Recommended Preparedness Actions
Have you ever heard of national disaster preparation month? Yes, it's in September, but with a new year just getting started why wait until September to start your preparations. Between now and then there will be more rain, snow run off and potential severe weather that could cause serious damage and injuries. Below is a clip from an article posted by FEMA regarding their plan for 2015 preparedness suggestions.
Since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/FEMA has significantly increased the emphasis on educating individuals on how to prepare for disasters by using the national platform of the Ready campaign, grassroots outreach through local Citizen Corps Councils, and coordination with states, territories, tribes, local communities, and other partners across the country. The Ready.gov website serves as FEMA’s clearinghouse for personal preparedness information and organizes this information into four categories.
1. Be Informed: Know local/community risks and community systems and plans, participate in preparedness training, and practice response skills by participating in drills.
2. Make a Plan: Develop a household emergency plan and discuss it with household members.
3. Build a Kit: Set aside and maintain supplies one may need in disasters.
4. Get Involved: Find local opportunities to volunteer for community safety and disaster response and be a part of the community planning process.
In addition, FEMA works with all partners to promote mitigation measures to help reduce the impact of disasters on individuals and property.
March is also Redcross month, take the time to donate in some way, blood, time, products or money is always needed and the best time to get involved is when we're not in crisis!
Idaho Flood Preparation (Bureau of Homeland Security)
FEMA (Plan , Prepare, Mitigate)
Ready 2015 (online toolkits & information to prepare)
Being in the business of Safety is an eye opening experience. Most hazards can be controlled if you are willing to acknowledge they exist. Please take a few minutes to read through these safety tips for a safe and happy day!
January is recognized as National Bath Safety Month. Yikes! 370 people injured each day in U.S. bathrooms! Water and smooth surfaces can together convert the bath into a risky place. The most frequented room of the house, bathroom, is believed to be the most dangerous too. Bath safety is an integral part of general home safety. A study points that one-third of falls occurring at homes occur in the bath.
A report submitted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission sites that, in the United States, an average of 370 people (across all age groups), suffer bathtub or shower-related injuries every day. Slips, falls and hot-water burns are accounted as the prime reasons for accident in the bath. It is the second leading cause of accidental death and disability.
All family members, despite their age or health are at risk. Bath safety products play a vital role in ensuring the safety of a person while in the bath. People with limited mobility need to be extra cautious when it comes to bath safety; in the bathtub; shower and toilet. These areas of the bath should be tailored to suit individual requirements.
To ensure bath safety, identify the following: