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.
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2021 Upcoming OSERVS Blood Drive Dates!
Blood collected at blood drives represents a large percentage of the nation’s blood supply. In this COVID-19 Pandemic, giving blood is something healthy people can do to help the sick and injured. Vitalant is taking extra precautions to sanitize surfaces, screen donors and keep those donating at any one time to a minimum. This drive is a Critical Care Event as identified by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. A low turnout could jeopardize the hospital patient care of those requiring a transfusion.
Sign up online for a specific donation time by following the directions below:
1. Go to bloodhero.com
2. Click on “Locate a Blood Drive”
3. Search by “Sponsor” and enter MSUOSERVS in “Code” box
4. Select the date/location
5. Select a convenient time for your appointment
Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or text Hildred Deese at 662-341-0287, and I will be happy to make the online appointment for you. Just list your name, email, cell number and preferred appointment time. I will respond with your confirmed blood donation time.
Thank you for committing to this most generous and life-changing way to save lives.
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
Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan
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:
- Find two ways to get out of each room.
- If the primary way is blocked by fire or smoke, you will need a second way out. A secondary route might be a window onto a neighboring roof or a collapsible ladder for escape from upper story windows.
- Only purchase collapsible ladders evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
- Make sure that windows are not stuck, screens can be taken out quickly, and that security bars can be properly opened.
- Practice feeling your way out of the house in the dark or with your eyes closed.
- Windows and doors with security bars must have quick release devices to allow them to be opened immediately in an emergency. Make sure everyone in the family understands and practices how to properly operate and open locked or barred doors and windows.
- Teach children not to hide from firefighters.
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.