Thursday, February 17, 2011

FEMA, NATIONAL COMMISSION ON CHILDREN AND DISASTERS ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP TO PROMOTE FIRE SAFETY AWARENESS FOR FAMILIES

FEMA, NATIONAL COMMISSION ON CHILDREN AND DISASTERS ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP TO PROMOTE FIRE SAFETY AWARENESS FOR FAMILIES
Announcement Comes as FEMA Releases New Report Showing Children Under Four at Growing Risk of Death or Injury in Fires

PHILADELPHIA – With home fires on the rise in winter months, and a new study showing that young children are at an especially high risk of getting seriously injured or dying in residential fires, today the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Commission on Children and Disasters are announcing a new public awareness campaign to help keep children and families safer from the threat of home fires.

As part of this effort, FEMA’s U.S. Fire Administration is releasing a new report on the risks fires pose to children. The report, which is based on the latest available data released by the National Center for Health Statistics, found that young children face the greatest – and a growing – risk of death or serious injury in home fires. As such, 52 percent of all child fire deaths in 2007 involved children under the age of four. This was a slight increase from the most recent study previously conducted in 2004. Click here for a copy of the report.

“When you take some time this week to practice and learn about proper fire safety for families, especially children, you are taking the initial steps toward protecting your household from the risks and dangers associated with fires,” said FEMA Region III Regional Administrator
Ms. MaryAnn Tierney. “Practicing proper fire safety will help you to empower yourself as well as your family to become household emergency managers.”

In addition, the report found that:

• Deaths from fires and burns were the second leading cause of accidental deaths not related to transportation, after drowning;
• Boys are at higher-risk of dying from fires than girls;
• Between 2006 and 2008, smoke alarms were not present in at least 23 percent of residential fires;
• African-American children are at an increased risk of fire deaths; and
• Low-income children are at greatest risk of exposure to home fires.

To help families protect their homes and loved ones - especially young children - from fires, FEMA, the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Commission on Children and Disasters are asking families to take simple steps now to prevent fires in their residences, and partnering with leading organizations across the fire, emergency medical services, public health and emergency management fields to get the message out.

To provide families with important tips about fire safety and lists of additional resources, FEMA is launching online and social media tools, including:

• An updated web page dedicated to children’s fire safety, including tips on how to prevent the two leading causes of fire during the winter months: cooking and heating;
• A widget that will link to this website and resources;
• A Facebook tab; and
• A dedicated Twitter hashtag to engage the public in a dialogue about how to protect kids from fires.

Among other things, these updated tools will offer tips for how to prevent the two leading causes of fires during the winter months: heating and cooking.

To view the updated web page and the widget, click here.

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fema.

First Aid Kits Save Lives in Tuscon, AZ


TUCSON - Some of the first deputies to arrive at the scene of the Jan. 8 shooting rampage here described a scene of "silent chaos" on Friday, and they added that the carnage probably would have been much worse without the help of a $99 first-aid kit that recently became standard-issue.

Pima County Sheriff's Department deputies said they were dispatched to what they believed was a routine shooting. But they arrived, they found a blood-drenched parking lot that looked more like the scene of a plane crash. Sgt. Gilberto Caudillo got on his radio and pleaded, "Send every ambulance you have out here."

"Innocent people looked like they were just massacred," Caudillo said Friday.

He was among about 10 sheriff's deputies who found themselves doing the duties of paramedics rather than police. In the six minutes before paramedics flooded the site, they had to stanch chest wounds, open injured airways, apply tourniquets and try to calm down victims and the blood-covered bystanders who tried to help.

"We told them, 'All the bad stuff is over, you're safe. We'll stay by your side,' " said Deputy Matthew Salmon.

In the end, 13 of those shot survived, while six did not. One of the injured, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was the last person still hospitalized until Friday morning, when she was discharged and transported to a rehabilitation facility in Texas.

Doctors and law enforcement officials told reporters here that the incident would have been much worse without a small brown kit devised by David Kleinman, a SWAT team medic who had become concerned about rising violence.

Kleinman cobbled together the Individual First Aid Kits out of simple items used by combat medics in Iraq and Afghanistan: an emergency bandage pioneered by the Israeli army; a strip of gauze that contains a substance which coagulates blood on contact; a tactical tourniquet; shears that are sturdy and sharp enough to slice off victims' clothing; and sealing material that works especially well on chest wounds.

The items in the kit were each inexpensive; the Israeli bandage, for example, cost only $6, but deputies reached for one "over and over at the scene," Kleinman said.

