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    Monthly Archives: September 2013

    • National Preparedness Month 2013 ends Today

      National Preparedness Series

      National Preparedness Month 2013 ends Today - What's next?
      We've spent the last 60 days focusing on preparedness, now what? Do we just forget about being ready for emergencies for the next 11 months?

      No - not at all, being ready for Disaster is a conscious and year round effort - you can do a little each month as discuss in our "Do 1 thing" post, and think about your situation all the time. Are you stocked up? Do you have a Plan? Do others know the Plan?

      Emergency Preparedness, too, is not just about Disaster Survival Supplies.

      Do you know CPR & First Aid? Host a CPR and First Aid Training at your location for your friends and family or co-workers. It's is not expensive, and even less so when you consider the value of a life saved. Tomorrow begins National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month...learn how to respond to saves lives when EMS or other "official" responders may not be around. Remember that in most cases, CPR only avoids permanent brain death, it doesn't usually actually "resuscitate" - your need an AED for that - apply for an AED Grant to make sure you can have one of these critical lifesaving devices available within a 3 minute round trip from a victim in need.

      You can Be a Hero! Become a National Preparedness Community Member You can Be a Hero! Become a National Preparedness Community Member

      Make sure you have a well stocked First Aid Kit and current First Aid Supplies - knowing First Aid is great - but when you don't have what you need to treat an injury, the knowledge falls short. Watch our Free First Aid Video to refresh your First Aid skills.

      Think about preparedness - at home, at work, on the road, and for kids - at school. Remember pets, parent, and anyone with special needs - be ready in mind, and be ready in need. Be the Hero.

    • Important Preparedness Steps

      National Preparedness Month Series

      With a full Month of Preparedness Planning and Events drawing to a close, we look back to see what we've done.

      We've offered Emergency Planning and advice, Tips for Sheltering in Place, Ideas for Family Safety and Pet Protection during Disasters, Ideas for Senior Readiness, Business Continuity, and even considerations for Individuals with special needs.

      Did we help? Are you more prepared to go it alone when disaster strikes?

      Are you more familiar with Prepper Jargon and Preparedness Principles? Did you join CERT? Did you stock up your Emergency Supplies?

      Here are some more ideas and info...

      Important Preparedness Steps

      Individuals

      The Citizen Corps National Survey revealed that as of 2009, only 57% of Americans surveyed report having supplies set aside in their homes just for disasters, and only 44% have a household emergency plan. National Preparedness Month serves to encourage individuals across the nation to take important preparedness steps including: getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, being informed about the different emergencies that may affect them, as well as taking the necessary steps to get trained and become engaged in community preparedness and response efforts.

      Businesses and Organizations

      How quickly a company is able to get back to business after a terrorist attack, a tornado, a fire, or a flood often depends on emergency planning and preparation done before the disaster strikes. The Ready Campaign highlights three steps to Business Disaster Preparedness:

      1. Plan to Stay in Business;
      2. Talk to Your People; and
      3. Protect Your Investment. These steps underscore how important it is for businesses to document their property/equipment, back up business-critical information, and put a response team in place.

      National Preparedness Month Coalition

      An organization can become a National Preparedness Month Coalition Member by agreeing to participate in a preparedness activity or event in the month of September. National Preparedness Month Coalition members have agreed to promote emergency preparedness through a variety of different ways. Members can sponsor events, coordinate Disaster Preparedness Days,create Disaster Checklists, assist with the creation of emergency kits and survival kits, along with many other Preparedness activities.

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    • Are you Ready? Expect the Unexpected - Survive & Thrive!

    • Your Emergency Preparedness Checklist - And More...

      National Preparedness Month Series

      Do you have an Emergency Plan? Do you have your Emergency Supply Checklist? Great! have you actually followed them and set up all the supplies you need, plans, and information required? Do it.

      Here are some Great Free Disaster Planning Resources:

      Family & Home

      Pet Owners 

      Kids

      Coloring Book

      Ready Kids In-School Materials Developed by Scholastic Inc.

      For more Ready Kids downloads, go to the Ready Kids publications page at www.ready.gov/kids/.

