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  • Awesome Camping and Outdoor First Aid Gear - The Adventure Medical Kits "Grizzly"

    Looking for the BEST Outdoor and Camping Gear?

    This is our pick - our favorite Camping First Aid Kit!

    Adventure Medical Grizzly Sportsman Kit

    The Grizzly is the premier medical kit for hunting and fishing outfitters and guides who understand that the greatest trophies are the farthest afield. With a detachable field trauma kit, QuikClot dressing, and the trusted SWAT Tourniquette, this kit has everything you need.     WATCH THE VIDEO! read more

    Group Size: 1-14 People
    Trip Duration: 1-14 Days

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  • Be Ready and Resilient

    America’s first PrepareAthon! National Day of Action is April 30. I encourage organizations and people across the country to participate.  America’s PrepareAthon is a new campaign to increase every community’s ability to withstand disasters.

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    In 2012, natural disasters caused more than 450 weather-related fatalities and nearly 2,600 injuries. Every disaster holds the potential to impact health, but most people are still unprepared for emergencies. In the 2012 Federal Emergency Management Agency National Survey, only 39 percent of people reported having a household emergency plan, which included instructions for household members on where to go and what to do in an emergency.

    When we prepare and practice for an emergency in advance of the event, it makes a real difference in the whole community’s ability to take immediate and informed action. In turn, this enables everyone impacted to recover more quickly. In addition, participating in drills, exercises, and trainings help establish brain patterns that support quick and effective action during an emergency.Prepper

    This spring, America’s PrepareAthon! will focus on learning how to protect yourself and your family, how to help your co-workers, and how to participate in community plans for emergencies such as tornadoes, floods, hurricanes and wildfires. This targeted national call to action highlights simple, specific steps individuals and organizations should take to increase their preparedness for a potential local disaster.

    America’s PrepareAthon! provides instructions for educational discussions and simple drills for a range of disasters. The instructions will help employees, students, and organization members understand which disasters could happen in the community, what to do to stay safe, and how to take action to prepare and participate in making one’s community more resilient.

    In addition, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has developed a video game and a video to help health care providers with disaster preparedness.

    Building and sustaining resilience is a shared responsibility. It takes a whole community working together to prepare for, respond to, and recover effectively from the destructive forces of nature and other emergencies.

    Your organization can find preparedness guides and resources to help your workplace, school, house of worship, community-based organization, and the whole community practice specific preparedness activities necessary to stay safe before, during, and after an emergency.

    Learn more about how your organization can play a role in your community’s readiness and resilience. Visit www.ready.gov/prepare. Plan an event for the national day of action and register it today.

  • Youth and Teen Safety & Violence

    National Youth Violence Prevention Week 2014

    Youth violence is a serious problem that can have lasting effects on victims and their family, friends, and communities.

    Violence, however, is not an inevitable part of growing up. Youth violence can be prevented.

    Strategies that address risks for violence at individual, relationship, and community levels have been proving effective. These include school-based programs designed to benefit all youth by changing how they think about violence and by building skills to resolve problems without violence.

    During National Youth Violence Prevention Week, help empower young people to stop violence before it starts.Youth-Violence

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    Younger teens still account for 1 in 4 teen birthsDespite recent progress, more can be done to prevent pregnancies in younger teens

    Although births to younger teens aged 15 to 17 years have declined, they still represent over a quarter of teen births - nearly 1,700 births a week, according to this month’s Vital Signs. This reinforces the need for targeted interventions to prevent teen pregnancy, says the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

    “Although we have made significant progress reducing teen pregnancy, far too many teens are still having babies,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.  “Births to younger teens pose the greatest risk of poor medical, social and economic outcomes. Efforts to prevent teen childbearing need to focus on evidence-based approaches to delaying sexual activity and increasing use of the most effective methods of contraception for those teens who are sexually active.”

