Tag Archives: Emergency Management

Readiness for Indian Country

From FEMA:


November is National Native American Heritage Month! Make sure to join our State/Local/Tribal/Territorial community of practice and check out the introductions  and relevant discussions.

Also visit Ready Indian Country for emergency preparedness resources. You’ll find tips on readiness planning, special considerations, local plans, and regional materials.

Take Smokey Bear’s Fire Prevention Pledge


I just took Smokey’s pledge to:


  • To use caution and common sense before lighting any fire.
  • To understand that any fire I or my friends create could become a wildfire.
  • To understand and practice proper guidelines whenever I or my friends create a fire outdoors.
  • To never, ever leave any fire unattended.
  • To make sure any fire that I or my friends create is properly and completely extinguished before moving on.
  • To properly extinguish and discard of smoking materials.
  • To be aware of my surroundings and be careful when operating equipment during periods of dry or hot weather.
  • To speak up and step in when I see someone in danger of starting a wildfire.

…and I got a downloadable mask (see pic, above). If you don’t want to, I’ll bet you know some little ones who would love to do that!

Train ’em while they’re young.

FEMA Twitter Chat on Campus Preparedness

September is National Preparedness Month and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is hosting a live Twitter chat on campus readiness to discuss how colleges and universities throughout the nation can prepare for disasters, alert students and faculty during emergencies and share best practices.

FEMA, in partnership with DePaul University in Chicago, Boston College, Florida State University, and Virginia Tech, will facilitate the discussion, highlighting innovative ways that campuses can prepare for disasters.

Experts from these schools will answer questions regarding their emergency preparedness methods, best practices and lessons learned. Colleges, universities, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in the online chat, and all are welcomed to follow the conversation and contribute using the #EDUprepChat hashtag on Twitter.

What: Live Twitter Chat on Emergency Preparedness for Colleges and Universities
Date: Wednesday, September 18th
Time: 1-2pm EDT
FEMA Twitter Handle: @FEMAlive
Conversation Hashtag: #EDUprepchat
Panel Institutions Handles: @BC_OEM, @FSUalerts, @DePaulU @behokieready

Santa Fe Police Citizen’s Academy

SANTA FE, N.M. – Santa Fe Police are looking for a few good men and women to participate in our Citizen’s Academy.

The Academy runs for 12 consecutive weeks in two hour sessions. Participants will learn about each aspect of law enforcement, our training and what it takes to be a Santa Fe Police Officer.

The purpose is to develop a relationship between law enforcement and the community through education and create a nucleus of responsible, well-informed citizens who can inform the public while offering any comments and ideas for solutions to problems facing SFPD.

Applications are now available for the next academy beginning on September 26, 2013. Sessions are held Thursdays at 6 p.m. and will be held at the main police station located at 2515 Camino Entrada.

Areas of training include Internet Crimes, Traffic Investigations, Detective-style work through Criminal Investigations, SWAT Training, and Domestic Violence Training.

There is a $45 application fee which will cover meals at every class and a polo shirt embroidered with the Police Citizens Academy logo.

To enroll stop by the main station or contact Officer Louis Montoya at (505) 955-2752 or lamontoya@santafenm.gov.

This is a wonderful way to learn more about police work and give back to The City Different!

Source: Nixle

Tragic Tally: More Than 200 Reported Child Drownings In Pools and Spas This Summer

EHS Safety News America

From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013, at least 202 children between the ages of 1 and 14 drowned in a swimming pool or spa in the United States, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation. Of those, 143 of the victims were children younger than age 5.

The latest media-reported figures are consistent with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) annual Submersion Report, and show that young children and toddlers are especially vulnerable to drowning. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children 1 to 4 years of age and it is the second leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14 years old.

“The time is now to turn the tide on child drownings,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “In warm weather states and indoor swim parks, pools are still open. Let’s work together to…

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McKinley County Holds First Preparedness & Public Safety Day Sep 14th, 2013

McKinley County is holding its first preparedness and public safety day event on Saturday, September 14th, at the Rio West Mall. It runs from 10am – 4pm. Be there and be aware!

MC PandP Day Poster

Los Ranchos Citizen Corps Inaugural Event Saturday, Sep 7th 8-11am MDT

Los Ranchos Citizen Corps

Saturday morning is the inaugural Los Ranchos Citizen Corps Community Preparedness Event at Growers’ Market. They’ll have a booth from Saturday from 8AM-11AM and be discussing family preparedness and have presentations on developing a go-kit and animal preparedness.

If you’re in the area, please stop by!

Emergency Planning for Those With Specific Functional Needs

From FEMA:

When making emergency plans, remember that each person’s needs and abilities are unique.  If you or someone you know has access or functional needs, additional steps should be taken to stay safe, healthy, mobile and independent during a disaster. Individuals with access and functional needs include:

Those who are hard of hearing, of limited sight or with limited English proficiency;

  • Single parents;
  • People without vehicles; and
  • People with special dietary needs.

Find out about assistance programs that may be available in your community and register in advance with your local office of emergency services, non-profits groups and health departments.

Stay mobile and independent by including items in your disaster kit that meet your needs such as:

  • Medical prescriptions;
  • Extra eyeglasses and hearing aids;
  • Written descriptions of service needs; and
  • Batteries and chargers for assistance devices.

More ways to plan for those with access and functional needs is available in the “Prepare For Emergencies Now, Information For People With Disabilities” guide.

Therapy Dogs Visit Fire Camp: 7 & 8 August, 2013

Go therapy dogs! @TheRealVOSTCat would go too but he hates riding in the car 🙂

Whiskey Complex, OR 2013

Night security staff with owner/trainer of Boo, a Therapy Dog

photo: Tom Bergland

photo: Tom Bergland

photo: Tom Bergland

photo: Char Rouse

photo: Char Rouse
photo: ALXSw

Wednesday, 7 August, 2013

Today several Therapy Dogs visited the Whiskey Complex ICP: two Bernese Mountain dogs and a Belgian Malinoise. Owners Glenda and Greg Pierce, and Connie Lane drove from Central Oregon to bring some canine cheer to fire camp.

Firefighters and fire support staff welcomed the loveable dogs as they prepare to complete the 14 day fire detail this weekend. As is standard, incident management teams rotate after two weeks to mitigate fatigue from the long hours and continuous work shifts required in incident management.

Therapy dogs are trained and certified to visit with a variety of people and to not react to strange scents and loud noises, among other attributes. The dogs frequently visit community care facilities and hospitals. However…

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Very cool but frightening Beaver Creek Fire Video

Hat tip to @incidentinfo for sharing this video from Beaver Creek.

Beaver Creek Wildfire Video from SCVP Cordovano Video&Production on Vimeo.