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    • Get Ready for National Preparedness Month!

      National Preparedness Month is coming, and the theme "Don't wait, communucate!" was so successful last year, it is being expamded this year to help drive come the importance of commucation and planning before and emergency arises.

      Some helpful articles to get you thinkingL

      →  Who to Include on Your Crisis Communication Team
      →  Emergency Online Communication Training
      →  What’s Your Plan?
      →  Make Your Emergency Plan Today
      →  How to Develop a Family Emergency Plan

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    • 5,000

      Nolan Ryan recorded his 5,000th career strikeout on this day in 1989, making him the first and only major league pitcher to reach this milestone. By the end of his Hall of Fame career, he would record 5,714 strikeouts, giving him a lead of more than 800 strikeouts over the next closest, Randy Johnson. Another future Hall of Famer, Rickey Henderson, said of being Ryan's 5,000th strikeout victim, "It was an honor to be the 5,000th. As Davey Lopes says, 'If he ain't struck you out, you ain't nobody.'" Before the game, the 42-year-old Ryan had requested that play not be stopped to honor his milestone, so after the inning a videotaped message from then President George H.W. Bush played in the stadium.

      The Sports Shield™ Baseball Bandages - 3/4" x 3" - 25 Per Box - Plastic The Sports Shield™ Baseball Bandages - 3/4" x 3" - 25 Per Box - Plastic
    • Normal Windows and Storm Safety

      We are still in the midst of Hurricane season, and heading into National Preparedness Month: While you may not consider yourself a "Prepper", there is a simple step you can take to help assure your home is safer for any coming storm... check out your windows. Windows can protect you from winds, rain, heat, and cold - but they can also leak air and water, or worse  - the can shatter and become hazards. So don't think you must live in an area where storm windows are a "must" to think about windows and weather safety... check out your windows today.

      Don't Ignore These Windows Warning Signs

      We love a good window — especially one that lets light in but keeps the other elements out. Your window panes withstand a lot of abuse from heat, wind, debris and humidity, and even living creatures can inflict harm on your light panels.

      Over time, their form and function can decline, but when should you address potential issues? Below are six things not to ignore when it comes to your windows:

      Are your Windows Safe? Are your Windows Safe? Some content and image from homeactions.net

      1. Wood rot on the inside or outside of the window frame is an indication of water damage. If the exterior or interior structure is rotten, then water can infiltrate and cause damage to drywall, insulation and the wood support frames in your home.

      2. Signs of condensation in double-paned windows let you know that the watertight seals have damage or aren't working at all. The benefit of double-paned windows is the insulation from temperature changes and noise. Take away the benefit and you just have twice the amount of glass. Look for a white or cloudy film in between the glass panels; this is calcium residue.

      3. Water stains on walls under or around your windows are a clear sign of water damage. Broken window seals, cracks in the glass and gravity causing the house to settle are all opportunities for water to enter and cause problems. Similar to windows with wood rot, stains indicate a trouble zone that can result in costly repairs and health problems.

      4. Homes built before 1960 could contain lead-based paint, including around your window trim. If your home is a mid-century modern, chances are it contains this potential hazard. Replacing windows in this situation requires a professional who holds a certification in lead-safe remediation.

      5. An old window that won't stay open is a candidate for replacement. Broken weight and balance components, pulley systems, or locks are sometimes difficult to locate, rendering your window useless or potentially dangerous. If you fear for the safety of your fingers, then consider replacing the entire window.

      6. Diagonal cracks in walls around your windows could be pointing to foundation or crawl space damage. Gravity is inevitable, but during construction builders (should) consider the effects of gravity on a home and minimize its potential.

      When a building settles over time, the foundation can crack, and the house will shift. It's this alteration that causes cracks in walls and especially around windows.

      Houses built on crawl spaces face a similar scenario. Damage to blocks or piers will cause the weight of the house to redistribute. Like a shockwave, the ripples appear as cracks in the walls. If you notice hairline splits in the walls around your windows, call a foundation expert immediately.

      Also read: Window Safety Task ForceAre Window Blinds a Death Trap?How High-Speed Winds Can Damage Your Home, and Strengthen your home

    • Surviving

      "NO MAN IS AN ISLAND"

      Used as a proverbial reminder that no one is entirely independent and that everyone relies in some way on other people, the phrase no man is an island comes from “Meditation XVII,” part of the metaphysical poet John Donne’s prose-poem Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions:

      No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.

      Donne wrote his Devotions, a series of 23 essays on life, death, health, and sickness while recovering from a near-fatal illness in the early 1620s and published them in 1624.

      When you are faced with a disaster, you can often face physical and psychological strain. It's often hard to remember what to do in an emergency situation,

      When it is all up to you to help yourself….
      When you are on your own without the everyday amenities that we all take for granted…
      When there’s no one around and you are thrust into a situation of high risk and jeopardy to your well being…

      This is what survival and disaster preparedness is all about.

      Over the next weeks leading up to and then continuing on through all of September for National Preparedness Month, we are going to directly address the problems of what to do.

      We will help you answer the question: "How do you sustain yourself until help arrives?"

      Our upcoming articles will also explore the scenarios that may develop when alone in outside environments. Disaster and Emergency survival is often very similar to camping and wilderness subsistence... We will address how  to cope when alone in outside environments. We are going look at the physiological aspects of survival, the realities of how we can help ourselves and others around us until assistance can reach us or until we are able to get out of our dilemma under our own power.

      Disasters or emergency encounters do not come by invitation.  They are not planned, nor scheduled. The reality is that n life, most unpleasantness that we encounter seems to happen at the most inopportune times.

      Because you are reading our site, you are a concerned individual. We remind you that nobody knows everything about everything! If something you read strikes an idea or motivates a solution to a dilemma, write it down and use it if the situation ever arises. Share it with us to pass along, too... and, of course, seek additional materials to further your education.

      Stay tuned.. we'll be sharing a lot - you can bookmark us, follow us on twitter, like us on Facebook, join our G+ circle, subscribe to our RSS feed... or just check back every day or so for a LOT of great survival tips and ideas!

      PRE-pared means yo plan and supply yourself BEFORE Disaster Strikes! PRE-pared means yo plan and supply yourself BEFORE Disaster Strikes!
    • Algae update

      AlgaeWe warned of algae dangers in our article Sun means water time – Algae kills… be careful right before news of disastrous algae issues arose in Florida. Now the CDC shares more:

      habs-environment-img HAB in downtown Portland, Oregon. Credit: Photo courtesy of the Oregon Public Health.
    • Oz

      DorothyMoviegoers stepped into the theater and were transported to the magical world of Oz on this day in 1939. The classic musical The Wizard of Oz, based on the children's book from 1900, had its world premiere in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Dorothy and her dog Toto along with the band of misfits walked down the Yellow Brick Road and straight into the hearts of Americans. Who could forget the Scarecrow searching for a brain, the Tin Woodman with no heart inside and the Cowardly Lion seeking the courage to stand up to his fears? Judy Garland's song from the movie, "Over The Rainbow," would go on to win the Oscar for Best Song at the 1940 Academy Awards. More than 60 years later, the song would top the "Songs of the Century" list put out by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

      The film is considered by most to be one of the best movie musicals of all time.

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    • Museums

      Today holds a special significance in the hearts of museum lovers.

      The two museums atop the National Geographic's Top 10 List of Museums and Galleries date back to this day in history.

      SmithsonianThe No. 1 museum, The Smithsonian Institute, was created on this day in 1846 when President James K. Polk signed the Smithsonian Institute Act. Even though he had never stepped foot on American soil, a little-known scientist, James Smithson, left his entire estate to "the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge." The Louvre, the No. 2 museum on the list, opened its doors to the public on this day in 1793. The French revolutionary government converted a royal palace into a museum displaying the immense art collection
      that formerly belonged to the French kings.
      National Geographic Filmmaker recommends Travel First Aid Kit & don't forget Today is World Lion Day!

    • How High-Speed Winds Can Damage Your Home

      Here is the Midst of Hurricane Season, and heading toward National Preparedness Month we want to remind you to Prepare... Before or After isn't a viable question - get ready now.

      While your home may not be shattered, a lot of damage can occur - some not immediately apparent.

      It is important to educate yourself on all matters, especially when it comes to one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime — your home. To protect your family and your belongings, fully understanding how the structural frame of your home can be affected by high-speed winds or a hurricane is just the beginning.

