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    • Why should I use insect repellent?

      insectrepellents-animatedInsect repellents can help reduce exposure to mosquitoes that may transmit disease such as Zika Virus, West Nile virus and EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis). These diseases can cause serious illness and even death. Using insect repellent allows you to continue to play and work outdoors with a reduced risk of mosquito bites.

      Learn more: read DEET?. &  The CDC says to use insect repellent

      The Centers for Disease Control has additional information available.

      When should I use mosquito repellent?
      If you are travelling, consult the State Department and CDC warnings for areas of concern for Zika, Dengue, West Nile, and other Mosquito-borne diseases. Apply repellent when you are going to be outdoors. Even if you don't notice mosquitoes there is a good chance that they are around. Many of the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus bite between dusk and dawn. If you are outdoors around these times of the day, it is especially important to apply repellent. In many parts of the country, there are mosquitoes that also bite during the day, and some of these mosquitoes have also been found to carry West Nile virus. (CDC)

    • What happens when or if eye wash freezes?

      eye-wash-bottles-and-refillsThe SDS (formerly MSDS) says to avoid excessive heat or cold.

      If eyewash freezes and there is no evidence of leakage then the product should be OK. Freezing will not harm the eyewash.

      The only issue is sterility: Water expands when it freezes so if the seal is broken, the bottle or cap is cracked or there is any other evidence that leakage occurred then throw it out.

    • Happy National Chocolate Milkshake Day!

      milkshakeThe term "milkshake" was used in 1900 to describe a wholesome drink made with flavored syrups. By 1922 the treat became mainstream when Ivar "Pop" Coulson took malted milk and added two scoops of ice cream making the deliciously thick milkshake we know today. So grab a friend and hit up your favorite ice cream shop to celebrate! The harder to drink the better!
      Mmmmmmmmmm.... Chocolate!

    • Labor - Family - Safety

      While Labor day began over 100 years ago as a day to celebrate the achievements of (and provide a day of rest for) American Workers, it has become a day to relax and enjoy friends and family.

      While doing this, we'd like to emphasize that September is National Preparedness Month which
      serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

      National Preparedness Month is a good time to take action to prepare yourself and your
      family. Take some time to talk to them about emergency plans and how you will communicate and connect during a crisis.

      The month leads up to National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30, when individuals,
      organizations and businesses across the country will highlight the importance of taking action
      and practicing emergency preparedness actions.Prepareathon Day

    • Labor Day Weekend

      Have a Safe & Happy Labor Day Weekend!Labor Day Weeknd

      Learn More about Labor Day:

      →  Labor Day!

    • It's National Preparedness Month!

      How prepared are you?

      Could you survive any natural or man-made disaster? Could you find your way to your loved ones? Could you reach help (if any is to be reached)?

      Don't Wait. Communicate.

      Events like the recent flooding in Louisiana, Hurricane Hermine approaching Florida, and Hurricane Lester in the Gulf remind us that weather can change at a moment’s notice.
      Disasters don’t always occur when we are together with our family and friends, and so it’s important to take time now to plan what you will do in an emergency. It only takes a few minutes to talk through the greatest risks that can affect where you live, work or go to school.
      This September and throughout the year here are few actions you can take to get started:

      • Make & practice your family emergency plan
      • Download the FEMA app

      Watch "Don't Wait" Public Service Announcement ►

      By having a conversation or making a plan, families can have more confidence and be better prepared when the next event happens.

    • National Preparedness Month Begins Tomorrow

      Are you Ready?
      Are you Ready to get Ready?
      National Preparedness Month Begins tomorrow!

      We will spend the entire Month of September helping you prepare for disaster, equip for survival, and learn how to expect the unexpected. Hang on to your seats... it's going to be a bumpy ride!

