Monthly Archives: June 2016

  • Summer Safety Reminders

    Here we are in Sunny Summertime - thinking of fun, play, time off, long days... well keep it fun by remembering a few simple safety principles:

    ?     Stay safe this Summer
    ?     Summer Safety Update
    ?     Summer Fair Safety
    ?     Summer Surprises and Safety
    ?     Summer Safety Tips
    ?     Summer Storms?
    ?     Be prepared for summer safety — learn CPR
    ?     Learn Lightning Safety & Separate Myth from Reality
    ?     Summer is Heating Up… Think about Fire Prevention

     

    Summer Safety Reminders

  • Storm Safe

    Stormnado

    If a safe room in not available during a hurricane, the best protective action is to evacuate before the hurricane makes landfall. Otherwise, seek the best available shelter:

    • Go to a small, interior, windowless room such as a closet or bathroom on the lowest level of a sturdy building; for a hurricane, make sure the room is not subject to flooding;
    • Cover yourself with any materials that may provide protection from debris, such as cushions, a sleeping bag, or a blanket; and
    • Kneel down and bend over into a ball, and cover your head and neck with your arms.

    Disaster-Survival-PreparednessTo learn more about how to protect yourself and your family during severe weather, read:

    Safe Rooms are a good way to protect you and your family or employees from hurricanes or tornadoes. Having a safe room for your home or business can help provide “near-absolute protection”  from injury or death caused by the dangerous forces of extreme winds.

    ShelterTaking Shelter from the Storm, Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business, FEMA P-320, now in its fourth edition, helps home or small business owners assess their risk and determine the best type of safe room for their needs. FEMA P-320 includes safe room designs and shows you and your builder/contractor or local design professional how to construct a safe room for your home or small business. Design options include safe rooms located inside or outside of a new home or small business. To learn more about safe rooms, visit fema.gov/safe-rooms. You can also check out this list of FAQs.

  • 3 Steps to Prepare for Hurricanes

    As we progress into the Hurricane Season, each of us need to take inventory of our supplies, assess our readiness, and plan for safety in a storm.

    According to FEMA director, Craig Fugate, his should begin with three basic steps:

    1. Know your evacuation zone.  Evacuation zones are areas that may be impacted by hurricane flooding. Many communities have designated evacuation zones and routes to get citizens to safety. This information can often be found on the websites of your state, county, or town emergency management offices. If a hurricane threatens your community and local officials say it's time to evacuate, don't wait.
    2. Disaster-Survival-First-Aid-Mart Disaster Kits Food & Water Shelter & Sleeping CERT Gear & Supplies Red Cross Supplies Roadside+Auto Emergency

      Download the FEMA app. With the FEMA smartphone app you’ll have all the information you need to know what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.  You can also receive weather alerts in your area from NOAA’s National Weather Service, find lifesaving safety tips, and have access to disaster resources should you need them. You can download the app from the Apple App store or the Google Play store. The FEMA app is also available in Spanish.

    3. Make a plan and build a kit. When a hurricane hits, communications systems can go out, transportation can be limited, and it could be days before emergency responders are able to reach your community if you need help. Making a plan - and practicing that plan - helps to ensure you and your family are safe and ready for these challenges.  Your plan should include:
    • Family communication plan: Talk with your family members about how you will contact one another in an emergency. Know how you will check in with family members in different locations, how you will care for children or members with access and functional needs, and how your family will get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landlines don’t work.
    • Emergency Supply KitA ‘go kit’ is a bag that contains basic items you and your family may need, during an emergency. Kits should contain non-perishable food, water, and other supplies, such as flashlights, local maps, and a battery-powered radio, to last you and your family for at least 72 hours.
    • Pets: Many local shelters do not permit pets, but laws require them to accept service animals. Know what you will do with your pet if you need to evacuate.

    Hurricane Season just began June 1st and runs through November 30th - Prepare Now!

     

  • How to Avoid Getting Caught in a Rip Current

    Heading to the Beach?

    Sun and Sand are fun, waves are amusing, and rip currents are deadly.

    Rips are fast-moving currents of water that can pull even the strongest swimmer away from the shore. According to the USLA, rip currents account for at least 100 deaths each year at U.S. surf beaches.

