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  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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!)
  • How Babies are Made and Modern Ways to keep Your Children Safe

    Canadian photographer Patrice Laroche surely will have no trouble explaining to his kids about the birds and the bees. During his wife Sandra's pregnancy, the artist created this hilarious explanatory photo series titled

    "How to Make a Baby"...

    The creative couple planned and carried out their project throughout the whole period of 9 months, taking pictures in the same settings as Sandra's belly expanded. The pregnancy saga of Sandra and Patrice basically denounces all the traditional cabbage and the stork stories.

    Modern Methods to Keep your Children Safe:

    Children's Survival Kit Children's Survival Kit

    When our kids are with us or around us, we pay attention to their safety. However, when we cannot see them and they are away from us, it becomes challenging to ensure their safety, especially in a scenario where we hear of bullying, assault and harassment cases taking place on campuses on an everyday basis. With this in mind, a personal safety app is highly recommended to ensure their safety when they head off to school. Here are some steps that your student can keep in mind, to be prepared against danger.

    Must-Know Information and Tips

    • They should keep their phone with them at all times. They should save important contacts into the phone book on their phone for quick reference, when needed.
    • Secondly, it is a good idea to keep your personal information safe in their dorm room instead of carrying it with you on a daily basis such as their social security card, a passport and other important docs. If you are new to the campus, it is a good idea to take a walk around so you can know your surroundings well. Keep your belongings at arm’s length, be it your laptop, backpack, iPod & never leave it unattended as these things can be swiped without you even noticing, till it’s too late.
    • When traveling, avoid traveling alone, especially during late hours, it is always better to have your friends with you. Avoid taking short cuts, especially crossing through alleys or back streets, stay on lighted paths.
    • Lastly, if you have to travel late at night, let your friend or family know where you will be going and route you are taking, you can never be too careful in today’s world.
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    Apart from the above-mentioned guidelines, download a personal safety app that can save you in case of a danger or crisis. These Apps are designed to provide users with real time hand holding during the time of danger and distress Look for one with 24x7 user support system and real time GPS location tracking. Whenever you find yourself in trouble, you just need to tap your app to make an immediate call and emergency text to alert those close to you or first responders such as Police, Fire & EMS.

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  • Who is Flat Stanley?

    Kids need to understand Disaster Preparedness - half of dealing with the Trauma a major disaster can cause in Children is preparing them with the knowledge of what calamities may occur and what plans are in place at home or school to address these issues should they arise. This will allay fear of the unknown, as well as give them a sense that the emergency actions employed during an emergency are natural and will assure their survival.

    Flat Stanley and Flat Stella have been asked to serve as ambassadors to promote preparedness. How great is that?!

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    Here are different ways young people can customize and share their 'Flats' and what they have learned:Children and their parents can build their own FEMA Flat Stanley or Flat Stella, and then share with other children and classrooms the steps they have taken to support preparedness throughout their homes, schools and communities.

    We’re excited about this is a collaboration between the ReadyCampaign and Flatter World and the Flat Stanley Project to help educate school-aged children on the need to be prepared for emergencies and disasters, as well as what they can do to help their families and loved ones to build more resilient households.

    According to Flatter World, 15 percent of all schools in the U.S. use Flat Stanley, and integrate their adventures into classroom lesson plans, so we look forward to hearing from teachers.

    Download Flat Stanley and his sister Flat Stella and start your adventure today

    Flat Stanley Figure

    Download Flat Stanley here

    Flat Stella Figure

    Download Flat Stella here

    ? It is National Preparedness Month! September 2014 is National Preparedness Month - read our National Preparedness Month Blog for Preparedness Tips, Articles, Plans and more!!!

  • Steps for a Safer Playground

    School is beginning! While thoughts of "back to school" usually bring thoughts of desks, pencils and paper, it's also time to start thinking about the playground. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year ERs across the country treat more than 200,000 children for playground-related accidents. About half of those accidents are severe, including fractures, concussions, dislocations, amputations and internal injuries. Now is the time for your school to do what is necessary to make your playground safe. Here are four steps to take to make your playground safe:

    1. Make Sure It's Soft

    playground2Kids break arms and legs when they fall from tall playground equipment, yet you don't want to keep them from experiencing the joy of climbing. Instead, make sure that the ground underneath the playground is soft and that the ground cover, whether you choose wood chips, pea gravel or sand, is well-maintained and is shock absorbent. Schedule regular times to rake the ground cover into place so that kids do not wear away spots underneath it.

    If you have a little extra budget and don't want to have ongoing maintenance of your ground cover, consider pour-in-place rubber flooring. This gives enough softness without the need to constantly pay attention to raking the mulch back in place.

    Looking at softness extends beyond the ground as well. Inspect the playground for pointed, sharp edges that could cut children or snag clothing. Make sure all of these are properly filed or covered, and that the surface is smooth and safe on the actual play structures.

