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Monthly Archives: September 2016

  • Heart and Home

    World-Heart-DayYesterday was World Heart Day (something near and dear to ours!) and today is America's PrepareAthon!

    Prepare your home, and shape up for life - there are a lot of  great times ahead for you so prepare to enjoy them!AmericasPreparathon

  • CDC Updates Guidance for Travel and Testing of Pregnant Women

    CDC-HANCDC Updates Guidance for Travel and Testing of Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age for Zika Virus Infection Related to the Ongoing Investigation of Local Mosquito-borne Zika Virus Transmission in Miami-Dade County, Florida

    CDC previously issued travel, testing, and other guidance related to local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission (active Zika virus transmission) that the Florida Department of Health (FL DOH) identified in two areas of Miami-Dade County: (1) a one-square-mile area in Wynwood, and (2) a 1.5-square-mile area in Miami Beach. CDC has updated the guidance for people who live in or traveled to these areas.
    CDC-Health-UpdateFL DOH continues to investigate active Zika virus transmission in South Florida. Investigation has shown an expanded area of active transmission in Miami Beach, now measuring 4.5 square miles, which includes the original 1.5-square-mile area.
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  • No Blue Noses!

    CPR Instructors... how many "Blue Nose" manikins do you have? Dontcha hate that?
    Something about students with ink on their hands from taking notes...

    So the options for a long time have been:

    1. Buy new faces
    2. Get plastic head manikins like CPR Prompt or Basic Buddy, or
    3. Let the students laugh and just explain "Annie is cold"


    There's another alternative. Prestan CPR Manikins. Not only are the Prestan Manikins a fraction of the price, not only can your get the Prestan Manikins with Monitors so you and the students can visually observe performance from near or far, not only do Prestan come with a 3 year warranty instead of 1 (or none), but the skin for the Prestan Manikins was designed to resist the dreaded-blue-nose-manikin-affliction! We have 9 year old Prestan manikins still going strong and with no blue noses!Prestan


    Prestan manikins are the present and future of CPR Training manikins with their revolutionary CPR Rate Monitor that allows for instant feedback to both instructor and student regarding the rate of chest compressions. The visual feedback from the CPR Rate Monitor gives students a real life feel of delivering 100 compressions per minute. You add on a clicker sound as the chest is pushed to the appropriate depth, allowing them to experience the true force needed to deliver real life chest compressions and the option to teach with a jaw thrust maneuver,

    Prestan Professional manikins are definitely in a class of their own. Prestan Professional manikins are some of the more realistic to the eye and the touch on the market. We offer Adult, Child and Infant size manikins that all have their own unique features that keep to what they are suppose to represent. With the clamshell design that makes it very easy to change out lung bags to Prestan's CPR Rate Monitor that allows for instant feedback to both instructor and student regarding the rate of chest compression, Prestan manikins are in a class of their own in regard to innovative and ingenious features and design. They are available in single or multi-pack for class training purposes and also available in three different colors.

    Prestan Adult CPR & AED Manikins & Supplies

    Do Prestan CPR Training Manikins comply with the newest CPR Guidelines.? YES! See the Statement from Prestan Products and American CPR about Prestan Manikin CPR Guideline Compliance.

  • High Blood Pressure

    High Blood Pressure is one of the most easily controllable risk factors for sudden cardiac arrest.

    About 70% of US adults aged 65 or older have high blood pressure, but only about half have it under control. Despite having Medicare Part D prescription drug insurance, at least 25% of adults aged 65 or older are not taking their blood pressure medications as directed—according to the latest Vital Signs report.

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    Disaster-Survival-PreparednessWhen a disaster or urgent emergency occurs, being able to survive where you are or needing to bug out is the first big decision that needs to be made. We have a line of Emergency Survival Kits to fully cover these tasks. Whether it is a simple blackout, a classroom lockdown, fire, or flooding, we have all types of kits to cover you in these situations. These include Survival Mini Packs, Honey Buckets for Classroom Lockdowns, Basic, Deluxe and Elite Survivals kits that depend on your needs and Survival Kits that are focused on Long term Food Storage. With brands like Guardian, you know whichever kit, bugout bag, or food storage kit you choose, your supplies will be of the highest quality. Always be prepared!