    CDC researchers analyzed birth data from the National Vital Statistics System and adolescent health behavior data from the National Survey of Family Growth. Findings include:

    •  The rate of births per 1,000 teens aged 15 to 17 years declined 63 percent, from 38.6 in 1991 to 14.1 in 2012.
    •  The birth rate to younger teens is higher for Hispanic, non-Hispanic black and American Indian/Alaska Native teens. In 2012, the birth rate per 1,000 teens aged 15 to 17 years was 25.5 for Hispanic teens, 21.9 for non-Hispanic black teens, 17 for American Indian/Alaska Native teens, 8.4 for non-Hispanic white teens and 4.1 for Asian/Pacific Islander teens.
    •  Most teens aged 15-17 (73 percent) had not had sex yet.
    •  Nearly 1 in 4 teens in this age group never spoke with their parents or guardians about sex.

    Other findings about sexually active teens in this age group include:

    • More than 80 percent had not received any formal sex education before they had sex for the first time.
    • More than 90 percent of teens used some form of contraception the last time they had sex, but most of them relied on methods that are among the least effective.

    The Vital Signs report also underscores findings from previous CDC reports on teen pregnancy prevention:

    •  Racial and ethnic disparities in teen pregnancy rates remain, suggesting the continued need for culturally appropriate interventions and services.
    •  Sexually active teens remain at risk for pregnancy because they use less-effective contraceptives.
    •  Earlier delivery of prevention efforts may further increase abstinence and birth control use.
    •  Parents and guardians can play an influential role in helping pre-teens and teens avoid risky sexual behaviors. 

    “We need to provide young people with the support and opportunities they need to empower themselves. Trying to balance the task of childbearing while trying to complete their high school education is a difficult set of circumstances, even with the help of family and others,” said Shanna Cox, M.S.P.H., CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health. “Teens who give birth are at increased risk of having a repeat birth while still a teenager. And these younger teens are less likely to earn a high school diploma or GED than older teens who give birth.”

    May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. This Vital Signs report was created to help the nation’s communities continue the dialogue about teen pregnancy and its burden on our nation’s youth. For more information about teen pregnancy visit http://www.cdc.gov/TeenPregnancy/.

    The 2014 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit
    04/09/2014
    The 2014 National Rx Drug Abuse SummitOn April 22-24, Operation UNITE in collaboration with CDC and other sponsors will host the 2014 National Prescription Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta, GA. Join your colleagues for meaningful dialogue and collaboration as we address the prescription drug abuse epidemic in our country.

    The three day event is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state, and federal agencies, business, academia, clinicians, treatment providers, counselors, educators, state and national leaders, and advocates impacted by prescription drug abuse.

    The Summit will include seven educational tracks tailored to provide stakeholders timely and relevant information for their particular field. Tracks include Clinical, Education and Advocacy, Pharmacy, Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, Third-Party Payer, Treatment, and Law Enforcement. General sessions will include:

    • Federal Response to the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
    • Cracking Down on Unlawful Prescription Drug Marketing
    • The Realities of Prescription Drug Abuse
    • State Policy Changes to Impact Prescription Drug Abuse
    • CDC Impacting the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
    • Forum of the Congressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse

    CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH will be among the keynote speakers. Other speakers will include the Honorable Hal Rogers (R-KY), representatives from the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Hightower Intervention Services, and actor Matthew Perry.

    Learn more about the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit at http://nationalrxdrugabusesummit.org/

  • Youth Violence Prevention Strategies

    Youth Violence: Prevention Strategies

    Youth violence is a serious problem that can have lasting harmful effects on victims and their family, friends, and communities. The goal for youth violence prevention is simple—to stop youth violence from happening in the first place. But the solutions are as complex as the problem.

    Prevention efforts should aim to reduce factors that place youth at risk for perpetrating violence, and promote factors that protect youth at risk for violence. In addition, prevention should address all types of influences on youth violence: individual, relationship, community, and society. Effective prevention strategies are necessary to promote awareness about youth violence and to foster the commitment to social change.

