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  • The Eye of the Storm and the Heart of Huricane Season

    As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, American CPR Training™ reminds you that we are well into Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs from June 1 through November 30. If you do not already have one, you need to prepare your emergency supply kit now.

    Some other weather ready suggestions can be found in these helpful articles:

    Also - if you have a smartphone, download the FEMA App to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the U.S. Learn what to do before, during and after emergencies with safety tips. Share disaster damage photos on a verified photo-sharing platform. Prepare ahead of time with an emergency kit checklist and safety reminders. Get directions to open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person.


  • Procrastination = Death

    Don't wait - CPR & AED saves lives!

    Learn CPR and make sure your facility is equipped with an AED!

  • 'Thank God for that squirrel'

    This is funny!

    A squirrel had caused a short circuit that knocked out power, two power linemen were dispatched to an 80-year-old man’s home for the outage and discovered the unresponsive octogenarian in the road.

    The linemen called 911 and the operator instructed the men to use an AED on the victim. After the AED’s automatic scan, it instructed them to begin CPR.

    80 year old Jack Purvis is alive today, thanks to 911, CPR, and AED, two power linemen ( Dan Paul and Chase Horton ) and a squirrel.

    “Thank God for that squirrel,” Purvis said. (Also a reminder to learn CPR and how to use an AED, and apply for an AED Grant!)squirrel

    Read the story in NWF DailyNews

  • Summertime

    Today is the First Day of Summer! (or so the calendar tells us - Meteorological Summer, or "real summer" began June 1st)

    SummerSafetySummer is about fun and out-of-doors play, including cooling off in and around the water - it also brings risks of illness and injury that are much different than other seasons.. here are a few helpful articles to help to stay safe while enjoying the sun and fun:

  • Bloomsday

    Today is Bloomsday, the day that commemorates and celebrates the life of Irish writer James James-JoyceJoyce, whose novel "Ulysses" is set on June 16, 1904. Joyce chose the date, as it was the first outing that he and his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle enjoyed together- walking around the  Dublin suburb of Ringsend. The title "Bloomsday" is a play on the name of Ulysses' protagonist, Leopold Bloom, a modern day Ulysses, who navigates his way through Dublin over the course of one day. Joyce once said of the novel, "I want to give a picture of Dublin so  complete that if the city one day suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be  reconstructed out of my book." The novel is also notable for its playful use of language and  invention of new words.

  • National Terrorism Advisory System


    In December 2015, I announced the revision of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Terrorism Advisory System, or “NTAS,” to include an intermediate level NTAS “Bulletin.” We then issued a new NTAS Bulletin at the same time. The duration of the December Bulletin was six months, and expires tomorrow.

    The Department of Homeland Security is today issuing a new NTAS Bulletin. This Bulletin reflects the tragic events of Orlando several days ago. Here is what is stated in the new Bulletin’s summary:

    “In December, we described a new phase in the global threat environment, which has implications on the homeland. This basic assessment has not changed. In this environment, we are particularly concerned about homegrown violent extremists who could strike with little or no notice. The tragic events of Orlando several days ago reinforce this. Accordingly, increased public vigilance and awareness continue to be of utmost importance.”

    This NTAS Bulletin goes on to describe the government’s counterterrorism efforts, and how the public can help and be prepared in the current environment. This includes an advisory to “[b]e prepared for increased security and plan ahead to anticipate delays and restricted/prohibited items.” This new Bulletin has a duration of five months, and will expire in mid-November, just before the start of the holiday season.

    The full weight of the U.S. government – including our military, intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security communities, along with our partners in state and local law enforcement – is currently dedicated to detecting and defeating terrorism and protecting the homeland. This is our number one priority. In this current threat environment, which includes the prospect of homegrown violent extremism, the public has a role to play too. Public vigilance and awareness can and do make a difference. The NTAS Bulletin we release today is intended to contribute to an informed public, and promote public vigilance and awareness.

    To read the new NTAS Bulletin, click https://www.dhs.gov/national-terrorism-advisory-system.


    Learn how to help when terror and injury occur:

  • American

    flagfadeHow can an organization with our name not proudly recognize this day?
    Today day is Flag Day, an officially unofficial holiday commemorating the adoption of the US Flag by the Second Continental Congress. While proclaimed initially in 1916 by Woodrow Wilson, and every year since by each President then-in-office, and even recognized by Congress 70 years ago - it is still not a "real" holiday, meaning Federal workers do not get the day off, and it must be proclaimed each year by the executive office - or it won't exist.  Interesting, eh?

    What does the flag symbolize?

    The 50 stars represent the number of states - this has changed, obviously over the years.
    The colors represent:

    • Red - Hardiness and Valor
    • White - Purity and Innocence
    • Blue - Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.


  • Protecting Disabled Employees

    Staying Safe: Protecting Disabled Employees at Work

    The health and safety of disabled employees at work is extremely important. An easily accessible and safe workplace for disabled people will ultimately prove to be a safer and easily accessible place for all employees, clients and visitors.