It is unusual for police officers to carry such medical equipment, but Capt. Byron Gwaltney, who coordinated the sheriff's office's response to the shooting, said it proved crucial in this case because the deputies were the first to arrive.

"It would have been a lot worse" without those tools, Gwaltney said. The deputies were trained to use the kit, in a program the Pima force called "First Five Minutes," six months ago.

The deputies who initially responded said they were not the ones who arrested the suspect, Jared Lee Loughner. Instead, their focus was conducting triage through the parking lot: figuring out who was dead, who was injured and who was simply a helpful person who had jumped in to help.
They used the tourniquets and gauze to stop the bleeding. They used a chest seal, also in the kit, to close bullet wounds. They used the shears in the kit to cut off the victims' clothes.

"When I look back, I don't know if we drowned out the moans to focus or if it was quiet," said Deputy Ryan Inglett, who treated several victims with combat gauze and assisted in CPR. "This is something I will never forget."
About The Individual Tactical First Aid Kit
The value of the Individual Tactical First Aid Kit cannot be overstated in providing initial life saving measures to victims until advanced medical support arrives. These kits contain:

· 2 Tactical Defender Gloves, Large OD
· 1 SOF Tactical Tourniquet, Wide
· 1 Primed Compressed Gauze
· 1 Israeli Emergency Bandage, 4"
· 1 Nasopharyngeal Airway, 28Fr
· 1 Surgilube, 3gr
· 1 Tape, 2" x 10yd

Monday, February 14, 2011

Walton Feed Group Order SPRING 2011

If you are not familiar with this, its a way to build your bulk food storage. Food is available in bulk bags and boxes, 6 gallon buckets, #10 cans and #2.5 cans.You can buy things like 6-gallon buckets with gasket lid, oxygen absorbers for cans or buckets, mylar bags, MRE's, garden seeds (non-hybrid),caned meats (no growth hormones three year shelf life), freeze dryed cheese, fruits, vegatables, Mountain House freeze dryed foods, beans and grains plus alot more. If you are interested, email me for a list of available items. Dead line to order is 31 March 2011. Shipment will come in by 18 wheeler from Idaho in May.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Fire Safety Website for the young ones

A great Fire Safety website for the young ones. All kinds of games and activities for them to learn about fire safety.

http://www.sparky.org

-Jack

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Everyone Should Practice Tornado Safety March 15

Tornadoes in Virginia have hit in every month of the year and in every part of the state. Everyone needs to know what to do if a tornado warning is issued for their area.

February Emergency Preparedness newsletter (OEM)

February Emergency Preparedness newsletter. Heres the link:


http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem/outreach/newsletter/february2011.pdf

Monday, February 7, 2011

Chinese New Year Festival - Outreach Sat Feb 12

Late notice - request for the CERT Outreach booth at the Fairfax Chinese New Year Festival this Saturday Feb 12 from 10:00am to 7:00 pm.
The location is the Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road (near Route 50), Falls Church.
Need some help in staffing the booth. Just 2 hours or more of your time would be gratefully appreciated by the host. Contact me if you are available and can support this opportunity to meet and greet another segment of the Fairfax County community.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Plan to hold tornado drill March 15

RICHMOND, VA -- All Virginians can practice taking cover from tornadoes by participating in the annual Statewide Tornado Drill, set for Tuesday, March 15, at 9:45 a.m. The drill is a joint effort of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.
To get instructions for conducting a tornado drill and to register for participating in the statewide drill, go to http://www.vaemergency.com/threats/tornado/index.cfm. Nearly half a million Virginians already have registered.
“Everyone needs to know what to do if a tornado warning is issued for their area,” said Michael Cline, state coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. “Holding a tornado drill at least once a year should be part of every family, business and school emergency plan. The more you practice, the better you can respond to an emergency.”
To start the March 15 drill, the NWS will send a test tornado warning that will trigger a tone alert and broadcast message on NOAA Weather Radio, simulating what listeners will hear during an actual tornado warning.
“It’s vitally important that everyone have access to a Weather Radio to hear tornado warnings as soon as they are issued,” said Bill Sammler, NWS warning coordination meteorologist. “A NOAA Weather Radio with SAME alerts is the fastest way for you to get a tornado warning.”
SAME stands for Specific Area Message Encoding, a feature that allows individuals to program their radios to hear alerts for their areas. NOAA Weather Radios are available at electronics and sporting goods stores, discount and department stores, and online. Some have strobe lights for the hearing impaired. They come in battery-powered models and many also have AM/FM bands.
Tornadoes are common in Virginia. In fact, 62 tornadoes struck the Commonwealth during the past three years, injuring more than 220 citizens and causing nearly $48 million damage to homes, businesses and other property.