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Personal Preparedness and the Risks Fires Pose to Children

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, today 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, with 52 percent of all child fire deaths in 2007 involving children under the age of four, a slight increase from the most recent study previously conducted in 2004.

To read a press release with more about this new public awareness campaign to assist personal preparedness and give families and communities, even more, access to this valuable resource, CLICK HERE.

To view and download the full report on the risks that fires pose to children, CLICK HERE.



Personal Preparedness Video — Make a Plan, Get a Kit and Get Involved

The website offers a free public motivation campaign video entitled, “3 Days — 3 Ways :  Are You Ready?”

This video will help citizens become better prepared for a major event or disaster in their region — and you don’t have to register or sign-up to view this video.

Personal Preparedness —– Make a plan, get a kit and get involved!

To watch this video, click here.


Emergency Response Team Training Resource for Individuals and Communities

As individuals face the reality that in the event of a disaster, they may well have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life sustaining needs, the U.S. government has taken action to prepare its citizens for such an eventuality.

That action is best expressed and encompassed in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training programs located throughout the United States, which do the following:

  1. Present citizens the facts about what to expect following a major disaster in terms of immediate services,
  2. Give the message about their responsibility for mitigation and preparedness,
  3. Train them in needed lifesaving skills with emphasis on decision making skills, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number,
  4. Organize teams so that they are an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.

CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.

Click here to read more about this valuable personal preparedness resource.


Turn Clocks Back and Remember to Be Prepared

 As all Americans turn their clocks back an hour on November 7th, FEMA asks us to have ourselves and our families prepared for emergencies.

“As we all get ready to turn our clocks back this Sunday, it’s important for families to use this opportunity to get ready for possible emergencies,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “As a nation, we can only be as prepared as our public – the most important member of our emergency management team. I encourage everyone, as we fall back an hour, to also take a few simple steps to prepare their homes and loved ones for emergencies, including checking their smoke alarms and putting together an emergency kit.” 

CLICK HERE to find more information for preparing yourself and your families for emergencies.


Personal Preparedness and Special Needs

In response to some inquiries from our readers requesting information regarding the topic of disability and other special needs preparedness, our staff would like to recommend a document to add to your library of personal preparedness reading entitled, “Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs”. 

This document was organized in a joint effort between the American Red Cross and the Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA division and can be downloaded and read by clicking here

Although this document has been offered for some time to the public, we believe that so much of its content remains relevant and still one of the better organized documents suiting this matter, therefore, it remains of real value and  importance for someone or some family just beginning the journey of preparedness in the event of facing a sudden disaster or emergency event.

If some of our readers have other suggestions or comments on this document or perhaps can offer other information resources regarding this important topic, please share them with our readership.


Help Kids Prepare for Disaster

Some of our readers have asked for more information regarding how to go about preparing their children for disasters and other kinds of surprises.

To honor that request, our staff recommends viewing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website entitled FEMA Ready Kids.

We certainly agree that while unexpected things can happen to a family, kids should not be left out of the process of having the family get ready for any emergency.

On the site – – youngsters discover that disasters come in many shapes and sizes. Some, like a hurricane, are predictable. Others may not be so predictable. Finding out about different kinds of disasters helps everyone in the family to become better prepared.

Each step of the process for preparedness includes games and other activities designed to give kids a fun way to learn how to create a disaster kit, what they might feel during and after an incident, and how to keep themselves and their families safe.

Please share your experiences with this website with our readership, and, if you have any other recommendations to help the entire family be better prepared for emergencies, please pass that information along as well.


Personal Preparedness and the Potential NDM-1 Threat

Several of our readers have recently asked about any updates concerning the global spread of a drug-resistant bacterial gene called NDM-1 (or New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase) — our staff suggests viewing the Homeland Security NewsWire website to keep current on this issue.

We also suggest that this information be passed along to those personal preparedness, business continuity or disaster recovery planning team members in your organization.

While some of the organizational risk management issues along with the preparedness training for individuals and families involving NDM-1 appear to be a mid-term to long term risk, vigilance about and around this issue is recommended.

Click Here to read several postings about the NDM-1 drug-resistant bacterial gene and also give your BC/DR planning team a future reading reference resource on this potential NDM-1 organizational and personal threat.


Personal Preparedness and the CDC

As part of our ongoing efforts to deliver relevant information about personal preparedness and its importance in supporting a more resilient organization, we want to introduce the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to our readership.  Our staff believes that the more you are informed about public health emergencies, preparedness and reaction strategies, the more you will be able to support your personal continuity goals and thus the more ready you will be to fulfill your duties and responsibilities  in your organization.