    2. Ensure Proper Supervision

    Playground duty is no one's favorite task, but you can't sacrifice safety because the staff can't agree on who should be on duty. Make sure that all age groups are properly supervised, with staff at key areas with a clear view of all climbing equipment so they can see if someone is playing too rough or using the equipment improperly. Proper supervision is an absolute necessity for playground safety.

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    3. Choose Play Structures According to Age

    Children of different ages have different ability levels when it comes to playground equipment. Make sure that your children are playing on equipment designed for their age range.

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    For preschool children, the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) recommends small steps and crawl spaces. Railings need to be placed appropriately for smaller bodies. Low platforms that limit injuries from falls are also important, and slides should be no taller than four feet from the ground. Overhead bars and rings, long spiral slides and seesaws should not be on a playground for children in this age group.

    For elementary-school children, rope and chain climbing structures are great. Tire swings and slides are also excellent pieces of equipment for this age group. Taller slides, provided platforms are properly closed so that children do not fall, are also lots of fun for this age group.

    4. Inspect the Playground Regularly

    Finally, make sure the playground is inspected on a regular basis by an authority on playground safety. This inspection should look for signs of wear and tear, including problems with the ground cover, and should take care of those problems before they cause injuries. Any problems found must be addressed before children are allowed to play on that piece of equipment.

    It only takes a moment for a tragedy to occur on the playground. Do what you can to ensure the playground at your school is safe, and let your kids and students enjoy hours of recess time on a safe, age-appropriate playground.

    playgroundAbout the author:
    David Reeves is Marketing Manager of Playland Inc. in Carrollton, GA. The company designs commercial indoor and outdoor play equipment. The company offers safe equipment sets compatible to your space with components including swings, panels, tunnels and balancing structures.

  • Helping Children Cope With a Disaster

    National Preparedness Month Series - Kids in Emergency Situations

    group of teenagers sitting outdoors and using cellphoneIt is difficult to deal with something that you don’t understand. Children often become distressed after a disaster, especially if it has directly impacted them or someone they care about. They may also feel sad or sorry for others and want very much to help them.

    Children often become distressed after a disaster, especially if it has directly impacted them or someone they care about.  They may also feel sad or sorry for others and want very much to help them.  Worries that something similar will happen to them or their family may lead them to ask a lot of questions so that they can better understand what has happened and therefore what they can do to protect themselves and their family.  Parents and other adults who care for children can do a lot to help them understand and cope.

    kidsInform children and start the conversation.  It is difficult to deal with something that you don’t understand.  Even very young children will sense when something is wrong or upsetting the adults in their lives, even if they have been told nothing.  Children should be notified about a disaster as soon as possible after it occurs, otherwise they will likely find out by overhearing others or through the media (including social media).  Start by asking them what they may have already heard about the event; correct any misinformation or misunderstanding they may have.  Provide information to them in simple and direct terms, without unnecessary detail.  Television, radio, and social media often provide graphic information that may cause more distress, so limit the amount of viewing of television and other media sources immediately after the event (this is true for both children and adults).  Ask children about what questions or concerns they might have and provide honest answers.  When adults don’t talk with children about disasters, it suggests to them that adults either are not capable of dealing with difficult situations or don’t feel that the children are able to cope.  Neither message is helpful.

    After a disaster, children may show a change in their mood or behavior.  They may become sad, anxious, or scared.  They may be more resistant to separating from their caregivers to go to child care programs or school, or even to go to bed or play in another room. Sleep problems, headaches and stomachaches are common.  After a disaster, children often find it difficult to concentrate on their school work.  They may, for a period of time, become more self-centered or immature and appear more clingy, less cooperative, more demanding, and irritable.  Older children and adolescents may turn to smoking, alcohol, or other drugs to deal with their feelings.

    Children often show no obvious signs of distress.  After a disaster, children may hide their emotions because they are ashamed of their reactions or because they want to protect their parents who are also visibly upset.  They may try to take care of their parents, not because they are coping well themselves, but rather because they worry that their parents are having trouble adjusting.

    Children may show post-traumatic reactions – but that’s not all.  If a death has occurred as a result of the disaster, children’s reactions may be due to grief.  Children need to cope not only with the disaster – but everything that follows.  Disasters lead to a number of losses and changes, such as the need to relocate, change schools, or deal with reduced family income.  These other stressors may be what bothers children the most after a disaster.

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    Help children cope with their distress.  Adults don’t like to see children feeling upset and often try to reassure them there is no reason to be worried or sad.  But let children own their feelings – if they feel sad or worried, then they are sad or worried.  Instead of trying to tell children that they shouldn’t feel that way after a disaster, help them learn how to cope with troubling feelings.  Share with them some of your reactions and feelings and how you coped with them (such as talking with others, writing about your feelings, or doing something positive to help others).  We can’t expect children to learn how to cope if we don’t share with them that we also have felt distress and then model how to cope effectively.

