IT’S A DISASTER! e-news Jul 2011
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FEMA’s National Disaster Recovery Program Database is a tool for members from all levels of government, emergency managers, and planners to find resources provided by Federal / state / tribal / territorial governments, private sector entities, and non-governmental organizations to assist in response and recovery efforts. To apply for assistance or obtain information on the availably of resources, contact the program sponsors and refer to the instructions on each program's website. www.fema.gov/national-disaster-recovery-program-database
Note: These programs are not intended for individual applicants – visit www.disasterassistance.gov to find and apply for individual assistance related to disaster recovery.)
Formidable Footprint - A National Neighborhood Exercise Series - Members of CERTs, Neighborhood Associations, Faith-based groups and local Citizen Corps can join the Formidable Footprint tabletop exercise on Earthquakes on Sat Jul 30, 2011 from 9:00AM - 4:00PM EDT. Note: It is only a 3-hour exercise so your group can be scheduled within the 9a-4p timeline as needed. For more information and to register for the 2011 exercises visit www.formidablefootprint.org
Also... join Depiction on Thursday, Jul 28 for the required pre-exercise webinar where valuable information and guidelines regarding exercise participation will be provided. http://depiction.com/webinars/formidable-footprint-jul
Check out a lively discussion on U.S. First Responders Association called “What is your feeling about the "72-hour" message..?” … and join in on the conversation..!
Snippets from a good article in EMSWorld called “Joplin Responders Deal With Stress Following Tornado" … “Most experiences of a disaster are not so positive and weigh heavily on first responders -- police, firefighters and medical staff. Each encounter with a victim or survivor brings fresh doses of sorrow and horror. Unseen are the invisible wounds: "traumatic stress." … "If you don't take care of yourself mentally, physically and spiritually, you can't take care of anyone else," said Dana Weber, a North Kansas City Hospital nurse. Read more about Joplin tornado
Our title was # 2 on Amazon’s Bestseller list in the Safety and First Aid category on July 5, 2011
Book review by Dr Helen Smith appeared in Mens News Daily and on her blog on July 3, 2011 (thank you Dr Helen!)
And thank yous to Professor Glenn Reynolds @ Instapundit for posting a link to our book on Amazon .. and to other blogs (e.g. Regator, etc) for reposting.
...insurance agents in states along the swollen Missouri River basin say FEMA is causing widespread confusion among property owners by pushing the sale of flood insurance policies that might not cover damage from the river flooding that began this month?! Federal officials explain that some of the damage along the river might still be covered, but how much won't be known until after the flooding is over. Source: AJC
…a small tsunami sent vacationers and fishermen scrambling along England’s Cornish coast and is thought to have been caused by an underwater landslide in the Atlantic?! Eyewitnesses also reported a freakish charge of static electricity in the air at the same time, which made people’s hair stand on end. Source: Earthweek
…annually changing flu vaccines with their hit-and-miss effectiveness may soon give way to a single, near-universal flu vaccine, according to a new report from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute and the Dutch biopharmaceutical company Crucell?! They describe an antibody that can prevent or cure infections with a broad variety of influenza viruses, including seasonal and potentially pandemic strains. Source: ScienceDaily
Social Media 4 Emergency Management and Social Media for Fire and EMS have great resources, basic steps and techniques to help you incorporate social media into your agency. Check out www.sm4em.org and www.sm4fire.com
CadPage receives SMS pages from a central FIRE/EMS Cad and then presents options for mapping the call, driving directions, and other features. It keeps a history of calls and allows for customized alerts. If your dispatch works off CAD this app for Droid phones is incredible. You'll have location on map most likely before you get to your vehicle. Best part is it's free. (hat tip FF John A.) www.cadpage.org
Parents are the first defense against cell phone dangers. My Mobile Watchdog safeguards your child while using cell phones. Monitoring your child's mobile phone use is not spying. Keeping an eye on your child's activities helps you teach them how to be safe while discovering the mobile online world. Instant notification allows you to know what's going on in your child's life as it happens, and prevent problems before they happen. www.mymobilewatchdog.com
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