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    Monthly Archives: January 2015

    • Last Day of First Month of The New Year

      How are your New Year Resolutions coming along?

      • Are you Healthier?
      • Are you Safer?
      • Are you Prepared?

      If not, get started TODAY.

    • Concussions and Youth Sports

      The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Heads Up campaign is a series of educational initiatives that all share a common goal: help protect children and adolescents from concussions and other serious brain injuries and their potentially devastating effects.

      Youth Sports are exciting, beneficial activities which help maturation, development, and overall health - but there are dangers as well.

      • Sports participation has become a major cause of serious injury among youth.
      • Sports activities are the second most frequent cause of injury for both male and female adolescents.
      • Each year it is estimated that more than five million children seek treatment in hospital emergency rooms because of sports injuries.
      • Most sports injuries are preventable.

      According to USA Today, 1.35 Youths have serious sports injuries each year. 14% of these injuries occur to the head and neck areas - including over 160,000 concussions.

      Youth-Sports-Concussions

      sports_2013CDC has created free tools for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, athletes, and health care professionals that provide important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.

      To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed theHeads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.

      Learn how CDC's Heads Up has helped to raise awareness of the need for improved prevention, recognition, and response to concussion and other serious brain injuries in the Heads Up 10 Year Anniversary Viewbook.

      If you think your athlete has sustained a concussion…

      • don’t assess it yourself.
      • Take him/her out of play,
      • and seek the advice of a health care professional.

      More information on Youth Sports and Concussions:

      The Heads Up app will help you learn how to spot and what to do if you think your child or teen has a concussion or other serious brain injury. This app will also teach you about helmet safety and features information on selecting the right helmet for your child's or teen's activity, including information on what to look for and what to avoid. The Heads Up app will help you learn how to spot and what to do if you think your child or teen has a concussion or other serious brain injury.
      This app will also teach you about helmet safety and features information on selecting the right helmet for your child's or teen's activity, including information on what to look for and what to avoid.

       

      Evaluation of the Implementation and Effectiveness of Concussion Education and Awareness Programs: Special Focus on CDC Heads Up Concussion Initiative in Youth Sports

      Download the Heads Up app today!

      CDC released RFA-CE-15-005, Research to Evaluate the CDC Heads Up Concussion Initiative in Youth Sports.

      Sports First Aid Kits, Team Sports Safety Supplies, Coaches Medic Bags and Sports injury supplies - Ice Packs, Bandages & Cold Sprays, Athletic Tape and even a Mini Golf First Aid Kits.

      heads-upCDC’s Injury Center intends to commit up to $1,650,000 total funding over the entire 3-year project period with a maximum of $550,000 per award per year. This funding will support one cooperative agreement to rigorously evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of concussion education and awareness programs that use CDC’s Heads Up training, toolkits, and other materials within local youth sports organizations (leagues, clubs) or high school sports. There is a strong preference for investigations targeted at youth sports organizations because of the limited evidence base developed with this population and the greater potential for a more rigorous research design. The primary benefit of the evaluation is to understand how local programs are implementing concussion education and initiatives, and the local benefit of those programs, so that sports organizations and schools can make local improvements.

      Image of Sports First Aid See Sports Medicine and Sports First Aid Supplies

      Outcomes of interest include:

      • Training and material use;
      • Policy change (e.g., sports organization/school policies);
      • Knowledge and attitudes change about concussion;
      • Coach and athlete behavior; and
      • Athlete health outcomes (e.g., negative health outcomes after one or more concussions).
    • How Babies are Made and Modern Ways to keep Your Children Safe

      Canadian photographer Patrice Laroche surely will have no trouble explaining to his kids about the birds and the bees. During his wife Sandra's pregnancy, the artist created this hilarious explanatory photo series titled

      "How to Make a Baby"...

      The creative couple planned and carried out their project throughout the whole period of 9 months, taking pictures in the same settings as Sandra's belly expanded. The pregnancy saga of Sandra and Patrice basically denounces all the traditional cabbage and the stork stories.

