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    Monthly Archives: December 2014

    • Happy New Year 2015!

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      #NewYear - #2015 - #HappyNewYear

    • New Year Safety

      fun-safe-nyNew Year's Eve is a time for celebrating the successes and accomplishments of the year ending and for setting goals and resolutions for the year to come. Don't let accidents and dangers mess up the fun!

      Our Tips to you for a Safe New Year's Eve...

      Stay off the Roads. Whether you drink or not, others do... the safest way to avoid Drunk Driving Accidents is simply to not get on the roads... walk, or stay home. If you are out and drinking, remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving... it'll still get you a ticket (nightmare of nightmares... those are expensive and life-changing in a bad way!) or worse... you could hurt yourself or someone else. Get a cab, hitch a ride, or stay put! If you are sober and absolutely must drive... stay alert and stay off that phone! Distracted driving accidents are outranking impaired driving in number... it's not worth it at any time, but especially not when you know many of the other drivers are not sober.

      Stay Bright. Now that we've got you off the roads, keep in mind not everyone is so wise. Also remember those drunk and distracted drivers mentioned above. If you are walking along the roads, don't let them miss you. While Black is chic and stylish (black is the new black) - it doesn't catch that impaired driver's eye well... dress up in holiday brightness and cheer - wear colorful outfits (a little sequin-metallic flair would make nice reflectors!) and carry a light if walking the trafficways and streets. Flashlights and Glowsticks can be a festive and intelligent addition to your ensemble!

      Stay Warm. Many of our readers will be feeling a bit under-the-weather tomorrow due to  holiday revelry... why compound that malaise with a cold or flu? Bundle up  and keep hand and body warmers in your pockets!

      Leave the entertainment to the professionals. Got some great sparklers and fireworks you've been saving for the big night? Great. keep saving them. Fireworks and sparklers create a LOT of injuries... don't mess up your night by messing with them.

      new-years-safetyOK - that's our input - now here's what USA.gov has to say on  the matter:

      If you are hosting a New Year's Eve party, following a few simple rules could prevent a tragedy:

      • Plan ahead by naming a "designated driver." Make this your responsibility as the host.
      • Contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guests.
      • Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option to your guests.
      • Stop serving alcohol to your guests several hours before the party ends.
      • Provide your guests with a place to stay overnight in your home.

      If you are attending New Year's Eve parties and celebrations:

      • If you drink, don't drive.
        • Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before the party or celebration begins.
        • If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit, or get a sober friend or family member to come pick you up.
        • Or, stay where you are until you are sober.
      • Take the keys from someone if you think he/she is too impaired to drive.
    • Winter Weather Tips

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      More on #Winter & #WinterStorms

    • Killer Winter Weather

      Blizzards, ice storms and freezing temperatures can be a killer for the unprepared!

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      • A few inches of snow or ice can shut down a city and leave you trapped at home for days.
      • Driving on ice and snow-covered roads can lead to car wrecks, injuries and death.
      • Some winter storms can cover nearly half the nation, affecting tens of millions of people.
      • Annually, damages from winter storms add up to over $1 billion.

      Know Your Risk! Take Action! Be Winter Storm Smart!

      Blizzards are dangerous winter storms that are a combination of blowing snow and wind resulting in very low visibilities. A blizzard is a storm which contains large amounts of snow OR blowing snow, with winds in excess of 35 miles per hour and visibilities of less than one quarter of a mile for at least three hours. When these conditions are expected, the National Weather Service will issue a "Blizzard Warning".

      Exposure to cold temperatures can cause frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite may develop on exposed skin when temperatures are below freezing. Wind in addition to below freezing temperatures can make frostbite set even quicker. Dress warmly, in layers, and keep warmers on hand! Here's a Cool Tool - check out the Wind Chill Calculator

      Heatworks and Heat Pax Hand, Pocket & Glove Air Activated Instant Charcoal Warmers, Reusable hot packs and warmers, Hot / Cold Packs and Body Warmer Packs including heated Slipper Socks and more.

      Flooding is a serious Winter concern, too - even in Freezing, Snowy weather. Flooding is possible due to snowmelt, ice jams and coastal storms such as  Nor’easters.
      Ice jams are common during the winter. As ice moves downstream, it may get caught on an obstruction to the water flow. Water can be held back, causing upstream flooding. When the jam finally breaks, flash flooding can occur downstream.

      Stay tuned to weather concerns online if accessible, or with a weather radio, and know the difference between an advisory, a watch, and a warning:

      Winter Storm Warning: Take Action! A winter storm is imminent or occurring. If you hear a warning, immediately go home or shelter in place until it is safe to travel again. If you are home, bring in pets and plan to stay inside until you are told it is safe to go out again.
      Winter Storm Watch: Be Prepared! NWS issues a Winter Storm Watch when conditions are favorable for dangerous winter weather. It does not mean the weather will occur, but it is possible. Make preparations for dangerous winter weather.
      Winter Weather Advisory: Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.

      Prepare for winter with these simple steps:

      1. Check the forecast at weather.gov and follow NWS on Twitter and Facebook to make sure you’re prepared for the elements and have the latest weather news.
      2. At home: have an Emergency Preparedness Kit with three days of food, water and prescription medications.
      3. In your car: make sure you have food, water and blankets in your trunk. If you can, add an Emergency Roadside Kit. Stay off the road when advised to do so by local authorities.
      4.  Dress for the season: wear loose, warm clothing in layers. Carry body warmers.
      5.  During and after the storm: never use a generator or kerosene heater indoors - carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent killer.
      6.  After the storm: take breaks when shoveling snow and stay clear of downed power lines.
      7. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged when a storm is approaching and also anytime you’re planning to leave the house. It could become your life-line should disaster strike.

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    • Heaters Kill when used Improperly

      preparedness_6Be careful trying to stay warm this winter. Using unsafe heating devices indoorscan cause CO poisoning! #PrepareAthon

    • 3 days

      There are 3 days until the New Year - what will 2015 be for you?

      Here are some "3 Day Resolutions" to consider:

      • Donate 3 Weekend Days to a good cause... volunteer in a homeless shelter, the Humane Society, or a Community Group like CERT.
      • Take a 3 Day break from your worst habit.
      • Be sure you are prepared at home, at work, at school with a 3 day emergency supply.

      Take 3 Days to figure our what you can do for just 3 Days in the New Year to make a positive change - then Resolve to do it!

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    • Be Smart. Take Part. Prepare.

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    • FEMA App - Your phone can prepare you

      Over the next week, we'll be talking about New Year resolutions, readiness, and resolve. If you join our Resolve to Be Ready efforts, we'll show you simple steps to be more self-sufficient and ready to react when disaster strikes. One simple way to begin is to download the FEMA app to your smartphone.

    • Animal Style

      Ah First Aid and CPR come in all shapes and sizes... From Turtle CPR, to Koala CPR, Squirrel CPR, Wallaby CPR, Pigeon CPR, even House Fly CPR... now the latest.. no monkeying around here!

      Onlookers at a train station in northern India watched in awe as a monkey came to the rescue of an injured friend — resuscitating ... He grabs him and shakes him and even does what looks like a monkey version of CPR!!

      A monkey electrically shocked at a train station in India was resuscitated by its friend performing a form of monkey CPR. The hero monkey can be seen ...

      Was Monkey Actually Trying to Revive Shocked Companion? The craziest part is it somehow all worked!! Check it out,,,

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    • Pajama Party

      Hopefully everyone enjoyed the Holiday as much as we did. Our Staff is taking the day off to snooze, relax, recharge, and be at their very best for you on Monday after a long Holiday Weekend!PJs

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