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  • Don't Wait

    We have said it before, and we will say it again - the word Preparedness begins with "Pre-".. this means before, don't react to an emergency by "preparing" get your gear and your plan together today.

    Don't wait, communicate with your family today about an emergency plan today. Visit www.Ready.gov/communicate for tools and resources to make and practice a family emergency communication plan. In recent years, devastating earthquakes, tornadoes, floods and wildfires have highlighted the need for Americans to prepare for natural disaster. However, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), half of Americans have not discussed or developed a family emergency plan. The Ad Council has partnered with FEMA on the Ready Campaign since 2003, with the goal of educating Americans about the best ways to prepare.

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    Icon for file of type application/pdfFamily Communication Plan for Kids (English)

    Family communication plan template designed for kids to organize emergency contact phone numbers and identify an emergency meeting place.

     

    Icon for file of type application/pdfFamily Communication Plan for Parents (English)

    Family communication plan template designed for parents to organize emergency contact phone numbers and identify an emergency meeting place.

    Ready to get your stuff? 

    PRE-pared means yo plan and supply yourself BEFORE Disaster Strikes! PRE-pared means yo plan and supply yourself BEFORE Disaster Strikes!
  • How to prevent common office place injuries...

    We've talked a lot lately about the need to update your office first aid kits to the new ANSI First Aid Requirements, as well as information about keeping your records straight on workplace mishaps but what about preventing the injuries before you need to treat them or report them?

    Quill put out a great infographic to help with this that we would like to share:

    Injury–Proof Your Office Prevent Safety Hazards with this Important Guide

    Injury–Proof Your Office Prevent Safety Hazards with this Important Guide

    Each year, more than 4 million workers suffer a serious job-related injury or illness. From slips, falls, and trips to lifting and striking/catching injuries (when workers are struck or caught by an object), workplace hazards are inevitable—even in an office setting. If you experience an injury on the job, we've got the steps you should take to keep your employer and insurer in the loop. As for employers, we have tips and suggestions to keep your workplace safe, which include installing proper lighting and surfaces, stocking up on the right supplies to stay organized and prevent tripping hazards, and educating employees. Check out the infographic above to help prevent workplace injuries and know what to do should one occur.

    ALSO READ: Safety Precautions for the DisabledHow to Make Sure Your Office is Hurricane ReadyReducing the hidden hazards of Office Work & Accidents

  • Preparing for Floods: What You Should Know

    Floods - why are we talking about them in Summer? They happen... not just from summer storms, and rain melt, but also from storm surge and hurricanes creating inland flooding.

    The summer season brings warm temperatures and longer days, but it can also bring heavy rains that can increase your risk for one of the most common disasters in the United States – floods.  Properly preparing for this hazard can keep your family safe, minimize potential damage, and speed up recovery efforts.

    While everyone is at risk for flooding, many remain financially unprotected. One of the best ways to protect your home is by purchasing flood insurance because homeowner’s insurance policies may not cover flood losses. Keep in mind that there is a 30-day waiting period before flood coverage takes effect!

    In addition to flood insurance, the How to Prepare for a Flood guide from America’s PrepareAthon! outlines steps you can take to safeguard your home and possessions, including:

    • Keep important papers in a fireproof, waterproof box. For electronic records, keep a backup drive in your fireproof, waterproof box or store files using a secure, backed up web-based service.
    • Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel if the location is susceptible to flooding.
    • Install “check valves” in sewer lines to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home.

    No matter the source, a flood does not have to be a catastrophic event to be costly. Just a few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars in damage. Check out this interactive Cost of Flooding tool from FloodSmart.gov to measure the financial impact a flood could have on your home.

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  • End Violence Against Children

    The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children will support the efforts of those seeking to prevent violence, protect childhood, and help make societies safe for children… watch the video to learn more.

    End Violence Against Children Launch Film from End Violence Against Children on Vimeo.