      PRE-pared means yo plan and supply yourself BEFORE Disaster Strikes! PRE-pared means yo plan and supply yourself BEFORE Disaster Strikes!
      Survival Gear! Wouldn't you like to be a Prepper too? Outdoor, Camping & Hiking Supplies play a big part in Survival Preparedness.... Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car. Get what you need for on the trail or in an emergency. Are you Ready? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Check your Emergency Supplies: Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries) - Count your stock... is it enough? - Don't let your gas tank get below half-full - Keep cash on hand - ATMs may not be available, and you cannot count on credit cards in an emergency. Think Ahead-Plan Wisely-Prepare Yourself to Survive! Survival & Camping Gear Including: Survival Kits, C.E.R.T. Products and gear, Pet Emergency Kits/Supplies, Outdoor Supplies, Triage Units, Trauma Kits, Search & Rescue Equipment & Disaster and Survival Videos, Emergency Shelter & Tents, Lighting, Food & Heating.
    • Coping Mechanisms: Children and Disasters

      We've discussed Preparedness Challenges for Children in Emergencies and Helping Children Cope With a Disaster, but as we lead into National Preparedness Month, we would like to emphasize how important these considerations are as part of your Family Communication Plan.

      Thinking about this year's National Preparedness theme “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”, we'd like you to remember that disasters can leave children feeling frightened, confused, and insecure. Whether a child has personally experienced trauma or seen the event on television, it’s important for parents to be informed and ready to help ease their child’s stress.


      According to the Ready Campaign, children may respond to disaster by demonstrating fears, sadness, or behavioral problems. These reactions may vary depending on the child’s age.
      Children’s reactions are often influenced by the behavior, thoughts, and feelings of adults. Parents can help meet their child’s emotional needs by:

      • Encouraging him or her to share thoughts and feelings about the incident;
      • Clarifying misunderstandings about risk and danger by listening to their child’s concerns and answering questions;
      • Maintaining a sense of calm by validating their child’s concerns and perceptions with discussion of concrete plans for safety; and
      • Monitoring or limiting exposure to the media.

      For more information about helping children cope with disaster,

    • Autism & Animals

      Autism-AnimalsHappy birthday, Temple Grandin! The renowned animal expert and one of the most well-known autism advocates was born on this day in 1947 in Boston. Grandin was diagnosed with autism at the age of two and has used her lifelong experiences to provide in-depth insight on autism awareness and education. Her work in the field of animal welfare and facility design granted her a fellowship with the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in 2009. In 2010 HBO release the film "Temple Grandin" which received 15 Emmy nominations and seven wins for the portrayal of Grandin's life and accomplishments. Grandin is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and travels around the country speaking on her experience with autism.

      This brings to mind many important recent revelations about the benefits of pets for those who are afflicted with autism - learn more about this at Autism Speaks in a review of an article from the Journal of Pediatric Nursing

    • The ABCs of Back to School

      ABCSchool bells are ringing across the nation! Parents and guardians, it’s time to get familiar with the emergency plan at your child’s school and daycare.

      Much like individuals and families, schools and daycare providers should all have site-specific emergency plans. If you’re a parent or guardian, it’s vital that you make sure your child’s school or daycare has a plan to ensure his or her safety during an emergency. The Ready Campaign recommends you:

      • Ask how they will communicate with families during a crisis;
      • Ask if they store adequate food, water, and other basic supplies; and
      • Find out if they can “shelter-in-place” and where they plan to go if they must get away.

      The Guardian Survival Gear Childrens Survival Kit The Guardian Survival Gear Childrens Survival Kit

      Disasters can occur while your child is away from you, but protecting from afar is as easy as ABC. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outline a quick and easy way to keep your child safe at school or daycare:

      • Ask how you will reunite with your child in an emergency or evacuation;
      • Bring extra medication, special foods, or supplies that your child might need; and
      • Complete a backpack contact information card.

      Learn more:

      • Preparedness Challenges for Children in Emergencies
      Helping Children Cope With a Disaster
      Assemble Disaster Supplies

      If your child has a disability or an access or functional need, be sure to meet with a school disability specialist to discuss plans for how the school will provide for his or her safety. For more information about school emergency plans, visit

      If you need to fund your school's preparedness supplies, consider First Aid Fundraising – Safe, Fun & Healthy Fund raiser alternative – big profits!

      Parents, guardians, and teachers can also use the Children and Youth Preparedness Social Media Toolkit to share safety messages on their social media networks.

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