Iceland’s Jolabokaflod (Christmas Book Flood) needs to become tradition in North America

November 27, 2017

Did you know in Iceland the best Christmas gift is a book? Icelanders have a wonderful tradition of giving books to each other on Christmas Eve and the custom is so deeply ingrained in their culture that it is the reason for the Jólabókaflóð, [pronounced yolabokaflot], also known as the “Christmas Book Flood”.

Jolabokaflod originated during World War II when foreign imports were restricted, but paper was cheap. According to Readitforward.com, Iceland’s population was not large enough to support a year-round publishing industry, so book publishers flooded the market with new titles in the final weeks of the year and citizens looked forward to perusing the book catalog similar to how kids look through toy catalogs.

Nowadays books are published and released throughout the year there, but many still continue the tradition of Jolabokaflod … and it is something we hope becomes popular in North America.

If you’d like to give the gift of preparedness this holiday season, our 266-page disaster preparedness and first aid paperback is discounted over 70% off list (or only $4.50 delivered in continental U.S.) on 10 copies or more.

And we customize books for free (even in small quantity) so you can personalize them with logos and special messages to employees, colleagues, customers, members, volunteers and local communities.

We also offer our 280-page PDF ebook for only $3.00 US (80% off list) and have a free 56-page portion of IT’S A DISASTER! that people can download and share with others.

The quick-reference easy to use manual provides instructional bullets in 2-color format with tips on what people need to think about and do before, during and after specific types of emergencies and disasters (including active shooter scenarios), as well as how to administer basic first aid.

Plus a portion of book sales benefit the U.S. First Responders Association so purchases not only help educate your loved ones and the public, but also supports our nation’s heroes.

Please share these ideas and links with others and let’s start doing this cool book giving tradition here in America! Stay safe, j & B

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Need to spend FY2017 dollars by June 30? Buy custom (or red) preparedness books

June 1, 2017

If you or any agencies, businesses or nonprofits you know would like a customized version of our 266page disaster preparedness and first aid manual, we are doing a large bundled print late June 2017 for July delivery.

Our IT’S A DISASTER! bulk price is only $4.50 U.S. each (70% off list) and we customize them for free either in the print process on 1,000 units & up or with peel & stick labels on 10 copies & up.

We bundle 1,000 unit & up custom jobs together and the entire cover and title can be changed, and the first 12 pages can be personalized with local data, maps, reporting-in procedures, etc. in full color on glossy paper.

You can also add 48 to 288 extra full color glossy customizable pages for an upcharge and FSC can help manage a revenue sharing project for your agency, group and community.

Please note, if you have limited (or year-end) funds and just need a small quantity of books (10 copies & up), we can supply you with our standard red books and free labels. And we can ship red books within 24 hours of your order anytime so you don’t have to wait for a custom print.

Learn how to order books (or our ebook in PDF) or call Fedhealth at 520-907-2153


New book pricing (but honoring old prices for #NatlPrep Month) + funding ideas for schools and volunteers

August 18, 2015

disaster booksFor over a dozen years we have discounted our disaster preparedness and first aid manual up to 75% off the $14.99 list (or $3.50 U.S. each + freight) for agencies, nonprofits, volunteers, schools and others, but unfortunately rising costs have been piling up the past few years.

Freight costs for ground shipments typically average about 50 cents per book plus there are handling charges and other fees we’ve absorbed for groups over the years.

New pricing (but not just yet)

To offset some of these costs we need to raise our prices a little bit, and we want to simplify things for everyone going forward so…

As of July 2015 our 266-page IT’S A DISASTER! paperback (either standard red books or custom printed ones in bulk) will be $4.50 U.S. each delivered* (70% off list on 10 copies & up).

We still provide FREE customization ~ either with peel & stick labels on our standard red books … or … you can personalize covers and first 12 full color glossy pages in the print process on 1,000 units and up.

And if you want to upgrade your order to add 48 to 288 extra full color glossy pages (up to 300 custom pages in front / back), the upgrade price is $7.00 U.S. each delivered*. * = Note: Delivered price in continental U.S.

And as before, custom CDs and flash drives are unique ways to distribute this life-saving data using our 280-page ebook and pricing depends on quantity needed and size of media needed.

HOWEVER… since September is National Preparedness Month and 9/30 is America’s PrepareAthon, we plan to honor the lower $3.50 + freight price for our 266-page book (either standard red books [10 copies & up] or custom books [1,000 units & up]) … or $5.50 delivered price for larger, upgraded custom versions through October 2015.

Basically all you need to do is ask for the old price and we’ll give it you!

