Monthly Archives: July 2014

  • Ladder Safety

    Ladders are one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment in almost any work environment. From common stepladders to sophisticated extension ladders, they can be found almost everywhere.

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    Our training products on "Ladder Safety" show that because they are so common, many employees take ladders for granted, and don''t take the appropriate precautions when using ladders. Topics covered in these products include:

    • Ladder selection.
    • Inspection before use.
    • Setting up and moving ladders.
    • Climbing on ladders.
    • Ladder accidents.
    • and more.

    Ladder platforms are able to make any construction related work easier and more comfortable, not to mention safer. Designed with secure steps that are men to prevent accidental falls, a ladder platform will make the world of a difference as far as being safe is concerned. Accidents are common in construction works, so using a ladder that has the features able to assure your safety is not something to be ignored.

    Folding and storage

    Apart from the heightened safety of a ladder platform when compared to a simple one, a great benefit of these ladders is the fact that they can easily be folded. This makes them easy to store and move, thus you do not have to worry anymore about having to move a fully scaled ladder around. You can simply store it in your garage or you can place it in the trunk of your truck if you have a job to do elsewhere. It is easy and convenient, not to mention that it will leave more space in your home for other items.

    This type of ladder is now a common feature in many households. In fact, there is hardly a home where such a ladder cannot be spotted. The combination between improved security and the fact that they do not take up a lot of space have persuaded a lot of people to purchase such ladders. If you are thinking of doing the same, make sure that you test the ladder first in order to see if you feel comfortable and safe on it.

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  • Tips for A Great Safe Road Trip

    Whether you are traveling by car, motorcycle or bicycle, getting there safely is the most important thing. Safety while traveling is easy to do but could just save your life. The following tips can increase your safety while traveling.

    Travel Safe for a Great Car Trip

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    There are several things that will increase your safety as a car driver. Always wear your seatbelt correctly. This little thing is the first and best line of defense you have. The belt is designed to hold your body snuggly in your seat in the event of a violent crash. It will prevent you from hitting the hard inner surfaces of your car or flying out of the window. If you are traveling with children, be sure that they buckle up! Over 70 percent of fatalities involving children under 15 were not wearing seat belts.

    Don't tailgate. You should be no closer than the 'three second' rule dictates. Pick an object such as a road marker on the side of the road. Count out three seconds. If you pass the object before you count to three very slowly, you are traveling too closely. If the car ahead of you stops suddenly or swerves, you will not be able to react in time. In bad weather travel six to nine seconds behind.

    How the 3-second rule works

    The 3-second rule is a simple way to double-check that you are driving at a safe following distance. Choose a fixed point that is even with the car in front of you. For example, a road sign or a building. If you reach that same fixed point before you can count to three, then you are driving too close to the car in front of you and you need to fall back a bit.

    The 3-Second Rule allows for a safe following distance when the road is dry and straight.

    If the road is wet, icy, curvy, or visibility is limited, then you need to increase your following distance. When the road is slick, you need to have more room to stop and you also need to be prepared in case the vehicle in front of you skids or suddenly stops.

    Ultimately, every driver must be aware of their surroundings and create enough room in case something goes wrong. When on a street with many side roads, you need to anticipate the driver in front of you making a turn. When you approach an intersection, always be prepared for the car in front of you to make a quick stop in case the light turns yellow. When driving around a sharp turn, leave enough room for the vehicle in front of you to break a bit to handle the turn.

    Always travel with a small medical kit (auto first aid kit), at least a gallon of water and a blanket. If caught in the cold, a blanket can quite literally be a lifesaver. If your car overheats, a gallon of water may get you to the next gas station. Carry drinkable water as you, yourself, may need it.

    Safety for Other Road Users

    Motorcyclists should always wear the proper protective clothing. Ride at a rate of speed that is safe for the road and the weather. Carry water on long summertime trips. It is very easy to dehydrate while on a motorcycle. If your motorcycle has saddlebags, a small roadside kit including flat repair is wise.

    Cyclists are the most vulnerable road users. Your slower speed and small profile combine to make you harder to see than other travelers. If you are traveling on the road, be sure to fit your bike with reflectors and bright head lights and tail lights. Check them before each trip. On long trips it may be wise to carry back up batteries. Never underestimate your need for water. Long distance riders are advised to ride with a partner or to carry a fully charged cell phone.

    Drive Safely, Put Down the Phone

    Most American states have banned the use of cell phones while driving. Nearly 3,000 people per year are killed by people who insist on texting or talking on the phone while driving. Too many people believe that they can handle these two things at once safely. This cannot be further from the truth. A twenty year old driver who is talking on a cell reacts to threats at the same rate as a 70 year old. Texting is worse. Someone who is texting behind the wheel reacts 20 percent slower than someone who does not.

