Holiday food safety tips (Fight Bac!, food intolerance + pet safety)

November 23, 2016

food-safety-fight-bacFood is a huge part of the holiday season so we wanted to share some resources and tips about food safety for your public education campaigns, as well as for you personally.

The Partnership for Food Safety Education develops and promotes effective education programs to reduce foodborne illness risk for consumers. The Partnership states the US food supply is among the safest in the world, but organisms that you can’t see, smell, or taste – bacteria, viruses, and tiny parasites – are everywhere in the environment.

Each year 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths in the U.S. can be traced to foodborne pathogens, according to the CDC.

The Partnership’s Fightbac.org site explains foodborne illness is much more than the “stomach flu”, and it is a serious health issue and economic burden for consumers. The Economic Research Service (ERS) of the USDA says each year $6.9 billion in costs are associated with five bacterial pathogens, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, and 2 forms of E. coli. These costs are associated with medical expenses, lost productivity, and even death.

Food Safety tips from Fightbac.org

  • Throw away all perishable foods, such as meat, poultry, eggs and casseroles, left at room temperature longer than two hours; one hour in air temperatures above 90°F. This also includes leftovers taken home from a restaurant. Some exceptions are foods such as cookies, crackers, bread and whole fruits.
  • Whole roasts, hams and turkeys should be sliced or cut into smaller pieces or portions before storing them in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Refrigerate or freeze leftovers in shallow containers. Wrap or cover the food. Leftovers stored in the refrigerator should be consumed within 3-4 days, and leftovers should be heated to 165°F prior to consumption.
  • Foods stored longer may become unsafe to eat and cause foodborne illness. Do not taste leftovers that appear to be safe, bacteria that cause illness does not affect the taste, smell, or appearance of food.
  • Frozen storage times are much longer, but some items such as salads made with mayonnaise do not freeze well. Foods kept frozen longer than recommended storage times are safe to eat, but may be drier and not taste as good.
  • WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT!

Find more safety data, kids games and activities, videos, brochures and other resources at www.fightbac.org

Food intolerance

Be aware some guests may have dietary issues and/or food allergies so please don’t be offended if they decline meals or drinks or if they bring their own food and beverages.

food-safety-label-spinach-cropFor example, Bill has celiac disease so he must avoid all gluten, plus we both have issues with carrageenan, various gums (e.g. xanthan, guar, carob bean, etc.), MSG, yeast extract and more so we are very cautious about eating anything we don’t prepare ourselves.

If you purchase special foods and snacks for guests with allergy issues read product packages and ingredient labels carefully and watch for statements that say if items are processed on shared equipment. Sometimes you’ll be amazed just simple things like packaged fruits and vegetables can be cross-contaminated as shown in this photo from Oh Mah Deehness’ blog.

Many companies are getting better about including allergen information on labels and websites, plus some even offer special toll-free numbers and email ids so you can reach out to them direct.

Don’t forget about pets

food-safety-k9We all love sharing people food with our furbabies, but remember to keep toxic foods like chocolate, nuts, onions, mushrooms, grapes, raisins and xylitol (a sugar substitute) away from pets. Also limit rich, fatty foods like ham, turkey or goose and dairy products since they can cause digestive issues.

For more information on foods that could be unsafe for pets, visit the HumanSociety.org and ASPCA.org , and check out 2 great infographics on “Thanksgiving food safety: Do’s and Don’ts” and “Toxic Foods for Dogs” .

Also keep in mind holiday plants like poinsettia, holly, mistletoe and amaryllis can be toxic to pets.

If you suspect your pet has eaten something toxic, take note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

Find more holiday tips in our “Winter Safety Tips for Pets and Livestock” blog post … and we hope everyone has a nice, safe Thanksgiving and Christmas season! Stay safe, j & B


Give the gift of preparedness

November 15, 2016

Bill and I wanted to say thank you to all our clients and followers who continue to support us during our long absences from social media this past year due to personal health reasons.

We also wanted to let you know we recently revamped and simplified our website at www.fedhealth.net and welcome and appreciate any feedback.

Our primary focus is working on large custom IT’S A DISASTER! …and what are YOU gonna do about it? book projects, but keep in mind Fedhealth offers our 266-page disaster preparedness and basic first aid manual deeply discounted even in small volume for only $4.50 US each delivered* (70% off $14.99 list) when purchasing 10 or more copies.

And we still customize our books for free so you can convey special messages to your loved ones, co-workers, clients and local communities. In small volume we provide free peel & stick labels and, in large volume (1,000 copies and up), we can personalize books in the print process.

