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    • Columbus is relevant

      Did you know that Columbus Day is not a public holiday in California, Nevada or Hawaii?

      1492, sailing ocean blue, etc... well not in these places!

    • Freedom and Human Dignity

      On this day, October 6th, 1979 Pope John Paul II became the first Pope in history to visit the White House. He was welcomed by President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Pope John Paul said, "It gives me great joy to be the first Pope in history to come to the capitol of this nation." During his pilgrimage to the United States, he traveled to six American cities preaching freedom and human dignity to millions of Americans.pope-and-prez

    • Thanksgiving...

      TurkeySquareDid you know that on this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day? This was until President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved it to the third Thursday of the month in 1939. He did this in order to boost the economy by allowing shoppers more time in between Thanksgiving and Christmas to purchase goods. This was only in effect for a short two years when it was changed to the original fourth Thursday.

    • National Coffee Day!

      COFFEEWake up, it's National Coffee Day! Don't miss out on the discounts and freebies today at restaurants and coffee chains such as Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme. Additionally, Starbucks
      will be giving back by donating a coffee tree for every cup of Mexico Chiapas brewed for a customer. You will be enjoying the coffee aroma all day long!

    • Reach Loved Ones

      The FEMA App is  free on the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Android.

      Free FEMA App: Disaster Resources, Disaster Reporter, Weather Alerts, Social and PreparednessFEMA-App-3

      FEMA App – Your phone can prepare you

    • Can insect repellents be used by pregnant or nursing women?

      BUGXThe CDC says that most repellents can be used on children aged >2 months. Protect infants aged <2 months from mosquitoes by using an infant carrier draped with mosquito netting with an elastic edge for a tight fit. Products containing OLE specify that they should not be used on children aged <3 years. Other than the safety tips listed above, EPA does not recommend any additional precautions for using registered repellents on children or on pregnant or lactating women.

      Industry leaders say Pregnant or lactating women should use the physical barriers described above to prevent contact with ticks. They may also consider having their OUTER clothing treated with Ben's® Clothing and Gear according to the label instructions. Ben's® Clothing and Gear provides 2 weeks of protection to clothing and gear. Other than the routine precautions, because there are too few studies conducted to examine the effects on infants of a mothers transdermal exposure to insect repellents, the EPA does not recommend specific precautions for using registered repellents on pregnant or lactating women. We recommend that you contact your physician with questions.

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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

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