      Seniors 

      People with Disabilities

      Business

      Business Quadfold Brochure

      Ready Business Poster

      A full color poster with a brief description pertaining to business preparedness

      Business Continuity Plan

      • A business continuity plan that includes recovery strategies to overcome the disruption of business should be developed. Printer Friendly Web version with active input fields to enter information.

      Business Impact Analysis Worksheet

      • A business impact analysis (BIA) predicts the consequences of disruption of a business function and process and gathers information needed to develop recovery strategies. Printer Friendly Web version with active input fields to enter information.

      Continuity Resource Worksheet

      • Business continuity impact analysis identifies the effects resulting from disruption of business functions and processes. It also uses information to make decisions about recovery priorities and strategies. Printer Friendly Web version with active input fields to enter information.

      Emergency Response Plan

      • Plans to protect people, property and the environment should be developed. Plans should include evacuation, sheltering in place and lockdown as well as plans for other types of threats identified during the risk assessment. Printer Friendly Web version with active input fields to enter information.

      Emergency Response Plan Resources

      • Resources are needed for all phases of preparing your business including prevention/deterrence, mitigation, emergency response, business continuity, crisis communications and disaster recovery. Printer Friendly Web version with active input fields to enter information.

      Insurance Review Worksheet

      • Inadequate insurance coverage can lead to a major financial loss if your business is damaged, or operations are interrupted for a period of time. Printer Friendly Web version with active input fields to enter information.

      Program Coordinator Committee Worksheet

      • Key employees should be organized as a program committee that will assist in the development, implementation and maintenance of the preparedness program. Printer Friendly Web version with active input fields to enter information.

