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


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.


Should I stay or should I go? (Evacuation and sheltering tips when away from home)

January 22, 2015

evacuation-911-nycEvacuations are quite common and happen for a number of reasons — fires, floods, mudflows, hurricanes, or chemical spills on the roads or railways. Most preparedness data for the general public focuses on things to do around your home before, during and after an evacuation.

But what if you are at work or school or traveling? Things can happen near your workplace that can force evacuations or sheltering-in-place as seen recently in Paris when terrorists were holed up at a business … or during active shooter incidents at workplaces or schools. And sometimes accidents happen when riding public transit like Washington DC and New York City experienced recently with fires at their train stations.

Whenever these types of emergencies or incidents happen hopefully people take a moment to reflect on some things like… Continue reading our Jan 2015 enews in PDF


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


Purr-fect Preparedness messages (funny cat photos from APHA)

September 7, 2014

These cute kitty cats have some purr-fect messages for National Preparedness Month and year-round. Our thanks to APHA Get Ready campaign organizers for coming up with such creative ways to encourage preparedness and participation in their annual photo contests.

APHA-Thirsty Cat

 

 

APHA-Hungry Cat

 

 

 

APHA-go bag cat

 

 

APHA-happy cat shelter

 

APHA-Wise Cat

 

APHA-hypnotic cat

 

See more pics on APHA’s 2012 Get Ready Cat Preparedness photo contest page (or cheezburger.com), and visit their 2014 Get Ready Tips from Tots photo gallery and 2013 Pup-Preparedness gallery for more cuteness.

Learn more about the American Public Health Association and their upcoming Sep. 16th Get Ready Day at www.APHAGetReady.org or follow them on Twitter @GetReady

Also learn more about National Preparedness Month and our Disaster book … and take action to get prepared for emergencies and life disruptions. Stay safe, j & B

 


ABCs of School Emergency Planning (resources for schools, educators + parents)

September 6, 2014

The following appeared in FEMA and Citizen Corps’ 4-Sep-2014 Individual and Community Preparedness e-Brief:

It’s September once again and that means children across the country are heading back to school.

Do you know the emergency plan at your child’s school? What about the steps the school will take to share pertinent information with you?

As a parent, it’s important to understand what will happen after a natural disaster or emergency at your child’s school.

Here are the ABC’s of what you should know about a school’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP):

  1. Always ensure your school has up-to-date evacuation plans, emergency kits and contact sheets. Ensure your school’s nurse has your child’s medical information and medications on hand. Ask your child’s teacher to walk you through their evacuation plan and show you their emergency kits.
  2. Be Prepared. Provide your school with your cell phone number, work phone number, and contact information for your relatives. If your child is old enough to carry a cell phone, make sure they know how to text you or a designated contact in case of an emergency. Also, be prepared to have a conversation with your child about emergencies and hazards.
  3. Coordinate with your child’s teachers and school officials to set a plan in place if there is not one. Guide them to Ready.gov for more resources and encourage the school to perform school wide drills and exercises as part of America’s PrepareAthon!

These ABCs, tools and resources are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your child’s at-school safety. For more information on how to get started visit www.ready.gov/school-emergency-plans


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