Safety and preparedness – Green Mountain Ski Furniture http://greenmountainskifurniture.com/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 08:57:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-09T155438.696.png Safety and preparedness – Green Mountain Ski Furniture http://greenmountainskifurniture.com/ 32 32 Heads of state brace for possible freezing conditions and urge safety https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/heads-of-state-brace-for-possible-freezing-conditions-and-urge-safety/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 02:38:52 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/heads-of-state-brace-for-possible-freezing-conditions-and-urge-safety/ BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – State and local agencies are preparing for potential icy conditions. “Don’t drive unless you have to,” DOTD communications director Rodney Mallett warned as he and his team prepared the roads for winter conditions. Heed this warning. The Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has prepared its staging sites and will […]]]>

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – State and local agencies are preparing for potential icy conditions.

“Don’t drive unless you have to,” DOTD communications director Rodney Mallett warned as he and his team prepared the roads for winter conditions.

Heed this warning. The Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has prepared its staging sites and will be monitoring road conditions, especially bridges and overpasses, over the next few days.

“We have staff that are working 24 hours a day, where they’ve already been here this morning and kind of figured out what their plan is going to be, where they’re going to perform,” Mallett said.

This is the potential first frost of the year. They have a million pounds of salt waiting for the winter season.

“They take them (salt) to a staging area like the US 190 bridge, we have a staging area there, and we will drive until the roads are deemed safe,” he explained. .

State and local leaders work together to provide resources for these types of conditions.

“We generally support the airport and [spray] trails for them if needed, as well as some of our bridges and overpasses,” said Kevin Hill, assistant director of administration for East Baton Rouge Parish.

“Our crisis action team is activated, so those requests for support are starting to come in. We could handle those requests,” said Mike Steele, communications director for the governor’s office for Homeland Security and emergency preparedness.

He said power outages are possible in freezing weather.

“If they start getting ice or snow on those trees or those branches, you know, they might fall a lot easier,” Steele explained.

Authorities encourage you to wrap your hoses, take care of your pets, and have a plan ahead of weather events.

“Keep up to date with the weather. Again, take advantage of the time you have before the weather begins to affect your particular area and take the necessary steps to protect your family and your home,” Steele said.

To keep up to date with any possible road closures or alerts, you can visit 511la.org.

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Law enforcement offers training to faith-based organizations in New Mexico https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/law-enforcement-offers-training-to-faith-based-organizations-in-new-mexico/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 05:15:00 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/law-enforcement-offers-training-to-faith-based-organizations-in-new-mexico/ NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Just days after hostages escaped a gunman at a Texas synagogue, law enforcement is offering to help train faith-based organizations to prepare for similar attacks, if they happen. Some departments say that even if there are no local threats at the moment, being proactive and prepared can make all the difference. […]]]>

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Just days after hostages escaped a gunman at a Texas synagogue, law enforcement is offering to help train faith-based organizations to prepare for similar attacks, if they happen. Some departments say that even if there are no local threats at the moment, being proactive and prepared can make all the difference.

“Unfortunately most places of worship, most Jewish places of worship, Jewish community gathering spaces have to be security conscious and personal safety conscious,” said Rabbi Celia Surget of Congregation Albert. “It’s something that’s always top of mind, something that we’re always watching very carefully.”

Inside Congregation Albert of Albuquerque, Rabbi Surget says the potential for an attack on the Jewish community is still there. It was a terrifying feeling heightened when a gunman took members of a Texas synagogue hostage over the weekend.

“I feel, like so many others, a huge, huge sense of relief when we heard that they had been released or had escaped,” Surget said. She described the day as a rush of emotions ranging from fear to anger to sadness.

The Colleyville, Texas rabbi sat down for an interview with CBS Mornings. He credits active shooter lessons with keeping a cool head during combat hours.

“When your life is threatened, you must do everything you can to get to safety. You have to do everything you can to get out,” said Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker of Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, who waited until the shooter was in a vulnerable position. “I told them to leave, threw a chair at the shooter and headed for the door and the three of us were able to get out without a shot being fired.”

New Mexico is no stranger to people targeting faith-based organizations. In 2013, a man was convicted of stabbing a choir director and several parishioners at a Catholic church in Albuquerque. In 2015, explosives went off outside two churches in Las Cruces. More recently, in 2021, a suspect started several fires at the Islamic Center.

These are just a few of the reasons the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department has offered Threat and Vulnerability Assessments to congregations. From teaching how to equip places of worship with cameras and security to recognizing danger, they hope to create a culture of preparedness.

