water safety

  • Flood Risk can be highest now as we approach Summer

    Did you know that more flooding can happen now at the end of Spring than at the beginning? It's true. Why not get Flood safety training for your group if you are at the coast or near a body of water?

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

    Coastal Flood Risk Reduction
    Course Title: Coastal Flood Risk Reduction (PER-305 )
    Status: FEMA Certified. This course is now listed in the FEMA National Training and Education Division (NTED) Catalog.
    Description: In 2011, half of the major disaster declarations were due in whole or in part to flooding. Communities are able adopt a variety of corrective and preventive measures to reduce flood damage.

    This course incorporates flood plain management practices, and participants will learn about the traditional structural and nonstructural mitigation approaches to reduce risk, strengthen opportunities, and increase resilience. The course will provide an overview of the flooding risks to coastal built and natural environments, in addition to introducing capabilities (approaches and tools) that can support coastal prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

    Course Modules include:

    • The Coast, People, and Resilience
    • Risk/Opportunities
    • Coastal Process
    • Coastal Built Environments (Risks & Opportunities
    • Capabilities (Approaches and Tools)
    • Strategies and Administration

    If you are on the water this Spring and Summer - know the risks, and how to avoid them, too.

    Prerequisites: Participants should comprehend basic map-reading, including orientation, interpretation of a legend, location of potential projects on the map, interpretion of distances, and extrapolation of three-dimensional features from a two-dimensional map.
    Requirements: None
    Provider: UH-NDPTC
    Delivery Method: Instructor Led. If you are interested in having this course delivered in your area, please contact your State Administrative Agency (SAA) through the FEMA Emergency Management System. Step-by-step instructions are available at: https://www.firstrespondertraining.gov
  • National Oceans Month 🏄

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    Many of our readers know we surf test our bandages, kayak test our water resistant first aid kits, and take our marine and boating kits out on the ocean for "real life" quality testing before we offer these products for sale. 🌊

    The oceans, seas, and waterways are very dear to us, and we sponsor beach clean ups, wet lands preservation, and of course, water safety.

    As such,  the Presidential proclamation of National Oceans Month 2015 means a lot to us, and we hope you will read,, consider, and heed:

    Presidential Proclamation-- National Oceans Month, 2015

    NATIONAL OCEANS MONTH, 2015

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    This summer, millions of Americans will take in the beauty and natural splendor of our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes. As destinations for recreation and tourism, these bodies of water rejuvenate our spirit and cultivate a love of our great outdoors. And no matter where you live or who you are, a healthy and thriving ocean is essential to all people all year. Our marine environments contribute to our food supply, bolster our economy, strengthen our national defense, and support important scientific research and innovation. They are some of humanity's greatest treasures and central to who we are as a people. During National Oceans Month, we celebrate these lifesustaining ecosystems, and we reaffirm our vital role as stewards of our planet.

    Ensuring the long-term health, resilience, and productivity of our marine environments requires us to act to protect and preserve them in the face of a range of threats. Climate change is causing sea levels and ocean temperatures to rise, and these effects can harm coral reefs and force certain species to migrate. Carbon pollution is being absorbed by our oceans, causing them to acidify and changing entire ecosystems. And illegal fishing continues to threaten our global and economic security, as well as the sustainability of our world's fisheries.

    My Administration is committed to doing all we can to combat these threats and leave our children and grandchildren clean and vibrant oceans. As part of my National Ocean Policy, we are creating a coordinated, science-based approach to managing our coasts and oceans, and we are focused on implementing specific, on-the-ground actions to improve our ocean economy and bolster ocean health. We continue to make meaningful progress toward ending overfishing, and the Federal Government is partnering with State, local, and tribal leaders to promote marine conservation. As President, I continue to use my authority to preserve our most precious ecosystems, including last year when I expanded the largest marine reserve in the world -- ensuring more of our pristine tropical marine environments are off limits to commercial resource extraction.

    We are heirs to a vast expanse of oceans and waterways that have sustained our ancestors for centuries. As caretakers of our planet, we share an obligation to protect these magnificent ecosystems for generations to come. This month, let us work to do our part and recommit to leading the way toward a safer, cleaner, more stable world.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2015 as National Oceans Month. I call upon Americans to take action to protect, conserve, and restore our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

    BARACK OBAMA

  • What is Drowning?