      Risk Assessment Table

      • Consider the different types of disasters that could impact your company and the likelihood that they might occur. Printer Friendly Web version with active input fields to enter information.
      American Red Cross Disaster & Emergency kits - American Red Cross 'Be Red Cross Ready' Personal Emergency Preparedness Kits and SmartPack with BackPack Kit. Also see American Red Cross First Aid Kits
      Empty First Aid, Emergency & Medical Trauma Bags - Waterproof Utility Pouch, Roll Up Sleeve, Backpacks, Fanny Packs and Hip bags, Sports Bags, Yellow Carry Case, Duffel on Wheels. Empty Bags & Cases.
      Auto Emergency Accessories - From Tire Gauges and emergency tire inflator kits to Emergency Reflecting Triangles, Fix-A-Flat & emergency Escape Window Punch, We have auto Emergency Strobes, Battery Jumper Cables & Traffic Cones. We even have emergency Travel Blankets to stay warm in a roadside emergency.
      Fire & Emergency Evacuation Gear and Supply - From Fire Axes and Fire Escape Ladders to Barricade “Caution” Tape, Fire Extinguishers, Fire Escape Masks and Kidde Digital Carbon & Fire Alarms - we've got your Emergency and Fire Evacuation Supplies in one easy location and at great prices!
      Roadside Emergency Kits for the Unexpected - Auto Survival Kits... From our AAA Severe Weather Road Kit to the Economy Road Warrior Kit, we offer a broad selection of Auto Emergency Kits like the Urban Warrior Kit, Mountain Road Warrior Kit & High Visibility Incident Unit.
      First Aid & Survival Kits, Outdoor Kits, Fanny Pack Kits, Travelers Aid, Outdoorsman First Aid Kit and the Roll & Go Survival Kits with First Aid Survival Components.
      CERT-Community Emergency Response Team Supplies - Our Certgear ranges from the C.E.R.T. Starter Set, CERT Action Response Unit & C.E.R.T. Deluxe Action Unit, to CERT Apparel and necessities such as Clipboards, C.E.R.T. Fieldbook, CERT Hard Hats & Helmets & even CERT Ponchos.
      Heater Meals - Self-heating nutrition! The complete take-out meal Oven included. A delicious, hot home-style meal, ready to eat in minutes, anytime, anywhere, at school, in doors, at work, outdoors, fishing, camping, boating, snowmobiling. Great tasting Meals come with Safe Self-Heating Technology in Every Box! Within minutes, enjoy a hot and hearty meal anytime anywhere. Includes 12oz entree; utensils, napkin, salt, pepper.
      Get the latest Prepper Tips, Disaster & Survival Information and more.. from Disaster & Survival Videos & Info blasts to articles from hard core preppers - check out the Disaster Survival Preparedness Blog
      Outdoor Survival Preparedness Supplies - From Sunscreen Creams and Towelettes to Insect Repellent, Redi-Wash Self Heating Washcloths and Outdoor Emergency Packs. Folding Shovels and Emergency Ponchos plus treatment for Poison Oak, Poison Ivy and Poison Sumac.
      Tools for Survival Preparedness: 80+ Emergency & Disaster Tools from Duct Tape to Work Gloves, Bungee Cords and ropes, Utility Knives and multi-function tools, Goggles, Kneepads, even playing cards, clipboards & Fire Alarms. See our sundry list of smart ideas for riding out a disaster.
      Survival Emergency Kits: Dogs, Cats & Even Horses! Illuminated Dog Collars & Leashes, Pet Safety Vests, Coleman Dog Tent & Pet Carriers. MediBags & First Aid DVDs for pets. Pet First Aid Guides and ID + More
      From Bull horns to Walkie Talkies and Radios, Our Emergency Communication Solutions include items such as Dynamo Crank & Solar LED Flashlights, Radio flashlight combinations, Walkie Talkies, Cell Phone Chargers, MegaPhones, Air horns, Whistles & even Stop Signs.
      Emergency Hygiene and Sanitary Supplies - Hygiene in a disaster Survival situation is not just Combs, TP and Soap (although we offer those too!) It means complete Personal Hygiene Kits, Sanitizers, Folding & Camping Toilets & Showers, Port-A-Potty Chemicals, Tissue, Travel Hygiene and more advanced group emergency sanitary needs like Solar Shower Units. Don't forget the Emergency Underpants!
      Disaster Preparedness Survival Food & Water rations, from our 1200, 2400 and 3600 Calorie Mayday Food Bars, to Water Barrels and Siphon Pump, 5 year shelf life Water in pouches and AquaBlox. We offer Heater Meals and Potable Aqua germicidal tablets - everything you need for nourishment and hydration in extreme circumstances.
      Search & Rescue Equipment - From our simple Search / Rescue Backpack to deluxe SAR Action units and Safety Vests, Clipboard, Body Bags & Neon Hats. We have all the Multi-Person Deluxe / Professional Rescue Kits and Backpacks here. SAR Gear for Urban and Wilderness Search & Rescue
      Disaster Emergency Preparedness Survival Kits... Basic & Personal Survival Kits & American Red Cross Emergency Kits. Our Survival Gear and Disaster Kits range from simple Commuter Kits and 1 person Survival backpacks to Deluxe Honey Bucket/porta potty kits for 20 people or more.
      First responder Medic EMS Trauma Bags & Kits - From simple American Red Cross Trauma Responder Packs & Deluxe Pack to our fully stocked Responder Kits and Medic Bags, We offer START II Trauma Kit & 50-1,000+ Person First Aid Trauma Medical Kits.
      Glow Sticks, LED Flashlights, warmers & more... Flashlights & Glow Sticks, Batteries, Hand Warmers, Waterproof Matches, Slow Burn Candles & Portable Generators.
      Everything for START Triage (Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment) from Triage Tags and Triage Tarps to Triage Incident Command & Triage Units on Wheels, Triage Tape: Minor, Morgue, Delayed, Immediate.
      Stay Dry, Warm and Covered in Emergency Situations - We offer Ponchos, Emergency Tents, Canopies, Cots and shelters - Vinyl Tarps, Sleeping Bags, Solar / Mylar / Space & Wool Emergency Blankets, Air Mattress & Air Pumps. We even have Privacy Shelters for bathing and changing and Rain Suits for inclement weather!
    • FEMA and Ready.gov Resources

    • National Preparedness Month Series - Do 1 Thing

      National Preparedness Month Series - Do 1 Thing

      Only 5 days left in National Preparedness Month - What have you Done?
      OK, so you didn't get it together and put a program in place yet - National Preparedness can be a Month-by-Month easy process, too - How about the "Do 1 Thing" program? Just do one small thing each Month, and Next Year you'll be READY.

      The Do 1 Thing Program is Easy!

      We break up the big job of becoming prepared into 12 smaller 'things' or topics. Below are the 12 Do 1 Thing topics to help you become better prepared. Within each are easy and affordable suggestions that you can do to become better prepared.

