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  • Propóngase estar listo en el año 2014 - #Preparación2014

    Estan Preparado?

    Este año, la campaña de Propóngase a estar preparado se enfocará en el "vínculo familiar" y la importancia de que los padres involucren a sus niños en las conversaciones de preparación antes de ocurrir un desastre. La campaña de Ready se propone la preparación ante emergencias como resolución de año nuevo - ofreciendo recomendaciones para familias, como las siguientes tres ideas para desarrollar un plan de emergencias: identificar un contacto a quién llamar, un lugar dónde encontrarse y qué artículos empacar.

    Checklist_Child_Span_508_search_previewListas de verificación de suministros para los equipos de emergencia para padres y niños (español)

  • Safety Tips: New Year's Eve

    Safety Tips:

    New Year's Eve is fun, exciting, but can e dangerous, too - be wise and plan safely to ring in the New Year ready to live healthily and safely through what promises to be a magnificent year!

    If you are hosting a New Year's Eve party, following a few simple rules could prevent a tragedy:

    • Plan ahead by naming a "designated driver." Make this your responsibility as the host.
    • Contact a local cab company to provide rides for your guests.
    • Serve non-alcoholic beverages as an option to your guests.
    • Stop serving alcohol to your guests several hours before the party ends.
    • Provide your guests with a place to stay overnight in your home.

    If you are attending New Year's Eve parties and celebrations:

    • If you drink, don't drive.
      • Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before the party or celebration begins.
      • If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit, or get a sober friend or family member to come pick you up.
      • Or, stay where you are until you are sober.
    • Take the keys from someone if you think he/she is too impaired to drive.

    Drinking: While this goes under the “common sense” rule, it still must be said, DON’T SIT YOUR DRINK DOWN ANYWHERE! A lot of times people are to trusting within their surrounding and tend to put their drink down where anyone can get to it, keep your drink with you. Even if you have to go to the bathroom, either take it with your or give it to a close friend of yours. Whatever you do, don’t leave your drink at a table and then come back to it. While New Year’s Eve is super fun it’s also super dangerous when it comes to someone spiking your drink while it’s unattended. When you are popping champagne bottles, aim the cork away from people. This may sound funny, however; it’s a serious issue, it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye!

    Driving: Whatever you do this New Year’s Eve, as noted above - DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! Even if you’ve had only a couple of drinks, have a designated driver to drive you around. You many think that you’re not that “buzzed up”, however you’re wrong! To avoid problems with accidents and the law, have someone “sober” drive for you. This doesn’t count if your designated driver had drinks along with you; make sure your driver is alcohol free for the night.

    Public Events: Being that it’s New Year’s Eve I’m sure you’re going to want to attend all of the parties and New Year’s festivities. When attending these events, beware of your surroundings at all times! This is extremely important since you may be drinking around tons of people you don’t know in a place you’ve probably never been. Never go to these types of places by yourself. This doesn’t just go for women it also goes for men! When at public events make sure you have a communication device such as cell phone or laptop just in case anything negative occurs. Be prepared!

    No Fireworks or Guns: This will be enforced to the fullest by law enforcement when it comes to New Year’s Eve festivities. If you are going to engage in fireworks, leave it up to the professionals. If you are caught with fireworks this New Year’s Eve, it may be more than just a fine; it may possibly lead to jail time!

    Friends: If you plan on going anywhere for the New Year’s Eve holiday, take friends with you! When going to any type of party or function, don’t go alone! This is really important when it comes to females going out, always stay in groups!

    Pet Safety: Nothing frightens pet’s more than sudden loud noises. Extra attention must be given so your pets won’t run away in a panic. Scared, running pets can be hit by cars, cause accidents, and become lost...not to mention, frequently bite people.

    Other tips for your New Year’s Celebration include:

    • Make sure all fences and gates are secure.
    • Make sure your pet has its ID or dog license, come down and microchip NOW, if you already have a microchip make sure it is current.
    • Ask your veterinarian for tranquilizers if your animal has shown signs of extreme uneasiness in the past.
    • Keep your pets INSIDE, in a comfortable room, with comforting music playing to drowned out scary noises.