    Is Drowning when lungs are filled with water? Not really. Drowning is a form of suffocation first - it is a reflex spasm of the larynx that occurs when the body acts to keep water out of the lungs. According to WHO (the World Health Organization) in their 2014, Global report drowning: preventing a leading killer; drowning is defined as: "The process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion / immersion in liquid". Hm.

    Most accidental drownings occur in Children - Globally, victims under 5 years old drowned as such: 26 per cent ditch, 43 per cent pond, 13 per cent container, 7 per cent lake, 5 per cent river, 6 per cent other.)

    • 50 per cent of drowning victims are under 25
    • Males are twice as likely as Females to drown
    • Drowning is preventable

    Immediate CPR can double or triple the victim's chance of survival.

    Infant CPR Anytime is an “all-in-one” learning kit that teaches the basic skills of Infant CPR, Infant choking relief and calling for help in approximately 20 minutes. Infant CPR Anytime allows users to learn these life-saving skills anywhere, either in the comfort of their own home or in large group settings. The kit teaches CPR using the AHA’s research-proven “practice-while-watching” technique, which allows users to watch an instructional DVD while practicing their skills on a personal manikin. Infant CPR Anytime is designed to be shared with close family members and friends to help extend lifesaving training to more people. Because more lives can be saved…. Product Specifications: The Infant CPR Anytime kit includes the following: · 1 bilingual (English/Spanish) Infant CPR Anytime DVD · 1 poly-bagged Mini Baby® CPR personal manikin · 1 bilingual (English/Spanish) Infant CPR Anytime skills reminder card · 1 Mini Baby replacement lung · Manikin wipes CPR Anytime is an “all-in-one” learning kit that teaches the basic skills of CPR, Available in Adult/Child or Infant Programs

    Rescuers should remove drowning victims from the water by the fastest means available and should begin resuscitation as quickly as possible. Rescuers should provide CPR, particularly rescue breathing, as soon as an unresponsive submersion victim is removed from the water. Do not hearken back to bad TV sitcoms and think you'll pump water out of stomach first, or drain the victim of injected water... just start CPR.

    Cardiac arrest can also occur after the onset of a heart attack or electrocution or near drowning. About 75 to 80 per cent of all out of the hospital cardiac arrests happen at home. Being trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one. Effective bystander CPR can double a victim's chance of survival. If more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved.

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  • Safety When Wet

    Top Ten Beach and Water Safety TipsUSLALearn To Swim: Learning to swim is the best defense against drowning. Teach children to swim at an early age. Children who are not taught when they are very young tend to avoid swim instruction as they age, probably due to embarrassment. Swimming instruction is a crucial step to protecting children from injury or death.

    Swim Near a Lifeguard: USLA statistics over a ten year period show that the chance of drowning at a beach without lifeguard protection is almost five times as great as drowning at a beach with lifeguards. USLA has calculated the chance that a person will drown while attending a beach protected by USLA affiliated lifeguards at 1 in 18 million (.0000055%).

    Swim with a Buddy: Many drownings involve single swimmers. When you swim with a buddy, if one of you has a problem, the other may be able to help, including signaling for assistance from others. At least have someone onshore watching you.

    Check with the Lifeguards: Lifeguards work continually to identify hazards that might affect you. They can advise you on the safest place to swim, as well as places to avoid. They want you to have a safe day. Talk to them when you first arrive at the beach and ask them for their advice.

    SUNSCREENUse Sunscreen and Drink Water: Everyone loves a sunny day, but exposure to the sun affects your body. Without sunscreen, you can be seriously burned. The sun’s rays can also cause life-long skin damage and skin cancer. To protect yourself always choose "broad spectrum” sunscreen rated from 15 to 50 SPF, or clothing that covers your skin, and reapply sunscreen regularly throughout the day. The sun can also dehydrate you quickly. Drink lots of water and avoid alcohol, which contributes to dehydration. Lifeguards treat people for heat exhaustion and heat stroke from time to time. If you feel ill, be sure to contact a lifeguard.

    Obey Posted Signs and Flags: It sometimes seems as though there are too many signs, but the ones at the beach are intended to help keep you safe and inform you about local regulations. Read the signs when you first arrive and please follow their direction. Flags may be flown by lifeguards to advise of hazards and regulations that change from time to time. You can usually find informational signs explaining the meaning of the flags, or just ask the lifeguard.

