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Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • National Preparedness Month 2013 ends Today

    National Preparedness Series

    National Preparedness Month 2013 ends Today - What's next?
    We've spent the last 60 days focusing on preparedness, now what? Do we just forget about being ready for emergencies for the next 11 months?

    No - not at all, being ready for Disaster is a conscious and year round effort - you can do a little each month as discuss in our "Do 1 thing" post, and think about your situation all the time. Are you stocked up? Do you have a Plan? Do others know the Plan?

    Emergency Preparedness, too, is not just about Disaster Survival Supplies.

    Do you know CPR & First Aid? Host a CPR and First Aid Training at your location for your friends and family or co-workers. It's is not expensive, and even less so when you consider the value of a life saved. Tomorrow begins National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month...learn how to respond to saves lives when EMS or other "official" responders may not be around. Remember that in most cases, CPR only avoids permanent brain death, it doesn't usually actually "resuscitate" - your need an AED for that - apply for an AED Grant to make sure you can have one of these critical lifesaving devices available within a 3 minute round trip from a victim in need.

    You can Be a Hero! Become a National Preparedness Community Member You can Be a Hero! Become a National Preparedness Community Member

    Make sure you have a well stocked First Aid Kit and current First Aid Supplies - knowing First Aid is great - but when you don't have what you need to treat an injury, the knowledge falls short. Watch our Free First Aid Video to refresh your First Aid skills.

    Think about preparedness - at home, at work, on the road, and for kids - at school. Remember pets, parent, and anyone with special needs - be ready in mind, and be ready in need. Be the Hero.

  • Important Preparedness Steps

    National Preparedness Month Series

    With a full Month of Preparedness Planning and Events drawing to a close, we look back to see what we've done.

    We've offered Emergency Planning and advice, Tips for Sheltering in Place, Ideas for Family Safety and Pet Protection during Disasters, Ideas for Senior Readiness, Business Continuity, and even considerations for Individuals with special needs.

    Did we help? Are you more prepared to go it alone when disaster strikes?

    Are you more familiar with Prepper Jargon and Preparedness Principles? Did you join CERT? Did you stock up your Emergency Supplies?

    Here are some more ideas and info...

    Important Preparedness Steps


    The Citizen Corps National Survey revealed that as of 2009, only 57% of Americans surveyed report having supplies set aside in their homes just for disasters, and only 44% have a household emergency plan. National Preparedness Month serves to encourage individuals across the nation to take important preparedness steps including: getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, being informed about the different emergencies that may affect them, as well as taking the necessary steps to get trained and become engaged in community preparedness and response efforts.

    Businesses and Organizations

    How quickly a company is able to get back to business after a terrorist attack, a tornado, a fire, or a flood often depends on emergency planning and preparation done before the disaster strikes. The Ready Campaign highlights three steps to Business Disaster Preparedness:

    1. Plan to Stay in Business;
    2. Talk to Your People; and
    3. Protect Your Investment. These steps underscore how important it is for businesses to document their property/equipment, back up business-critical information, and put a response team in place.

    National Preparedness Month Coalition

    An organization can become a National Preparedness Month Coalition Member by agreeing to participate in a preparedness activity or event in the month of September. National Preparedness Month Coalition members have agreed to promote emergency preparedness through a variety of different ways. Members can sponsor events, coordinate Disaster Preparedness Days,create Disaster Checklists, assist with the creation of emergency kits and survival kits, along with many other Preparedness activities.


  • Are you Ready? Expect the Unexpected - Survive & Thrive!

    National Preparedness Month Series

    Here we are - nearing the end of the 10th Annual National Preparedness Month. Have you taken the Necessary Steps to assure you, your family, and your workplace are ready for  are ready for whatever emergencies may occur?