    The warning signs and other educational materials and activities, including National Weather Service surf zone forecasts are part of the decade-long “Break the Grip of the Rip” public awareness campaign by USLA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    • Check water conditions before going in by looking at the local beach forecast before you leave for the beach and talking to the lifeguard at the beach.
    • Only swim at a beach with lifeguards. The chances of drowning at a beach with lifeguards are 1 in 18 million (U.S. Lifesaving Association).
    • Don't assume! Great weather for the beach does not always mean it's safe to swim or even play in the shallows. Rip currents often form on calm, sunny days.
    • Learn how to spot a rip current. The Break the Grip of the Rip free online training will help you learn how to spot a rip current.
    • Rip currents aren't the only deadly beach hazard. Learn more about dangerous waves and other hazards and why you should never to turn your back on the ocean.

    Nine Dangers at the Beach – Rip Currents | Shorebreak | Lightning | Tsunamis | Sharks | Jellyfish | Heat and Sunburn | Harmful Algal Blooms | Water Quality

    The signs are illustrations designed to instruct people how to escape from a rip current if they become trapped in one, and show the rip from a bird’s-eye view rather than the perspective of someone on the beach.

    What are scientists doing to keep swimmers safer? Find out in this video: Predict the Rip:

    Rip-Vid

    Texas A&M has put a lot of thought into saving lives from rips. You can help their efforts by participating in their new Sea Grant online survey about rip currents. Your help could someday save a life. The survey is available here.

    Rip Currents Claim At Least 100 Lives Each Year Rip Currents Claim At Least 100 Lives Each Year

    The survey is designed to determine the public’s knowledge about rip currents and the effectiveness of the current warning signs in use at surf beaches around the country. It was developed by Chris Houser of Texas A&M University and Rob Brander of the University of New South Wales with support from the Texas Sea Grant College Program.

    Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves, including the Great Lakes, and most often form at low spots or breaks in sandbars and near structures like piers, jetties and groins. According to the U.S. Lifesaving Association (USLA), more than 80 percent of the surf beach rescues performed by lifeguards each year involve rip currents.

    They are not always easy to identify, but signs of rip currents include a break in the pattern of incoming waves; a channel of churning, choppy water; an area with a noticeably different water color; and a line of foam, seaweed or debris moving steadily seaward.

    “The results of this survey will be used to determine whether our current efforts are visible, memorable and can be understood by beach users, or whether we need to rethink how to warn beach users of the rip danger before they enter the water. We hope that this information will help reduce the number of fatalities involving rip currents,” said Houser, associate professor of geography and associate dean for undergraduate affairs in Texas A&M’s College of Geosciences.

  • ANSI / ISEA Z308.1-2015

    fam-osha-ansi-compliance-sitewide-adHave you updated your workplace First Aid Kits?

    The ANSI/ISEA guidelines for minimum first aid supplies required in a business first aid kit changed last week, effectively changing all State and Federal OSHA requirements as well.

    Have you updated? You should.

    When it comes to workplaces and the employees within them, safety always comes first.

    URG-3683_2In the workforce, when required to have a first aid kit meeting ANSI standards, one must be sure that they are in compliance. Our ANSI Compliant First Aid Kits meet or exceed the national standards, to ensure that you are complying with the predetermined requirements for your facility. These are available as bulk and unitized kits, and in a wide range of sizes rated by the number of units within the kit or the number of persons it services.

    Read about ANSI & OSHA First Aid Standards and Requirements and the NEW Z308.1-2015 compliance requirements!

  • Very Very Frightening - Heat & Lightning

    Summer is upon on - heat waves, thunder and lightning, and other Summer Safety issues are at hand... read up and be prepared for the beauty, majesty, and danger of electrical storms...

    Heat-Lightning

  • Active Shooter - what do do to prepare and during a crisis

    Sad to say, but the truth is that Active Shooter events are a real part of life now, and something businesses must prepare for. They are a large part of the reason for the push toward updated workplace first aid kit standards which now include tourniquets and other extended bleeding control products, and were a major impetus behind the Hartford Consensus as well as the Stop the Bleed program.

    In additional to the need for staff to understand the principles of bleeding control, businesses should have a plan for dealing with active shooters.