      A full list of all 12 Things is available here as a PDF.

      SEPTEMBER

      Be Informed

      Getting correct information during an emergency is the key to taking safe action. Someone in your household may not be able to receive, understand, or act on emergency information. Think about what special needs your household may have. Take action now to make sure everyone in your family will be safe in an emergency.

      OCTOBER

      Power

      We count on electricity for heat, food, and medical needs. Many gas appliances even need electricity to run. A power outage is an emergency that often follows another emergency—like a hurricane, tornado, or winter storm. That makes it even more important to be prepared in advance.

      NOVEMBER

      Emergency Supplies

      Any emergency is easier to handle when you have prepared ahead of time. Put together an emergency kit with important items to keep at home, and a go bag with items you will need to take with you if you evacuate. Think about what you and your family would need in a disaster. You can make kits for your home, car or workplace. Emergencies can happen anywhere.

      DECEMBER

      First Aid

      An emergency can happen at any time and any place. Many public places have a first aid kit, oxygen, or an AED (automated external defibrillator) to treat people. These items can only save lives if someone knows how to use them. Actions you take in the first few minutes after an injury or other medical incident may save someone’s life.

      JANUARY

      Make a Plan

      Disasters change things. When an emergency happens you may have to decide what to do very quickly, while you are worrying about what might happen. By planning ahead, it will be easier to make the right decisions when the worst happens.

      FEBRUARY

      Water

      Whether you get water from a municipal water system or your home has a private well, your water supply depends on having power to operate the system. During a power outage—or any disaster that can cause a power outage, such as high winds, ice storm, or flood—you may find yourself without drinkable water.

      MARCH

      Sheltering

      In a disaster you may be asked to either evacuate or shelter-in-place. In the excitement of an emergency, it can be difficult to focus on what you are doing. Know what to do to keep your family safe. Practice your tornado and fire safety plans. If your family has practiced, they will be more comfortable doing it when the emergency actually happens.

      APRIL

      Food

      An emergency food supply doesn’t have to sit on a shelf, ready for disaster to strike (although it can). It can be part of the food you use every day. The key to a good food storage plan is to buy ahead of time. Replace items before they run out. Buy items when they are on sale.

      MAY

      Work, School & Community

      Disasters can happen at any time. If you are away from home do you know where to find safe shelter locations? Do you know what the emergency procedures are for your child’s school or for your workplace? Will people who count on you know what to do if you can’t reach them? Know how to make sure you and your loved ones are safe in a disaster, no matter where you are.

      JUNE

      Unique Family Needs

      Every household is different. Is there an infant or young child in your home? Does someone in your family have a medical condition that requires medication? Do you have a pet? Before disaster strikes, talk to your family about your household’s unique needs. Make a list of special items you may need in a disaster.

      JULY

      Family Communication Plan

      Today we have more ways to speak with one another than ever before. We are used to staying in touch with cell phones, internet, and email, but disasters can change things. These devices may not be available. Cell phone towers quickly become overloaded with people trying to reach friends and family. If the power is out at your home, cordless phones, internet, and email will not work either.

      AUGUST

      Get Involved

      It takes more than police, fire and EMS to respond to a disaster. It takes people who are committed to neighborhoods, churches, schools and volunteer organizations. When people are willing to work together for the good of others, communities are stronger. Learn more about how to be prepared and contribute to a resilient community.

      Stock up NOW and be ready for a hurricane! Stock up NOW
    • What’s New in Emergency Management?

      National Preparedness Month Series - Learn more online with Preparedness Webinars

      • Higher Education Program Virtual Symposium Series 

      FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Program

      Virtual Symposium Session 2

      “What’s New in Emergency Management?” 

      September 26, 2013               2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

      FEMA Corps: Strengthening the Nation’s Response Capacity

      By Nicholas Zefran*, Kate Raftery*, Samantha Hawke*, Melissa Ventresca#, Deanne Criswell+* - AmeriCorps NCCC, # - FEMA/EMI, + - FEMA Corps Unit Chief

      How do you develop and implement a successful partnership between two federal agencies around disaster response and recovery?  How can (and does) FEMA use a workforce composed of members between the ages of 18-24 to benefit FEMA’s disaster operations and ultimately the entire emergency management workforce?  Hear how the Corporation for National and Community Service and FEMA surpassed the challenges surrounding the establishment of a federal partnership.   Learn how their FEMA Corps experiences could be brought to the classroom, could benefit your program, and how can you recruit them!

