Monthly Archives: January 2015

  • Learn First Aid

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  • What was that? What that an EARTHQUAKE?

    Shake, Boom, Slam, Rumble, Roll, Thud. Was that an Earthquake?

    Earthquakes are not just a California Phenomenon. they occur in Ohio, Illinois, Hawaii, Oregon, Texas... everywhere.

    We are deep in Earthquake Country, in North Coastal San Diego County, so we are pretty used to earthquakes - both large and small... the problem is knowing if the little ones are really earthquakes or not. When a major shaker comes through, it hits the news, and we also hear a lot about "after-shocks" and to be ready in case they occur. Hello... what about warning before? Well, Earthquake prediction is a young science, still akin to an art in some minds, closer too a Ouija Board in others. But we DO know that there can be "fore-shocks" as well, so we can get some warning to batten down the hatches and hold on.

    Prepare! Prepare!

    Problem. Remember we explained we're on the coast in North San Diego County. This means we're on the edge of Camp Pendleton, one of the largest Military bases in the world at 125,000 acres.. Could that be shelling sounds from artillery practice aims at nearby San Clemente Island? Maybe a sonic boom? (Lucky us! We also have Marine Corps Air Station Miramar just South of us.) It's important to know when a tremor is geological, so how can one tell?

    USGSThere's an App for that!
    Ahhh... technology! No londer a need to scan the local radio broadcast, or hope for something on TV News"

    ShakeMap and ShakeCast are post-earthquake information tools for rapid situational awareness, using data from seismic monitoring systems to help emergency managers gauge an earthquake’s impact and plan response activities. These tools can be found at earthquake.usgs.gov.

    Preparedness is everything, and whether in Kent or Kalamazoo, you need to be prepared!

  • Disaster Rubber Necking

    We've all seen it...the highway bogs down for miles only because drivers ahead pause to see what the flashing roadside lights are about. We curse, we grumble, we complain about those "rubber neckers" ahead and their shadendfreude.  Then we get up to the calamity and do it ourselves. There's a natural pull toward death and damage, it is instinctual and comes from deep in our limbic system.

    scha·den·freu·de

    noun, often capitalized ?shä-d?n-?fr?i-d?

    : a feeling of enjoyment that comes from seeing or hearing about the troubles of other people

    German, from Schaden damage + Freude joy

    First Known Use: 1895

    Well there's an up side here, too... Images of Disasters can help in learning and heightening the awareness of Disaster Preparation needs, and they can also serve to warn those in an area experiencing a disaster or emergency situation (earthquake, wildfire, etc.) whether loved ones are are in an affected area, or how to avoid the area themselves.

    GeoQGeoQ crowdsources geo-tagged photos of disaster-affected areas to assess damage over large regions. Programmers can use the existing services and add features to customize the GeoQ code for their own community. GeoQ can be downloaded from http://github.com/ngageoint.

    More free apps & WEA

    Prepare! Prepare!
  • Reach the 'Corps' of Preparedness in Your Community

    Are you a Team Player? We're not talking at work, nor sports... are you involved in assuring that your community is ready in case of emergency?

    FEMA_PrepareAthon Poster_Hurricane Artwork-500Want to get your community involved in disaster preparedness? Join Citizen Corps - through their invovement there is a national open network that uses outreach, training, and volunteer service to bring together leaders from volunteer programs, community and nonprofit organizations, the private sector, and government. Examples include CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) and the Youth Preparedness Council.

    You can get involved and help make your neighborhood safe in any calamity from hurricanes to wildfires, tsunamis to droughts, there are numerous types of disasters that require individual and community preparedness.

  • Join the Innovation for Disasters Movement.

    Are you a "techie" with a penchant for serving the community? Uncle Sam wants you!

    earthquake_disaster_topic_animationBut hold on, now - this isn't a "Geek" exclusive venue... there's a place for entrepreneurs, community responders and CERT members, bureaucrats, paparazzi, and disaster survivors, too.

    The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative has launched a new public resource - disasters.data.gov - to foster collaboration and continual improvement of disaster-related open data, free tools, and new ways to empower survivors, first responders, and all levels of government with critical information and resources.

