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Tsunamis? Really?

Having been the "Safety Guy!*" at work, I have a sensitively for Emergency Managers. Both are expected to ponder, prevent and prepare for things that not only do most people not want to think about, but they think you are crazy because you feel you need to.

"Tsunami Prep? What's that, beyond surfboard waxing?"

Do non-coastal areas need to prepare? Will you receive evacuees? Casualties? Permanent residents? Become a new Beach town?

Tsunami Preparedness Week March 27-April 2, 2016

Fully Involved: Rehab, Carbon Monoxide, NFPA 1584

While searching for additional feeds to feature in Rehabsector.org, we ran across the now-inactive podcast, "Fully Involved". In what we think is the hottest title for a Fire-based EMS podcast, we found the following episode:

Chief Gary Ludwig, EMS Section Chair, interviews EMS educator and author Dr. Bryan Bledsoe and actor Randolph Mantooth.

We had occasion to hear Dr. Bledsoe and Mr. Mantooth (Yes, Larry, the Dr. Bledsoe and the Randolph Mantooth) keynote addressing at a Texas EMS conference.

Helping Your Kids Learn by Osmosis

Today's article Five Ways to Protect Your Children by Victoria Newman in Law Officer strikes a familiar note.

When God made Peace Officers

We quoted an excerpt from the following to a colleague, recently, and discovered gaps in our institutional memory. Attributed to the famous and prolific author, Anonymous, we present
When God made Peace Officers

When the Lord was creating peace officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the specs on this order?"

CDC Contact Lens Wellness Advice Includes Poster

Have you seen the commercial where a woman throws her cleanest dirty contact lens in the toilet and he is tempted to retrieve it?

It makes me shudder the same way as when somebody hands you grapefruit juice that you think is orange. In case, you too looked away, this is not a recommended practice, even if your dog doesn't have a problem with it.

EMS Life Hack - Where did the d#@&* O2 gasket go?

It is 0139 hrs. That's just a few minutes after "zero drunk thirty" and you are in the highway median, working a wreck. But, given the former, most EMS folks could guess the latter.

IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do


You could find yourself in an active shooter situation. You could be at work, at a store, restaurant, theater, event or practically anywhere.

How you and others respond to the situation can change the outcome.

A FEMA independent study course,

    IS-907: Active Shooter: What You Can Do

can help you prepare to survive the encounter.

Your Agency's Disaster Family Care Plan SOP

Imagine (or possibly…remember) that an enormous disaster has struck your community.

You can visualize your role in how your agency brings order to chaos. But, your attention is divided. Just when your agency and community needs you most -- just when your years of training and experience is about to pay off, you have other thoughts.

West (TX) Fertilizer Explosion Investigation USCSB Final Report

Description: CSB Safety Video on the April 17, 2013, fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas, which resulted in 15 fatalities, 260 injuries, and widespread community damage.

The US Chemical Safety Board has released now their final report.

The link, below, is to a downloadable .PDF copy of the report.

Zika Virus (ZKV) Firsts

Countries and territries with active Zika virus transmission Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) and Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD) [1]

We've been trying to follow (and make sense of) news coverage about the Zika Virus (ZKA). There are apparently-conflicting viewpoints among published accounts and between subject-matter experts and, naturally, who better to sort it all out for the reader than… me?

Everybody Seems to be First

General-audience accounts of a Dallas case of Zika may need to be parsed carefully to understand the underlying story. The first sexually-transmitted Zika case in the US, during the recent Western hemisphere outbreak in the US was reported in Dallas County (Texas), according to Dallas County Health and Human Services.
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