      For more background reading, see these articles (or continue with this post below):

      Here are four of the most common types of damage that can occur from high-speed wind situations:

      palms at hurricane1. Uplifting

      During windstorms, both the speed and direction of winds can fluctuate, which can put pressure on all parts of your home. The roof is one of the most vulnerable parts of your house. As wind flows over the roof it creates a strong lifting effect, similar to air flowing over an airplane wing. If the connection between the roof and walls is not strong enough, the entire roof may detach from the rest of the structure. This is known as an uplift.

      To help prevent this from happening, it is important to have your roof professionally inspected to ensure the roof sheathing is properly installed and that nails are correctly penetrating the rafters or trusses. Depending on your location, it may also be a good idea to install specially designed metal connectors.

      2. Racking

      When wind exerts horizontal pressure on the house, causing the structure to tilt or lean, this is referred to as racking.

      3. Sliding

      Sliding occurs when horizontal pressure forces the house to slide off the foundation.

      4. Overturning

      If the house is unable to rack or slide, the lateral forces from the wind may cause the house to completely rotate off its foundation.

      While an uplift might be a more common occurrence during high-speed windstorms, it is important for you to have your entire home checked and inspected if you live in an area where storms are common. Speak with a representative about the residential building codes in your area to ensure you meet all the minimum building requirements.

      To avoid or better protect your home against high-speed wind damage, consider speaking with your builder or remodeler about making adjustments to your home such as creating a continuous load path, which is a method of construction that ties your entire house together from top to bottom. By connecting and strengthening the structural frame of the house, along with the use of storm shutters and impact-resistant windows, your home will be better equipped to handle future high-speed windstorms.

      Regardless of what you decide to do, make sure you involve yourself in the entire process from start to finish so that you and your family understand what's being done and how this will protect your home. Don't be afraid to ask questions and get recommendations.

    • Happy Friendship Day!

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    • Before or After

      We harp on preparedness being something you need to do before disaster strikes - since so many rush the stores and hoard during a disaster... well plan on hearing a lot more as we head toward National Preparedness Month.

      Disaster strike suddenly and often viciously. Be ready.

      Captured two weeks following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s destructive forces impacting the New York tri-state area, this image shows public health responders surveying the devastation at Breezy Point, in Queens. The photographer, Public Health Associate, Pauline Tran, who at the time was a staff member in the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR) in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), said she and her colleagues, Ingrid and Maggie (pictured here) were “slowly passing through the wreckage and examining the incredible loss in the neighborhood. Walking amongst the charred remains that were once people’s homes was heart wrenching, and self-reflective, especially as we passed burned children’s books on the ground, but there were still feelings of hope and resiliency among the residents, who proudly displayed American flags alongside the ruins.". Additional Information: ”I was heavily involved in the Sandy recovery efforts, particularly with the coordination of DOHMH environmental and mental health staff at the seven NYC Restoration Centers for Sandy victims throughout the Rockaways, Coney Island, and Staten Island”, said Ms. Tran, who received a third place award in the 2013 CDC Connects’ Annual Public Health in Action Photo Contest, in the category of “Domestic People and Programs”. CDC Connects is the organization’s internally-published public health news site. Captured two weeks following the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s destructive forces impacting the New York tri-state area, this image shows public health responders surveying the devastation at Breezy Point, in Queens. The photographer, Public Health Associate, Pauline Tran, who at the time was a staff member in the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR) in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), said she and her colleagues, Ingrid and Maggie (pictured here) were “slowly passing through the wreckage and examining the incredible loss in the neighborhood. Walking amongst the charred remains that were once people’s homes was heart wrenching, and self-reflective, especially as we passed burned children’s books on the ground, but there were still feelings of hope and resiliency among the residents, who proudly displayed American flags alongside the ruins.".
      Additional Information:
      ”I was heavily involved in the Sandy recovery efforts, particularly with the coordination of DOHMH environmental and mental health staff at the seven NYC Restoration Centers for Sandy victims throughout the Rockaways, Coney Island, and Staten Island”, said Ms. Tran, who received a third place award in the 2013 CDC Connects’ Annual Public Health in Action Photo Contest, in the category of “Domestic People and Programs”. CDC Connects is the organization’s internally-published public health news site.

      Photo Credit: Pauline Tran, Off. of Emergency Preparedness and Response (OEPR), NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)

      CDC - Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR); Hurricanes and Other Tropical Storms

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