      Modern Methods to Keep your Children Safe:

      Children's Survival Kit Children's Survival Kit

      When our kids are with us or around us, we pay attention to their safety. However, when we cannot see them and they are away from us, it becomes challenging to ensure their safety, especially in a scenario where we hear of bullying, assault and harassment cases taking place on campuses on an everyday basis. With this in mind, a personal safety app is highly recommended to ensure their safety when they head off to school. Here are some steps that your student can keep in mind, to be prepared against danger.

      Must-Know Information and Tips

      • They should keep their phone with them at all times. They should save important contacts into the phone book on their phone for quick reference, when needed.
      • Secondly, it is a good idea to keep your personal information safe in their dorm room instead of carrying it with you on a daily basis such as their social security card, a passport and other important docs. If you are new to the campus, it is a good idea to take a walk around so you can know your surroundings well. Keep your belongings at arm’s length, be it your laptop, backpack, iPod & never leave it unattended as these things can be swiped without you even noticing, till it’s too late.
      • When traveling, avoid traveling alone, especially during late hours, it is always better to have your friends with you. Avoid taking short cuts, especially crossing through alleys or back streets, stay on lighted paths.
      • Lastly, if you have to travel late at night, let your friend or family know where you will be going and route you are taking, you can never be too careful in today’s world.
      Kids First Aid & Child ID Kids First Aid & Child ID

      Apart from the above-mentioned guidelines, download a personal safety app that can save you in case of a danger or crisis. These Apps are designed to provide users with real time hand holding during the time of danger and distress Look for one with 24x7 user support system and real time GPS location tracking. Whenever you find yourself in trouble, you just need to tap your app to make an immediate call and emergency text to alert those close to you or first responders such as Police, Fire & EMS.

      Ow-Wee-Kit, Child I.D. & Records Mini Kit • Latex Free & Fun MediBag 4 Kidz & Kid Friendly First Aid Kits in FUCOLORS!FUN BANDAGES... Many themes to suit Kids of all ages (we like them ourselves!)Also see the great new Diaper Bag Buddy... Know an Infant? 15 quality baby on the go travel kit items – ALL ORGANIC & NATURAL products.
    • FDA on AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators)

      While Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) means thousands of AEDs on street corners for anyone to use in other countries, here in the USA, our government tends to "err on the side of caution". In other places, the approval for these critical lifesaving devices is streamlined to fast-track to market, while in the US regulatory agencies continue to impede production and supply.

      We're not saying thorough testing and engineering controls aren't essential, but rather governing agencies like the FDA should do more to assist in the process and lower the high cost- and time-barriers the impose. It is a very frustrated market where some agencies and legislation require AEDs in public (places such as gyms and restaurants) yet others are regularly slowing production or halting shipping altogether.

      Below is a press release from the FDA yesterday. Suddenly and "un-relatedly" at least two of the top five AED brands suddenly went on "backorder" and aren't shipping for a few weeks.


      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that it will strengthen its review of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to help improve the quality and reliability of these devices.

      The FDA issued a final order that will require AED manufacturers to submit premarket approval applications (PMAs), which undergo a more rigorous review than what was required to market these devices in the past. The agency’s strengthened review will focus on the critical requirements needed to ensure the safety and reliability of AEDs and their necessary accessories, including batteries, pad electrodes, adapters and hardware keys for pediatric use.CPR-AED-BANNER

      “Automated external defibrillators save lives,” said William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H, deputy director for science, chief scientist and acting director of the Office of Device Evaluation in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “These changes to the way these devices are reviewed will allow us to more closely monitor how they are designed and manufactured. This will go a long way towards correcting long-standing problems and ultimately improving the reliability of these devices.”

      Automated external defibrillators are portable, electronic medical devices that automatically sense potentially life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias and either automatically deliver or advise the user to deliver electrical stimulation to re-establish normal heart rhythms. They are often stored in public locations for use in an emergency and, while they can be lifesaving, there has been a history of malfunction issues.

      AEDs are EASY to use! AEDs are EASY to use!

      From January 2005 through September 2014, the FDA received approximately 72,000 medical device reports associated with the failure of these devices. Since 2005, manufacturers have conducted 111 recalls, affecting more than two million AEDs. The problems associated with many of these recalls and reports included design and manufacturing issues, such as inadequate control of components purchased from other suppliers.

