IT’S A DISASTER! e-news Nov 2011
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This month's topics:
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Chasing4Life DVDs & Events
New C4L Training DVDs, media projects and programs
ON THE FRONT LINES
Big Dogs Fundraiser
DepictionPrep now available
Mid America TEEN CERT
USFRA membership drive
Apps & DVDs
Christmas Ideas for Troops
School & Youth Group Fundraising overview
Videos & pics
We highlighted Chasing4Life in our March 2010 spotlight … but they have some exciting products and programs rolling out so we are shining it on them again! B & j
Big Dogs, the brand recognized for Quality, Value and Fun since 1983, known for their hilarious graphic t-shirts featuring the Big Dog invites you to run with them. Big Dogs has recently developed a special fundraising program for advocacy groups and foundations for firefighters, police, nurses, dog organizations and more. There is no charge for groups to participate and it only requires you to place a banner ad on your website with a special incentive to visit the Big Dogs website. When a visitor clicks through and makes a purchase with Big Dogs, the company will donate 15% of the purchase directly to your organization. Big Dogs tracks these sales and will send you a donation check and reports on a quarterly basis. This is a fantastic way to generate on-going donations in a fun and spirited way. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Apps & DVDs:
New Chasing4Life Training and Educational DVDs for First Responders,
Schools, faith-based groups and others plus links to some cool I.C.E.
(In Case of Emergency) and CERT apps. Learn more
Christmas 4 Troops:
We’ve compiled some tips, dates and links about how and when to send
packages, gift cards or Christmas cards & messages to our nation’s
warriors both here and abroad. Read more
School and Youth group Fundraising overview: Our 18-page PDF has examples and overviews of our various fundraiser ideas for K-12 schools, youth groups and others to help fund your efforts. Learn more
Videos & pics: Miscellaneous photos submitted by various groups using our red IT’S A DISASTER! books. We encourage groups to send in your pics to email@example.com so we can add them to our album..!
Janet Liebsch appeared in “Prepping for disaster” .. the first article of a 3-part series about preppers by Gordon Fiedler, Jr in the Salina Journal.
Catch the 10/26 archive of Janet and host Will Griffith on Louisa Radio discussing the August earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks affecting Virginia. As fyi, Louisa is just 7 miles (11 km) from epicenter of initial quake. (We were honored to have Louisa Police Chief Panebianco call in and chat too.)
...recently two new detectors have been announced: a portable device that identifies inorganic explosives in less than 60 seconds, and a prototype for a wireless sensor that can detect trace amounts of ammonia, a key chemical found in improvised explosive devices (IEDs)?! The prototype for the wireless sensor and its antenna can be printed on paper-like material using standard inkjet technology. The device runs off thin-film batteries and sends an alert when it detects ammonia. Source: Emergency Management
...researchers at the Ruhr University of Bochum in Germany said they have succeeded in cracking parts of the XML encryption used in Web services, thus making it possible to decrypt encrypted data?! The official W3C XML encryption specification is designed to be used to protect data transmitted between online servers such as those used by e-commerce and financial institutions. According to researchers, IBM, Microsoft, and Red Hat Linux use the standard solution in Web service applications for many large customers. They said that, based on their findings, the standard should now be considered insecure. Source: The H Security
…the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said November 7 it will change its approach to managing the Missouri River following a summer of record flooding that damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes, led to millions of dollars in road repairs, and forced communities to scramble to build temporary levees. The Corps said it will make the changes in the coming months, including getting as much water out of the river basin's reservoir system as possible before spring, and aggressively releasing more water in the spring, if needed. The Corps estimated it will cost more than $2 billion to repair the damage to the nation's levees, dams, and riverbanks caused by this year's flooding. Source: CBS News
ProtectMyPapers helps families organize all their important family documents with the software program already loaded to our flash drive. They simply scan, make notes or data input following up to 100 preparedness categories. The drive is password protected, encrypted, and can be plugged into any computer and no footprint is ever left. Two great services offered by ProtectMyPapers: 1) $5.00 from each internet sale goes to the organization of your choice . . . Vets. Firefighters. Police Officers. Red Cross Disaster Relief … and 2) people have an opportunity to purchase an additional flash drive for a service member / Veteran(s). In return, you'll receive a personalized Card of Appreciation from that person. www.protectmypapers.com
Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) reports on November 9th a minor (R1) solar flare erupted on the Sun. In addition to this flare, there have been several coronal mass ejections from the Sun in the past day. None of them appear to be headed directly towards Earth, but impacts may still be felt. SWPC is waiting for more data to come in to fully assess the potential impacts on Earth. Visit www.swpc.noaa.gov for updates and to monitor space weather conditions.
Supervolcano puzzles are animated depictions of a full-force eruption beginning at Yellowstone National Park. You can choose from 5 different puzzles on Discovery.com. Word of caution from j .. they are kind of addicting! :) If that's not enough, they have more games and puzzles for your enjoyment.
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