
Twice each year, practice your home fire escape plan. Some tips to consider when preparing this plan include:
Kim Walters and Girl Scout Troop 320 presenting blankets to Jesse McDonald, OSERVS Board Chair. These blankets will used by OSERVS volunteers to give to fire victims and victims of other disasters.
Come see us at our new location 501 Highway 12 West, Suite 130
The purpose of OSERVS shall be to work in conjunction with city officials, county officials, the Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Agency, and the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security to provide training opportunities for the public in disaster preparedness and response. OSERVS also works in coordination with Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), helping to ensure effective response when emergency and disaster situations arise.
Services provided by OSERVS are offered without regard to race/ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, or age.