Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • Safety in Time of War?

    Panic and Preparation are common knee-jerk reactions when war looms on the horizon, but preparedness is an effort you should focus on year round. Beginning tomorrow, National Preparedness Month efforts will publicize and promote the need for every American to be prepared at home, on the road and at work should disaster strike.

    national_preparedness_month_September_2013_8Even if one does not reside in a "target" area for attack in a time of war, nor an area known for particular natural disasters, what affects other geographical areas can affect everyone nationwide.

    Learn the lessons offered over the next 30 days as America promotes the 10th Annual National Preparedness Month. Make sure you and your loved ones are ready to ride out 3-5-7 days isolated from outside resources. » Think » Plan » Prepare » Survive.

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    Disaster, Survival, Preparation

    Disaster, Survival, & Preparation!
    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, too, you should Check your Emergency Supplies:

    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Keep cash on hand
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!

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  • Hurricane Preparedness: Prepare Your Home Before a Hurricane

    Make plans in advance to secure your home. Protect your windows by installing hurricane shutters or board up windows with plywood. Download this GREAT Infographic from USA.gov: Hurricane_Graphic_FINAL

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    Are you ready to Bug Out? Are you ready to Bug Out?

     

  • How Safe is Your Swimming Pool? Ask Olga

    Swimming Pool & Lifeguard First Aid Kit Swimming Pool & Lifeguard First Aid Kit

    What did $92, creativity, and hard work buy in 2013? Humor and a powerful public health video message.  Watch the videos below and share it with others!

    Think about pool safety in every way... be sure to have a pool first aid kit - make sure everyone is practicing pool safety, and slather on the sunscreen!

    Utah experienced a statewide recreational water–associated outbreak of cryptosporidiosis (Crypto) in 2007. In 2008, the Salt Lake County Health Department launched the annual No Crypto campaign, which helped educate the public about healthy swimming. See what Olga can teach YOU!

  • Back to School Safety

    Some more great Back to School Safety Resources!School-Safety

    • Keep track of required immunizations
    • See if your child qualifies for low-cost meals
    • Find affordable health insurance
    • Help your child with homework
    • Re-use and recycle school supplies
    • Prepare healthy meals
    • Promote physical activity

    Also on the Back to School page, you'll find health and safety resources, free publications, and other information to help you and your child throughout the school year.

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    See our Child Safety Products! See our Child Safety Products!
  • Guardian Survival Gear Everyone Needs A Guardian!

    Guardian Survival Gear Everyone Needs A Guardian! Guardian Survival Gear - Get it while it's hot! Just in time for National Preparedness Month! CLICK HERE TO VIEW ENTIRE LINE

    Guardian Survival Gear was inspired by the real life experiences and issues resulting from Hurricane Katrina and is dedicated to bringing you quality survival kits at reasonable prices. Over the years, Guardian has remained devoted to its core values. They believe, first and foremost, in quality products. Guardian understands that people will be relying on these products to carry them through the direst circumstances and the last thing they will need is gear that breaks or doesn’t work. Guardian Survival Gear has also maintained a strong sense of family, this is still a family-operated business. From the beginning, Guardian has believed in doing business with integrity and still maintains that value. FirstAidMart.com is proud to have been selected as the Master Distributor of the Guardian Survival Product line. (Includes Wise Food!)

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  • The world's deadliest animal

    The mosquito is the world's deadliest animal, and CDC is fighting mosquito-borne diseases worldwide.

    Pictured here is a female Anopheles albimanus mosquito feeding on a  human. This species is a vector of malaria, predominantly  in Central America. Pictured here
    is a female Anopheles albimanus mosquito feeding on a
    human. This species is a vector of malaria, predominantly
    in Central America.

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  • CERT - Community Emergency Response Team

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    CERT is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of a disaster. During an incident, emergency service personnel may not be able to reach everyone immediately. By getting trained in CERT, you will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property. CERT participants will learn how to: - Identify and anticipate hazards - Reduce fire hazards in the home and workplace - Extinguish small fires - Assist emergency responders - Conduct light search and rescue - Set up medical treatment areas - Apply basic medical techniques - Help reduce survivor stress - Join your local CERT - and Get CERT Gear & Supplies!