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  • Consejos de Seguridad Vial para Peatones y Conductores

    Cuidale en los calles y carreteras

    Pasion Peatonal: El Cruce Prohibido

    Consejos de Seguridad Vial para Peatones

      Crucen la calle por las líneas peatonales e intersecciones.

      Estén atentos al los vehículos que doblan.  Mire a la izquierda, a la derecha y a la izquierda de nuevo antes de cruzar.

      Utilicen el botón para cruce de peatones.

      Comiencen a cruzar la calle cuando la señal lo indique (Walk).

      Manténganse visibles cuando es de noche y durante el mal tiempo.

      Estén atentos a los camiones y autobuses que salen en marcha atrás de esacionamientos y caminos de entrada a las viviendas.


    Consejos de Seguridad Vial para Conductores

      Cedan el paso a los peatones, deténganse en los cruces peatonales y tengan cuidado cuando pasen a los vehículos estacionados.

      Disminuyan la velocidad y obedezcan los límites de velocidad.

      Los conductores deben ceder el paso a los peatones y ciclistas cuando doblan.

      Miren antes de abrir la puerta.

      Manténganse a tres pies de distancia cuando se adelanten a un ciclista.

    Red Cross Family First Aid Kit- Spanish / Español

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    Debido a su diseño único, este botiquín de primeros auxilios esta diseñado para una familia que esta bien establecida en su hogar o una que siempre esta a la carrera. El botiquín incluye manijas para cargarlo además de ganchos incorporados para montarlo a la pared fácilmente. La caja esta equipada con divisores del contenido para facilitar la localización de artículos que necesitan ser remplazados. El equipo es ideal para una familia de cuatro personas. Disponible en versión Inglés
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  • Can a graphic novel be a lifesaver?

    So is this genius or profiling? Tough call. It is certainly original.

    Meet Marco and Maria. Montgomery County Maryland goes comic book/novela in a unique set of PSAs.

    Montgomery County uses comic book story to teach safety Montgomery County uses comic book story to teach safety

    "They're engaged to be married, they love each other very much and they're traumatized when one of them gets hurt by doing something careless," said Jeff Dunckel, coordinator for pedestrian safety in Montgomery County. For Marco and Maria, that careless act is crossing the street without using the crosswalk.

    But Marco and Maria aren't real. They're fictional characters in a graphic-novel style pedestrian safety campaign recently launched in Montgomery County. The story is already appearing on Ride On buses and a number of bus shelters in the county.Novela2

    Dunckel said the idea was to deliver a serious message about pedestrian safety, while drawing people in with the story of a romance in peril. He said the soap opera format coupled with the comic-book style generated a lot of discussion before the launch.

    Novela3"There was initial concern that this sort of ‘telenovela' idea was stereotypic," Dunckel said.

    Telenovelas, highly stylized soap operas, are a staple of a lot of Spanish-language channels in the U.S. and abroad.

    Dunckel said telenovelas are popular with the population Montgomery County is trying to reach, and the reaction from focus groups was positive.

    "This love-relationship between Maria and Marco is playing to the idea that if you love ‘Maria'-- if you love the woman in your life —- you'll be careful when you're on the street," Dunckel said.

    You can follow the continuing saga of Marco and Maria on Montgomery County's Ride-On buses and in bus shelters in Montgomery County. The new public safety campaign was launched earlier this month.

    WTOP's Kate Ryan contributed to this report. Follow @kateryanWTOP and @WTOP on Twitter. Continue reading

  • How CPR Can Save a Life

    Millions of people have been trained in CPR in recent decades, yet when people who aren’t in hospitals collapse from a sudden cardiac arrest, relatively few bystanders attempt resuscitation. Only one-fourth to one-third of those who might be helped by CPR receive it before paramedics arrive.

    With so many people trained, why isn’t bystander CPR done more often?

    CPR3For one thing, people forget what to do: the panic that may ensue is not conducive to accurate recall. Even those with medical training often can’t remember the steps just a few months after learning them. Rather than make a mistake, some bystanders simply do nothing beyond calling 911, even though emergency dispatchers often tell callers how to perform CPR.

    Then there is the yuck factor: performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a stranger. So pervasive is the feeling of reluctance that researchers decided to study whether rescue breathing is really necessary.