We also offer our 280-page PDF ebook for only $3.00 US (80% off list) and have a free ebook portion of IT’S A DISASTER! that people can download and share with others.

Most importantly are our revenue sharing ideas that can help fund first responders, volunteers, Chambers and others while educating and incentivizing whole communities about preparedness, safety and resiliency.

Consider giving the gift of preparedness for the holidays and throughout the year … and please contact Fedhealth to discuss how we can help your communities “be aware… be prepared… and have a plan”.

Stay safe, j & B


Resources for 2016 National Preparedness Month + America’s PrepareAthon

August 18, 2016

The logo for National Preparedness Month 2016.

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

Due to the success of last year’s theme, the Ready Campaign has decided “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today” will be returning for 2016 NPM.

Making a family emergency communication plan is a great way to prepare for disasters, but testing your plan is even better so you’ll be familiar with how to respond.

It’s also one of the 10 Ways to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon!

In addition to the overall theme, FEMA and the Ready campaign will be promoting specific topics each week of NPM:

  • Promote NPM:  Aug 28-Sep 3  –  Kickoff to National Preparedness Month (Find resources to promote NPM at www.ready.gov/september )
  • Week 4:  Sep 18-24  –  Individual Preparedness (Take steps to prepare for a disaster today like downloading the FEMA app.)
  • Week 5:  Sep 25-30  –  Lead up to National PrepareAthon Day (Be counted and register your preparedness event for National PrepareAthon Day!)

National PrepareAthon! Day culminates NPM on September 30, 2016. Individuals, families, organizations and businesses are encouraged to use America’s PrepareAthon! materials as you plan, host and support events, drills and training sessions throughout the month and on 9/30.

Learn more about National Preparedness Month and find Ready’s NPM toolkit, graphics and more at www.ready.gov/september.

disaster booksAnd consider getting some customized disaster preparedness & first aid manuals for your family, co-workers, customers & events for only $4.50 U.S. each delivered (70% off $14.99 list) on 10 copies & up ~ learn more

Stay safe out there, j & B


We’re baaa-aack

June 7, 2016

tx-signSorry we’ve been so M.I.A. lately, but we’re back in the saddle now and wanted to share some updates and pics about our latest adventures.

We have officially left Arizona now and moved our company to Texas where we plan to settle down someday. For the next year or 2 we hope to travel around the country in our motorhome, but haven’t hit the road yet since we’ve had some serious family health issues the past several months. Thankfully both Mom and my brother are doing better and so glad we were able to be here to help them during this time.

Anyway — we are now living in our 36-ft motorhome full time back working on custom book projects, revamping our sites, and helping moderate the U.S. First Responders Association facebook page and website.

Plus we’re helping Mom and bro with their dogs, gardens/yard work, and Mom’s chickens … and spending time with family we haven’t seen much the past 19 years since Bill’s health limited our travel.

Bill has a great green thumb but I’ve never been much into yard work, however now that I’ve been helping with the gardens, I love it and learning LOTS.

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I’m also smitten with Mom’s chickens. She’s got 15 white pullets (young 9-month old chicks) and 8 older hens from 3 other breeds she bought over the years. (If you purchase breeds that lay different color eggs it helps you find out which older ones are still laying ~ esp. when there’s only 1 or 2 older hens left.)

We won’t bore you with chicken stories (for now) but they are entertaining, very vocal and stinky ~ and they bless us with 15 to 20 white, brown and green eggs a day so I don’t mind putting up with their crap. (giggle)

Mom doesn’t raise meat chickens so we haven’t dispatched / butchered any, but once Bill and I settle down on our own personal farm that is on my wish list (along with raising rabbits, bees, a mini cow, etc.)

Here are some photos from east TX…

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tx-garden n greenhouse

In addition to the wonderful veggies and fruit in gardens and greenhouse, Mom and bro have beautiful flowers everywhere so Bill makes pretty arrangements often for our motorhome…

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Cheers all, stay safe and talk soon! j & B

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Revenue sharing ideas for agencies, volunteer groups and others

January 20, 2016

disaster booksFor 16 years groups around the country have used our customizable disaster preparedness and first aid manuals to educate local communities and raise funds for local volunteers. Now we want to help clarify this concept with examples, and encourage agencies, businesses, volunteer groups, faith-based organizations, civic clubs, associations, nonprofits, youth groups
and individuals to collaborate with local groups and split the ad revenues back so it benefits everyone.

The key is for an agency, organization or individual to bring all the various decision makers together then use the talents and resources of those public-private partners to do community wide book projects.