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    CERT GEAR-Community Emergency Response Team Supply, Clothing, Kits & More

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    CERT Guides, CERT supplies, CERT Kits, CERT Apparel & Clothing: All Community Emergency Response Team Supplies - Community Emergency Response Team, CERT, leaders and CART Team members... We offer all your CERT specific emergency supplies, kits - Even CERT Hats, Patches with logo, ponchos, guides, form, handbooks and staging supplies... New CERT Member will lover our CERT Starter Pack, and CERT teams be sure to contact us Toll Free for quantity purchasing needs - especially for CERT Vests, Helmets, Action Response Units and CERT Team response Gear.

    CERT Supplies - From CERT Starter Kits to CERT Shirts & Apparel, we've got all your Community Emergency Response Team Equipment

  • Ultralight backpacking - Be ready on the trail and in the Backcountry

    Ultralight backpacking is a style of backpacking that emphasizes carrying the lightest and simplest kit safely possible for a given trip. This style has now spread to kayaking enthusiasts, and other rugged outdoor adventurers that rely on their own skills for survival.. bringing on the essentials along, an ultralight hiker or climber can be prepared, but no be bogged down with excessive gear. Base pack weight (the weight of a backpack plus the gear inside, excluding consumables such as food, water, and fuel, which vary depending on the duration and style of trip) is reduced as much as safely possible, though reduction of the weight of consumables is also applied.

    Field & Stream is the America’s Leading Outdoor Magazine with 1,250,000 impressions each month.

    • The Ultralight/Watertight .9 was recommended in a two page spread inside the just out September issue.
    • “Everything you need to treat a minor backcountry injury.”

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    Why are the Ultralight / Watertight First Aid Kits so Special?
    Jason Cartwright, President of Adventure Medical Kits makes it very clear - "We DO test our kits and the Ultralight and Watertight series, not only internally, but we have professionals test them as well:

    The Ultralight / Watertight .9 has been tested, abused, and approved by adventure racers in the Eco Challenge, Primal Quest, and Raid Gauloises.

    ...If you are familiar with Adventure Racing, our kits are the official kits of adventure racers.  They race through any climate, multiple challenges (paddling, running, biking, climbing, etc) and I have personally spoken to many of the teams who have praised our kits for being waterproof.  I have witnessed some of our testing which has included submerging the kit in a 5 gallon bucket of water for over a week and everything inside staying dry.  We also take a lot of pride in our materials and we have waterproof coating on the ULWT series bags.  The zipper is the one place that could leak, but with the waterproof bag materials and the dryflex bag inside (if properly sealed) ensure that the contents will stay dry.

    The dryflex bag is the real key to the kit being watertight and if sealed properly, is basically waterproof.

    This is one of our most reviewed and most popular series of kits and a kit series doesn’t become that popular by under delivering on its brand promise.
  • Safety During Hurricane Clean-up

    Stay Safe During Hurricane Clean-up - Cleaning and sanitizing your home after a hurricane or emergency is important to help prevent the spread of illness and disease. Find out how much bleach to use to clean and sanitize surfaces around the home

    Returning Home After a Disaster: Be Healthy and Safe

    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by placing generators, pressure washers, charcoal grills, camp stoves, or other fuel-burning devices outside and away from open doors, windows, and air vents.
    • Clean your home as recommended to stop mold. Never mix bleach and ammonia, because the fumes could kill you.
    • Eat and drink only food and water you know are safe.
    • Drive safely, wear your seatbelt, and don’t drink and drive
    • Do not enter a building if you smell gas. Call 911. Do not light a match or turn on lights.
    • Wear waterproof boots and gloves to avoid floodwater touching your skin.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and clean water, or use a hand-cleaning gel with alcohol in it.
    • Avoid tetanus and other infections by getting medical attention for a dirty cut or deep puncture wound.