Books make great educational giveaways for employees, volunteers, members, customers and local communities, and our customizable tool can help clear out leftover grant dollars that are time sensitive.

Also … groups needing smaller quantities can always purchase our standard red books and personalize them with free peel & stick labels. We can ship red books and custom labels within 24 hours of your order anytime so you don’t have to wait for a custom print.

Learn more about free customization, view some samples or call Fedhealth at 1-888-999-4325 (and mention you’d like our old price!)

Also feel free to download a free mini ebook portion of our IT’S A DISASTER! book and scroll down or call Fedhealth at 1-888-999-4325 (in U.S. or Canada) to learn more.

Funding ideas for volunteers, schools & youth groups

Keep in mind a creative way to raise funds for groups and get preparedness data out to local communities is to partner up with local Chambers, Rotary Clubs, Jaycees or others and sell ads inside books. Encourage businesses to include discounts or freebies on products and services to help incentivize the public and save them money on supplies and daily needs like groceries, dry cleaning, car repairs, lawn care and more!

For example…

Say a school, Student Club or CERT wants 5,000 custom books with 288-page color glossy upgrade (total 300 custom pgs) and collects $750 for each FULL page color ad on 250 pgs (leaving 50 pages for local data)…

Partners buy 250 pgs of color ads: $750/ad x 250 pgs = $187,500

Cost for 5,000 books @ $7.00 ea delivered* = $35,000

Total funds leftover for project = $152,500 … and more funds could be raised by collecting more per ad, offering premium placement on covers, etc. And share funds with your Chamber or Rotary partners so everyone benefits!

Note: A $750 ad is only 15 cents per book that goes into 5,000 homes.

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And, if you do above example between now and Oct 2015, you could get the old $5.50 delivered book price mentioned above and save $2,500!

Learn more about these funding ideas … and, if you know an agency, nonprofit, school, church, Scout troop, or volunteer group who could benefit from our preparedness book and/or funding ideas, please have them visit www.fedhealth.net or call Fedhealth at 1-888-999-4325 for more information.


Hot Weather Health Emergencies (heat exhaustion versus heat stroke)

July 1, 2015

What is Extreme Heat? Temperatures that hover 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for that area and last for several weeks are considered “extreme heat” or a heat wave. Humid and muggy conditions can make these high temperatures even more unbearable. Really dry and hot conditions can cause dust storms and low visibility. Droughts occur when a long period passes without enough rainfall. A heat wave combined with a drought is a very dangerous situation!

Doing too much on a hot day, spending too much time in the sun or staying too long in an overheated place can cause heat-related illnesses. Know the symptoms of heat illnesses and be ready to give first aid treatment.

There are two major types of heat illness – HEAT EXHAUSTION and HEAT STROKE. If heat exhaustion is left untreated it can lead to heat stroke. Both conditions are serious, however, heat stroke is a major medical emergency and getting victim’s body temperature cooled down is more critical than getting fluids in their body. Heat stroke can lead to death.

Things to watch for…

  • Heat Cramps
    • Muscle pains and spasms (usually first sign that body’s having trouble with the heat)
  • Heat Exhaustion
    • Cool, clammy, or pale skin;
    • Light-headed or dizzy and weak;
    • Racing heart;
    • Sick to the stomach (nausea);
    • Very thirsty or heavy sweating (sometimes)
  • Heat Stroke (also called Sunstroke) –
    • Very hot and dry skin;
    • Light-headed or dizzy;
    • Confusion, drowsiness or fainting;
    • Rapid breathing and rapid heartbeat;
    • Convulsions, passes out or slips into a coma

What to do…

  • Get victim to a cool or shady place and rest.
  • Lightly stretch or massage muscles to relieve cramps.
  • Loosen clothing around waist and neck to improve circulation and remove sweaty clothes.
  • Cool down victim’s body – put wet cloths on victim’s face, neck and skin and keep adding cool water to cloth… or if outdoors, use hose or stream. Also, fan the victim or get inside air-conditioned place.
  • Have victim sip cool water (NO alcohol – it dehydrates!)

If victim refuses water, pukes or starts to pass out:

  • Call for an ambulance or call 9-1-1.
  • Put victim on their side to keep airway open.
  • Keep cooling down their body by placing ice or cold cloths on wrists, neck, armpits, and groin area (where leg meets the hip) or keep adding water to cloths. Also fan the victim.
  • Check victim’s ABCsAirway, Breathing, & Circulation.
  • Stay with victim until medical help arrives.

Remember, HEAT STROKE (a.k.a sunstroke) is a medical emergency and can cause the victim to slip into a coma — getting a victim’s body temperature cooled down is more important than getting fluids in their body!