Fedhealth’s upgrade option allows groups and communities to add 48 to 288 extra full color glossy pages (for a total of 300 customizable 5-3/8” x 8-3/8” pages) that can be added to our 266-page IT’S A DISASTER! book. Personalize books with your community’s own title, logos, letters, maps, shelter data, emergency plans, special needs data and more, and reach out to your Chambers, Rotary clubs and other business groups and let their members place ads inside books for pennies on the dollar. The money raised will purchase books PLUS allow you to share revenue with local emergency management offices, first responders, volunteer groups, Chambers, Rotarys, ad agency and others as described below.

For example…

  • Partner with your city and county officials and Local Emergency Planning Committee to help decide what emergency data and messages should be added to books for public education;
  • Partner with your Chambers, Rotary Clubs and others and have them ask their members to advertise in books and share ad revenues back with those groups (see examples below);
  • Encourage advertisers to give discounts, freebies, coupon and QR codes on day-to-day products and services to help incentivize people and save them money on supplies and daily needs like…
    o  Groceries, toiletries, batteries, toys, pet supplies, etc.
    o  Tools, storm shutters, smoke and CO detectors, alarm systems, etc.
    o  Free energy evaluations, rebate programs, discounted memberships, etc.
    o  Services like roof repair, carpet cleaning, tree trimming, haircuts, daycare, dry cleaning, restaurants, movies, lodging, car rentals, etc.
  • Split ad revenues between various groups helping coordinate the project (percentages can be whatever you want them to be and given to whatever groups you decide).

Say your community wants 20,000 books with 250 pages of color ads @ $0.15 full page 

(Total cost to advertisers: $3,000 full page color ad / $1,500 half pg / $750 quarter pg)

Gross Revenue collected from ads   $ 750,000  (20,000 books x .15/pg x 250 pgs)
– cost of books delivered in US      – $ 140,000  (20,000 x $7.00 dlvd in continental US)
Remaining funds for distribution    $ 610,000

Consider distributing funds amongst partners…
– 10% to EMA, LEPC, CERT, etc.    –  $ 75,000  (share a % of Gross Revenue)
– 20% to chambers, Rotarys, etc.  –  $ 150,000  (share a % of Gross Revenue)
– 20% to FSC or ad agency              – $ 150,000  (to coordinate ads & project)

Amount left for project coordinator(s) $ 235,000 (use / keep / distribute as needed)

Or for a larger community … 50,000 books with 250 pages of color ads @ $0.16 full page
(Total cost to advertisers: $8,000 full page color ad / $4,000 1/2-pg / $2,000 1/4-pg / $1,000 1/8-pg)

Gross Revenue collected from ads     $ 2,000,000  (50,000 books x .16/pg x 250 pgs)
– cost of books delivered in US        – $   350,000  (50,000 x $7.00 dlvd in cont. US)
Remaining funds for distribution      $ 1,650,000

Consider distributing funds amongst partners…
– 10% to city/county EMA, CERT, etc. – $ 200,000 (share a % of Gross Revenue)
– 20% to chambers, Rotarys, etc.          – $ 400,000 (share a % of Gross Revenue)
– 20% to FSC or ad agency                     – $ 400,000 (to help coordinate ads/project)

Amount left for project coordinator(s) $ 650,000  (use / keep / distribute as needed)

  • Give books to chambers, advertisers, schools, Scouts, EM, Fire, Police or Health Departments, volunteer groups, churches, businesses and others to help disseminate materials to your local communities.

Realize the above numbers are just examples and project coordinators can adjust ad rates, percentages, and revenue sharing amounts to whatever works best for your respective communities and regions.

Nothing is cast in stone so be creative with this totally customizable program, and please know we are available for conference calls to help explain this opportunity to your partners, if needed (even after hours or on weekends).

The goal is to generate excitement so businesses will line up every year to be involved in something so beneficial to their community and something so affordable ~ especially since books and ads stay in front of people year-round. And, by offering extremely discounted ad rates as shown in above examples, it allows all sizes of businesses to participate. The public will look forward each year for the latest book full of discounts and freebies from advertisers and keep this valuable tool around constantly saving money on day-to-day products and services. And consider Or consider having FSC manage a book project for your community … or combine your custom books with the iEPN opportunity.

Bottom line … when communities do this project each year the public and advertisers get fresh content and discounts, and it helps fund local first responder and volunteer groups. The previous year’s books are still useful since extra preparedness and first aid manuals can be kept in home, kits, boats, RVs, cars, lockers, and workplaces.

