Monthly Archives: May 2015

  • ?? June

    June begins tomorrow. While it is the Month that ushers in Summertime, it is also the beginning of Hurricane Season.

    Take the time today to check and make sure your disaster preparedness supplies are in order, your first aid kit is stocked (be sure to check expiration on meds!) and handy, and that you know your plan and evacuation routes.

    Be Weather Ready and Safe!Hurricane

    Rain or shine... be prepared:

  • Don't let the end be "The end." ??

    Today ends this year's Hurricane Preparedness Week - but that doesn't mean you should stop thinking about Hurricane Preparedness and Safety. Monday is the official start of Hurricane Season.

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  • Get a plan ?

    Get a Clue - Make a Plan... OK they old "Failure to Plan is Planning to Fail" cliché is tired, but it really is true.

    What have you planned for? While this is Hurricane Preparedness Week, you should use it as a reminder to be ready no matter whether at risk of Hurricanes, Storm Surge, Inland Flooding, or some other disaster.

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  • Hurricane Watch / Hurricane Warning 🚩

    What is the difference between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning?

    A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the next 36 hours. Follow evacuation orders from local officials if given
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    A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the next 48 hours. Know your evacuation route & listen to local officials

    Don’t put you or your family at risk; follow the instructions of local officials – and if told to evacuate, evacuate. To keep up with your local weather forecast, monitor local media updates or visit www.weather.gov. Timely info on weather conditions like a hurricane can make a big difference. Sign up for local alerts & warnings.

    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!

    Learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts

    Hurricane season begins June 1. Familiarize yourself & your family with severe weather terminology: www.ready.gov/hurricanes

  • Dorothy: this is Kansas. #HurricanePrep #PrepareAthon

    Hurricane Preparedness in Kansas? Yep. Everywhere.

    Inland Flooding can occur far in from the coasts, and Hurricanes can cause rising water in rivers and tributaries feeding open water.

    OK, so perhaps not Kansas (however, our Tornado Safety information may be timely for Mid-Westerners!) But take inland flooding seriously... Hurricane Preparedness means inland safety as well - not just the coastlines.

    Inland Flooding_2Don’t get caught by dangerous flood waters, have an evacuation plan!

    • You may have to evacuate quickly due to a hurricane. Learn your evacuation routes & identify where you will stay #HurricanePrep
    • If you rely on public transportation, contact your local emergency management agency about evac info ahead of a hurricane. #PrepareAthon
    • Hurricanes can cause extensive flood damage in coastal & inland areas- Make a #HurricanePrep plan: www.Ready.gov/hurricanes
    • Turn around, don’t drown. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including trucks and SUVs #HurricanePrep
    • Driving through flooded roadways is dangerous. Check out this @NWS public service announcement to see why: http://bit.ly/1Ggz3PH
    • Flooding is common after a hurricane, prepare your family with the How to Prepare for a Flood guide! 1.usa.gov/1hopADX #HurricanePrep.

    Disaster, Survival, Preparation

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    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, 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!
  • Back to work after a holiday weekend 💻

    The first day back to work after a 3 day (or longer) Holiday Weekend can be challenging - so do you embrace the challenge, or dread it? Ah, the fun we had. Now it is time to suck it up, clean it up, shake it up, step it up, and get down to it!

    It is easy - grab your coffee - clear your desk - make a "To Do" list.

    Now... let's have a word about how to properly use a "To Do" list:

    A "To Do" list should not be a pad of paper with page after page of items listed to do, with some crossed out, others with notes, etc. Most are. Don't do this - this is more of a What not to do list."

    We at First Aid Mart recently (well,6 Months ago) gave everyone a 1/2 page sized clipboard filled with blank pages (the back side of cut-in-half-to-be-recycled-paper, of course - we reduce, reuse, recycle any and all non-confidential paperwork here!)

    clipboardWith the clipboard came very specific instructions:

    1. Write you list of "Things to Accomplish Today (listing most difficult or dreaded at the top, working down to easiest - this way each item accomplished makes the remaining day easier!)
    2. Add new items as they come up throughout the day.
    3. Cross off each item as accomplished. (this feels great!)
    4. At the end of the day, move anything remaining (not crossed off) to the top of a new sheet for the next day. DO NOT keep the old sheet - discard it.