    Is your Survival Kit ready? Stocked? Updated? Do you have a Survival Kit at Home, a Survival Kit at Work and  the Emergency & Disaster Tools needed to respond? have you got a Survival Kit in your Car with all those cool Auto Emergency Accessories? If you are a parent or Grandparent - do the Kids have their own Children's Disaster Kits? What about a Survival Kit at School? Finally - Pet Lovers... Have you set up your Pet Emergency Kits & Supplies?

    Well Get Going! Did you plan on waiting until next year? What happens when the SHTF in between?

    Take this next year to think about the little things. Get CPR Training. Hold a School Fundraiser to help your kids' school get Classroom Lockdown Kits. Stock up on Ice Packs and Cold Packs - not just for First Aid - think about it.. they can cool your foods in an emergency... What else? Be creative - Survive and thrive.

    NPM-CheckSurvival Gear! Wouldn't you like to be a Prepper too?
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    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 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 Shelters, Lighting, Food & Heating. See all your choices for Survival gear... Continue reading

  • Your Emergency Preparedness Checklist - And More...

    National Preparedness Month Series

    Do you have an Emergency Plan? Do you have your Emergency Supply Checklist? Great! have you actually followed them and set up all the supplies you need, plans, and information required? Do it.

    Here are some Great Free Disaster Planning Resources:

    Family & Home

    Pet Owners 


    Coloring Book

    Ready Kids In-School Materials Developed by Scholastic Inc.

    For more Ready Kids downloads, go to the Ready Kids publications page at


    People with Disabilities


    Business Quadfold Brochure

    Ready Business Poster

    A full color poster with a brief description pertaining to business preparedness

    Business Continuity Plan

    • A business continuity plan that includes recovery strategies to overcome the disruption of business should be developed. Printer Friendly Web version with active input fields to enter information.

    Business Impact Analysis Worksheet

    • A business impact analysis (BIA) predicts the consequences of disruption of a business function and process and gathers information needed to develop recovery strategies. Printer Friendly Web version with active input fields to enter information.

    Continuity Resource Worksheet

    • Business continuity impact analysis identifies the effects resulting from disruption of business functions and processes. It also uses information to make decisions about recovery priorities and strategies. Printer Friendly Web version with active input fields to enter information.

    Emergency Response Plan

    • Plans to protect people, property and the environment should be developed. Plans should include evacuation, sheltering in place and lockdown as well as plans for other types of threats identified during the risk assessment. Printer Friendly Web version with active input fields to enter information.

    Emergency Response Plan Resources

    • Resources are needed for all phases of preparing your business including prevention/deterrence, mitigation, emergency response, business continuity, crisis communications and disaster recovery. Printer Friendly Web version with active input fields to enter information.

    Insurance Review Worksheet

    • Inadequate insurance coverage can lead to a major financial loss if your business is damaged, or operations are interrupted for a period of time. Printer Friendly Web version with active input fields to enter information.

    Program Coordinator Committee Worksheet

    • Key employees should be organized as a program committee that will assist in the development, implementation and maintenance of the preparedness program. Printer Friendly Web version with active input fields to enter information.