Disclaimer: These procedures are not substitutes for proper medical care. Above data extracted from IT’S A DISASTER! …and what are YOU gonna do about it? by Bill and Janet Liebsch


Need custom preparedness books? Going to print soon

February 20, 2015

disaster_books_gi-4x2Several agencies and groups need custom books for their communities so we are trying to schedule a large bundled print by April 2015.

If you or any agencies, businesses or nonprofits you know would like a customized version of our 266page disaster preparedness and first aid manual, please call Fedhealth at 1-888-999-4325 to discuss your needs.

Realize we bundle 1,000 unit & up custom jobs together and print 20,000+ books at a time. Also … we can do multiple versions of books for projects (1,000 & up per version) so you can customize covers and pages by area, county, division, agency, etc. (Fedhealth also supports small quantity orders using our red books and free stickers as explained below.)

The entire cover and title can be changed in the print process, and first 12 pages can be customized with local data, maps, reporting-in procedures, etc. in full color on glossy paper now.

We discount our books 50% to 75% off list (or as low as $3.50 U.S. each + freight) and customize them for free.

And, if needed, agencies, nonprofits and groups can upgrade to add 48 to 288 extra color glossy pages (for a total of 300 custom pages) to include advertisements, coupons or sponsorship messages, grant specific data and more for $5.50 US each delivered ($6.50 for businesses).

Another advantage is this Public-Private Partnership tool provides grantees about a $3 or $4-to-$1 return on match due to the deeply discounted Government price and other donated goods and services. And funds can be committed within hours. Fedhealth is a small business, sole source registered on GSA’s SAM database, Ariba and various local and state procurement systems.

c4l-booth-IL12-2Books make great educational giveaways for your employees, volunteers, members, customers and local communities esp. at events like PrepareAthon, health fairs, public safety expos, etc. Plus our customizable tool can help clear out leftover grant dollars that are time sensitive.

Also … groups needing smaller quantities can always purchase our standard red books and personalize them with free peel & stick labels. We can ship red books within 24 hours of your order anytime so you don’t have to wait for a custom print.

Learn more about our customizable book and fundraising ideas for volunteers, schools and nonprofits … or call Fedhealth at 1-888-999-4325 to discuss your needs.

 


Disaster book Special and more ideas for National Preparedness Month

September 4, 2014

In honor of National Preparedness Month, we wanted to share some Fedhealth specials and ideas in case they can help with your public education campaigns and efforts during NPM and throughout the year.

Special NPM Pricing

We are discounting our price on our 266-page IT’S A DISASTER! books to over 50% off list (or only $7.00 each) on ANY quantity purchase now through September 30, 2014. (Note, our ebook is only $2.50.)

Our book price price is always deeply discounted (70% off or $4.50 each) in support of our grant and funding programs. (Price updated as of 2015)

Our disaster preparedness and first aid manuals make great gifts for employees, volunteers, family members, friends and communities, and books can be customized for free to include logos and special messages to recipients. Plus we will donate 10% to 30% of orders back to our partners and others helping spread the word. Learn more or call Fedhealth at 1-888-999-4325 (US or Canada).

 

Creative Public-Private Partnership programs

Many times agencies and volunteer groups want to purchase IT’S A DISASTER! books for local volunteers and citizens, but they don’t have any money in their limited budgets. Plus nonprofits, schools and First Responders are always looking for ways to raise money. So ~ a creative way to get local businesses involved is to sell advertisements or acknowledge sponsorship inside books (or eBooks) … and Fedhealth will print the ads and other data for FREE and throw the value in as “match” on your paperwork.

Groups can collect anything you can for ads or sponsorship … take cash, lines of credit, barter or trade (whatever you can get) … and keep it all since Fedhealth prints them for free..! It’s a whole community approach to resilience and preparedness. Learn more about our collaborative Public-Private Partnership ideas.

 

School / Youth Group Fundraisers

A great way for schools and youth groups to participate in September’s National Preparedness Month is to use our preparedness book as a fundraiser (and collaborate with local Chambers, Rotarys and others to get discounts and freebies for the public) and earn 10%100% profits while educating local communities! Learn more

 

Use up those leftover federal grant dollars

Many Federal grants close out September 30th so if your agency or nonprofit has dollars that need to be spent before a certain deadline, please consider using customizable IT’S A DISASTER! books to commit those funds. Our book qualifies as community education on grants providing almost a $4-to-$1 return on match. Learn more or call Fedhealth at 1-888-999-4325.

 

Read about some more creative ideas and activities for National Preparedness Month and please share these resources with others.

Stay safe all, j & B

Source: Fedhealth Aug 2014 enews


Customize up to 300 color glossy pages in our disaster books … for FREE!