    Having to re-write the incomplete tasks (as well as moving them to the top of the new day's list) inspires one to get 'er done- and keeps these tasks at the front of priorities rather than lost in a pile of scribbles.

    Of course, we had everyone cull their "everlasting-gobstopper-to-not-do" old lists to bring important stuff forward, but since t he change every single First Aid Team Member has remarked on significantly increased productivity, efficiency, and organization!

    Try this - it works.

  • Memorial Day 2015

    Happy Memorial DayMemorial-Day

  • ? CPR and AED Awareness Week ?

    CPR and AED Awareness Week is right around the corner.

    In 2008, Congress designated the first week of June for observation of National CPR / AED Awareness Week, with the goal of encouraging all states, cities and towns to establish organized programs which provide CPR and AED training to the public.

    At American CPR Training™ they realize that not everyone can arrange a class or promote CPR & AED Awareness the first week (especially with Memorial Day cutting into this week) so they have made it their policy since 2008 to promote CPR & AED Awareness Month.

    We carry a large selection of CPR products including Professional CPR & First Aid Training Mannequins, CPR Masks & CPR Mouth Barrier devices, CPR Kits, CPR Prompting devices, Safety Training Videos, CD's and More. We carry a large selection of CPR products including Professional CPR & First Aid Training Mannequins, CPR Masks & CPR Mouth Barrier devices, CPR Kits, CPR Prompting devices, Safety Training Videos, CD's and More.

    Do something for your gropu to recognize CPR & AED Awareness Week, or Month!

    Something... Anything. Plan Now.

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  • How Healthy is Your Community?

    CommunityHave you considered the health of your Community as a whole? Interesting...

    Health and well-being are products of not only the health care we receive and the choices we make, but also the places where we live, learn, work, and play. Community health improvement (CHI) is a process to identify and address the health needs of communities.

    About CDC's Online CHI Navigator

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) online CHI Navigator is a one-stop-shop that offers hospitals, health systems, public health agencies, and other community stakeholders expert-vetted tools and resources for:

  • Don’t Fry Day

    Know the importance of skin cancer prevention and sun-safety behaviors.

    Today is Don’t Fry Day.

    Don't forget the Sunblock or Sunscreen! Don't forget the Sunblock or Sunscreen!

    The Friday before Memorial Day is Don’t Fry Day: Protect your skin today and every day.

    Millions of Americans will enjoy the great outdoors this weekend. Skin cancer, caused by too much sun, is the most common of all cancers in the United States. More people will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined.

    The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention reminds you to enjoy the outdoors safely. We have named the Friday before Memorial Day Don’t Fry Day. In the same way we teach kids to wear bike helmets, we can also teach them to wear wide-brimmed hats.

    What You Can Do to Be Safe in the Sun:

    1. Do Not Burn
      Overexposure to the sun is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.
    2. Avoid Sun Tanning and Tanning Beds
      Ultraviolet (UV) light from tanning beds and the sun causes skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you’ve been in the sun, use a sunless self-tanning product instead.
    3. Cover Up
      Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses, where possible.
    4. Seek Shade/Use Umbrellas
      Seek shade when appropriate. Remember that the sun’s UV rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
    5. Generously Apply Sunscreen
      Generously apply sunscreen to all exposed skin using a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30 that provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.
    6. Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow and Sand
      Water, snow and sand reflect the damaging rays of the sun, which can increase your chance of sunburn.
    7. Check the UV Index
      The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun. Developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) and EPA, you can find the UV Index for your area online at: http://www.epa.gov/sunwise/uvindex.html.

    Get Vitamin D Safely
    Get vitamin D safely through a diet that includes vitamin supplements and foods fortified with vitamin D. Don’t seek the sun or indoor tanning.

    Download the informational poster. DFD

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