    Risk Assessment Table

    • Consider the different types of disasters that could impact your company and the likelihood that they might occur. Printer Friendly Web version with active input fields to enter information.
    American Red Cross Disaster & Emergency kits - American Red Cross 'Be Red Cross Ready' Personal Emergency Preparedness Kits and SmartPack with BackPack Kit. Also see American Red Cross First Aid Kits
    Empty First Aid, Emergency & Medical Trauma Bags - Waterproof Utility Pouch, Roll Up Sleeve, Backpacks, Fanny Packs and Hip bags, Sports Bags, Yellow Carry Case, Duffel on Wheels. Empty Bags & Cases.
    Auto Emergency Accessories - From Tire Gauges and emergency tire inflator kits to Emergency Reflecting Triangles, Fix-A-Flat & emergency Escape Window Punch, We have auto Emergency Strobes, Battery Jumper Cables & Traffic Cones. We even have emergency Travel Blankets to stay warm in a roadside emergency.
    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!
    Roadside Emergency Kits for the Unexpected - Auto Survival Kits... From our AAA Severe Weather Road Kit to the Economy Road Warrior Kit, we offer a broad selection of Auto Emergency Kits like the Urban Warrior Kit, Mountain Road Warrior Kit & High Visibility Incident Unit.
    First Aid & Survival Kits, Outdoor Kits, Fanny Pack Kits, Travelers Aid, Outdoorsman First Aid Kit and the Roll & Go Survival Kits with First Aid Survival Components.
    CERT-Community Emergency Response Team Supplies - Our Certgear ranges from the C.E.R.T. Starter Set, CERT Action Response Unit & C.E.R.T. Deluxe Action Unit, to CERT Apparel and necessities such as Clipboards, C.E.R.T. Fieldbook, CERT Hard Hats & Helmets & even CERT Ponchos.
    Heater Meals - Self-heating nutrition! The complete take-out meal Oven included. A delicious, hot home-style meal, ready to eat in minutes, anytime, anywhere, at school, in doors, at work, outdoors, fishing, camping, boating, snowmobiling. Great tasting Meals come with Safe Self-Heating Technology in Every Box! Within minutes, enjoy a hot and hearty meal anytime anywhere. Includes 12oz entree; utensils, napkin, salt, pepper.
    Get the latest Prepper Tips, Disaster & Survival Information and more.. from Disaster & Survival Videos & Info blasts to articles from hard core preppers - check out the Disaster Survival Preparedness Blog
    Outdoor Survival Preparedness Supplies - From Sunscreen Creams and Towelettes to Insect Repellent, Redi-Wash Self Heating Washcloths and Outdoor Emergency Packs. Folding Shovels and Emergency Ponchos plus treatment for Poison Oak, Poison Ivy and Poison Sumac.
    Tools for Survival Preparedness: 80+ Emergency & Disaster Tools from Duct Tape to Work Gloves, Bungee Cords and ropes, Utility Knives and multi-function tools, Goggles, Kneepads, even playing cards, clipboards & Fire Alarms. See our sundry list of smart ideas for riding out a disaster.
    Survival Emergency Kits: Dogs, Cats & Even Horses! Illuminated Dog Collars & Leashes, Pet Safety Vests, Coleman Dog Tent & Pet Carriers. MediBags & First Aid DVDs for pets. Pet First Aid Guides and ID + More
    From Bull horns to Walkie Talkies and Radios, Our Emergency Communication Solutions include items such as Dynamo Crank & Solar LED Flashlights, Radio flashlight combinations, Walkie Talkies, Cell Phone Chargers, MegaPhones, Air horns, Whistles & even Stop Signs.
    Emergency Hygiene and Sanitary Supplies - Hygiene in a disaster Survival situation is not just Combs, TP and Soap (although we offer those too!) It means complete Personal Hygiene Kits, Sanitizers, Folding & Camping Toilets & Showers, Port-A-Potty Chemicals, Tissue, Travel Hygiene and more advanced group emergency sanitary needs like Solar Shower Units. Don't forget the Emergency Underpants!
    Disaster Preparedness Survival Food & Water rations, from our 1200, 2400 and 3600 Calorie Mayday Food Bars, to Water Barrels and Siphon Pump, 5 year shelf life Water in pouches and AquaBlox. We offer Heater Meals and Potable Aqua germicidal tablets - everything you need for nourishment and hydration in extreme circumstances.
    Search & Rescue Equipment - From our simple Search / Rescue Backpack to deluxe SAR Action units and Safety Vests, Clipboard, Body Bags & Neon Hats. We have all the Multi-Person Deluxe / Professional Rescue Kits and Backpacks here. SAR Gear for Urban and Wilderness Search & Rescue
    Disaster Emergency Preparedness Survival Kits... Basic & Personal Survival Kits & American Red Cross Emergency Kits. Our Survival Gear and Disaster Kits range from simple Commuter Kits and 1 person Survival backpacks to Deluxe Honey Bucket/porta potty kits for 20 people or more.
    First responder Medic EMS Trauma Bags & Kits - From simple American Red Cross Trauma Responder Packs & Deluxe Pack to our fully stocked Responder Kits and Medic Bags, We offer START II Trauma Kit & 50-1,000+ Person First Aid Trauma Medical Kits.
    Glow Sticks, LED Flashlights, warmers & more... Flashlights & Glow Sticks, Batteries, Hand Warmers, Waterproof Matches, Slow Burn Candles & Portable Generators.
    Everything for START Triage (Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment) from Triage Tags and Triage Tarps to Triage Incident Command & Triage Units on Wheels, Triage Tape: Minor, Morgue, Delayed, Immediate.
    Stay Dry, Warm and Covered in Emergency Situations - We offer Ponchos, Emergency Tents, Canopies, Cots and shelters - Vinyl Tarps, Sleeping Bags, Solar / Mylar / Space & Wool Emergency Blankets, Air Mattress & Air Pumps. We even have Privacy Shelters for bathing and changing and Rain Suits for inclement weather!
  • FEMA and Resources