    First Aid Store is proud to offer a full range of Top Brand child first aid and emergency products, from decorated theme bandages, to survival kits to first aid fun! See our Ow-Wee-Kit, Child I.D. & Records Mini Kit • Latex Free & Fun MediBag 4 Kidz & Kid Friendly First Aid Kits in FUN COLORS! • Also see our FUN BANDAGES... Many themes to suit Kids of all ages (we like them ourselves!)
  • Art-Life-Drones

    We've told you about the awesomeness of Drones bringing lifesaving to those in need - now a little but about drone art.

    Drones have opened up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to capturing breathtaking images. Ten years ago, if you wanted to take an aerial view photograph, you most likely would have had to hire a pilot to take you up. Today, with a relatively small investment and a bit of practice, you can have a bird's-eye-view in no time! This year's 3rd Annual
    International Drone Photography awards competition has concluded and the winners are stunning.

    The first place spot went to an image of the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Umbria, Italy.Umbria

    Second place captures a camel caravan on Cable BeachCamel Caravan

    and third shows a group of beach goers in Spain.Canaria

    Check out the rest of the winners at: BoredPanda!

  • Wildfire

    Wildfire. As the temperatures rise, and things dry out (especially considering the current drought issues) wildfire risk rises everywhere.

    Some reminders about Wildfire Safety:

    Do you know what to do if you spot a wildfire?wildfire-spot-it

    You should walk or drive away from the fire immediately and call 911 to report it! Weather conditions and the type of ground cover (trees, dry grass, etc) can make the fire change direction quickly so it is important that you stay far away from the blaze. Leaving the area will also make it easier for firefighters and rescue workers to get to the scene.

    www.firewise.org #WildfireSafety

  • Number of crash deaths on US roads

    The Prevention Status Reports from the CDC highlight—for all 50 states and the District of Columbia—the status of public health policies and practices designed to address 10 important public health problems and concerns. The following policies are recommended by the Community Preventive Services Task Force and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because scientific studies support their effectiveness in preventing or reducing crash-related injuries and deaths:

    • Auto - Did you knowImplementing primary enforcement seat belt laws that cover occupants in all seating positions
    • Mandating the use of car seats and booster seats for motor vehicle passengers through at least age 8 years
    • Implementing comprehensive graduated driver licensing (GDL) systems, which help new drivers gain experience under low-risk conditions by granting driving privileges in stages. Research shows that more comprehensive GDL systems prevent more crashes and deaths than less comprehensive GDL systems. Components of comprehensive GDL systems include
      • A minimum age of 16 years for learner’s permits
      • A mandatory holding period of at least 12 months for learner’s permits
      • Nighttime driving restrictions between 10:00 pm and 5:00 am (or longer) for intermediate or provisional license holders
      • A limit of zero or one young passengers who can ride with intermediate or provisional license holders without adult supervision
      • A minimum age of 18 years for unrestricted licensure
    • Requiring the use of ignition interlock devices for everyone convicted of alcohol-impaired driving

    Other strategies recommended by scientific evidence for preventing motor vehicle injuries include enhanced seat belt enforcement campaigns, 0.08% blood alcohol concentration laws, minimum legal drinking age laws, publicized sobriety checkpoint programs, alcohol-impaired driving mass media campaigns, increased alcohol taxes, car and booster seat distribution plus education campaigns, and community-wide car seat and booster seat information and enhanced enforcement campaigns.

    Seat belt law

    A primary enforcement seat belt law allows police to stop a vehicle solely because a driver or passenger is not wearing a seat belt. A secondary enforcement seat belt law requires police to have another reason for stopping a vehicle before citing a driver or passenger for not buckling up. The most comprehensive policies are primary seat belt laws that cover all occupants, regardless of where they are sitting.

    Bar chart showing the number of states rated green, yellow, and red for seat belt law in the 2013 PSRs and 2015 PSRs, along with a table showing the rating scale. In 2013, of states with available data, 18 states rated green, 16 states rated yellow, and 17 states rated red. In 2015, of states with available data, 19 states rated green, 16 states rated yellow, and 16 states rated red. Green means their was a primary enforcement law covering all seating positions. Yellow means there was a primary enforcement law covering only the front seats. Red means their was a secondary enforcement law or no law. States with missing data are not included. (State count includes the District of Columbia.)