“In whatever area we have the community together, there is always the potential for a violent event to occur,” said Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Jon Day. “We try to provide information as best we can to the community so that they can protect themselves from any strangers who may be there.

Without going into detail about their own security plans, Surget says being prepared for the worst-case scenario is especially important now. “We have a lot to learn and looking to the future, we want to make sure that we put in place, as much as possible, processes, trainings.

The nonprofit Secure Community Network is also offering training to the Jewish community following Saturday’s synagogue attack. The interactive online training will teach everything from spotting suspicious behavior to recognizing a mental health crisis. Last year, 17,000 members of the Jewish community received the training and this number is expected to increase significantly.

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As teenagers head back to school after the holidays, stress levels are at their highest ever; 58% say they know someone who has “considered self-harm” https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/as-teenagers-head-back-to-school-after-the-holidays-stress-levels-are-at-their-highest-ever-58-say-they-know-someone-who-has-considered-self-harm/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 16:00:49 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/as-teenagers-head-back-to-school-after-the-holidays-stress-levels-are-at-their-highest-ever-58-say-they-know-someone-who-has-considered-self-harm/ Higher levels of anxiety seriously affect mental health and cause … [+] disruption of normal adolescent life. Shutterstock New Navigate 360/Zogby Strategies survey Teenagers are heading back to school and a new survey reveals that higher levels of anxiety are seriously affecting mental health and disrupting their normal lives. A poll in a series spanning […]]]>

New Navigate 360/Zogby Strategies survey

Teenagers are heading back to school and a new survey reveals that higher levels of anxiety are seriously affecting mental health and disrupting their normal lives. A poll in a series spanning over a year by Navigate 360 ​​and John Zogby Strategies, shows nearly three in five people (58%) “personally know someone who has considered self-harm or suicide”, the highest percentage to date in the joint project. That’s a nine-point increase from the August 2021 survey in this series.

This new survey highlights numerous academic studies and articles on higher stress levels and increased mental health issues among American adolescents, including a national emergency declaration from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Children’s Hospital Association and a youth mental health centre. US Surgeon General health advisory.

The survey also shows teens’ awareness of these factors and their desire for tools and resources to help reverse these mental health trends. As shown below, the majority of teens surveyed would appreciate help with managing stress and anxiety, as well as with their social-emotional well-being.

This fifth poll in a series of polls surveyed 302 16- and 17-year-olds across the country on December 17, 2021 and has a margin of sampling error of +/- 5.7 percentage points. Margins of error are higher for subgroups (contact jeremy@johnzogbystrategies for survey instrument, full dataset, and methodology).

The new Navigate 360/Zogby Strategies survey also shows:

—54% are “aware of someone who has been bullied because of their race, sexual orientation or income level”

—58% are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about their own “mental health” and also about their own “emotional health”

—39% disagree that their “mental health needs are met at school”

—33% disagree that “mental health needs are met at home”

—55% (compared to 50% in August 2021) “would like part of the program to be dedicated to learning how to work on my social/emotional well-being”

—57% would like “short courses to help manage stress and anxiety”

—55% would like “training focused on preparing to deal with an attacker or threat on campus.”

About Navigate 360

Navigate360 is the leader in holistic school safety and wellbeing solutions, encompassing all critical aspects from prevention to recovery. Covering the full spectrum of security, our innovative and integrated solutions for threat detection and prevention, mental health and wellbeing, security management and preparedness are backed by research and developed by industry experts . We provide all the tools schools need to save and improve lives.

About Zogby Strategies

Referred to by the Washington Post as the “second best-known name in polling in the United States,” Zogby’s polling companies leveraged their excellent reputation for accuracy and hard-to-reach groups to conduct surveys and market research for a variety of clientele in over 80 countries.

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Duke Energy estimates 750,000 customers could lose power due to approaching winter storm https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/duke-energy-estimates-750000-customers-could-lose-power-due-to-approaching-winter-storm/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 19:48:00 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/duke-energy-estimates-750000-customers-could-lose-power-due-to-approaching-winter-storm/ CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) — Duke Energy says dangerous winter precipitation from the approaching winter storm this weekend could result in loss of power to about 750,000 customers in North Carolina and South Carolina, on the base of the storm’s current forecast track. Power outages in some of the hardest hit areas could last for days. […]]]>

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) — Duke Energy says dangerous winter precipitation from the approaching winter storm this weekend could result in loss of power to about 750,000 customers in North Carolina and South Carolina, on the base of the storm’s current forecast track.