    Wake Up Behind the Wheel

    A sleepy driver may as well be a drunk driver. Simply by being drowsy, response time is slowed by seconds. Some 20 percent of highway accidents are caused by drowsy driving. Always get a good night's sleep before a long trip. Pull off in a safe place and nap, if needed.

    Never Drink and Drive

    Over 30 percent of all fatal accidents involve a drunken driver. Even after just a few drinks, your ability to drive a car is severely limited. In the USA alone, nearly 12,000 people are killed by people who get behind the wheel of a vehicle while drunk.

    At lower levels, alcohol just slows the body's reaction while removing normal inhibitions. This can make a normally safe driver act recklessly while they are unable to control their car well. At higher levels, a drunken person cannot see straight. They may see double images or a blurry environment. They may also pass out while driving their vehicle.

    Avoid jail time or worse, causing death and injury. Don't drink and drink.

    Road safety is something that benefits everyone. These easy to follow rules help everyone get home safe.

  • Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

    Think you're all alone and isolated?

    IsolatedPreparedness is a worldwide effort.

    The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to be held 14-18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan.

    Several thousand participants are expected, including at related events linked to the World Conference under the umbrella of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters.

    The United Nations General Assembly Resolution for 2013 on International Strategy for Disaster Reduction states that the World Conference will result in a concise, focused, forward-looking, and action-oriented outcome document and will have the following objectives:

    • To complete assessment and review of the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action;
    • To consider the experience gained through the regional and national strategies/institutions and plans for disaster risk reduction and their recommendations as well as relevant regional agreements within the implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action;
    • To adopt a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction;
    • To identify modalities of cooperation based on commitments to implement a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction;
    • To determine modalities to periodically review the implementation of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

    The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and its preparatory process welcome the participation and contributions of all relevant stakeholders, including parliaments, civil society, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, non-governmental organizations, national platforms for disaster risk reduction, focal points for the Hyogo Framework for Action, local government representatives, scientific institutions and the private sector, as well as organizations of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations.

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  • Lightning Ravages Beaches and Coast in California

    Lightning Struck - Death Followed.

    Early this Month multiple Lightning Strikes wreaked havoc and ended in multiple deaths and manifold injuries in Colorado. This weekend, death and injury came to the Southern California Coast when lightning slammed into famous Venice Beach and beautiful, serene Santa Catalina Island just off the coast.

    Lightning-at-beachA 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during rare summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said.

    According to 10 News and the Associated Press: Thunderstorms are quite rare in Southern California, but people living there got a stark reminder Sunday of how ferocious they can be. Lightning struck 13 people at a popular beach in Los Angeles and another man golfing on Catalina Island, leaving two critically injured.

    Thirteen people, including a 15-year-old boy were jolted by lightning on the beach, in the water and on the famed Venice Beach boardwalk. Nine were taken to hospitals, where one remained in critical condition, authorities said.

    Other fire officials said most of those taken to hospitals were mainly shaken up and were expected to recover. Some appear to have been in the water and others on the beach's famed boardwalk. .

    On Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, off the coast, a 57-year-old man was struck by lightning on a golf course and was hospitalized in stable condition. That's according to Steve Denning, a law enforcement technician with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He did not have other details.

    The lightning strikes occurred as a fierce but brief thunderstorm hit the island, causing minor flooding and setting two small fires in the brushy backcountry that were quickly doused, Denning said.

    Parts of the island received more than three-quarters of an inch of rain in about two hours, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

    A moisture-laden monsoonal flow usually spawns thunderstorms when it hits hot weather in the deserts and sometimes in the mountains this time of year, Seto said.

    The unusual weather came from monsoon moisture that brought a line of brief but strong afternoon thunderstorms to the region.

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  • OSHA Safety Topics and Training

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    The American Red Cross offers apps that provide alert functions for specific types
    of hazards. These apps also offer information on what to do in the event of the
    hazard, and safety information. You can download the app to your mobile device or
    smartphone free on iTunes (Apple-iOS 6.0 or later) and Google Play (Android) at
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  • Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)

    Emergency Alerts will keep you apprised of emergencies in your area - easy, free and a must for individuals, schools, organizations (like CERT!) and businesses... As we start planning toward National Preparedness Month (When you'll AL be ready already so you can help others get prepared, right?) start doing the little things, like signing up for the free apps and assuring your alerts systems are understood and set.

    What can IPAWS do for you?

    Receiving timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. FEMA, private industry and other local, state and federal partners are working together to make sure you can receive alerts and warnings quickly through several different technologies no matter where you are.Alerrts

    Organized by FEMA, the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is the Nation’s alert and warning infrastructure. It provides an effective way to alert and warn the public about emergencies using the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, and other public alerting systemsNOAA-Weather-Radio from a single interface.

    For those with access and functional needs, many messages are TTY/TDD compatible and many devices have accessible accommodations. Make sure you will receive critical information as soon as possible so you can take action to be safe.