    National Preparedness Month Series - Free Disaster Survival Resources

    NPM-CheckBetcha Didn't Know offered all this cool free Stuff! (More Disaster Resources)

    Continue reading

  • National Preparedness Month Series - Do 1 Thing

    National Preparedness Month Series - Do 1 Thing

    Only 5 days left in National Preparedness Month - What have you Done?
    OK, so you didn't get it together and put a program in place yet - National Preparedness can be a Month-by-Month easy process, too - How about the "Do 1 Thing" program? Just do one small thing each Month, and Next Year you'll be READY.

    The Do 1 Thing Program is Easy!

    We break up the big job of becoming prepared into 12 smaller 'things' or topics. Below are the 12 Do 1 Thing topics to help you become better prepared. Within each are easy and affordable suggestions that you can do to become better prepared.

    A full list of all 12 Things is available here as a PDF.


    Be Informed

    Getting correct information during an emergency is the key to taking safe action. Someone in your household may not be able to receive, understand, or act on emergency information. Think about what special needs your household may have. Take action now to make sure everyone in your family will be safe in an emergency.



    We count on electricity for heat, food, and medical needs. Many gas appliances even need electricity to run. A power outage is an emergency that often follows another emergency—like a hurricane, tornado, or winter storm. That makes it even more important to be prepared in advance.


    Emergency Supplies

    Any emergency is easier to handle when you have prepared ahead of time. Put together an emergency kit with important items to keep at home, and a go bag with items you will need to take with you if you evacuate. Think about what you and your family would need in a disaster. You can make kits for your home, car or workplace. Emergencies can happen anywhere.


    First Aid

    An emergency can happen at any time and any place. Many public places have a first aid kit, oxygen, or an AED (automated external defibrillator) to treat people. These items can only save lives if someone knows how to use them. Actions you take in the first few minutes after an injury or other medical incident may save someone’s life.


    Make a Plan

    Disasters change things. When an emergency happens you may have to decide what to do very quickly, while you are worrying about what might happen. By planning ahead, it will be easier to make the right decisions when the worst happens.



    Whether you get water from a municipal water system or your home has a private well, your water supply depends on having power to operate the system. During a power outage—or any disaster that can cause a power outage, such as high winds, ice storm, or flood—you may find yourself without drinkable water.



    In a disaster you may be asked to either evacuate or shelter-in-place. In the excitement of an emergency, it can be difficult to focus on what you are doing. Know what to do to keep your family safe. Practice your tornado and fire safety plans. If your family has practiced, they will be more comfortable doing it when the emergency actually happens.



    An emergency food supply doesn’t have to sit on a shelf, ready for disaster to strike (although it can). It can be part of the food you use every day. The key to a good food storage plan is to buy ahead of time. Replace items before they run out. Buy items when they are on sale.