The objective of the CDC website is to increase the nation’s ab’lity to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. This website is a great online resource to do that — it is also an informative resource you can trust as coming from a credible source, and, a valuable component in building your own unique platform for personal continuity.

The possibility of public health emergencies arising in the United States concerns many people and organizations — given the occurrences of recent hurricanes, tsunamis, acts of terrorism, and the threat of pandemic influenza. Though some people and organizations may feel it is impossible to be prepared for unexpected events, the truth is that taking preparedness actions helps people and organizations deal with disasters of all sorts much more effectively when they do occur.

To better understand the changes in preparedness that have occurred over the last several years, we suggest viewing the CDC’s short video clip entitled, “A New Era of Preparedness”.   Click here to view the short and informative 5 minute video…

Please bookmark the CDC website homepage  on preparedness for future reference and add it to the library list of resources for your crisis management, personal preparedness, 1st responders and disaster preparedness team members in your organization.


Disability Specific Preparedness Planning Resource

From time to time, you will see on this website that there are many ways to learn how to develop an emergency plan, and, very often even your local library offers helpful information that can guide you through the research and writing of your own personal preparedness plan.

One of the areas we have received requests from our readership recently involves the writing of a disabilities specific preparedness plan.  To begin the process of addressing that request, we would like to point you to a posting on the website where several website links are given for obtaining general information about emergency preparedness for individuals with disabilities.

CLICK HERE to view and go to those relevant website links…


Personal Crisis Recovery Guides

What is Blackberry PIN messaging and why is it important during a catastrophic event?

During 9/11 many Blackberry users sent a PIN 2 PIN message instead of email or voice because communications were down. During a natural disaster when eve

rything goes down PIN messaging is more likely to reach a loved one. PIN messages are smaller and go directly through the Blackberry network instead of the internet — that is why they are so effective. Additionally, unlike a SMS message or email, you will know if your loved one has received your PIN message. So, the first thing you need to do is find out if your Blackberry has a PIN number. Then you need to give your PIN number to your contacts and then record your contacts PIN number in their contact information.

How can I get up-to-date information on weather in my area?

You can go to weather.Gov and enter your zip code to get current up-to-date information. Also, did you know that you can sign up for a free service to receive email and wireless alerts about weather in your area? Simply go to email updates by the National Weather Service and enter your email address and hit go to begin the process of registering for this free service

What is the American Association of Poison Control Center’s Contact Number?

The American Association of Poison Control phone number is 1-800-222-1222. They are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You can also visit their website at:

Please remember that although they do not charge you for calling them, it is important that the product label says “If swallowed” or “In case of poisoning” for this service to help you. Otherwise call your physician or 911 to seek immediate emergency assistance.

Where can I find reliable information on funerals?

You can call The National Funeral Directors Association toll-free at 800-228-6332 or you can visit their website at to learn how to plan a funeral, access grief resources, find a funeral home or you can even enter their media center which provides the latest information on funeral services.

I have to prove I am a naturalized citizen but can’t find my paperwork, what do I do?

Naturalization papers are the only acceptable proof that you are a U.S. Citizen if you were not born in the United States. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a government agency website where you can order additional copies or replacements. Go to to get assistance now.

What is an Advance Medical Directive?

An Advance Medical Directive is a document that tells someone the degree of medical intervention you wish someone to authorize on your behalf during a life-threatening medical condition. You can get these for free by asking your doctor. Make sure your loved ones have a copy or know where to access a copy of your Advance Medical Directive so that they can follow your wishes.

We’re going on vacation and want to take our pets with us, how can we find a pet friendly hotel, lodging or vacation rental?


You can go to Pet Friendly Travel to find pet friendly hotels, lodging and vacation rentals.

How Do I Reach The American Red Cross?

The American Red Cross is where people mobilize to help their neighbors—across the street, across the country, and across the world—in emergencies. Each year, in communities large and small, victims of some 70,000 disasters turn to neighbors familiar and new—the more than half a million volunteers and 35,000 employees of the Red Cross. Through nearly 700 locally supported chapters, more than 15 million people gain the skills they need to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their homes, communities and world.

What do I need to know before I adopt from a foreign country?

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides great information on what you need to know before you start an adoption, before you child immigrates to the U.S., immigration through adoption, country information and after approval of Orphan and Hague Application. Go to to get assistance now.

It’s Amazingly Affordable To Ensure Security For Your Loved Ones

The things that happen during a family emergency are things you never really think about until it’s too late.  Here are a few options that will allow you to ensure everything will be alright:

1. Encrypeted Thumb Drive – $79.99
2. CD-ROM – $69.99
3. Two Hour Seminar – $149.99 Per Person

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