    We recommend American CPR Training... They are good- very knowledgeable, and easy to schedule with. (

    On this subject though - it is important, too, that everyone consider the importance of AEDs - CPR doesn't generally really "Resuscitate" as the name would imply, but rather maintains stasis until an AED or other advanced lifesaving practices are applied.
    Consider the National AED Grant program at - they provide funding assistance for getting AEDS. Their program is described as -

    An AED in every Home….
    An AED in every Business….
    An AED in every Public Place….

    Our Goal: An AED wherever tragedy may strike. ~
    Providing Funding to Empower America in Deploying these Critical Lifesaving Devices...

    Two major studies, published in The New England Journal of Medicine in July 2010, clearly demonstrated that chest compressions alone were as good or even better than combining them with rescue breathing. In both studies, one conducted in Washington State and London and the other in Sweden, a slightly higher percentage of people who received only bystander chest compressions survived to be discharged from the hospital with good brain function.

    When a person collapses suddenly because the heart’s electrical function goes awry, it turned out, there is often enough air in the lungs to sustain heart and brain function for a few minutes, as long as blood is pumped continuously to those vital organs. In addition, some people gasp while in cardiac arrest, which can bring more oxygen into the lungs. Indeed, the studies strongly suggested that interrupting chest compressions to administer rescue breaths actually diminishes the effectiveness of CPR in these patients.

    Based in part on these findings, the American Heart Association has removed rescue breathing from bystander CPR guidelines for teenagers and adults in sudden cardiac arrest.

    About 900 Americans die every day because of sudden cardiac arrest. Nearly 383,000 of such episodes occur outside hospitals each year, 88 percent of them at home. Thus, the life you save with CPR may well be a relative’s.

    Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. A victim of sudden cardiac arrest collapses suddenly, becomes unresponsive to gentle shaking and stops breathing normally. The arrest occurs when the heart’s electrical system malfunctions, resulting in highly irregular signals that leave the heart unable to pump blood. After just four minutes of this, the brain’s ability to recover from a lack of oxygen begins to seriously decline.

    About 95 percent of people in sudden cardiac arrest die before reaching the hospital. Many of them were otherwise healthy. A victim’s chances of survival fall by 7 percent to 10 percent every minute the heart fails to pump.

    Since 2010, the heart association has advocated a simplified version of bystander CPR. When encountering a person who has collapsed and is unresponsive, the most important emergency action — after yelling for someone to call 911 — is to administer rapid, forceful chest compressions until medical help arrives or an automated external defibrillator, or A.E.D., can be used to shock the heart back into a normal rhythm.

    Put one hand over the other, with fingers entwined, place them in the center of the chest between the victim’s nipples, and press hard and fast. Each compression should depress the chest by about two inches and should be repeated about 100 times a minute. If done to the beat of “Staying Alive,” the old Bee Gees song, the proper rhythm will be achieved. The chest should be allowed to rise up momentarily between compressions to allow the heart and lungs to refill.

    You don’t have to take a course to learn compression-only CPR. You can prepare by watching a video by the American Heart Association. Search online for “hands-only CPR instructional video,” or check out the association’s web page on the topic. There are also free mobile training apps available for iPhone and Android phones.

    Chest compressions alone should be done only for teenagers and adults in sudden cardiac arrest. Conventional CPR, with rescue breathing, is still recommended for infants and younger children. The combination should also be used for teenagers and adults in cardiac arrest who collapsed unobserved and may not have any air left in their lungs, as well as for victims of drowning, drug overdose or collapse because of a breathing problem.

    The heart association has changed the recommended protocol for conventional CPR in hopes of improving its effectiveness. The current recommendation is to start with 30 chest compressions (at a rate of 100 a minute) followed by two one-second breaths, repeating this sequence until help arrives.

    When providing breaths, the victim’s head should be tilted back to open the airway. For an infant, the rescuer’s mouth should completely cover the baby’s nose and mouth. For children older than 1 and for adults, the victim’s nose should be pinched and the mouth completely covered by the mouth of the rescuer, who should observe the chest rising with each rescue breath.

  • Robbery, Assault & Vehicle Destruction: College Trip Dangers or Action Flick?

    If you are a college student and are currently planning your first trip to a foreign country, there are potential dangers to traveling abroad that you should be aware of. Knowing about these dangers can help you avoid an big inconvenience or maybe even a tragedy on your upcoming vacation.