    Receiving timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe. Local police and fire departments, emergency managers, the National Weather Service (NWS), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and private industry are working together to make sure you can receive alerts and warnings quickly through several different technologies no matter where you are–at home, at school, at work, or in the community.

    For those with access and functional needs, many messages are TTY/TDD compatible and many devices have accessible accommodations. Review this fact sheet to make sure you will receive critical information as soon as possible so you can take action to be safe. Be sure to share this information with your family, friends, and colleagues.Remember to keep extra batteries for your mobile phone or radio in a safe place or consider purchasing other back-up power supplies such as a car, solar-powered, or hand crank charger.

    Using IPAWS, officials can send messages simultaneously through multiple
    pathways, including:

    • EAS: used by alerting authorities to send detailed warnings to broadcast, cable, satellite, and wireline communication pathways;
    • WEA: Free, 90-character emergency text messages sent by local alerting authorities to equipped mobile devices within range of cell towers broadcasting in the affected area. You do not have to sign up for WEA alerts. To find out if your mobile device is capable of receiving WEA alerts, contact your cellular service provider or visit www.ctia.org/WEA; and
    • IPAWS compliant digital road signs, sirens, and other systems.

    Organized by FEMA, the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is the Nation’s alert and warning infrastructure.
    It provides an effective way to alert and warn the public about emergencies using the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, and other public alerting systems from a single interface.
    IPAWS is used to send notifications for three alert categories— Presidential, AMBER, and Imminent Threat.

    A special weather radio receiver is required to receive NWR broadcasts. You can buy these receivers at many retail outlets such as electronics stores, department stores, big box stores, or online. Be sure to look for the Public Alert or NWR logo to ensure the radio meets technical requirements. Models identified as SAME, or Specific Area Message Encoding, receivers allow users to select alerts for specific geographic areas. For information on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, visit www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr

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    FOR INDIVIDUALS

    • Confirm your mobile device can receive Wireless Emergency Alerts.
    • Sign up for text and/or email alerts from your local jurisdiction.
    • Consider purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.
    • If you do not have a landline, check to see if your jurisdiction has options for VoIP
    • and mobile phones to be connected to ETN systems such as Reverse 911©.
    • Sign up for listservs and alerts for the workplace, schools, houses of worship, or
    • other community organizations you’ll want to hear from in an emergency.
    • Download relevant hazard alerts and warnings apps.
    • Create a list of all the alert systems available to you, and make sure everyone in the
    • household receives the alerts as part of your household communication system.

    FOR ORGANIZATIONS

    • Test internal communication systems to ensure all individuals in the organization
    • can be contacted.
    • Designate individuals to be responsible for distributing alerts from official sources.
    • Consider purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards.
    • Develop a list of all the alert systems available for your community and your
    • organization as a guide for people in the organization.
    • Encourage individuals to sign up for alerts and warnings, and assist them with
    • finding any needed information.

    For more information on IPAWS, EAS, and WEA, visit www.ready.gov/alerts. Additionally you can check out FEMA’s online training course for IPAWS:

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  • The 2014-2018 FEMA Strategic Plan

    You be hearing a LOT about preparedness for us as we gear up toward National Preparedness Month 2014 (and we'll announce this year's Theme as soon as it is released.) Also, you'll get daily updates on National Preparedness Month not just during September, but almost every day in August, too (after all PREparedness means before, right? And, too, our readers need time to plan, gather supplies, etc. to share with friends, family, and co-workers during National Preparedness Month.) This year is significant as it is the first year in the next "4 year plan" for FEMA, too.

    FEMA Strat PlanFEMA’s Strategic Plan is created every four year and outlines a clear roadmap for building a stronger, dynamic, and innovative New FEMA that fulfills our vision of becoming the Nation’s Preeminent Emergency Management and Preparedness Agency. The 2014-2018 FEMA Strategic Plan has been released (download below)

    The 2014-2018 FEMA Strategic Plan reflects objectives the Agency will accomplish to provide the best possible support to the American people before, during, and after disasters. It sets forth the strategies FEMA will employ to accomplish the objectives and also establishes measurable outcomes to achieve. This Strategic Plan was developed through the involvement of hundreds of FEMA employees and many external stakeholders who contributed to generating our objectives, strategies, and outcomes, and who are now working to execute this Plan. FEMA is just one part of the Nation’s emergency management team. The Agency will be successful only by building, sustaining, and drawing upon the capabilities of the whole community. The support and engagement of partners throughout Federal, state, and local governments; tribal governments; the private sector; faith-based and non-profit communities; and citizens across our country will ensure our collective success in bringing about the outcomes set forth in this Plan.

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    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, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:

    • 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!
  • National Preparedness Month 2014: Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare

    The theme for National Preparedness Month will be "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare". Once the NPM Toolkit has been completed, a more formal announcement.

    We'll be sharing a LOT of information leading up to and through National Preparedness Month 2014, so stay tuned!

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