    Work, School & Community

    Disasters can happen at any time. If you are away from home do you know where to find safe shelter locations? Do you know what the emergency procedures are for your child’s school or for your workplace? Will people who count on you know what to do if you can’t reach them? Know how to make sure you and your loved ones are safe in a disaster, no matter where you are.


    Unique Family Needs

    Every household is different. Is there an infant or young child in your home? Does someone in your family have a medical condition that requires medication? Do you have a pet? Before disaster strikes, talk to your family about your household’s unique needs. Make a list of special items you may need in a disaster.


    Family Communication Plan

    Today we have more ways to speak with one another than ever before. We are used to staying in touch with cell phones, internet, and email, but disasters can change things. These devices may not be available. Cell phone towers quickly become overloaded with people trying to reach friends and family. If the power is out at your home, cordless phones, internet, and email will not work either.


    Get Involved

    It takes more than police, fire and EMS to respond to a disaster. It takes people who are committed to neighborhoods, churches, schools and volunteer organizations. When people are willing to work together for the good of others, communities are stronger. Learn more about how to be prepared and contribute to a resilient community.

    Stock up NOW and be ready for a hurricane! Stock up NOW
  • What’s New in Emergency Management?

    National Preparedness Month Series - Learn more online with Preparedness Webinars

    • Higher Education Program Virtual Symposium Series 

    FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Program

    Virtual Symposium Session 2

    “What’s New in Emergency Management?” 

    September 26, 2013               2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

    FEMA Corps: Strengthening the Nation’s Response Capacity

    By Nicholas Zefran*, Kate Raftery*, Samantha Hawke*, Melissa Ventresca#, Deanne Criswell+* - AmeriCorps NCCC, # - FEMA/EMI, + - FEMA Corps Unit Chief

    How do you develop and implement a successful partnership between two federal agencies around disaster response and recovery?  How can (and does) FEMA use a workforce composed of members between the ages of 18-24 to benefit FEMA’s disaster operations and ultimately the entire emergency management workforce?  Hear how the Corporation for National and Community Service and FEMA surpassed the challenges surrounding the establishment of a federal partnership.   Learn how their FEMA Corps experiences could be brought to the classroom, could benefit your program, and how can you recruit them!

    Emergency Management Critical Thinkers: Optimizing Programs to Help New, Experienced, and Expert Leaders Enhance Marketability.

    By Kathy Francis*, MS, CEM®, Bill Nash+, Douglas McDaniel*, Sam Lombardo Frederick Community College, + - Barton Community College

    How do you develop emergency management leaders that are creative, critical, and reflective thinkers? What can programs do to provide not only intellectual challenges which parallel field knowledge, skills and abilities, but also provide a wide range of high-quality professional development opportunities to help new, experienced and expert leaders? Learn how successful programs challenge students to make connections between program studies and the real world expectations. Listen to hear how two institutions are accomplishing this objective!

    Click here to register!

    Questions? Contact Dr. Houston Polson, Director FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Program at or call 301-447-1262.American-Red-Cross-Emergency-Kits

  • Emergency Online Communication Training

    National Preparedness Month Series - Emergency Online Communication Training

    Communicating with social media is new, and often confusing, for emergency operations center personnel. Participating in an Emergency Operations Center is just as confusing for local government web professionals who are typically without incident command education and are often the ones tapped to disseminate information in a disaster.

    Emergency Communication Solutions Emergency Communication Solutions - From Bull horns to Walkie Talkies and Radios

    The 2013 National Association of Government Web Professionals National Conference will feature a single track of sessions dedicated to emergency online communications on Friday. The Friday Focus will bring together web and emergency professionals, combining technical and practical "boots on the ground" experience.

    These sessions are included in the cost of registration for the full conference, which takes place September 25-27, 2013. A special rate is also available for those who are only able to attend the Friday training on emergency online communications. Visit for more information and registration.

    Date Friday September 27th 2013 8:00am to 5:30pm
  • Wha? Wallaby CPR?

    We told you about Pigeon CPR and we've even heard of Housefly CPR, but here's a new one for the wacky world of lifesaving... Wallaby CPR:

    Man performs CPR on a wallaby … that’s Australian for bravery

    The tiny marsupial, which weighs only 3.5 pounds, now goes by the name Lucky. The tiny marsupial, which weighs only 3.5 pounds, now goes by the name Lucky.

    Mick Hussin of Victoria was relaxing with a beer when he saw two dogs chasing a tiny marsupial into Belongil Creek. When the little guy couldn't make it across, Hussin swooped in to rescue it.

    An Australian man saved a life by performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation … on a wallaby.

    Mick Hussin of Victoria was relaxing with a beer in hand on the northeast coast of New South Wales when he saw a young swamp wallaby, called a joey, struggling to stay above water last Saturday, The Northern Star reported.

    Two dogs had chased the tiny marsupial into Belongil Creek and it could not make it across.

    "To be honest I don't know why, I just had to go in and get it. I thought I might have been wasting my time," told ABC North Coast.

    Hussin grabbed the wallaby by the tail and brought it to the bank of the creek where it lay limp. Hussin recently completed a CPR course at work so he put those skills to use.

    "I used my hand as a funnel and blowing into its mouth, put it on its side, and after about 10 minutes it started to move its paw a tiny bit and then vomited and started to come back to life," he said.

    Hussin says he created a makeshift pouch with a few towels to comfort and dry the joey as he contacted WIRES, the Australian Wildlife Rescue Organization.

    WIRES named the joey Lucky after it surviving by a hair. The organization is treating it for shock and will keep it for another week before releasing it back into the wild, Hussin said. Lucky weighs about 3.5 pounds.

    This is not the first time Hussin sprang into action to save an animal.

    About a decade ago, Hussin saved a malnourished Great Dane-Rottweiler puppy that he says had worn its paws down to the bone trying to escape from a concrete enclosure, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

    "I don't plan these things," he said, "but it's a good feeling when you do."

  • What are businesses doing to make communities more disaster resilient?

    National Preparedness Month Series

    National Preparedness Month 2013 began on September 1st. We all need to participate, so we're providing National Preparedness & Emergency Plan updates, Trivia, Information, Tips and more all through September to help you get ready...

    What are businesses doing as innovators and developers of products and services to make communities more disaster resilient?

    Craig Fugate, director of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has talked about thr incredible restorative function of businesses. In fact, he frequently cites a story
    about how FEMA was spending a lot of money to ship in ice to a community, only to learn that the local grocery store was already up and running and had ice on hand. As he
    reasoned, the more business could take care of everyday needs, the more FEMA could devote its resources to more critical situations. In short, ordinary functioning of business
    was an extraordinary help to the disaster response process.

    Retailers often get short shrift for their roles in disaster resilience, but many emergency management officials will tell you that a community will begin to return to normalcy
    once the convenience stores and gas stations reopen. Once people are confident that food and gas is easily accessible, it enables them to shift their minds to other things (as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs suggests). Businesses have a very important role to play in this effort, ensuring that products get to market after disasters.


    This in no way diminishes the importance of the utilities and the value of getting power and water restored and running.

    It also doesn’t diminish the importance of street sweepers, debris haulers, IT experts, and environmental and industrial engineers.

    It takes a Village to Raise a Child - But It takes a Community to Recovery from Disaster. This means everyone working together - Individuals, Local Businesses, Government and Utilities, Philanthropic Organizations, Disaster Suppliers, Big Business... and You.

    What are you and your workplace doing to prepare for Disaster? National Preparedness Month is about thinking about this and taking steps to assure you are ready to survive and then participate in recovery.

    Survival Gear for Businesses and Preparedness Products for Business, Home & Auto Survival Gear for Businesses and Preparedness Products for Business, Home & Auto

    Over the past decade, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) has issued a series of reports on the role of businesses in disaster response, primarily focusing on the philanthropic and social contributions that businesses make throughout the various stages of the disaster response process. Continue reading

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