Join REMS TA Center #PrepareAthonForSchools Twitter Chats July 27 and August 31, 2017

July 11, 2017

Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center (REMS TA Center) will be hosting 2 preparedness Twitter chats featuring stories, lessons learned, and key resources from states, localities, and additional Federal partners.

The 2017 topics include:

  • July 27: Engaging Family and Community in Back to School Preparedness
  • August 31: National Preparedness Month Preview

Here is how you can participate:

  • Follow @remstacenter on Twitter. They will start posting chat questions at 3:00 p.m. ET on each of the dates listed above.
  • Tweet your responses to questions live on Twitter using the 140-character count format.
  • Share information about the #PrepareAthonForSchools Twitter chats with your followers in advance. REMS TA Center suggests using the following tweet:  Join @remstacenter for monthly #PrepareAthonForSchools chat series through August to discuss #emergencypreparedness .
  • If you cannot participate live, read and contribute anytime on Twitter by searching #PrepareAthonForSchools.

Both July and August Twitter chats will be held from 3p to 4p EDT and share this post with others to help spread the word.


Learn about Building a Safe Room (FEMA Webinar 22-May-2017 2p EDT)

May 16, 2017

FEMA’s Building Science Branch is hosting a one-hour webinar on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 2 p.m. EDT to provide consumer and construction guidance for residential and small business safe rooms.

Participants will use the 2014 publication, “FEMA P-320 Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business,” as resource to learn about background on FEMA safe rooms, new guidance, and revised construction plans.

Those interested in participating in the webinar can register online.

The following topics will be addressed:

  • assessing the need for safe rooms;
  • planning for safe rooms;
  • consumer guidance;
  • how to use the FEMA P-320 construction plans;
  • and safe room tools and resources.

Webinar participants will receive a Certificate of Completion indicating one Professional Development Hour for those who wish to self-report for professional licensure. Register for FEMA’s webinar

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Canada’s Emergency Preparedness Week is May 7 to 13, 2017 #epweek

April 21, 2017

Canada’s Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners.

This year, the theme is Plan. Prepare. Be Aware. It is meant to help Canadians take action to protect themselves and their families during emergencies.

Through the Get Prepared campaign, Canadians can learn to know the risks, make a plan, and get an emergency kit. This year’s theme highlights the importance of having these measures in place but specifically emphasizes the need to keep up to date on current conditions, like the weather, that might impact you.

Find EP Week resources, toolkits, provincial listings and more at https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/ … and share with others to help build a more resilient and safer Canada.

Also download a free 56-page portion of our IT’S A DISASTER! book and share the PDF and link with others.


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


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.


Challenge yourself with #30Days30Ways Game during September #NatlPrep Month

August 31, 2015

npm15-logoSeptember is National Preparedness Month (NPM or #NatlPrep) and we – along with thousands of private, public and nonprofit organizations – are encouraging Americans to take time to help your community get better prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.

NPM wraps up with America’s PrepareAthon! as a national day of action (on 9/30 or anytime) when individuals, families, organizations and businesses have preparedness events, drills and training sessions to help turn “knowing into doing”.

logo-30days30waysA really fun way to get involved with NPM is to participate in the 30 Days, 30 Ways disaster preparedness game.

#30Days30Ways was started by the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA) in WA with the goal of challenging people to do one basic task per day to enhance their personal readiness for emergencies.

Each September, CRESA posts one simple readiness task each day and winners are selected from among the participants. The tasks are creative, fun and educational using an interactive social media based approach to reach an audience who may not be normally reached through traditional community events.

Check out this year’s 30 Days, 30 Ways promo video and scroll down to learn how to get involved and play…

How do I play?

Anyone can participate in the 30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge — in fact, the game has had players in over 44 states and 38 countries — and there are 2 ways to play this year…

Daily Challenges:

  • A daily task will be posted by 7am PDT to 30Days30ways website every day during September.
  • The challenge will be cross-posted on Facebook and on Twitter @30Days_30Ways
  • You can complete any task, any time as long as they are submitted by midnight on Sept 30th.
  • You may enter as often as you like.

Weekly Challenges:

  • This Year there will be 4 Weekly Challenges posted each Monday.
  • You have until the following Sunday evening at Midnight Pacific Time to submit your entry.
  • These Bonus Challenges will judged by a team of Emergency Management Coordinators at CRESA for creativity, relativity to the topic, popularity and how best it answers the overall theme of the game.

What can I win?

The number of winners and Amazon Gift Card prizes are based on the funds donated for this game. If you’d like to contribute to the #30Days30Ways crowdfunding campaign, visit their 30Days30Ways 2015 Preparedness Challenge page. (Any amount is helpful and all money donated goes directly into prizes awarded to those participating in the challenge.)

Learn more about the 30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge at www.30days30ways.com or follow them on Facebook  or Twitter @30days_30ways  or #30days30ways.


Change your batteries and clocks + rotate preparedness stocks this weekend

October 31, 2014

Most people will gain an hour this weekend when they “fall back” early Sunday morning. While you are changing your clocks, it’s also a great time to change the batteries in detectors … and check and rotate items in disaster supplies kits since cooler weather is coming.

Use the following tips to make this a family project and include the kids so they can help choose items for kits and learn where things are, and it’s a good opportunity to discuss your Family Plan.

  • Change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors around your home. Officials suggest you test them at least once a month and completely replace detectors every 10 years.
  • Pull out your home and vehicle kits and rotate stored water, food, medications and other items, and test and/or replace batteries if you stashed some in kits. Remember to pack items for all your pets … or better yet, make special kits for them so those are easy to grab & go during an emergency. Also include winter items in kits like warm clothes and other things described in our Winter driving tips post.
  • If you haven’t already, take some time to make an Escape Plan that includes two escape routes from every room in the house. Draw a floor plan of your home showing doors, windows and stairways. Mark locations of first aid and disaster kits, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, ladders, and utility shut-off points. Next, use a colored pen to draw a broken line or arrow charting at least 2 escape routes from each room … and walk through the routes with your entire family. Then practice, practice, practice by running drills with the family either monthly or quarterly.
  • Update your Family Emergency Plan (this 6-pg PDF checklist can help you set up meeting places [esp with your children in case you are separated during an emergency], ensure all phone numbers are current, think about things for seniors, pets, etc.)
  • Go through Important Family Documents and keep below items in a waterproof, portable safe container and update as needed. Keep copies of papers off-site in safety deposit box or with a family member — or scan all to a flash drive or CD or save to a secure cloud backup service.
    — Extra set of car keys, cash, traveler’s checks and credit card
    — Will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
    — Passports, social security #s/cards, immunization records
    — Bank account numbers
    — Credit card numbers, card companies + phone numbers
    — Inventory of valuable household goods
    — Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates, photo IDs)
    — Recent pictures of all family members and pets for i.d. needs

Download a free 56-page mini portion of our IT’S A DISASTER! book to help you with the above steps and learn more about our customizable products and funding ideas at www.fedhealth.net.

Stay safe and have a great weekend, j & B


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