    Youth violence prevention—one of the oldest fields in violence—continues to advance rapidly. Many prevention tools have been developed and implemented; many of these prevention programs and strategies have been evaluated, and found to be effective at preventing violence and related behaviors among youth. Such evidence-based programs have shown positive effects in rigorous evaluations.

    Effective and Promising Programs

    • Blueprints for Violence Prevention
      Blueprints is a national violence prevention initiative to identify violence prevention programs that are effective. The initiative has identified 11 “Model” prevention programs that meet a strict scientific standard of program effectiveness. The initiative has also identified 20 “Promising” programs that have been evaluated and also found to be effective. The key difference between “Model” and “Promising” Blueprints programs is that Promising programs have been evaluated once, while Model programs have been evaluated more than one time.
    • STRYVE
      STRYVE is a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent youth violence. To realize its vision—safe and healthy youth who can achieve their full potential as connected and contributing members of thriving, violence-free families, schools, and communities—STRYVE is working to increase awareness that youth violence can and should be prevented, promote the use of youth violence prevention approaches that are based on the best available evidence, and provide guidance to communities on how to prevent youth violence. STRYVE helps communities take a public health approach to preventing youth violence—stopping it before it even starts.
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Model Programs
      The SAMHSA Model Programs have been tested in communities, schools, social service organizations, and workplaces across America; many of these model programs show a reduction in substance abuse and other related high-risk behavior.
    • Systematic Reviews
      • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2007). The effectiveness of universal school-based programs for the prevention of violent and aggressive behavior: A report on recommendations of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services. MMWR, 56 (No. RR-7),1-12. Available in PDF
      • Hahn, R., Fuqua-Whitley, D., Wethington, H., Lowy, J., Crosby, A., Fullilove, M., et al. (2007). Effectiveness of universal school-based programs to prevent violent and aggressive behavior: a systematic review. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 33(2 Suppl), S114–129.
      • Wilson SJ, Lipsey MW, Derzon JH. The effects of school-based intervention programs on aggressive behavior: A meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 2003;71:136-49.
    • Violence Prevention Evidence Base
      This database, developed by The Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University, provides access to abstracts from published studies that have measured the effectiveness of interventions to prevent violence. To be included in the database, studies must have measured the impact of interventions directly on violence. Studies have been selected through a systematic review of published academic literature. The abstracts can be searched by violence type, keywords, and geographical area of implementation.
    • World Report on Violence and Health
      This report is the first comprehensive review of the problem of violence on a global scale. Chapter 2 provides detailed information on youth violence, including prevention strategies.

    Guidelines and Planning Tools

    • School Health Guidelines to Prevent Unintentional Injuries and Violence
      The guidelines help state and local educational agencies and schools promote safety and teach students the skills needed to prevent injuries and violence. It provides guidance for all components of a coordinated school health program for all grade levels.
    • School Health Index (SHI)
      SHI is a self-assessment and planning tool that enables a school to identify the strengths and weaknesses of its health and safety policies and programs; develop an action plan for improving student health and safety; and involve teachers, parents, students, and the community in improving school services.

    Other Resources

    • Academic Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention
      The National Academic Centers for Excellence (ACEs) on Youth Violence Prevention use a unique multidisciplinary approach to violence prevention. The centers research youth violence prevention approaches, collect and analyze surveillance data, and foster relationships with local community partners to help develop, implement, and evaluate promising prevention efforts. This collaboration between research universities and local communities and community-based organizations results in empowered communities that are mobilized to address the problem of youth violence.
    • CDC's Extramural Research Program
      CDC funds universities, medical centers and other outside organizations to conduct research related to youth violence prevention.
    • Efficacy of Schoolwide Programs to Promote Social and Character Development and Reduce Problem Behavior in Elementary School Children
      The report, Efficacy of Schoolwide Programs to Promote Social and Character Development and Reduce Problem Behavior in Elementary School Children (NCER 2011-2001), shows the impact of social and character development (SACD) programs on primary school students. Seven research teams received funding through a peer reviewed competitive application process to evaluate one SACD program of their choosing under an experimental design. Schools were randomly assigned to implement one of the seven SACD programs for three years (the treatment group) or continue with their traditional SACD activities (the control group). This report provides the results from the evaluation of the seven SACD programs, including results for youth violence-related outcomes.
  • As Mines Reopen for Spring, Think Safety

    The arrival of spring means it’s time for hundreds of surface mines to reopen after the winter freeze. It’s a busy but potentially dangerous period, as miners return to work and prepare equipment for the new season. There’s no better time to brush up on safety procedures that can carry mining operations through the summer.