    Teaching children how to cope with distress every day is a good way to prepare for disasters.  Just as you should prepare to respond to a disaster, you should prepare children to be able to cope with disasters.  Helping them learn coping skills to deal with daily stressors or other challenging events in their lives and establishing yourself as someone that is there that can understand them and help them adjust makes it more likely they will cope effectively after a disaster. Let children know that their family, school and community have plans in place to deal with many kinds of emergencies, and that there are people specially trained to help with these situations.

    There is help.  Visit the American Academy of Pediatrics for resources and advice on how to support children after a disaster, and download the Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit.  Your child’s pediatrician can also provide specific advice for your children and/or recommend someone else that you can talk to you about your concerns.

    David J. Schonfeld, MD, FAAP, is member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council and the Pediatrician-in-Chief at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA.  Dr. Schonfeld is also the Chair for the Department of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine and the Director for the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.

  • Only half of U.S. youth meet physical activity standards & Few consume recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables

    Only half of U.S. youth meet physical activity standards, NIH study shows

    Few consume recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables. (Also see The US government shows how to eat your favorite foods to be healthy!)

    Only about half of U.S. adolescents are physically active five or more days of the week, and fewer than 1 in 3 eat fruits and vegetables daily, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

    In a survey of youth in 39 states, NIH researchers questioned nearly 10,000 students between 11 and 16 years old about their activity levels and eating habits. They also asked the students to describe their emotional health, body image, and general satisfaction with life.

    Chart displaying physical activity of US youth

    NIH researchers charted patterns of physical activity, screen time and diet after surveying 10,000 students between 11 and 16 years old. The researchers classified these patterns as typical, unhealthful and healthful.

    “The students showed a surprising variability in eating patterns,” said lead author Ronald J. Iannotti, Ph.D., of the Prevention Research Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the NIH Institute in which the study was conducted. “But most — about 74 percent — did not have a healthy pattern.”

    Dr. Iannotti conducted the research with NICHD colleague Jing Wang, Ph.D. In addition to NICHD, funding also was provided by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

    Their findings appear in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

    The researchers found that the adolescents’ diet and activity habits could be classified into three general categories. They described the first group as unhealthful. This group accounted for 26 percent of participants. The second group, classified as healthful, accounted for 27 percent. Because it was the largest group — including 47 percent of participants — the researchers classified the third group as typical.

    The researchers surveyed participants about: their daily amount of physical activity, the amount of time they spent in front of a computer screen or other electronic screen, and the amount of healthy and unhealthy foods they consumed. Other questions sought information on symptoms of depression and self-satisfaction with their bodies.

    The analysis of the survey results showed that the typical youth were least likely to exercise five or more days each week or to eat fruits and vegetables at least once a day. They were more likely to spend time watching television, playing video games or on a computer than the healthful group, and less likely to do so than the unhealthful group. They infrequently ate fruits and vegetables but also infrequently ate sweets, chips or fries, or had soft drinks. Youth in this group were more likely than youth in the other two groups to be overweight or obese and to be dissatisfied with the appearance of their bodies.

    The unhealthful group consumed the most sweets, chips, french fries, and soft drinks. They also were more likely than the other groups to report watching TV, playing video games and using a computer more than two hours a day. Despite the caloric foods they consumed, youth in the unhealthful group were more likely to be underweight and to report needing to put on weight. Youth in this group also were more likely to report symptoms of depression and of poor physical health, such as backaches, stomachaches, headaches or feeling dizzy.

    Nearly 65 percent of students in the group that the researchers termed healthful reported exercising five or more days per week — the highest rate of the three groups. These students were least likely to spend time in front of a screen and were most likely to report eating fruits and vegetables at least once a day. Students in this group also were least likely to consume sweets, soft drinks, chips and French fries. They reported the lowest rates of depressive symptoms and the highest life satisfaction ratings.

    All three groups could stand to improve their health habits, Dr. Iannotti said, whether walking or biking between home and school or eating more fresh produce each day.

    According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans External Web Site Policy, children and adolescents should get one hour or more of moderate or vigorous aerobic physical activity a day, including vigorous intensity physical activity at least three days a week.

    About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit the Institute’s website at

    About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit

  • Happy Summer! Here are some of the best ways to enjoy it safely...

    Today is the First Day of Summer! 

    Have a Safe & Happy Summer! Have a Safe & Happy Summer!

    Summer means fun outdoors, at the beach, Barbecues, sports - so many great ways to enjoy fresh air and sunshine.. but only when you do it safely! Here are some of our favorite Summer Safety Tips:

  • Shape Your Family’s Habits Helping Kids Make Healthy Choices

    With your help, kids can learn to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits that last throughout their lives.
    Read more about shaping family habits. 

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