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Monthly Archives: August 2016

  • 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.

  • 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


  • 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.

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  • 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:

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    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


    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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