    Of the 12,000 metal and nonmetal mines overseen by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, nearly half – 5,800 – are operated on an intermittent basis, closing in the winter months when snow and freezing temperatures make operations difficult or impossible. Most of these intermittent mines are crushed stone operations, primarily sand and gravel pits, but they also include limestone, granite and other stone operations.

    According to MSHA data, injuries at these aggregate mines typically climb sharply in the spring, then drop in the fall to a mid-winter low, as shown by the chart below.

    Chart of injuries at aggregate mines

    Through the past decade, overall injury rates have been reduced, but the pattern of increases in the spring remains. MSHA reminds all miners and mine operators to review the safety information at www.msha.gov, particularly this page for metal and nonmetal mines, and attend spring safety workshops if any are offered in your area.

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    safety-tFor more information about how to stay safe, and to find out whether spring safety workshops are planned in your area, please contact the nearest district office, which can be found here.

    Brian Goepfert is the safety division chief for metal and nonmetal mines within the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

  • Emergency Management Institute

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    Emergency Management Institute Mission

    To support the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s goals by improving the competencies of the U.S. officials in Emergency Management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people.

    • EMI is the emergency management community’s flagship training institution, and provides training to Federal, State, local, tribal, volunteer, public, and private sector officials to strengthen emergency management core competencies for professional, career-long training.
    • EMI directly supports the implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the National Response Framework (NRF), the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF), and the National Preparedness Goal (NPG) by conveying necessary knowledge and skills to improve the nation’s capability.
    • EMI trains more than 2 million students annually. Training delivery systems include residential onsite training; offsite delivery in partnership with emergency management training systems, colleges, universities; and technology-based mediums to conduct individual training courses for emergency management personnel across the Nation.
    • EMI is located on the campus of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC), Emmitsburg, Maryland.    Prepper
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    16825 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD 21727
    Switchboard: (301) 447-1000
    Admissions Fax: (301) 447-1658FEMA Independent Study Program
    Office: (301)447-1200    Fax: (301)447-1201

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    (800) 621-FEMA / TTY (800) 462-7585
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    Before You Apply: Learn what disaster assistance is and what you should know before applying for assistance.

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    Apply For Assistance on the web or by phone

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    After you Apply: Learn what happens next.

     

  • Organizational Webinar on America’s PrepareAthon!

    Prepare! Prepare! 

    In support of Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-8), National Preparedness, America’s PrepareAthon! is launching its first national day of action this year on April 30, 2014.  Targeting the grassroots level, America’s PrepareAthon! is a nation-wide campaign to encourage the public to practice specific preparedness actions.  Communities are better prepared to withstand an emergency and recover more quickly if everyone is involved.  Events and activities will be held twice yearly to encourage individuals to discuss, practice and train for relevant hazards.

    The focus of the first national day of action will be on preparedness for these hazards:

    • Tornadoes Hurricanes, Floods and Wildfires.

    Federal agencies supporting America’s PrepareAthon! are inviting national-level organizations and their stakeholders to participate in one of two informational webinars to learn more about the campaign.  You must register in order to access the webinar(s).  Each webinar will be recorded and available to view at a later time.

    Webinar #1

    Webinar #2

    With your help, we can move communities and individuals to act and become more prepared by participating in America’s PrepareAthon!  We hope that you can join us for the webinar.  For webinar questions, please contact PrepareAthon@fema.dhs.gov. To learn more about America’s PrepareAthon!, visit www.ready.gov/prepare.