    The term ‘accessibility’ does not necessarily mean just access to the buildings. In a work environment, it also refers to the ease with which disabled workers can move independently and safely around the entire premises.

    The Work Environment

    If the existing design of the work site does not accommodate the special needs of disabled employees, adjustments must be made. These modifications will help disabled workers move around the premises safely and easily.

    • It is necessary to adjust workstations and buildings by installing ramps, lifts, gripping bars, gradual steps, special lighting, warning strips, warning audio systems, automatically opening doors, doorbells and handles. It is necessary to install entry devices and switches at lower heights, reachable by wheelchair uses. It is also important to remove slippery flooring and tiles.
    • It is possible to assign disabled workers to a specific work area that may be easier for them to access, like the ground floor.
    • Color contrasts in paint, walls, doors, carpets and floors will help disabled employees move around the premises easily. Signboards in large, clear print or Braille directions will help partially sighted or visually impaired employees. Signboards must also have a matte finish to avoid reflection, for easier reading and comprehension. Providing pictures and graphics by door handles is a good option for those with learning disabilities.
    • Modifying work equipment by installing Braille keyboards and hands-free phones is a good option to cater to the visually impaired. Providing a reader/interpreter during meetings and occasions will help the hearing impaired.
    • All health and safety information must be provided in accessible formats to workers with visual or hearing impairments, dyslexia, learning disabilities or psychiatric disorders.
    • To cater to the needs of disabled workers with musculoskeletal upper limb disorder, it is a good idea to install voice recognition software on the computers.

    To avoid renovating workplaces and incurring additional costs later, it is best to incorporate these adjustments at the design and planning stage itself.

    Training and Supervising

    Adequate measures must be taken to ensure that disabled workers are not disadvantaged when it comes to health and safety training and instructions. Traditional modes of communication do not work when it comes to disabled employees.

    • Communicating the information or providing the materials through different mediums like Braille, large print, text form and simple audio recordings will aid in better understanding.
    • Providing individual training tailored to their needs and capabilities will help in ensuring they understand.
    • Providing Occupational Health and Safety Training specific to employee needs on campus is important since different people have different disabilities.
    • Providing specially trained managers and staff to evacuate disabled workers in case of an emergency by using special evacuation equipment will help support disabled employees.

    Employers must ensure that the health and safety of disabled workers are main priorities and that designated staff provide support whenever necessary. Disability organizations also help companies devise innovative ways to communicate information to disabled employees.

    Handling Emergencies

    All workplaces need to know how to support disabled workers in case of an emergency. Proper evacuation procedures must be in place for evacuating the disabled workers fast, if required. Companies must purchase special evacuation equipment and provide proper and accessible storage areas for them. Trained members of the staff assigned to help and alert disabled workers in case of evacuation must know basic sign language. Escape routes must be clearly established and made known to all the employees.

    Vibrating, visual devices and lighted fire strobes are supplemental systems to the traditional, audible alarms that help alert disabled employees. Installing alarms in all possible areas including restrooms is important. Individually training all disabled workers in the health and safety norms of the workplace, evacuation procedures and escape routes is important so that they will not be entirely helpless in case of an emergency.

    Disabled employees must also submit details regarding their medication and medical equipment, allergies, names and phone numbers of family members and doctors.

    The work site must have basic medical supplies and first aid kits, gloves, and more - learn your specific needs.


    Employers can consult local fire stations, police and rescue departments to find out what disabled workers need to do in case of an emergency; if they need to remain where they are and wait to be rescued or evacuated immediately.

    Consulting the disabled employees themselves about their former experiences reveals valuable input that employers may not know otherwise. Procedures adopted without consulting the disabled workers may miss important information.

    Health and Safety

    Measures designed to protect employees from harm must not be used in a discriminatory way against the disabled workers by treating them less favorably than the rest. For example, employers must not claim that wheelchair users cannot escape from a building in an emergency or that a hearing-impaired worker cannot hear and respond to a fire alarm.

    Employers need to do a risk assessment of the workplace and determine what measures can be taken to accommodate the disabled workers.

    Assessing the Workplace for Risk

    Risk assessment involves examining the workplace for what could cause harm to the disabled employees, to judge whether existing precautions are sufficient or not. The objective is to identify potential hazards and evaluate them to determine the extent of risk involved. If the risk is great, appropriate preventive measures are adopted to ensure future safety of the disabled employees.

    Workers and employers alike must work together to improve the condition of a workplace, ensuring that it promotes equal opportunities and reasonable accommodation for all disabled individuals, whether employees or visitors. Needs of disabled people must be considered at the design and construction stage itself, rather than waiting for a disabled person to be employed and then making necessary adjustments.


  • How To Prevent Accidents Through Workplace Wellness Initiatives

    Every year, thousands of workers are killed or injured in workplace accidents. In 2012, about 3.8 million workers had a nonfatal workplace injury or illness, according to The National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health (NIOSH). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, almost 4,700 workers were killed on the job in 2014.

