Monthly Archives: August 2014

  • If an emergency occurred tomorrow, would you be ready?

    September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by FEMA, National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.

    All through August, we'll be providing tips, videos, worksheets, tool kits and other preparedness resources to help you get ready for National Preparedness Month 2014, so you can "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare". This is all part of The 2014-2018 FEMA Strategic Plan.

    National Preparedness Month is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters, both large scale and smaller local events. We know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you. We’ve seen tornado outbreaks, river floods and flash floods, historic earthquakes, tsunamis, and even water main breaks and power outages that impact communities for days at a time.

    As commendable as they may be in their profession of assisting those in need, police, fire and rescue may not always be able to reach you quickly in an emergency or disaster. The most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care for at least a short period of time following an incident; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover.

    You are not helpless in the face of an emergency. With just a few simple steps, you can Be a Force of Nature by knowing your risk, taking action and being an example in your community.

    Know your risk

    Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time. It is important to understand potential risks where you live.

    What you can do:

    1. Bookmark weather.gov to stay informed on severe weather.
    2. Learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts, messages that will be sent to your phone during an emergency.
    3. Get practical tips on preparing for disaster at ready.gov.

    Take action

    Make sure that you and your family are prepared for an emergency. Ensure that you can go for at least three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket, or other local services.
    What you can do:

    1. Prepare a disaster supply kit with at least three days of food and water.
    2. Create a Family Emergency Plan, so that your family knows how to communicate during an emergency.
    3. Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio.

    Be an example

    Be a positive influence on your community by sharing your preparedness story. Let your friends and family know that you’re prepared for an emergency – and that they should be prepared too. Research has shown that many people won’t prepare until they see others doing so.
    What you can do:

    1. Share your preparedness story on Facebook so that friends and family will know what you’ll do in case of disaster.
    2. Tell the world you’re prepared on Twitter using hashtag #NATLPREP.
    3. Get involved with your local American Red Cross Chapter or train with a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

    You don’t know when an emergency might occur. These simple steps will help you be prepared for the worst.

    FEMA’s Ready.gov website provides detailed information on what may be most important to you and your family.  You can find specific information tailored to specifics needs such as people with disabilities, seniors, assisting children, business readiness, and even information for you pets. For more information, see Ready.gov

    NOAA is working with FEMA and other agencies to help improve disaster readiness through campaigns such as National Preparedness Month. Through efforts such as the Weather-Ready Nation initiative, NOAA seeks to build community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather events.

    We are Ambassadors of NOAA & The Weather Ready Nation Program! We are Ambassadors of NOAA & The Weather Ready Nation Program!

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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!
  • Preparedness Forum

    As we gear up toward National Preparedness Month 2014 coming in September, we hope you'll read years of information we've shared in the Disaster & Survival Forum and that you will follow and contribute to our daily articles in the National Preparedness Month Blog.

    September is National Preparedness Month

    PrepNational Preparedness Month is an effort involving a broad range of agencies, spearheaded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to help Individuals and Businesses throughout our Nation prepare for any crisis we may face. Depending upon one’s location and situation, “Disaster” can mean anything from natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods to cyber incidents, and even acts of terrorism.

    As the White House reminded us in its National Preparedness Month 2013 Proclamation, it is every American’s responsibility to be prepared. By planning for emergencies, individuals can protect themselves and their families while also contributing to their communities’ resilience. During National Preparedness Month, we refocus our efforts on readying ourselves, our families, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, and our Nation. FirstAidMart.com offers this page of resources to help you be prepared.

  • Tractor Safety

    A great number of our readers (and our customers!) work in agriculture.

    It's the time of year when those working in our many agricultural industries need to remember to be safe while doing so:

    Some important safety points for all tractor operators are:
    tractorConduct a pre-work inspection, including assuring your required vehicle first aid kit is stocked and ready.
    • Use a Roll Over Protective System and seat belt
    • Conduct a thorough risk assessment for the tractor or tool and the task at hand• Keep loads low when travelling
    • Always keep an eye out for pedestrians - do not move tractor without eye to eye contact with pedestrian.
    • No extra riders on tractor, bucket, or forks
    • Follow recommended hitching procedures and limits
    • Turn on level ground whenever possible
    • Stay away from soft shoulders
    • Ensure brakes are in good condition and properly locked for high speeds
    • Use a 'Slow Moving Vehicle' sign for roads
    • Ensure loads are properly secured.
    • Disengage the power take off device, turn off tractor and set brake before leaving tractor seat

    Enjoy the outdoors while working but remember to stay aware of all aspects of your tasks at hand.