July 20, 2014

Yes … you read that right. Our upgrade option now allows agencies, businesses and organizations to add up to 288 extra color glossy pages in our IT’S A DISASTER! books for a total of 300 customizable pages..!

Our regular 266-page manual provides tips on what people should think about and do before, during and after specific types of emergencies and disasters, as well as how to administer basic first aid.

dc hsema booth nbc4 2014-smBoth the public and private sectors have been using our preparedness books (and ebooks, CDs and flash drives) for volunteers, employees, customers and local communities since 1999.

We customize books in the print process on 1,000 unit (& larger) orders and the covers and first 12 pages can be personalized at no additional charge.

And if you want 48 to 288 extra full color glossy pages, the upgrade price is $7.00 U.S. each and includes free customization and free freight within 48 contiguous U.S. states.

It’s a great Public-Private Partnership tool

disaster_books_gi-4x2FEMA believes that every community benefits from public-private collaboration in emergency management, and our company’s products are perfect Public Private Partnership tools.

Groups can partner with local Chambers, Rotary Clubs, Local Emergency Planning Committees, UASIs, VOADs, grocery, discount and hardware stores and others … and encourage them to place full color ads inside books for day to day goods and services. Consider collecting ridiculously LOW prices to advertise and remind advertisers and sponsors that books will STAY in the home year round (unlike many other forms of print advertising). And, if paperbacks are filled with coupons, QR codes and savings on things like groceries, preparedness supplies, lawn care, haircuts, dry cleaning and more, the public (and advertisers) will look forward to new versions of the book year after year.

The goal is to use this customized “tool” to encourage and incentivize people to keep your custom book around so they will constantly reference the data. A great way to do that is to fill the paperback full of coupons and savings on every day products and services from your local partners. Basically we are “buying the public’s engagement” while helping whole communities prepare for the unexpected, plus it’s a great way for groups to raise funds.

For example, groups can…

  • Customize books with logos, evacuation maps, shelter data, emergency plans, etc for FREE;
  • Collaborate with Chambers, LEPCs and others to place advertisements and coupons in books;
  • Include discounts on products and services to help people save money on everyday items;
  • Collect cash, lines of credit or barter / trade for ads to help fund groups and sustain your project;
  • Partner with others to combine grants, sponsorship dollars + ad revenues to expand projects (we can invoice each amount to keep everyone’s records clean);
  • Upgrade order to include up to 288 additional glossy pages and collect $$$for ads;
  • Earn tons of match from books and ad revenues that can be used on matching grants programs;
  • Give books to schools, Scouts, volunteer groups, etc. to help disseminate materials.

Use the color glossy pages to build and expand public-private partnerships and offer coupons and savings to motivate and engage the public while raising funds for volunteers or projects.

Funding examples

Say a nonprofit or volunteer group (like a CERT) wants 1,000 custom books with a 48-page color glossy section added (total of 60 custom bound pages) and collects $200 for each 1/4-page ad…

Sell 50 1/4-page ads:  $200/ad x 4 ads/pg x 50 pgs = $40,000

Cost for 1,000 books with 48 extra color glossy pages = $7,000

Total funds leftover for nonprofit/CERT = $33,000 … and more funds could be raised by collecting more per ad or offering premium placement on outside color covers, inside covers, use some more color pages for ads, etc.


Now let’s say a Region or association/Rotary wants 50,000 custom books with 288 extra color glossy pages and collects $5,000 for each full page ad…

Sell 288 pgs of full pg ads: $5,000/ad x 288 pgs = $1,440,000

Cost for 50,000 books w/ 288 extra color glossy pgs = $350,000

Total funds leftover for Region/Assoc/Rotary = $1,090,000 … and more funds could be raised by collecting more per ad or offering premium placement on outside color covers, inside covers, use more pages for ads, etc.

Note: A $5,000 ad is only 10 cents per book that goes into 50,000 homes..! That’s cheaper than a postcard … plus a 576 page book STAYS around.

Please realize we have to bundle 1,000 unit & up custom jobs together and print minimum 20,000 books at a time several times a year. Also … we can do multiple versions of books for projects (1,000 & up per version) so you can customize covers and pages by area, county, division, agency, etc.

NOTE: We are doing a custom print early August so books are ready for National Preparedness Month.

And remember, in small quantities and on rush orders we can always customize our “standard” red books with free peel and stick labels.

Download a 2-page PDF overview with a few examples, learn more about this creative PPP tool … or call Fedhealth at 1-888-999-4325 to discuss your needs.

Above appeared in our  July 2014 Fedhealth enews


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