Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • How to respond if your pet has a medical emergency

    Basic first-aid supplies for pet owners

    (Items to be used in an emergency under the direction of veterinary personnel before the injured or sick animal is brought to the hospital)

    Now that the warmer weather we've all been hoping for has finally arrived, it's time to enjoy some outdoor activities with your canine companions.

    While spring and summer offer unlimited recreational opportunities that afford owners and their four-footed companions to bond, such as hiking, swimming, playing Frisbee, or just taking a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood after supper, veterinarians urge folks to be prepared if a medical emergency occurs.

    "Having a first aid kit for your pet is not much different than one for you and your family," begins Dr. Thomas Burns, hospital director at Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod in Yarmouth. "Being educated and prepared for an emergency could really change the outcome. Some incidents may not present as a threat but often can be."

    Burns cites the example of a dog that appears to be overheated on a hot summer day. Having a rectal thermometer and petroleum jelly could tell an owner whether the dog needs be brought inside and offered cool water or rushed to the veterinarian for emergency treatment. (A dog's normal temperature is 101° to 102.5° F, while the normal range of a feline's temperature is 100.5° to 102.5°)

    "These two simple items alone could save you money, and possibly your pet's life," the veterinarian emphasizes.

    According to Burns, every pet owner should have quick access to bandages.

    "There really isn't a type of laceration or wound that should go untreated," he continues. "Bandages can slow or control major blood loss for invasive wounds. They also keep any debris from getting into any type of wound, large or small."

    Many large pet stores sell flexible, self-adhering bandages that don't pull fur and are designed specially for dogs and cats.

    For hikers and folks who take their canines on day trips to remote parks and beaches, it's wise to also have a first aid kit in the car or truck to provide emergency treatment before the injured animal can be rushed to a veterinary clinic.

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    Burns emphasizes that it's important to have contact information for your veterinarian, as well as the clinic's address, hours of operation, and directions readily available, especially if an unfamiliar party is temporarily caring for the animal.

    "In an emergency situation, time is of the essence," Burns adds. "The best advice is to be prepared."

    According to Amy Sarmento, a certified veterinary technician at Veterinary Associates of Cape Cod, every cat and dog owner should purchase a pet first aid book and be familiar with its contents.

    Important contacts should also include the closest emergency clinics, and the number of the ASPCA Poison Control Center, (888) 426-4435. (A veterinary consultation charge may be applied to a credit card for some calls).

    "If you are traveling with your pet, find out where the closest clinic is and know how to get there," Sarmento advises.

    She also recommends that owners organize a folder containing important information including proof of rabies and vaccination status, copies of important medical records, and a current photo of the animal, which is especially useful if the animal ever gets lost.

    Dr. Lauren Collazo, a veterinarian at VACC, says that all pet owners should know CPR as it could save the life of their furry family companion.

    "In an emergency situation, you are your pet's first responder," she tells, expanding upon Burns' comments. "What you are able to do for your pet in those first several minutes could make a huge difference in their outcome. Knowing how to administer proper first aid and CPR is invaluable in these situations."

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    Collazo says that organizations such as the MSPCA, Red Cross, many large pet supply retailers, and some community colleges offer training programs on pet first aid and CPR. Locally, Bristol Community College will offer a day-long training session, Saturday, May 3, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Center for Workforce and Community Education, 102 Davol St., Fall River. For more information or to register, call (508) 678-2811.

    "Take the time to learn how to control bleeding, perform the Heimlich maneuver, treat heat exhaustion, treat hypothermia, and perform CPR on both dogs and cats," Collazo advises. "These are techniques that you will hopefully never have to use but will be invaluable to know if the emergency situation arises."

    Originally posted in SouthCoastToday

  • Massachusetts launches State-Sponsored AED Grant Program

    “Simply put, AED’s save lives,” stated Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge. “To the extent that the state can aid communities, school districts, senior centers, and senior housing complexes in making these devices readily available, we will significantly enhance our emergency response efforts and prevent tragedy.”

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    The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) is now accepting applications from towns, school districts, and municipal entities for grants to help purchase automated external defibrillators (AED’s).

    Last year, Sen. Moore successfully advocated for $250,000 in the FY14 State Budget to help local entities and school districts purchase AED’s. The funds were appropriated to an account now known as the state “AED Trust Fund.”

    EOPSS has now opened the application process for AED matching grants. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Mark C. Montigny, D-New Bedford.

    Sen. Moore said this latest program was driven by two local incidents. In 2010, Sutton High School’s Michael Ellsessar died suddenly after he went into cardiac arrest during a junior varsity football game. A month later, Tyler Symes, a student from Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, was hit in the chest by a puck while playing on Milford High’s cooperative hockey team, and his heart stopped.

    Following the incidents, the students’ parents and classmates initiated a movement to advocate for the medical emergency response plans bill, and availability of AED’s in public places.

    “When Michael and Tyler’s parents, and classmates approached me to support this initiative, I was more than happy to listen and then lead in bringing the medical emergency response plan legislation to fruition,” said Moore. “The AED trust fund underscores and compliments that effort.”

    Eligible applicants for the AED matching grants include: municipalities; local and regional school districts; senior centers; and senior housing complexes. Applicants will be reimbursed 50 percent of the cost of AED’s, up to $10,000. Funding is available on a first come, first served basis.

    EOPSS is now accepting letters of intent. The deadline to apply is May 2 at 4 p.m. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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  • Thus Spake Zarathustra

    Today ends National Tsunami Preparedness Week... Some more information on this final day - Videos, information, links and more:

    A tsunami is a series of ocean waves generated by sudden displacements in the sea floor, landslides, or volcanic activity. In the deep ocean, the tsunami wave may only be a few inches high. The tsunami wave may come gently ashore or may increase in height to become a fast moving wall of turbulent water several meters high.

    Although a tsunami cannot be prevented, the impact of a tsunami can be mitigated through community preparedness, timely warnings, and effective response.


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  • What's Bugging you this Spring? Video News

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  • Incredible Rescue From A Burning Houston Apartment Complex - Watch the Video!

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    EVACUATION & FIRE ESCAPE EQUIPMENT, SYSTEMS & SUPPLIES FIRE! Nobody wants to hear this, but if you do; Are You Ready? Everyone knows you need Fire Extinguishers and Smoke/CO2 Alarms, but what about Fire Resistant Document Bags, Escape ladders for exiting a burning building during a fire or other catastrophe, fire blankets, burn kits and supplies, or even Fire and Evacuation Safety training materials? Fire is the most common disaster to strike... are you and your loved ones ready? CLICK IMAGE TO SEE EVACUATION & FIRE ESCAPE EQUIPMENT, SYSTEMS & SUPPLIES

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  • The Dignity of Dying

    End of Life is inevitable - while it is something most of us try to avoid thinking about, there comes a time when you need to plan ahead and address the issues you or your family will be facing. Preparedness isn't always for Disasters and Emergencies - there's preparedness for Life and for Death, too.

    A new Web resource from the National Institutes of Health is aimed at helping people address a sensitive subject—the end of life. The latest addition to NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness website for older adults, the End of Life module provides visitors with information about the most common issues faced by the dying and their caregivers.

    “Few of us are comfortable talking about death, our own or a loved one’s. While such reluctance is natural, it can leave people unprepared and uncertain of where to find answers, especially when they are needed most,” said Patricia A. Grady, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), which developed the end-of-life topic for NIHSeniorHealth. “As the lead NIH institute for research in this area, NINR supports science to assist individuals, families, and health care professionals with end-of-life symptom management and decision making. Our goal with this module is to help people learn what to expect during the final stage of life so they can plan ahead.”

    The End of Life module describes the physical, mental, and emotional needs of people nearing the end of life and suggests ways to maintain their quality of life, such as hospice and home care. It also addresses the often complex practical concerns that can attend death, including financial issues, advance directives, caregiver support, and more. Other topics include:

    • Addressing pain
    • Types and places of end-of-life care
    • Planning and paying for end-of-life care
    • Handling health care issues
    • When the end comes
    • Coping with grief
    • Research efforts

    The End of Life module joins an impressive roster of research-based health topics geared toward older adults, including exercise and physical activity, long-term care, safe use of medicines and management of diseases such as stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease. A joint effort of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), both components of NIH, NIHSeniorHealth is designed to be senior friendly and is tailored to the cognitive and visual needs of older adults. The short, easy-to-read segments of information, large print, open captioned videos and simple navigation make the information on the site easy for older adults to find, see, and understand.

    About NINR: NINR supports basic and clinical research that develops the knowledge to build the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevent disease and disability, manage and eliminate symptoms caused by illness, and enhance end-of-life and palliative care. For more information about NINR, visit the website at

    About NIA: NIA leads the federal government effort conducting and supporting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people. The institute’s broad scientific program seeks to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. For more information on research, aging, and health, go to

    About NLM:  NLM is the world's largest library of the health sciences and collects, organizes and makes available biomedical science information to scientists, health professionals and the public. For more information, visit the 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

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  • Prepare for Tsunamis during Tsunami Preparedness Week

    TsunamiDo you live in a tsunami warning zone? Learn how to prepare for tsunamis and help your community become TsunamiReady. Learn more during National Tsunami Awareness Week.

    Tsunamis, also known as seismic sea waves, are a series of enormous waves created by an underwater disturbance such as an earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption, or meteorite. A tsunami can strike anywhere along most of the U.S. coastline. Learn more about tsunamis and get information about health concerns after a tsunami including food and water safety.

    March 27, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunamis.

    What is a tsunami and where do they happen?

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    A tsunami is a series of large ocean waves usually caused by a major earthquake on the sea floor, a landslide, or volcanic activity. Tsunamis are not affected by tides or currents; a tsunami in the ocean means the whole water column is moving, not just the surface. A tsunami can strike any ocean shoreline.

    When tsunami waves enter shallow water, they rise to form massive moving water called "runup." Runup, which can be many feet high, then rushes onto shore, striking the coast with tremendous, destructive force.

    If you are on the shore and in a low coastal area, you should know that a tsunami could arrive within minutes after the earth shakes. A devastating tsunami can also happen when a major earthquake happens far away. Recent earthquakes in Chile and Japan have caused tsunami strikes in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California, causing loss of life and millions of dollars in property damage.

    The tsunami danger period can continue for many hours as the waters move onto land, recede, and return. Sometimes, the second or third waves are more devastating than the first. A tsunami can occur during any season of the year and at any time, day or night.

    What is the best source of information in a tsunami situation?

    DART buoy

    Listen to local news reports and visit the NOAA/National Weather Service website,

    The International Tsunami Warning System monitors oceans through a network of buoys and scientific instruments. When the instruments detect a major earthquake and the potential for a tsunami to occur, warnings are issued to local authorities who can order the evacuation of low-lying areas, if necessary.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service operates two tsunami warning centers:


    What are the warning signs of a tsunami?

    • A strong earthquake, felt in a coastal area, that causes difficulty standing
    • A noticeable rapid rise or fall in coastal waters
    • A loud roaring sound coming from the ocean

    How can I prepare for a tsunami ahead of time?

    Find out if your home, school, workplace, or other frequently visited places are in a tsunami hazard area or evacuation zone. If they are:

    • Know their height above sea level and their distance from the coast and other high-risk waters. Evacuations may be based on these numbers.
    • Plan evacuation routes to safe locations from these places. If possible, pick locations 100 feet (30 meters) above sea level or as far as 2 miles (3 kilometers) inland, away from the coast. If you cannot get this high or far, go as high or far as you can. Every foot inland or upward may make a difference. You should plan to be able to reach a safe location on foot within 15 minutes. An alternative in some areas is "vertical evacuation," which means going to a high floor of a tall building.
    • Find out what your school's evacuation plan is. Schools will keep children safe by moving them out of harm's way. Find out where the assembly area is and where you should pick up your children. Do not rush to the school during an evacuation.
    • Put together a family emergency plan and a portable disaster supplies kit that is easily accessible and contains basic items you and your family may need in an emergency.
    • Practice walking evacuation routes. Familiarity may save your life. Be able to follow your escape route at night and during inclement weather. Practicing your plan will make it easier to understand and to do during an actual emergency.
    • If you are a coastal visitor, find out about local tsunami safety procedures. For long-lead time warnings, you may be asked to leave by driving away. For short lead-time warnings, you may be able to take refuge in reinforced concrete hotel structures on the third floor or above.

    What should I do when a tsunami may happen?

    If you are in a coastal area and feel a strong earthquake:

    • Drop, cover, and hold on. You should first protect yourself from the earthquake.
    • When the shaking stops, move quickly to higher ground away from the coast. A tsunami may be coming within minutes.
    • Be prepared for aftershocks, which happen frequently after earthquakes. Each time the earth shakes, drop, cover, and hold on.
    • Move to your designated safe location or as far inland and uphill as possible.

    During a tsunami watch:

    • Locate loved-ones and review evacuation plans. Be ready to move quickly if a tsunami warning is issued.

    During a tsunami advisory:

    • Because of the threat of a potential tsunami that may produce strong currents or waves dangerous to those in or near the water, local officials may close beaches, evacuate harbors and marinas, and ask ships to reposition to deep water. Obey their directions.

    During a tsunami warning:

    • If you hear a tsunami warning siren, detect signs of a tsunami, or hear about a tsunami warning on the radio or TV, leave immediately.
    • Ask neighbors who may need help leaving to come with you and offer assistance.
    • Bring pets with you to keep them safe.
    • Take your disaster supplies kit. Having supplies will make you more comfortable.
    • Move to higher ground as far inland as possible. Watching a tsunami near the shore is dangerous, and it is against the law to remain in an evacuated area.
    • Keep listening to NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards or local radio or TV for the latest updates.

    What should I do after a tsunami?

    • Return home only after local officials tell you it is safe. A tsunami is a series of waves that may continue for hours. Do not assume that after one wave the danger is over. The next wave may be larger than the first.
    • Stay away from damaged areas so emergency responders can have full access.
    • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
    • Be careful reentering buildings or homes. Tsunami-driven floodwater may have damaged buildings
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  • Toilet Terror

    When you identify that there is a clogged drain pipe - it's rather a stressing, dirty, smelly and most importantly - completely inconvenient time. Although you may not have seen, the blockage could have been there for a long time period, and shown itself via a slow emptying sink, toilet or bathtub If you had taken action - by way of using some chemical drain cleaner to try and shift the blockage, or easily by running the hot tap of the sink for 15/20 minutes at a time, you may have stopped it - as the build up might have been made by oils and fats - which disperse when they are heated.| When you first discovered the blockage starting by slow water draining, you could have taken action by putting some chemical cleaner down the backed up, to loosen whatever it is that is creating the blockage, potentially clearing the blockage.} As you are reading this post, it means that you haven’t taken action and the drain is now completely clogged, so hopefully you can find some information in this article to help you with your blockage.

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    You may not know, but your blocked drain happens to be caused by a quite simple reason, most probably because of sinks, toilets and baths being abused by putting things in that area that don’t belong there. All of this over time, as they are not designed or meant to be put down the toilet or sink - do end up getting caught within the pipes over time, and as more and more waste is disposed down there, blockages can form quite easily - more easily than you would think. A great test of understanding what you can and cant put down the toilet is by doing a water test on them - get 2 bowls of water to start. put toilet paper in one and baby wipes in the other - and leave it for 30 minutes. To help you understand what you can put down your drain is by doing a water test, simply put toilet paper in one bowl of water and something else you could possibly dispose down your toilet in another. After a small amount of time has passed, you will see that toilet paper will have come to pieces in one bowl and anything else you put in the second bowl - maybe a baby wipe or nappy, will have maintained its state, showing you what can and can’t be put down the sink… The next time you cook for your family, instead of putting the cooking oil straight down the sink, empty it in to a glass of cold water - and simply watch what happens. You will realise the consistency change from very fluid, to more gloopy, this is exactly what happens when you empty it in to your sink and wash it down with cold water - showing you how it can become sticky in the drain pipe.

    Sometimes, watching what goes down your toilet carefully can be difficult, as other folks can put things down there without you seeing, the same is to be said about other water outlets in your home, but keeping likely items which can fall down the toilet away from it - like air fresheners which can be kept on top of the toilet ought to be moved to somewhere off the beaten track. The same said for your bath and sink, to make certain they always have a plug guard on them

    Your outside drains can be different, as blockages within these parts can be more and more difficult to avoid. Other elements can make blockages in your drains, like tree roots growing through the lining of the drain causing damage. In such a circumstance, then waste water can escape from the drain and cause flooding around yours, or your neighbours home, so need to be attended to straight away. As tree roots grow through the drain pipes, they create a catchable barrier for any waste to be caught in - like baby wipes and hair, the root can block them from moving through the drain freely, easily causing a blockage in time.

    Waiting until the drain is totally blocked is the wrong way to go about it, you need to try and clear it as soon as soon as you spot the blockage If the blockage won’t move at all, it could be too stubborn to be moved by yourself, and you may need to bring in a drainage company. In some cases, cracked pipes can be caused by movement and shifts in land around the drain pipe - perhaps a HVG has driven over the road where your drain pipe is underneath, this may put too much pressure on the pipe over time and crack it, so don’t worry - some things are out of your control.