    How These Ratings Were Determined
    These ratings reflect the extent to which states’ seat belt laws allowed for primary enforcement and covered all seating positions. Ratings are based on data collected from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) on July 1, 2015, and therefore reflect IIHS’s interpretation of each state’s policy at that time (20). The “as of” date referenced in the Motor Vehicle Injuries state reports—July 1, 2015—is the date CDC assessed the policy. The date does not reflect when the law was enacted or became effective.

    Driving Safety

    Driving Safety First Aid Store offers training products on Driving Safety to provide the information employees need to drive cars, vans and small trucks safely, both on and off the job. Topics covered in these products include: Inspecting the vehicle, Adjusting seats, mirrors and other equipment, Mental preparation and concentration, Passing another vehicle, Sharing the road with trucks and buses, School bus encounters, Driving at night, Adverse weather conditions, skidding and hydroplaning, Distracted driving, Road rage, What to do in case of an accident.

    First Aid Store offers training products on Driving Safety to provide the information employees need to drive cars, vans and small trucks safely, both on and off the job. Topics covered in these products include: Inspecting the vehicle, Adjusting seats, mirrors and other equipment, Mental preparation and concentration, Passing another vehicle, Sharing the road with trucks and buses, School bus encounters, Driving at night, Adverse weather conditions, skidding and hydroplaning, Distracted driving, Road rage, What to do in case of an accident.

    • About 90 people die each day from motor vehicle crashes on US roads, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs.
    • The US crash death rate is more than twice the average of 19 other high-income countries.
    • States can implement proven policies and strategies to prevent thousands of crash-related injuries and deaths.

    Auto & Roadside Survival Kits

    AA01Roadside 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 Store offers Name Brand Auto First Aid Kits - Car, Auto, Vehicle and Truck First Aid Kits. First Aid Only, AAA, American Red Cross, Genuine First Aid, North, and Lifeline Auto First Aid and Roadside Emergency Kits.

  • Follow Your Heart

    It's never too late to follow your passion. Whether you are a funeral director, a CPR Instructor, or a nonprofit founder, what it takes to succeed is the same across the board.

    First, ignore what others think. Anticipate the haters. You need to be able to handle doubt and dismissal.

    Second, expect to suffer. Excited about changing careers yet? The reality is that building a life around your passion is going to be challenging.

    Finally, force yourself to take risks. There is no point in giving up the familiar, only to fall back into another mundane routine. Remember, you are doing this for a reason!Possible

    The Five Golden Rules
    1. Set Goals that Motivate You. When you set goals for yourself, it is important that they motivate you: this means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them.
    2. Set SMART Goals.
    3. Set Goals in Writing.
    4. Make an Action Plan.
    5. Stick With It!
  • Hometown Security

    So you've prepared at home for disaster survival. Your workplace has set up a disaster recovery program. Now what about the surrounding community?

    As CERT members know, every community needs tools to Prepare.  The Department of Homeland Security encourages businesses to Connect, Plan, Train, and Report. Applying these four steps in advance of an incident or attack can help better prepare businesses and their employees to proactively think about the role they play in the safety and security of their businesses and communities.

    Download the Tools and Resources to Help Businesses Plan, Prepare, and Protect from an Attack Fact Sheet. Download the Tools and Resources to Help Businesses Plan, Prepare, and Protect from an Attack Fact Sheet.

     

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) closely monitors attacks on public gatherings and public places to constantly enhance the Nation’s security. During both steady state and times of heightened awareness, DHS engages closely with our private sector and community partners to provide expert counsel and recommendations about protective measures they can implement to protect facilities and venues. DHS provides free tools and resources to communities because the Department recognizes that communities are the first line of defense in keeping the public safe and secure.

    Hometown

  • Happy 4th

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