    We know that not everyone is the same, no two disasters are the same nor are your personal needs the same. The most important thing when choosing a survival kit is what fits for you and your environment, what disasters you can expect and if it needs to be fully portable. There are mini kits out there including our line of Classroom Lockdown kits, Survival "mini" Kits, Vehicle Kits, and Military-type survival kits. You wouldn't want to have a mini kit for a Classroom lockdown kit as the Mini's only support 1-2 two people at the most - you would need a Lockdown kit to use for 30 people. At the same time you would want to have a Bucket Survival kit as a "bug-out" bag if you needed to get out of Dodge as quickly as you can. Make sure you choose the correct Survival kit for your needs. The most important thing though is to be prepared no matter what!

  • Are your kits ANSI/OSHA certified?

    osha-ansi-compliance-update-copyright-first-aid-product-com-200PXThere is no such thing - neither ANSI, nor OSHA will "certify" a product like this... that would be tantamount to endorsing a commercial product, HOWEVER, many of our first aid kits meet or exceed ANSI and OSHA requirements. We have a whole page dedicated to Understanding the ANSI 2015 first aid standard requirements. Please see the OSHA first aid kits or ANSI first aid kits sections on the website for all of our first aid kits that meet ANSI and OSHA requirements.

  • 3 Ways You Can Use Smartwatches to Keep You Safe

    Smartwatches are becoming the next must-have gadget. You can receive notifications, answer calls, connect to your smart devices, track your fitness, listen to music and navigate your area. Smartwatches are reliable and easily accessible, which also makes them more useful than smartphones in dangerous situations. Let's take a closer look at the features that help keep you safe.

    Panic Button

    "Emergency Panic Button" is an app that you can install on your smartwatch that allows you to contact family, friends and emergency numbers in the case of an emergency situation. After a quick update to your contacts list, a simple press of a button uses your GPS to send your location to those listed. It automatically calls the person at the top of your list and provides a home screen or lock screen widget. Don't worry if your GPS isn't turned on, either — the app does so automatically once you press the panic button. This app also gives you the option of linking to social media platforms.

    If you're feeling nervous because your kids are late or a friend isn't answering her calls, you can send a location request with the app to set your mind at ease.


    The great thing about a smartwatch is that it's hard to lose since it's attached to your body. This means you're less likely to miss alerts and notifications. Be proactive about your safety by signing up to receive alerts on your smartwatch. You can sign up for a wide variety of alerts on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, download the FREE FEMA app, or you can download apps like the "Amber Alert" app or those related to places you visit frequently, such as a school campus or your neighborhood. With these alerts, you know that you'll be aware of your surroundings and any potential danger there.

    Voice-Activated Calls and Messages

    Texting or typing out a full telephone number and message takes time. You also might make errors or click on the wrong contact, causing even further delay. Smartwatches enable you to vocalize a message or use voice commands to make a call. This may increase your safety in certain situations, such as when you're driving or trying to quickly call for help.

    The speed and accuracy of voice commands make it a reliable method of communication when time is of the essence. In addition to having voice commands, many new devices have preset texts you can send instantly, clear audio to avoid confusion and a battery that lasts two to three days. The Apple Watch also lets you use Siri to complete tasks and use the voice command features.

    Due to their wearability, small size and various features, smartwatches are well suited for keeping you safe. Make use of these features in your day-to-day life so you know how to use them if you ever need to. Stay alert of your surroundings and stay up to date with the latest safety apps and features to ensure your security at any time, any place.


  • Is your Office Prepared? Who is going to save YOUR life?

    How safe is YOUR workplace? Think about preparing the workplace to be a safe environment.

    Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) should be an integral part of your plan.

    On average, only 10% of victims survive sudden cardiac arrest, but survival rates jump to 40% when victims are treated with high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and proper, rapid use of AEDs.




  • Your Phone is a Survival Tool

    During National Preparedness Month, we'll be talking a lot about communication plans, and how cell phones will often be unavailable...this is part of the theme  “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” - butu phone will be available, too. Both before disaster strikes as warning and informational tools, and as service is restored (and they have other offline functions, such as serving as a flashlight, sginalling device, and as a method of recording important images, nots and data) so keep them charged and ready!

    An easy and free way to imcrease your smart phone's usefullness as a survival too; is to download the free FEMA app to help keep your family stay safe through emergencies, even
    from across the country. With weather alerts available from anywhere in the U.S., know when
    severe weather may impact far away students and family.

    The app is available free on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.FEMA-App-2016

  • Labor Day Weekend

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