    To clear the drain yourself, you need to get hold of a standard plumbers plunger A traditional - and still well used method is to put baking soda followed by vinegar down the drain, which reacts together to help break the article down. Leave this solution for a short space of time, then get to work with the plunger. Use the plunger for only a few momemts, then try and flush the toilet or put very hot water down the sink - to see what happens. If nothing moves, repeating this up to three times may help shift the blockage, but normally you should see some movement in the drain - for typical blockages, but if you don’t, then you could be facing a thick set blockage in the drain

    If this is the case, then go to the outside drain closest to your household, perhaps in your garden at the front or back. If this drain is empty of water completely, and upon running the sink tap - no water is moving through it, then it means that the drain is blocked from here - back into your home. If, on the flip side, that the outside drain is full to the brim with water, then the blockage is after this part, meaning further down the drain line. At this time, you should get some drainage rods from a local convenience store. Once you have laid your hands on some drainage rods, you can have a go at manually moving the blockage itself - if you can find it. Gradually screw the ends of the drainage rods together to reach either down the line or back up the drain leading to your residence, move the rods up slowly but surely until you can’t push them forward any more - this will mean that you have reached the blockage. Once you have reached the blockage, then start trying to force it to move by thrusting the rods forwards and backwards. Try to use good force, but not too much, and ensure that you do NOT twist the drainage rods as they could come undone in the drain - not what you want to come across. Try not to use a huge amount of force - avoiding any damage being caused to the drain itself. Soon you'll want to see the blockage move, and water should follow - this is a great sign, or in the case that the manhole is fully of waste water, you should see it starting to drain rapidly. When you have cleared the blockage, go back to your sink and run the hot tap for at least 20 minutes, following it up with chemical drain cleaner, this should be enough to clear the drain completely.

    If after this - you still cant move the blockage, or infact reach the blockage, you will have no choice but to call in the experts. A great place to start could be a local company, who will always use the proper tools to identify the blockage, perhaps some CCTV equipment sent own the drain, toilet or sink to physically see what is causing the blockage, enabling them to take relevant action

  • As Mines Reopen for Spring, Think Safety

    The arrival of spring means it’s time for hundreds of surface mines to reopen after the winter freeze. It’s a busy but potentially dangerous period, as miners return to work and prepare equipment for the new season. There’s no better time to brush up on safety procedures that can carry mining operations through the summer.

    Of the 12,000 metal and nonmetal mines overseen by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, nearly half – 5,800 – are operated on an intermittent basis, closing in the winter months when snow and freezing temperatures make operations difficult or impossible. Most of these intermittent mines are crushed stone operations, primarily sand and gravel pits, but they also include limestone, granite and other stone operations.

    According to MSHA data, injuries at these aggregate mines typically climb sharply in the spring, then drop in the fall to a mid-winter low, as shown by the chart below.

    Chart of injuries at aggregate mines

    Through the past decade, overall injury rates have been reduced, but the pattern of increases in the spring remains. MSHA reminds all miners and mine operators to review the safety information at, particularly this page for metal and nonmetal mines, and attend spring safety workshops if any are offered in your area.

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    safety-tFor more information about how to stay safe, and to find out whether spring safety workshops are planned in your area, please contact the nearest district office, which can be found here.

    Brian Goepfert is the safety division chief for metal and nonmetal mines within the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

  • Emergency Management Institute

    Emergency Management Institute Mission

    Emergency Management Institute Mission

    To support the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s goals by improving the competencies of the U.S. officials in Emergency Management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people.

    • EMI is the emergency management community’s flagship training institution, and provides training to Federal, State, local, tribal, volunteer, public, and private sector officials to strengthen emergency management core competencies for professional, career-long training.
    • EMI directly supports the implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the National Response Framework (NRF), the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF), and the National Preparedness Goal (NPG) by conveying necessary knowledge and skills to improve the nation’s capability.
    • EMI trains more than 2 million students annually. Training delivery systems include residential onsite training; offsite delivery in partnership with emergency management training systems, colleges, universities; and technology-based mediums to conduct individual training courses for emergency management personnel across the Nation.
    • EMI is located on the campus of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC), Emmitsburg, Maryland.    Prepper
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