    In 2012, four college students were robbed at gunpoint in Costa Rica. The fact that they were robbed in a low crime-rate area shows that something like this can happen anywhere (4).

    To reduce your chances of being mugged, you should take the same precautions you would to avoid becoming a victim of a violent attack. In addition to that, do the following:

    • Don't wear expensive jewelry, watches, etc.
    • Leave your debit cards at home
    • Put an extra credit card and/or cash in your hotel safe (5)

    Airplane in the skyGetting mugged is the traditional way for a thief to steal your money, but modern technology has also made it possible for thieves to steal your identity. Identity thieves use a variety of methods, and traveling abroad makes you more of a target. One of the best ways to prevent identity theft abroad is a getting proactive identity protection from a service like Lifelock. That way even if your identity is stolen while you are vacationing abroad, you will be protected.


    A crime can happen anywhere, but there are certain places where you will be at greater risk for becoming a victim of a violent attack. An Associated Press story reported that in early 2013, a woman vacationing at a hostel in Turkey was found dead in a low-income district in Istanbul (2). Additionally, there have also been reports of women being raped while vacationing abroad, and a study at Middlebury College in Vermont found that women are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted abroad than at home (3).

    The good news, however, is that you can take measures to greatly reduce the risk of a tragedy like this happening to you. Some of the things you can do to reduce your risk of becoming the victim of a violent crime include the following:

    • Stay away from isolated areas
    • Dress conservatively
    • Dress to blend in
    • Hire a local guide
    • Travel with a group

    Road Crashes

    image of a travel first aid kit in a green bag Nothing can spoil a great vacation like an injury. Be prepared to deal with mishaps on the abroad and away from home with these first aid kits designed specifically for traveling and travelers!

    For healthy Americans traveling abroad the most common cause of death is motor vehicle accidents. Of these fatal accidents, the World Health Organization estimates that 90% of them occur in middle to low-income countries. Foreign traffic rules combined with poor road infrastructures make the odds of getting into an accident abroad about 20 to 40 times greater than getting into an accident in the U.S., according to The Association for Safe International Road Travel. And because of the large increase in students studying abroad and the average young adult's adventurous, risk-taking nature, college students are at even greater risk than the rest of the population.

    However, there are measures you can take to reduce your chance of getting into an accident on the road. An article recently featured on advises that if you are going to be driving in a foreign country, you should make sure that you are aware of all the local traffic rules, road conditions, and dangerous roads to avoid in that particular country. Furthermore, they recommend that it may be best to avoid getting behind the wheel altogether and simply use taxi services or public transportation instead.

  • Survive Outdoors Longer® Origin™

    SOL2The SOL Origin™ redefines the survival kit from the ground up. In one product that fits in the palm of your hand, the Origin™ gives you the collection of tools you need to survive the unexpected and make it back alive. Think of it as the ultimate cross-breed of the traditional 'ten essentials' and a survival kit, all wrapped up in one lightweight, easy to carry, indestructible package. The heart of the Origin™ is its ABS-plastic waterproof case which contains an array of key survival tools, including Tinder-Quik™ fire starters, 150lb-test SOL1braided nylon cord, mil-spec stainless steel wire, and an emergency sewing and fishing kit. For those unfamiliar with wilderness survival, backcountry expert Buck Tilton’s survival instructions contain over 60 survival techniques and strategies. Integrated into the Origin’s lid is a flip-up Rescue Flash™ signal mirror with a retro-reflective aiming aid. Flip the case over and find the one-hand-operable Fire Lite™ sparker, a removable liquid-damped compass and, secured in a button-release slot, is a versatile folding lock-blade knife. This essential survival knife features a 100db rescue whistle, ultra-bright LED light integrated into the handle and an AUS-8 steel drop-point blade designed for the precision cutting you need during survival emergencies. Welcome to the future of survival – the Origin™ is mandatory equipment for any outdoor adventurer.


    • Size: 3.875" x 2.75" x 1.5"
    • Weight: 6.1oz.


