Children’s book on Hurricane Watch

Since it’s quiet in the office today, I’ve been assessing a few new kid preparedness and teaching tools.


Do you think Melissa has one on “Hurricane Warning” too?

Teach your kids about being safe and heeding all warnings from your local National Weather Service (NWS) office, Emergency Management officials, and public safety professionals.

@rusnivek

5 easy tips for a safe 2016 Halloween night #TrickOrTreat #boo

Happy Halloween everyone!!!!

Here are a few tips to make sure your little trick-or-treaters are out safe:

1. Make sure everyone can easily see out of their costumes.

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Costume safety!

Cuts and bruises are quick ways to ruin a fun Halloween night.

2. Consult your local jurisdictions (AHJ) on approved times for trick-or-treating.

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Trick-or-Treat!

Never want to show up at someone’s house unexpectedly.

3. Make sure everyone has a flashlight or glow sticks. 

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See and be seen

While driving, it’s hard to see people at night so the more visible you can make everyone, the better.

4. There are chemicals inside those glow sticks – DO NOT let the kiddos chew on them.

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Pop – ewwwwwww!

Whoa.

5. Most of all, have fun!

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Elsa and Anna with Arendelle’s Royal Chefs

It’s great time to be out with your kids.

Have a safe trick-or-treating night!

@rusnivek

 

 

Help your Grandparents out by doing this with them #NatlPrep #PrepareAthon

Still the second week of 2016 National Preparedness Month and hey you – I see you!

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This week, we are focusing on helping family complete their family emergency communications plan. That’s right – go and help your Grandfather and/or Grandmother out!

Emergency Communications Plan

Helping everyone in your family can better prepare them for a disaster or emergency.

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Be a good Grandson or Granddaughter and help out now. Don’t hesitate.

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“Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

@rusnivek

 

 

Sharing your #Family #Emergency #Communications #Plan with First Responders #NatlPrep #PrepareAthon

Happy National Preparedness month! The focus during this second week is on preparing friends and family for different emergencies.

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Showcasing the skills of local first responders are incredibly important to adults AND kids. And sharing important information (like a Family Emergency Communications Plan) with first responders is critical.

National Preparedness Month that promotes creating family emergency communications plans.

National Preparedness Month that promotes creating family emergency communications plans.

Often times, we overlook explaining what actually happens during an emergency.

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So take the time to explain to your kids that during an emergency, ALL first responders are there to help. And of course, don’t forget to teach your children to dial 9-1-1.

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Reminder: When teaching children to call 9-1-1, do not verbally say “Nine-Eleven” as there is not an eleven button on the phone.

Do it today!

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“Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

@rusnivek

Reminder to heed to local #school buses #kids

Since so many kiddos are headed back to school (this week and next week) that it’s probably a good reminder for everyone to heed to local school buses in neighborhoods.

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We must all do our part in keeping safety at the forefront of our daily activities.

Abide by all rules and be mindful of kids.

@rusnivek

A newspaper printed social media apps?

Interesting that a newspaper printed this.

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By the time this story went to press, there were about 293,789 other apps that came popped.

Also, it’s weird that a newspaper PRINTED pictures of these apps. #NotEnoughAdvertisement

IMHO, I also believe they should add a few more to this list.

@rusnivek

 

When a school bus flashes it’s red lights…

Please stop when a school bus is flashing red lights.

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As you can see, kids will dart across the roadway without looking.

I don’t care if you are in your small car, minivan, truck, ambulance or fire truck – kids don’t understand traffic laws.

For the sake of kids’ safety – please abide by the rules of the road around school buses.

@rusnivek

YikYak now allows pictures! VoteUp right?

Breaking news: YikYak now allows pictures!

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For those that have not used it, YikYak is a social media mobile app on iOS and Android that allows people to anonymously create and view posts (aka Yaks) within a close proximity of the user. The Yaks that are posted can be voted up or down by other users which will propel them higher on the list of conversational threads. Many college and local high school kids are using this app as a virtual/digital message/corkboard.

Soooooo, is that a good thing or bad thing?

  • Good because pictures always help enhance information gathering.
  • Bad because…well…it’s anonymous pictures.
  • Bad because it’s anonymous.
  • Bad because it’s proximity…which means in order to use YikYak, you have to be close.

I bet you are thinking YikYak is all just fun petty stuff. But before you think it’s all just a playful game, think about the potential of menacing/bullying. Now think about it from the law enforcement side where we need to track anonymously posted information for evidence.

Ride the Yak.

Time is valuable, so Yak good stuff.

@rusnivek