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One of the most important tools of managing and surviving any disaster is "Preparedness!"  
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Individual and Community Preparedness eBrief

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August 3, 2017

In this issue:

 

Prepare for the Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

On August 21, the United States will be experiencing the first total solar eclipse since 1991 and the first to move across the entire mainland of the country since 1918.

 

 

 

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes in between the earth and the sun. While this rare occurrence may be exciting, safety is a concern. Looking directly at the sun during an eclipse could severely hurt your eyes. 

 

 

 

Protect your eyes and view the eclipse safely with these tips from the National Weather Service:

  • Make sure to wear special solar filtered sunglasses if you plan to stare directly at the eclipse.
  • It is only safe to stare at the sun during the eclipse when the moon is totally covering the sun. This only happens for a brief period and will only occur in a very narrow path about 70 miles wide from Oregon to South Carolina.
  • You can also safely view the eclipse through a solar filtered telescope or Welder's glass #14 and darker.
  • If you are going camping to view the eclipse, visit the U.S. Forest Service website for safety tips. Also, check www.weather.gov  for signs of low humidity and high temperatures, which are a recipe for wildfires.

 

 

 

For more information on the solar eclipse or for a solar eclipse party kit, visit eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

 

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Campus Fire Safety

Campus Fire Safety

The fall college semester begins soon, so it is time to start gathering school supplies and enrolling in classes. It is also important to know how to stay fire safe in your college housing, whether on or off campus.

 

 

 

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were 85 fatal fires in dorms, fraternities, sororities, and off-campus housing from 2000-2015. There are several specific causes for fires in college housing including cooking, candles, smoking, and overloaded power strips. Follow these tips to start being fire safe:

  • Have a fire escape plan that includes two ways out of every room.
  • Use surge protectors or power strips with internal overload protection.
  • Never leave a candle unattended.
  • Use flameless candles, which are both safe and attractive.
  • Keep your cooking area clean and free of anything that can burn.
  • If a fire starts in your microwave, keep the door closed and unplug the unit.
  • Make sure cigarettes and ashes are out. Do not toss hot cigarettes into the trash.

 

 

Do not let a campus fire ruin your semester. Take action now, and know how to prevent fires by visiting www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/college.html

 

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Make Preparedness Fun for Kids

Prep Step Video

You may not be with your children when disaster strikes, so it is important they know how to stay safe during emergencies. To make disaster preparedness fun, Save the Children® and Scholastic® created the following resources to share with kids.

 

 

Keep the Herd Safe is a fun-filled activities page for children in grades 1-3 to encourage disaster planning and to teach them how to stay connected in the event of an emergency. Parents, guardians, and those who care for children can help youth complete In Case of Emergency (ICE) Cards featuring characters from the animated film "Ice Age: Collision Course."

 

 

Do you know how to do the Prep Step? Save the Children's® Prep Step video combines valuable safety tips with fun dance moves to get kids excited about preparedness. You can also download the Prep Step song for children to listen to while on the go. Download today and get moving!

 

Making preparedness fun and easy for kids is one of the best ways to get them involved in their own safety. Find even more preparedness resources for children at www.ready.gov/kids

 

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Important Dates to Remember

 

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Disclaimer: The reader recognizes that the federal government provides links and informational data on various disaster preparedness resources and events and does not endorse any non-federal events, entities, organizations, services, or products. Please let us know about other events and services for individual and community preparedness that could be included in future newsletters by contacting citizencorps@fema.dhs.gov.


               
 
 
A HOUSING
CRISIS IS STILL UPON US, AND
THREATENING EVERYONE

 
THE COMMUNITY IS DEMANDING THAT HOMES,  REPARATIONS, AND  LEGAL REPRESENTATION BE MADE AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY TO ADDRESS THE ON GOING CIVIL RIGHTS ABRIDGMENTS,  AND THE LAW THAT IS ON- GOING THROUGHOUT THE  SHELTER SYSTEM TODAY. Reparations, restitution, compensation recopmensation, etc., aren't dirty words; and yet--the law abiding tax paying citizens are inundated with processes that for the most part, only experienced professionals actually understand, and can make short work of (Higher education is a another article). 
 

While most folks are viable concerned citizens (in one respect or another these days) holding  onto and/or maintaining what individuals respective perception dictates, "A good life is..."  however, today they find themselves thrusted into adversarial
positions with the very entities that are entrusted to preserve, and protect, etc.

While notes are now being made of this present day societal-ill our system of processes, redress, advocacy... dictate that we must wait until all the hands have been  dealt, and cards read before we can begin to disclose  the actual substance of the crisis (in this case we are still discussing the housing crisis, which didn't just begin a short time ago-it's been in  the making for quite awhile). 

So until then, as we begin to regain our footing with our advocacy we urge everyone to stay connected with your community,
and to let your voices be heard, for you can make a difference. 
   

Thank you,
Crystal S Brow
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