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  • Fundraising Ideas

    We know raising funds is a big part of what your parent group does; you'll find tons of fundraising ideas online - but how many are candy, wrapping paper, calendars and the rest of the same old tired, unhealthy, low-value programs?

    Time to try something different! Schools need healthy and fun fund raiser ideas that meet the social climate and societal needs of today. A good find raising program gives back to the community while also getting the support the school or organization needs.

    Which Fundraiser Is Right for You?

    Consider a few key questions, then check out our chart to determine what kind of fundraiser will best meet your current needs.

    1. How much money do you need to raise? 
    2. How soon do you need the money? 
    3. How much volunteer support can you expect?

    Keeping Fundraising Fresh

    A few small tricks can make a big difference.
    Boredom is an enemy in fundraising.Boring fundraising is a natural long-term outcome unless you and your group actively work to keep things interesting each year. You have to create freshness and excitement if you want to achieve fundraising success—and even more, if you want to maintain fundraising success.

    1. Don't repeat what you did last year. 
    2. Offer something useful.
    3. Keep the contribution level modest.

     Boredom is an enemy in fundraising.

    In Today's economy, nobody is is waiting by the door hoping a child will show up offering a $5 candy bar the could pick up at the market for $1. Half the supporters are supposed to be on a diet anyway!

    Do you really think your co-workers are pining away waiting for you to show up to take orders for over-priced magazines they will never read or wrapping paper that comes Months later, in short rolls that tear when they try to tape around a box? Not fun. You will not be their favorite person to draw as Secret Santa next time around... you've just guilted them into spending their mad money on junk.

    image of first aid fundraiser kits First Aid Kits for Fund Raising! Home and Auto - Buy for $4, sell for $8 or $10!

    Offer something useful and affordable - everyone needs a first aid kit, and $10 for something they'll have and use for a few years is a bargain! If the Grandparents, Neighbors, Uncles, and Co-Workers are feeling generous, they can buy more - each can but at least on home first aid kit and one auto first aid kit... and at this price, they can but extras as gift (Bam! there you have the Secret Santa gift after all!)

    Spice it up - this one is healthy, your group will be wealthy, and you as the Fundraising Coordinator will be considered oh-so-wise!

    Read more about First Aid Fundraising - or about how to use this program to get a FREE AED for your school or group!

    First Aid Fundraising Banner The First Aid Fund Raising Program is a New & Unique way to raise funds for Schools, Churches, Non Profits and other group – It is Safe, Easy and FUN! 100% Mark up / Profit, Fast and this time, you won’t be embarrassed asking for support – EVERYBODY needs a first aid kit!
    First Aid Fundraising Program... simple steps to big profits... 100% Mark up or greater! 50% profit guarantee... first aid is needed everywhere, home, business, events... with this unique healthy alternative fundraising program you can meet your fundraising goals while offering a nice alternative to the typical candy, candles, magazines, and gift wrap! Buy them for $4 Sell them for $8 or more... (Most groups sell for $10 per kit)
    Who can refuse? - CLICK THE BANNER TO LEARN MORE!
  • National Hurricane Conference

    The primary goal of the National Hurricane Conference is to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation in order to save lives and property in the United States and the tropical islands of the Caribbean and Pacific. In addition, the conference serves as a national forum for federal, state and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend new policies to improve Emergency Management.

    To accomplish these goals, the annual conference emphasizes:

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    • Lessons Learned from Hurricane Strikes
    • State of the art programs worthy of emulation
    • New ideas being tested or considered
    • Information about new or ongoing assistance programs
    • The ABC’s of hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation — in recognition of the fact that there is a continual turnover of emergency management leadership and staff

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    The National Hurricane Conference is the nation’s forum for education and professional training in hurricane preparedness. With an average of 2,000 attendees from around the country, the conference covers all major aspects of hurricane preparedness, response and recovery, which will provide your company with a unique opportunity to show your wares to a large audience of interested decision-makers.

    ARE YOU PREPARED FOR A HURRICANE?

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