    NIOSH estimates that lost wages, workman’s comp, insurance and medical expenses add up to $192 billion, annually. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median number of days away from work to recuperate from workplace injury was eight days in 2013, and there were 109 incidents that required time away from work for every 10,000 workers. Clearly, the workplace can be dangerous — and costly.

    OSHA regulations include specific requirements for safety in every industry or type of workplace. One area of particular interest: musculoskeletal disorders, can be caused by repetitive motions, improper lifting, or poorly designed tools and workplaces. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, rotator cuff (shoulder) injuries, epicondylitis (elbow), trigger finger and muscle strains or low back injuries.

    While OSHA has defined specific regulations for industries in which workers are particularly susceptible to MSDs, it also issues general guidelines that apply to all industries, including:

    ? Provide management support
    ? Involve workers
    ? Provide training
    ? Identify problems
    ? Encourage early reporting of MSD symptoms
    ? Implement solutions to control hazards
    ? Evaluate progress

    OSHA cites numerous independent studies that evaluated the effect of workplace wellness initiatives on the rate of injuries. One such study showed that effective workplace safety programs increased productivity by 43 percent and reduced costs by 28 percent. There were additional favorable outcomes affecting employee morale and retention. Additional research shows that state-mandated programs have highly positive effects. For example, Alaska mandated safety and wellness programs in 1973, and workplace injuries and illnesses decreased more than 17 percent. Hawaii showed a reduction of 20.7 percent. In addition, Massachusetts companies enjoyed a 20.8 percent improvement in loss ratios due to injury and illness. The evidence is staggering — workplace wellness initiatives work.

    Effective Workplace Wellness Initiatives

    One of the most effective parts of workplace wellness programs involves implementing solutions to prevent or reduce MSDs. OSHA recommends a three-phase program:

    Engineering Controls

    Engineering controls include making physical changes to the workplace that can reduce or eliminate hazards. This might include redesigning tools to enable neutral postures, repositioning a worktable to eliminate excessive reach, or offering easily adjustable ergonomic chairs or stools — so employees can work comfortably without strain.

    Administrative and Work Practice Controls

    By establishing efficient processes and procedures, the company eliminates excess or repetitive motions that can cause injury. Examples of these controls might include rotating employees to different tasks at regular intervals, or implementing a preventive maintenance program to ensure that tools work easily and are in good repair. Educating employees on how to protect themselves with proper position for the task at hand can also be effective.

    Personal Protective Equipment

    Employers have an obligation to provide personal protective equipment that reduces the risk of MSDs. This might include gloves, wrist braces or padding. It could also encompass ensuring that the employee has control over the arrangement of items on the work surface, the height of the desk or workstation, and appropriate adjustable seating.

    Workplace Wellness Initiatives are Good Business

    Not only does a workplace wellness initiative make sense from a business perspective, having an effective program in place is mandatory in most states for a wide range of industries. Most European countries have similar mandates, as do many countries in Asia Pacific and South America. If you’re interested in starting a workplace wellness program for your business, there are numerous sources for information and advice available from government, private and institutional sources.

    The U.S. government agencies involved in monitoring workplace safety work closely with the American National Standards Institute and the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Your company insurance provider may also have excellent insight into the best solutions to adopt in your industry or environment.

    Also read: Back and Lifting SafetyCarpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), and Safety at Work 

    Author Bio:

    Joel Vento is the head of marketing and sales at Concept Seating, manufacturer of ergonomic seating. Joel has over 20 years of experience in the seating industry. Mr. Vento headed the design team that designed the 3150 chair. Joel has a BS in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Concept Seating produces a variety products like office task chairs and 24-hour dispatch chairs.Workplace Wellness

  • Puppies

    PuppyHere's an interesting twist... a novel way that Humane Societies around the world can get homeless pets some love and attention (and hopefully bonding and adoption!)

    Want to try out owning a puppy for a few hours all while enjoying a vacation on a tropical island? According to Huffington Post, a dog rescue charity in Turks and Caicos, Potcake Place, says that the program has been quite successful at getting the playful pooches adopted by tourists and locals alike. In addition to the adoption rate success, the playtime also serves as socialization training for the pups. If you're jumping on a plane now to head down there,

    PetFirstAidKitsjust keep in mind to get there early as this program is extremely popular. The lines start as early as 8:30am for the 10am opening.

    You always want to protect and make sure your family is safe. This also includes the furry, four-legged family members. We have everything you need to make sure you can help your sick or injured pets (dogs, cats, horses, etc.) with our pet emergency first aid and supply products. Our kits are designed for handling minor first aid emergencies and stabilize them until you can reach a vet for treatment. With brands such as Me-Ow, Bow-Ow, Sporting Dog, Mayday and more, you know you are set to help your furry family friends!

    DID YOU KNOW? Besides having a pet first aid and emergency kit to help out our furry friends in a time of an emergency, did you know you could sign up and take a Pet First Aid and CPR class? One out of four pets would survive if just one pet first aid technique was applied prior to getting emergency veterinary care, according to the American Animal Hospital Association. Having an emergency pet first aid kit and knowing how to properly use it can be two different things. Ask your vet where the closest Pet First Aid classes are and sign up!

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