    Active Shooter Preparedness Resources for Your Business

    The tragic events in Orlando are a reminder that small businesses are not immune from violence. The US Department of Homeland Security offers free courses, materials, and workshops to better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation and to raise awareness of behaviors that represent pre-incident indicators and characteristics of active shooters. Access free resources here

    Active-Shooter

  • Coney Island

    Coney IslandThe iconic Coney Island roller coaster made its debut on this day in 1884. The first roller coaster to open in the United States was an immediate hit and spurred the opening of hundreds of roller coasters around the country by the turn of the century. For a nickel, you could take a ride on the Switchback Railway at Coney Island. The thrilling ride reached speeds of approximately six miles per hour, compared to today's roller coasters that can reach speeds well above 100 miles per hour.

  • Ember Alert

    Wildfire Season is coming...

    We are based in Sunny Southern California, and while we've seen raging wildfires all over lately (even in green Canada!) wildfires are something we think about often - and you should, too... no matter where you are.

    Read some helpful information to get ready:

    Are you prepared for a wildfire? To kick off the summer, FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division is hosting a free  webinar on Thursday, June 23, which will feature an array of dynamic nationwide programs and resources to prepare communities for wildfires.

    Title: Ember Alert: Preparing for Wildfires

    Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

    Wildfire-picFeatured Speakers:                                 

    • Phillis Krietz, United States Fire Administration, FEMA
    • Mark Jackson, Branch of Wildland Fire Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs
    • Cathy Prudhomme, National Fire Protection Association
    • Christi Collins, Individual and Community Preparedness Division, FEMA

    How to Join the Webinar:

    • Please register for the event using the Adobe Connect registration web link.
    • Be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting.
    • This webinar will offer closed captioning.

    We hope that you will be able to check it out for great Wildfire Preparedness information  on June 23!

  • Flag Day

     

    Presidential Proclamation -- Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2016

    FLAG DAY AND NATIONAL FLAG WEEK, 2016

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    Two hundred and forty years ago, a small band of patriots declared independence, proclaiming in one voice that we are free to determine our own destiny and carry out the work of self-governance.  Driven by their unyielding spirit and drawing inspiration from the Stars and Stripes, a string of 13 Colonies later expanded to become a united 50 States.  Throughout our history, the American flag has steadfastly served as an emblem of this great experiment in democracy.  On Flag Day and during National Flag Week, we pledge our allegiance to the banner that has served as a guiding symbol on our Nation's journey, and we celebrate the hope it inspires in the American people.

    With hands over hearts, Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs have long saluted Old Glory and honored its legacy.  Our flag persists as a powerful representation of freedom and opportunity.  Waving high above capitol buildings and courthouses, military bases and embassies across the globe, and on the distant surface of the moon, it calls on each of us to remember our obligations to the Republic for which it stands and to carry forward the unwavering optimism that defines us.  America endures because of the courage of servicemen and women who serve under this standard, and our veterans are forever draped in the red, white, and blue when they are laid to rest.  Wherever the flag lies or flies, its message is clear:  We rise and fall together, as one Nation and one people.

    The American flag invokes pride in our citizens and hope in those who come to our shores in search of a brighter tomorrow.  In recognition of the ways it has embodied our ideals and sustained our Nation, let us pay tribute to the Star Spangled Banner and continue striving to create a more perfect and indivisible Union -- with liberty and justice for all.

    To commemorate the adoption of our flag, the Congress, by joint resolution approved August 3, 1949, as amended (63 Stat. 492), designated June 14 of each year as "Flag Day" and requested that the President issue an annual proclamation calling for its observance and for the display of the flag of the United States on all Federal Government buildings.  The Congress also requested, by joint resolution approved June 9, 1966, as amended (80 Stat. 194), that the President annually issue a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as "National Flag Week" and call upon citizens of the United States to display the flag during that week.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2016, as Flag Day and the week beginning June 12, 2016, as National Flag Week.  I direct the appropriate officials to display the flag on all Federal Government buildings during that week, and I urge all Americans to observe Flag Day and National Flag Week by displaying the flag.  I also call upon the people of the United States to observe with pride and all due ceremony those days from Flag Day through Independence Day, also set aside by the Congress (89 Stat. 211), as a time to honor America, to celebrate our heritage in public gatherings and activities, and to publicly recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.

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