      Emergency Management Critical Thinkers: Optimizing Programs to Help New, Experienced, and Expert Leaders Enhance Marketability.

      By Kathy Francis*, MS, CEM®, Bill Nash+, Douglas McDaniel*, Sam Lombardo Frederick Community College, + - Barton Community College

      How do you develop emergency management leaders that are creative, critical, and reflective thinkers? What can programs do to provide not only intellectual challenges which parallel field knowledge, skills and abilities, but also provide a wide range of high-quality professional development opportunities to help new, experienced and expert leaders? Learn how successful programs challenge students to make connections between program studies and the real world expectations. Listen to hear how two institutions are accomplishing this objective!

      Click here to register!

      Questions? Contact Dr. Houston Polson, Director FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Program at Houston.polson@fema.dhs.gov or call 301-447-1262.American-Red-Cross-Emergency-Kits

    • Emergency Online Communication Training

      National Preparedness Month Series - Emergency Online Communication Training

      Communicating with social media is new, and often confusing, for emergency operations center personnel. Participating in an Emergency Operations Center is just as confusing for local government web professionals who are typically without incident command education and are often the ones tapped to disseminate information in a disaster.

      Emergency Communication Solutions Emergency Communication Solutions - From Bull horns to Walkie Talkies and Radios

      The 2013 National Association of Government Web Professionals National Conference will feature a single track of sessions dedicated to emergency online communications on Friday. The Friday Focus will bring together web and emergency professionals, combining technical and practical "boots on the ground" experience.

      These sessions are included in the cost of registration for the full conference, which takes place September 25-27, 2013. A special rate is also available for those who are only able to attend the Friday training on emergency online communications. Visit www.NAGW.org for more information and registration.

      Date Friday September 27th 2013 8:00am to 5:30pm
    • Wha? Wallaby CPR?

      We told you about Pigeon CPR and we've even heard of Housefly CPR, but here's a new one for the wacky world of lifesaving... Wallaby CPR:

      Man performs CPR on a wallaby … that’s Australian for bravery

      The tiny marsupial, which weighs only 3.5 pounds, now goes by the name Lucky. The tiny marsupial, which weighs only 3.5 pounds, now goes by the name Lucky.

      Mick Hussin of Victoria was relaxing with a beer when he saw two dogs chasing a tiny marsupial into Belongil Creek. When the little guy couldn't make it across, Hussin swooped in to rescue it.

      An Australian man saved a life by performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation … on a wallaby.

      Mick Hussin of Victoria was relaxing with a beer in hand on the northeast coast of New South Wales when he saw a young swamp wallaby, called a joey, struggling to stay above water last Saturday, The Northern Star reported.

      Two dogs had chased the tiny marsupial into Belongil Creek and it could not make it across.

      "To be honest I don't know why, I just had to go in and get it. I thought I might have been wasting my time," told ABC North Coast.

      Hussin grabbed the wallaby by the tail and brought it to the bank of the creek where it lay limp. Hussin recently completed a CPR course at work so he put those skills to use.

      "I used my hand as a funnel and blowing into its mouth, put it on its side, and after about 10 minutes it started to move its paw a tiny bit and then vomited and started to come back to life," he said.

      Hussin says he created a makeshift pouch with a few towels to comfort and dry the joey as he contacted WIRES, the Australian Wildlife Rescue Organization.

      WIRES named the joey Lucky after it surviving by a hair. The organization is treating it for shock and will keep it for another week before releasing it back into the wild, Hussin said. Lucky weighs about 3.5 pounds.

      This is not the first time Hussin sprang into action to save an animal.

      About a decade ago, Hussin saved a malnourished Great Dane-Rottweiler puppy that he says had worn its paws down to the bone trying to escape from a concrete enclosure, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

      "I don't plan these things," he said, "but it's a good feeling when you do."

      By / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS mwalsh@nydailynews.com
    • What are businesses doing to make communities more disaster resilient?

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