    Clean Your Home and Stop Mold

    • Take out items that have soaked up water and that cannot be cleaned and dried.
      Photo of cleaning supplies. Don't Forget germicides and Antimicrobial Products
    • Fix water leaks. Use fans and dehumidifiers and open doors and windows to remove moisture.
    • To remove mold, mix 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water, wash the item with the bleach mixture, scrub rough surfaces with a stiff brush, rinse the item with clean water, then dry it or leave it to dry.
    • Check and clean heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems before use.
    • To clean hard surfaces that do not soak up water and that may have been in contact with floodwater, first wash with soap and clean water. Next disinfect with a mixture of 1 cup of bleach in 5 gallons of water. Then allow to air dry.
    • Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles when cleaning with bleach. Open windows and doors to get fresh air. Never mix bleach and ammonia. The fumes from the mixture could kill you.
    • See also Flood Water After a Disaster or Emergency
    • See also Mold after a Disaster

    Protect Yourself from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    Do not use generators, pressure washers, charcoal grills, camp stoves, or other fuel-burning devices indoors or in enclosed or partially enclosed areas such as garages, even with doors or windows open. Do not put these devices outside near an open door, window, or air vent. You could be poisoned or killed by carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas from burning fuel such as gasoline, charcoal, or propane. Make sure a battery or electric powered CO detector is functional to alert you to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in your home.

    See also What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Unexpectedly.

    Keep Drinking Water and Food Safe

    • Listen to public announcements to find out if local tap water is safe for drinking, cooking, cleaning, or bathing. Until the water is safe, use bottled water or boil or disinfect water.
      Photo of water faucet. Make sure you have safe drinking water on hand until public sources are safe
    • If a "boil water" advisory is in effect, do not drink tap water or use it to brush your teeth unless water has come to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute or is treated with unscented household chlorine bleach. To treat water, add 1/4 teaspoon (approximately 1.5 mL) bleach to 1 gallon of cloudy water or 1/8 teaspoon (approximately 0.75 mL) bleach to 1 gallon of clear water . Stir well and let it stand for 30 minutes before you use it.
    • Do not eat food that smells bad, looks bad, or has touched floodwater. When in doubt, throw food out.
    • See also Food, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Information for use Before and After a Disaster or Emergency
    • See also Keep Food and Water Safe After a Disaster or Emergency

    Prevent Electrical Injuries

    • Do not touch fallen electrical wires. They may be live and could hurt or kill you.
    • Turn off the electrical power at the main source if there is standing water. Do not turn on power or use an electric tool or appliance while standing in water.

    Avoid Contact with Animals and Insects

    • Reduce mosquito bites. Consider avoiding outdoor activities during the evening and early morning, which are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Use an insect repellent with DEET or Picaridin.
      Photo of stray dogs. Pet Safety During Emergencies is a Critical Factor to Consider
    • Stay away from wild or stray animals. Stray dogs may be hurt or afraid and may bite. Call local authorities to handle animals.
    • Get rid of dead animals according to local guidelines.

    Drive Safely

    • Stop and look both ways at all intersections. Drive slowly and keep space between you and other vehicles. Watch out for trash on the road.
    • Wear your seatbelt.
    • Do not drive if you have been drinking.
    Are you ready to Bug Out? Are you ready to Bug Out?
  • Back to School Safety Tips

    schoolsafetyWe want to make sure your family is safe for the new school year.

    First Student of Green Bay and the Center For Childhood Safety have some great back-to-school safety tips for your kids.

    Tips students should follow to be safe around the school bus.

    *Stay 12 giant steps away from the outside of the bus
    *Wait for the bus to stop completely before getting on or off
    *Don’t pick up any items they may have dropped near the bus.  The driver may not see you.  Instead, ask the driver for help.
    *Wait until the driver signals it’s OK to cross the street in front of the bus
    *Stay away from the bus wheels at all times
    *Remain alert at all times

    What do the different light mean on a school bus? School  Safety-smaller

    *School buses have amber/yellow and red flashing lights.  The amber flashing lights indicates the bus is preparing to stop. The red flashing lights and stop arm are activated when the bus is stopped to pick up or drop students.  When lights are flashing motorists should slow down and take caution.

    What are the rules for driving near a bus when the stop arm is activated?

    *Motorists should always heed the school bus stop arm.  All drivers following the bus or coming from the opposite direction must stop at least ten feet away from the bus until the stop arm is deactivated and the bus begins to move.  Drivers traveling in the opposite direction of the bus on a road four or more lanes may continue with caution.

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    How can parents help prepare students for a safe school year?

    *Meet your child’s bus driver
    *Set up a constant routine with your child
    *Once school begins, establish a schedule and routine
    *Make sure your child’s belongings are clearly marked

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