    Keep the Beach and Water Clean: Nobody likes to see the beach or water littered with trash. Even in places where beach cleaning services pick up trash daily, it may linger on the beach for hours, causing an unsightly mess and threatening the health of birds and animals. Do your part. Pick up after yourself and even others. Everyone will appreciate you for it.

    Learn Rip Current Safety: USLA has found that some 80% of rescues by USLA affiliated lifeguards at ocean beaches are caused by rip currents. These currents are formed by surf and gravity, because once surf pushes water up the slope of the beach, gravity pulls it back. This can create concentrated rivers of water moving offshore. Some people mistakenly call this an undertow, but there is no undercurrent, just an offshore current. If you are caught in a rip current, don't fight it by trying to swim directly to shore. Instead, swim parallel to shore until you feel the current relax, then swim to shore. Most rip currents are narrow and a short swim parallel to shore will bring you to safety.

    Enter Water Feet First: Serious, lifelong injuries, including paraplegia, occur every year due to diving headfirst into unknown water and striking the bottom. Bodysurfing can result in a serious neck injury when the swimmer's neck strikes the bottom. Check for depth and obstructions before diving, then go in feet first the first time; and use caution while bodysurfing, always extending a hand ahead of you.

    Wear a Life Jacket: Some 80% of fatalities associated with boating accidents are from drowning. Most involve people who never expected to end up in the water, but fell overboard or ended up in the water when the boat sank. Children are particularly susceptible to this problem and in many states, children are required to be in life jackets whenever they are aboard boats.

    fao-440Drowning is the third leading cause of accidental death in the United States and the second leading cause of accidental death for persons aged 5 to 44. For children in the one to two year age range, drowning is the leading cause of injury death. In some states, like California, Florida, and Hawaii, drowning is the leading cause of injury death for persons under 15 years of age.

    Death by drowning is only the tip of the iceberg for aquatic injury. It has been found that for every ten children who die by drowning, 140 are treated in emergency rooms, and 36 are admitted for further treatment in hospitals. Some of these never fully recover.

    Males drown at a significantly higher rate than females (about 5 to 1). For boat related drownings, the ratio escalates to about 14 to 1.

  • Boating Safety and Fatalities

    During National Water Safety Month, Take a moment to consider that recreational boating - as most active recreational sports - carnies dangers along with the excitement and pleasure.

    The US Coast Guard provides great courses, materials, and informational materials helping guide boaters to safely equip, plan, and embark on these fun adventures.

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    As an agency of the Federal government and a servant of the public, the U.S. Coast Guard, in its role as the designated National Recreational Boating Safety Coordinator, is a leader in improving the boating experience of the maritime public. We are an organization noted for working in partnership with all stakeholders within the waterways activity spectrum and across all modes of transportation to reach consensus solutions. We measure our success by our customer satisfaction, and our customers' needs help define our workload and priorities.

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    The mission of o minimize the loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boats, through preventive means, in order to maximize safe use and enjoyment of U.S. Waterways by the public.

    Learn more at http://www.uscgboating.org/

  • Water & Beach Safety - NOAA & Rip Tides. Free Video!

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    The water looks ready for a swim, but there may be a danger awaiting those who enter.

    This potentially deadly force is the #1 safety threat at beaches – it's called a rip current.

    Rip currents are fast, powerful channels of water flowing away from the beach and out past the breaking waves. And before you realize it, you can get dragged out far from the shore.

    They can be really hard to spot, so exercise caution fi you see the following:

    1. a channel of churning, choppy water;
    2. an area with a noticeable difference in color;
    3. a line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily out to sea;
    4. and/or a break in the incoming wave pattern.

    If you get caught in one:

    1. Stay calm, don't fight the current.
    2. Swim sideways out of the current and parellel to the shore, then at an angle back to the shore.

    If you can’t escape it:

    1. Float or calmly tread water. The rip current will eventually fade.
    2. Try to face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.

    If you see someone caught in one, DO NOT try to rescue them yourself, instead:

    1. Get a lifeguard or call 911.
    2. Yell instructions.
    3. And if possible, throw a life preserver or floatation device.

    These things may help you save a life.

    The ocean can be a source of fun and excitement, but you should always be careful of hazards that exist. Only swim at lifeguard protected beaches. Before your next trip to the beach, know how to spot a rip current and how to break the grip of the rip.

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