    Developers can also:

    • Use our open datasets to provide products or services for disaster preparedness
    • Build upon existing open source apps and tools
    • Host a data jam or civic hackathon to build solutions for identified challenges
    • Share your projects with us at disastertech@ostp.gov

    Tech Entrepreneurs can also:

    • Host a workshop for defining challenge statements and potential solutions
    • Host a data jam or civic hackathon to build solutions for identified challenges
    • Have a conversation with innovation experts, discussing technology gaps and opportunities
    • Share your projects with us at disastertech@ostp.gov

    Government Officials can also:

    • Identify and share challenge statements with us at disastertech@ostp.gov
    • Consider how innovation and technology can help your team and any collaborative projects
    • Host a workshop for defining challenge statements and potential solutions
    • Have a conversation with innovation experts, discussing technology gaps and opportunities
    • Consider testing an emerging or existing tool as part of a training or exercise

    First Responders can also:

    • Identify and share challenge statements with us at disastertech@ostp.gov
    • Consider how innovation and technology can help your teams (and partner with other stakeholders)
    • Consider having an innovation team member “shadow” responders for a day to identify places where technology could help
    • Consider testing an emerging or existing tool as part of a training or exercise

    Survivors can also:

    • Share your story with us at disastertech@ostp.gov
    • Consider how innovation and technology can help you
    • Join a virtual network to access information and resources
    • Have a conversation with innovation experts and other stakeholders interested in providing assistance

    Journalists can also:

    • Help capture stories from survivors, first responders, and other stakeholders
    • Identify and share insight about opportunities where technology and innovation are needed
    • Distill and share information in the wake of a disaster

    Volunteers can also:

    • Consider how innovation and technology can help you serve communities before, during, and after disasters
    • Share your story with us at disastertech@ostp.gov
    • Consider both in-person and digital volunteering
    • Consider using technology to better organize your volunteer network

    Some highlights:

    • "Types of Disasters" Landing Pages: Categorizes open data sets, apps, and tools to make relevant resources easier to find.
    • Apps & Tools: The portal includes apps and tools that can be deployed at minimal cost by first responders, emergency managers, volunteer organizations, survivors, and other stakeholders. The apps and tools featured were presented at the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Demo Day
    Prepare! Prepare!
  • New Disaster Assistance Resources

    Disaster-Survival-GearFEMA's Disaster Assistance Improvement Program (DAIP) has released a new website, DisasterAssistance.gov, to help survivors navigate the disaster recovery process. DAIP helps survivors by shortening the time required to apply for assistance and reducing the number of forms that need to be completed. Survivors can also upload documents, check the status of their application, access information and resources, all through the website.

    Did you know that there are at least 75 forms of assistance available for Disaster Recovery from 14 Agencies:

    Federal Agency Forms of Assistance
    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 20
    U.S. Department of Education (ED) 1
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 4
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 7
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 3
    U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) 3
    U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) 3
    U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) 1
    U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) 3
    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 8
    U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) 1
    U.S. Postal Service (USPS) 1
    U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2
    U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) 18

    Find out more at DisasterAssistance.gov including:

    • Get the latest information on declared disaster such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods and earthquakes;
    • Find information about evacuating; accessing shelter, food, water and medical services; and assistance locating loved ones and pets;
    • Locate local resources in and around the whole community; and
    • Share resources via social media.

    Visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov today and check out the information available. spotlight-on-disaster-2013Spread the word to your loved ones, and be prepared to know where to find assistance before a disaster happens!

    Are you ready to Bug Out or Bunker in? Are you ready to Bug Out or Bunker in?
  • Electrical Safety

    Electrical Safety is a concern for Electricians, Home DIY, and general workers.

    Each year there are 71 electrocutions (death by electricity) in the workplace throughout the US. By ensuring all safety equipment and tools are used properly this number can be reduced.

    Worker injuries, illnesses and fatalities

    4,405 workers were killed on the job in 2013 [BLS preliminary 2013 workplace fatality data] (3.2 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers) – on average, 85 a week or more than 12 deaths every day. (This is the lowest total since the fatal injury census was first conducted in 1992.)

    797 Hispanic or Latino workers were killed from work-related injuries in 2013–on average, more than 15 deaths a week or two Latino workers killed every single day of the year, all year long.

    Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2013.

    Construction's "Fatal Four"

    Out of 3,929* worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2013, 796 or 20.3% were in construction?that is, one in five worker deaths last  year were in construction. The leading causes of worker deaths on construction sites were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These "Fatal Four" were responsible for more than half (58.7%) the construction worker deaths in 2013*, BLS reports. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 468 workers' lives in America every year.