      By requiring premarket approval for these devices, the FDA will receive important information about an AED manufacturer’s quality systems information. The FDA will also conduct inspections of manufacturers’ facilities prior to approval. After approval, manufacturers will be required to submit to the FDA any changes made to the devices that affect safety or effectiveness, and annual reports on device performance.

      Given the importance of these devices in emergency situations, AEDs currently on the market will remain available while manufacturers work to meet the new PMA requirements. The FDA does not intend to enforce the PMA requirement for AEDs until July 29, 2016, as long as manufacturers notify the FDA of their intent to file a PMA by April 29, 2015. The FDA does not intend to enforce the PMA requirement for currently marketed, necessary AED accessories until January 29, 2020.

      The Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act calls for the FDA to publish proposed and final orders to reclassify or call for PMAs for pre-amendments devices. The FDA’s Circulatory System Devices Panel recommended that AEDs remain Class III medical devices and require PMAs. The FDA originally issued a proposed order in March 2013 calling for PMAs to ensure the appropriate regulation of Class III pre-amendments devices.

      The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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      Defibrillator - AED Grants for business, Groups and Individuals! AED Grants for business, Groups and Individuals!
      AEDGrant.com Public & Private Entities Grant for funding Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).This program is designed to help institutions and individuals everywhere place these amazing life saving devices at an affordable price. You may even apply as an Individual for a Home AED!Generous participation and corporate backing have been secured by AEDGrant.com for this corporate sponsored AED Buy Down Grant Project .AEDGrant.com also offers training for CPR and AEDs.
      AEDGrant.com can help you donate an AED, receive funding for an AED Device, place defibrillators in your home or workplace, help public facilities obtain AED Grants for Automated External Defibrillators and discounts on AED Batteries and AED Cabinets. We work with AED Manufacturers such as Medtronic, Philips, Defibtech, Heartsine, and Zoll to provide state of the art AED machines like the the OnSite, FRx, LifePak, PAD, Lifeline, Samaritan, CPR Plus, LifePak 500 and more... let us know your Defibrillation of AED Training need, and we can help you find your AED answers. We even have resources for refurbished AEDs and AED Refurbishers.
    • Sudden, Violent, and Without Warning

      Earthquakes... Not just a California issue. Earthquakes Can Happen at Any Time of the Year, and Anywhere. Texas, Idaho and California have already had significant earthquakes in the first Month of the year - last year, Tremors struck Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, Alaska, Guam, Montana, South Carolina, New Mexico, and of course Old Mexico and California,

      earthquake-cracks-road-flickr-martinluffEarthquakes can strike suddenly, violently, and without warning any time of day or night.

      You can stay up-to-date with near real-time earthquake information for a variety of time windows in a variety of formats, from the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Earthquake Feeds

      Whether at home, at work, or in an automobile, learn what steps to take and which supplies to have ready in case of an emergency.

      Become familiar with escape routes, safe locations to ride out the disaster, and what to do in the following 72 hours while awaiting professional rescue crews.

      What is your risk? Probabilistic seismic hazard maps from the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Earthquake Hazard Assessments

      Survival Gear for Businesses and Preparedness Products for Home & Auto Survival Gear for Businesses and Preparedness Products for Home & Auto
    • Disaster Preparedness Apps

    • Business Disaster Recovery

      Businesses face dilemmas which are different from those of individuals and families in time of crisis.

      Businesses have to consider not only caring for all on-site in the event of a disaster, but also continuing or restoring operations quickly, to keep their company thriving and employees employed.

      Business owners invest time, money and resources to get their ventures up and running, but many of them fail to properly plan for disasters. According to the Small Business Administration, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not re-open after a major incident. Having a functional disaster recovery plan will help owners keep their business operating.

      Agility Recovery offers solutions on how to ensure your business remains resilient and a list of mistakes business owners commonly make when preparing for disasters. Here are a few of the items they say companies should include when planning for the unexpected:11-Mistakes

      • Anticipate the cost of recovery. Recovering documents and data can often run tens of thousands of dollars. Before disaster strikes, determine what documents you will be required to recover and consider storing them securely off-site or digitally;
      • Properly inform and prepare employees. All employees should be familiar with the company’s disaster recovery plan and their role in it. Make the plan part of new-hire training and review it each year with all employees; and
      • Test your disaster recovery plan. Many business managers know their data is being backed up, but they have never tried to access it from a different location using hardware at that facility. Testing your recovery plan is necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of preparedness programs.