It’s a true Whole Community Preparedness program that generously funds nonprofits, agencies, volunteer groups, civic clubs and others while helping our nation become more prepared and resilient.

Please call Fedhealth at 1-888-999-4325 to discuss your needs or to request a free information kit … or download a free 56-page mini ebook and learn more about our Public-Private Partnership ideas at www.fedhealth.net/revenue-sharing.html.

 

Download the above overview in a 2-page PDF


Data Privacy Day is 28-Jan-2016

January 10, 2016

Happy New Year everyone! Sorry it’s been so quiet on our blog lately, but we’re back in the saddle and ready for 2016.

Mark January 28, 2016 on your calendar as Data Privacy Day. DPD is an international effort held annually and organized by the National Cyber Security Alliance to create awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information.

DPD is part of a greater effort, the #PrivacyAware campaign, which helps everyone understand how they can own their online presence and reminds businesses that privacy is indeed good for business.

NCSA’s #PrivacyAware campaign provides free, nonproprietary resources to help you spread the word about privacy and protecting personal information. Here are some of the things you can do:

  • At Work … Privacy is good for business: Create a culture of privacy at work by teaching all employees what privacy means to your organization and the role they have in making sure privacy is achieved and maintained. Learn more about online business safety
  • At Home … Own your online presence: Help you and your family be #PrivacyAware. Talk to your family and friends about protecting personal information and how to stay safe online. Get started with these tips.
  • In Your Community … Share your privacy knowledge: Volunteer in a local school, senior care facility or faith-based organization, send messages on community listservs and use resources from the #PrivacyAware campaign to spread the word. Find some privacy tips for businesses, older adults, teens and parents

One way you can join the 2016 effort is by becoming a Data Privacy Day Champion. DPD Champions include companies and organizations of all sizes, nonprofits, government organizations, schools and school districts, colleges and universities and individuals.

Find some tools to promote Data Privacy Day and learn how to get involved and visit www.staysafeonline.org/DPD for more information.


Prepare Magazine Book Review/Giveaway (It’s A Disaster!… by Bill and Janet Liebsch)

September 28, 2015

We’re happy to join our friends at PREPARE Magazine in another series of Book Reviews and Giveaways. And we are honored they’ve chosen our book for giveaway #2! Remember … if you found this post after the Giveaway has finished (ends 4-Oct-2015), you can learn more about our book and programs using below links.

preparemag disaster book giveaway liebschHere’s what the Reviewers at PREPARE Magazine have to say about this book:

The Book: It’s a Disaster…and what are YOU gonna do about it? by Bill and Janet Liebsch has been used in First Responder Training across the country since 1999! How much better could your family be prepared than to have on hand the very same book that so many First Responders use?

The book doesn’t read like a novel nor is it difficult to ‘get through.’ In fact, it lends itself to reading in short segments of time based upon your need, area of potential disaster or interest. Even if you are in the midst of a crisis, the way this book is set up – it’s so easy to find what you need in just seconds that it is a far better field guide than most other emergency manuals we’ve reviewed.

From Family Emergencies to Business Preparedness or Natural Disasters to Man-Made Mayhem, the book: It’s a Disaster…and what are YOU gonna do about it? 5th Edition really does cover the widest base of events we’ve ever seen in one single book.

Not only does it cover the events – it gives you the wherewithal to handle living through them right while they are happening. The step-by-step bullet points are easy to spot and follow thus they help you stay on track in the midst of chaos! It covers so many possible events in order to help you feel ready with almost endless contingency plans.

The authors also offer this as a Whole Community approach to Preparedness that includes funding ideas for schools, volunteer or church groups, or community planners. This outreach is unique in that the desire is to get these books in the hands of more grass-roots movements rather than hit a ‘best seller list’. This shows the true heart of the authors – to help communities and people prepare for life’s emergencies. We applaud and stand with them in this effort!

As the authors state on their website, the It’s a Disaster!… book truly “helps families and businesses ‘be aware, be prepared, and have a plan’ for most types of emergencies and disasters (including Terrorism). The 266-page paperback provides quick-reference instructional bullets in 2-color format. It is not written to alarm people, rather it suggests tips on what to think about and do before, during and after specific types of scenarios, as well as how to administer basic first aid.

If you have not had the opportunity to get your hands on this valuable resource guide, we highly recommend that you do. We hope you’ll enter this Giveaway for your opportunity to win it and add it to your bug out bag, emergency bin or back pack!

Click here to enter this book giveaway from PREPARE Magazine … and please visit www.preparemag.com and signup for their free digital magazine and learn how to subscribe to their print magazine.


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