    • Ski / Snowboard
    • Hiking / Backpacking
    • Mountain / Road Biking
    • Hunting / Fishing
    • Off Roading
    • Paddlesports


    • Be Seen And Heard
      Broadcast your location up to 20 miles away with the Rescue Flash™ signal mirror and up to one mile away with the 100dB pea-less whistle.
    • Keep your Essentials Safe and Dry
      Rugged ABS hinged case with machined silicone gasket for waterproof protection.
    • Slice, Shave, and Whittle
      AUS-8 stainless steel, folding lock-blade knife designed for precision cutting.
    • Illuminate your Work
      Ultra-bright LED light aims down the blade for task lighting; 15 hours of run time and easily replaceable batteries for extended use.
    • Start a Fire with One Hand
      Fire Lite™ sparker is waterproof, easy to grip, and one hand operable. Produces over 5,000 sparks.
    • Find your Way Back
      Removable, liquid-filled button compass will help you get your bearings straight.
    • Knowledge is Survival
      Written specifically for the Origin, Buck Tilton's 62+ lifesaving tips and techniques will help you make use of all the unique tools inside the Origin - and Survive Outdoors Longer.

    WATCH Survive Outdoors Longer® Origin™ PRODUCT VIDEO

      Adventure Medical Kits's Product Manager breaks down the Survive Outdoors Longer® Origin™, a survival tool that's the first of it's kind - part kit, part multifunction tool, part storage box, the Origin is the most durable survival kit on the market and contains a collection of tools that will help you Survive Outdoors Longer.

  • Have a Holiday Giggle on Us?

    We had SO MUCH FUN at our Holiday Party! We took over the entire top floor of a great hotel and played!

    Watch us and please laugh at us!

  • Target Credit Cards Compromised... 9 Identity Theft Safety Tips For the Holidays

    With the news about 40 million Target customers potentially having had their credit cards used at Target  compromised, many are thinking more seriously about Identity theft and credit card security...

    ID TheftNot only is Santa watching holiday shoppers these days, so are cyber criminals. With the holiday season here, both computer and mobile users should be aware of potential e-scams. Some may be in the form of e-mail offers in the attempt to obtain personal data (credit card information), while others could include attachments that when downloaded, might install a malware/computer virus onto the user’s system.

    It’s during this time of the year that a lot of scammers are looking to make money off of seasonal online shoppers. Both e-mail and online solicitations take place in larger amounts during the holidays as users start to receive information on upcoming bargains, various sales and deals at retail stores. Unfortunately, this large influx of legitimate sales coming in as e-mails or ads could hide malicious code and allow attempts by cybercriminals to target shoppers on the Web.

    Even the savviest online shoppers are finding themselves stumbling onto phishing scams, which look like legitimate e-mails. The email could ask the receiver to download and complete an attached form, or to click on a link to view and respond to a good deal or ad. IT security experts are warning consumers to not do either! Chances are, the recipient is not getting any deal at all, but the e-mail or ad is used as bait to try and steal the person’s data (identity theft), to be able to use another’s identity to commit fraud.

    It is always in the best interest of shoppers, whether during the holidays or not, to be aware of deals that seem “too good to be true” and implement security best practices. This allows online shoppers avoid some of the common pitfalls and threats associated with shopping on the Internet.

    Here are a few holiday shopping security tips for online consumers to keep in mind:

    • Be aware of recent phishing attacks - FraudWatch International is a site that releases the latest phishing activity.

    • Know of the newest e-scams and warnings. The FBI website covers complaints, alerts and scams.

    • Be knowledgeable about information security best practices. Here’s a great post on 7 ways to protect information on your smartphone.

    • Do understand that shopping apps could download malware, so be careful.

    • Realize that phony e-mails can be sent directly or indirectly. It’s often a technique to defraud consumers in having them offer information to a mischievous requester.

    • Check the sale/bargain offers you get via e-mails or ads to see if other online consumers received them. Also, consider checking the online retailer’s website to see if they are offering the same deal online.

    • Protect all computers and mobile devices (install anti-virus software and deploy other security tools in protecting the network) prior to shopping online.

    • When shopping online, only use trustworthy retailers with reputable sites or use familiar stores to do purchasing.

    • Think twice before providing your credit card information as this can land in the wrong hands if not treated carefully whom they give out their credit-card numbers to.

    These are only a few of the security tips that consumers need to be thinking about when shopping online. Even considering using one or two of them can help consumers mitigate risk and avoid a costly and time-consuming breach of security during the holiday season

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