      Also read:

      Company leaders should have a general idea of how long it will take to restore data and the number of people needed to restore business functions. Before starting a disaster strategy, check out the remaining items in Agility Recovery’s “11 Common Disaster Planning Mistakes.”

    • 29 Million people under Blizzard Warning: #blizzardof2015

      Blizzard Warning Blizzard Warning

      Heavy snow, strong winds, and blizzard conditions are forecast Monday into early Wednesday from the NYC metro area up into the Boston metro area, with snow as far south as Washington, D.C.  This storm will likely cause dangerous travel conditions, power outages, and coastal flooding.

      Keep up with the latest forecasts and warnings at www.weather.gov and NWS social media  (Twitter @nws and Facebook U.S. National Weather Service)

      Also, remember the hazards associated with winter weather at:

      http://1.usa.gov/1D735jJ

      Learn More:

      WRN-Snowtotal_NortheastUS

    • Fire! Are Older Family Members Safe? Ready?

      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 Fire & Emergency Evacuation Gear and Supply - 

      Fire is a big deal... we've written about it many times - are you ready? What about Senior Citizens? There are some special considerations with the elderly and other mobility impaired individuals that you should consider in case of a fire emergency...

      Fire Safety for Older Adults

      We all have an important role to play when it comes to preventing fires, especially during the winter season when home fires increase. As the mercury plunges, help ensure the safety of individuals in your family or community that are most at-risk for fires – older adults.  According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), adults age 65 or over are twice as likely to suffer fatal injuries in a home fire.

      Follow these tips from the USFA to help older loved ones safely enjoy the winter months:

      • Make sure there is a working fire alarm installed on each level of their home;
      • Conduct a home assessment to identify existing fire hazards;
      • Educate them and their caregivers on how to prevent fires; and
      • Have a fire escape plan with easily accessible escape routes.
      Download the FREE Fire Safe Seniors Program Download the FREE Fire Safe Seniors Program

      For community-wide fire education, the USFA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the Fire-Safe-Seniors program to plan and implement fire safety interventions for older adults. Access the free toolkits, handouts, and other resources to prepare your community today! Your efforts can also count towards participation in America’s PrepareAthon! so be sure to register on the campaign’s website.

      With a good understanding of fire prevention, older adults can stay safe this winter and seasons to come.

      Read more:

      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! Also read more in our Fire Safety Blog
    • Are you CERT-ified? You should be!

      ARE YOU A CERT MEMBER? You Should be:
      A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), sometimes known as a Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT), or Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET), is a group of volunteer emergency workers who have received basic training in disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, and team operations. They are designed to act as an auxiliary to existing emergency responders in the event of a major disaster.

      Volunteering, like disaster preparedness, is a year-round activity. If members of your community are looking for opportunities to give back this year, consider encouraging them to join your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Team members receive training in basic medical operations, light search and rescue, and many other useful disaster skills. After competing their training, CERT volunteers may support their communities in a variety of different ways before, during, and after emergencies, including by providing information to the public, conducting residential checks, supporting traffic and crowd control efforts, staffing emergency operations centers, and more. CERT teams are typically sponsored by fire departments, police departments, or other local emergency management agencies that provide training to and manage volunteers.

      Read more about why CERT Teams are so critical - FEMA supply chain management system may not deliver during a disaster

      Serve with CERT!

      CERT Logo Get your CERT Gear!

      There are more than 2,300 CERT programs nationwide that help their communities in a variety of different ways. Watch this video showing the Bridgewater, MA CERT in action during a recent blizzard that left the town without power; then check out FEMA’s blog and CERT Newsletter archives highlighting other great activities from teams around the country.

      Learn more about CERT, find a CERT team in your area, and encourage community members to start volunteering today. If a program doesn’t exist in your area, you may be able to help create one by contacting your State’s Point of Contact.

      The best C.E.R.T. Gear, Apparel, Products and Supplies on the market offer your community emergency response team everything they may need. CERT Teams Stock up and Prepare Here. (Be sure to also visit the Disaster & Survival categories, too)

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