  • National Preparedness Month 2014 Resources

    September is National Preparedness Month. This month should remind Americans that
    they  should put  together  a  preparedness  kit  to  be  ready  for all types of emergency
    situations.

    Throughout September, our readers will be holding events, sharing information and helping assure their family, friend, co-workers and community are focused on being prepared and educated about risks that affect them in case of natural and man-made calamities. During August as we lead up to National Preparedness Month 2014, we be providing resources to help with this.

    While most our readers that know about National Preparedness Month understand that FEMA is the main driving force behind the event, providing posters, logos, information and even a National Preparedness Month 2014 Toolkit, there are many other resources we;ll be sharing, including help from private resources,  the CDC, CERT, SBA, OES, many State Governments, and of course - as Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors -  we'll be sharing a lot of information from NOAA as well.

    We are Ambassadors of NOAA & The Weather Ready Nation Program! We are Ambassadors of NOAA & The Weather Ready Nation Program!

    This event reminds people to put together a preparedness kit to be ready for all types of emergency situations. Many types of advertisers -- from markets to variety stores, electronics to hardware and home centers -- can set up an in-store display of items (such as batteries, bottled water, first aid supplies, etc.) for consumers to select and purchase preparedness kit supplies. Follow our posts and feed to  “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”.MayDay

  • 2014 National Preparedness Month (NPM)

    Are you Ready to Be Ready?

    ready-buttonWe're about to launch two Months of National Preparedness Month (NPM) articles!

    All through August we'll be giving you ideas to get your gear together and get ready to share the plan and information with  others, then in September, we'll be helping you spread the word to friends, family, co-workers and your community!

    So what's coming?

    "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare"

    Week 1- September 1-7: How to… Reconnect with Family After a Disaster.

    Week 2- September 8-14: Know How to plan for specific needs before a Disaster.

    Week 3- September 15-21: How to… Build an Emergency Kit.

    Week 4 & 5- September 22-30: How to… Practice for an emergency.

    Stay tuned: NPM logo and digital engagement toolkit COMING SOON! Sign up for our Feed /blog/feed/ or follow us on Twitter!

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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!

    Follow on Twitter for more updates:

  • Do you know how to use fire-extinguisher?

    Many employees don't know how to use fire extinguisher. Do you agree with me? Offices must not only equipped with such extinguishers but they don't take a pain to train their employees. Apart from such training, offices must be equipped with correct fire extinguisher. What is meant by correct one? Check below list of different type of extinguisher.

    Fire & Evacuation Essentials Fire & Evacuation Essentials

    Class A: A water fire extinguisher comes in this class dealing with common hazards such as wood, straw, paper and coal.

    Class B: It's a foam fire extinguisher that tackles with flammable liquids like petrol and paints. It can even useful for class A fires.

    Class C: A CO2(carbon-dioxide) fire extinguisher deals with electrical hazards and even tackles Class B risks.

    Cautions:

    1) Some extinguishers are confined to certain limitation and cannot to applied to a specific class.

    For example: Class A fires being a water fire extinguisher cannot be applied to Class B fires that is foam fire extinguisher.

    2) Extinguishers need to be discharged, refilled and inspected at certain time period.

    3) Fire extinguishers should be easily accessible by people. At office, employees should be withing 30 meters of a fire extinguisher.

    4) Avoid using such extinguishers if fire breaks out on a massive scale and could not be controlled by such extinguishers.

    5) The number of extinguishers depends on level of risk of the business. High level of risk means more number of extinguishers.

    Suitability is must

    Prior buying any fire extinguisher, its important to know which one will be the most suitable one. At offices, class A fire extinguisher is the most suitable one.

    How To Operate fire extinguisher?

    Providing a secured working environment to the employees should be the top most priority of any working institution. Can any employee work freely in unsecured environment? Off-course not. No one can compromise with their life.

    Being a responsible organization, you must train your employees to make an immediate use of fire extinguishers in case of an emergency. Using extinguisher is very easy. Follow below simple four steps and learn how to use.

    1) Pull the pin at the top of extinguisher.

    2) Target the faucet at the base of the fire.

    3) Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.

    4) Sweep the spray back and forth across the fire until. it's out.

    Still you feel scared in operating extinguishers? Then its better to call fire extinguisher experts.

    Working institutions must adopt effective safety measures for their employees. Who is responsible if such institution lacks in taking such measures? Off-course, the government in power. Every country must establish a separate body that regularly checks the safety measures at job places.

    Among all the safety problems an employee can encounter, fire can be the most frightening. Every year fires cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage and result in thousands of employee injuries, a number of which are fatal. Yet many of these catastrophes could have been prevented if the fire had been extinguished before it started to spread.

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