    • Falls — 294 out of 796 total deaths in construction in CY 2013 (36.9%)

    • Struck by Object — 82 (10.3%)

    • Electrocutions — 71 (8.9%)

    • Caught-in/between — 21 (2.6%)

    Essential safety equipment for electricians

    Safety Glasses

    Dust and debris cause a lot of damage to the eyes, and most often people are unaware of it. Safety glasses for electricians are such a vital piece of equipment when you are on the job. If anything were to happen in terms of major damage, or built up damage, that will adversely affect your eye sight, you're going to have to live with that for the rest of your life. They come in different styles at different costs, if you're not keen on how they look, then spend a little more on a premium set.

    Insulated Gloves

    Easily one of the most essential pieces of equipment when working with live currents. Equipment like this can make the decision of life or death when an accident occurs, which makes insulated gloves a necessity. During the winter most electricians will wear a small pair of cotton gloves underneath to keep their hands warm.

    Footwear / Matting

    Dielectric shoes work the same way as insulated gloves do, except they are on your feet. As long as you have insulated gloves or shoes on then the current that tries to go through you to reach the ground will be stopped when getting an electric shock, preventing it. Matting is also great, however it can only be used in some circumstances due to space available and what type of job is being done.

    Insulated Tools

    Almost 50% of an electrician's job requires the use of tools, most often during inspection and testing, the tools are going to be testing live currents and it's essential that they are insulated. Everything can be found insulated, from saws to screws. If you have some slightly outdated tools, it might be best to upgrade!

    Hard Hats / Earplugs

    Commercial electricians who often work on building sites are in danger of head injuries because of the work site environment, which makes hard hats a necessity. Along with this danger, there is a lot of excessive noise on the site every single day, which can eventually start damaging your hearing. Earplugs will help prevent this damage and will also prevent headaches.

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    Electricity is all around us. It lights up our homes... powers much of the machinery and equipment that we use... and runs many of our tools. We are so used to it, most employees "take it for granted." Yet electricity can also be dangerous. Employees need to know how electricity works, and what they should do to protect themselves from its hazards.

    Our training products on "Electrical Safety" remind employees about electrical hazards they may face in their jobs, and provides the information they need to work safely around electricity. This program will also assist in satisfying the OSHA training requirements under 29 CFR Part 1910.331 (Electrical Safety Standard) for "non-qualified" employees. Topics covered in these products include:

    • How electricity works.
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    • Electrical emergencies.
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  • Youth Preparedness Council

    We've told you about the Youth Preparedness Council (a great way for Children of CERT Team Members to get involved) in previous safety articles. Now is another great time to get involved!

    Ready_Back_Cover_Print_EN_20061215.inddThe FEMA Youth Preparedness Council was formed in 2012 to bring together youth leaders from across the country who are highly interested and engaged in advocating youth preparedness and making a difference in their communities. The Council members are selected based on their dedication to public service, their efforts in making a difference in their communities, and their potential to expand their impact as national advocates for youth preparedness.

    The Council supports FEMA’s commitment to involving youth in preparedness-related activities and provides an avenue to engage the youth population, taking into account their perspectives, feedback, and opinions. This year’s Council members attended the Youth Preparedness Council Summit in July 2014, meet periodically with FEMA representatives, and are working to complete a number of projects.

    The following profiles provide an overview of the Council members’ preparedness backgrounds, their work on current and completed projects, and any publicity they have received. To contact a member of the Youth Preparedness Council, please use the point of contact listed at the bottom of his or her profile

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. The Council supports FEMA’s commitment to involving youth in preparedness-related activities and provides an opportunity for young people to offer their perspectives, feedback and insights on how to help make America more resilient.

    To apply, applicants must be 13 to 17 years old. They must also be engaged in individual and community preparedness or have experienced a disaster that motivated them to make a positive difference in their community. Adults working with youth or on community preparedness are encouraged to share the application with young people who might be interested in applying for the Youth Preparedness Council.

    To be eligible for consideration, applicants must submit a completed and two letters of recommendation. Completed applications and all supporting materials must be received no later than March 2, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST. New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May 2015.

    For more information about completing and submitting the application, please visit: www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.

    Are you ready to Bug Out or Bunker in? Are you ready to Bug Out or Bunker in?
  • What is in your Bug Out Bag?

    Be Prepared With an Emergency Evacuation Kit - also know as a "Ditch Kit", "Bug Out Bag", or "Go Bag" among other prepper terms.

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