Power outages in some of the hardest hit areas could last for days.

Ahead of the storm, which could last two days, Duke Energy strategically organized more than 10,000 workers — power line technicians, damage assessors and vegetation workers — across the Carolinas.

About 4,100 of those workers come from other companies, some based in Texas and Oklahoma.

The more than 10,000 total workers also include Duke Energy crews normally based in Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky who traveled to the Carolinas to assist Duke Energy workers based in North Carolina and Carolina. from South.

All crews are ready to begin power restoration as soon as weather conditions safely permit.

Ice buildup on trees and branches that causes them to fall on power lines is usually the main culprit for power outages during a winter storm.

Specifically, an ice accumulation of a quarter inch or more is often the threshold that causes trees and branches to fall.

The heavy weight of heavy ice accretion directly on the power lines themselves can sometimes cause the lines to fall or sag.

Heavy, wet snow six inches or more can also knock down trees and branches on power lines.

Duke Energy meteorologists continue to monitor weather conditions and the company is developing plans accordingly.

Travel conditions could be hazardous and difficult after the storm passes, which could delay the ability of Duke Energy crews to access hard-hit areas to assess storm damage and begin power restoration.

After the storm, if conditions allow, damage assessment crews will begin to assess the extent of the damage – which can sometimes take 24 hours or more during major storms with extensive damage and hazardous driving conditions.

Damage assessments determine the types of crews, equipment, and supplies needed to restore power.

Power restoration crews will begin work immediately after the storm, but restoration efficiency will improve as damage assessment information is available to ensure the right workers and materials are sent to each power failure location.

Duke Energy will provide customers with estimated power restoration times once damage assessments are complete.

The company will also provide regular updates to customers and communities through email, text, outbound phone calls, social media and its website, which includes power outage maps.

The company is working closely with state officials in North Carolina and South Carolina to prepare for the storm.

Duke Energy serves 4.3 million customers in the Carolinas – 3.5 million in North Carolina; 800,000 in South Carolina.

Duke Energy Power Recovery Process

More information on how crews restore power after a major storm – restoration process.

How customers can prepare

Duke Energy customers can take steps now to prepare for the storm:

  • Ensure you have an adequate supply of flashlights, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food, medications, etc., as well as the availability of a portable radio, television or weather radio at Battery.
  • Customers should provide alternative shelter as needed if significantly affected by a power outage, especially families with special medical needs or the elderly.
  • If a power line falls across a car you are in, stay in the car. If you MUST get out of the car due to a fire or other life-threatening situation, do your best to get out of the car and land on both feet. Make sure no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.
  • Be aware that snow can cause dangerous driving conditions leading to traffic accidents and downed utility poles leading to isolated breakdowns. If you are driving and encounter emergency responders or other roadside work crews, remember to MOVE.
  • If you are using a generator due to a power outage, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safe and proper operation. Run your generator outdoors; never use it inside a building or garage.
  • Do not use grills or other outdoor appliances or equipment indoors for heating or cooking, as these appliances can emit carbon monoxide.
  • Stay away from downed or sagging power lines. Consider all live lines as well as trees or branches in contact with the lines. Please report downed power lines to Duke Energy or local emergency services.
  • Prepare for an emergency by purchasing a Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Kit.

You can find more tips on what to do before, during and after a storm at duke-energy.com/safety-and-preparedness/storm-safety.

A checklist serves as a useful guide, but it is essential before, during and after a storm to follow the instructions and warnings of emergency management officials in your area.

Shelter information

If you lose power and need to move to a shelter, the Red Cross maintains an up-to-date list of open locations – https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and -recovery-services/find-open-shelter.html.

Follow CDC recommendations for staying safe and healthy in a public disaster shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to protect refrigerated food during power outages

For customers who lack power and have full refrigerators and freezers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends the following:

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to keep the temperature cold.
  • A refrigerator can keep food cold for about four hours if it is not open. If the power is out for more than four hours, use coolers to keep refrigerated foods cool.
  • A full freezer will hold temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if half full) if the door is left closed.

The FDA offers additional guidance for proper food handling and storage before, during, and after a power outage at www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/food-and-water-safety -during-power-outages-and-floods.

Subscribe to outage alerts

Customers can receive the most up-to-date information on power restoration efforts by subscribing to outage alerts.

How to report a power outage

Customers who experience a power outage can report the outage using Duke Energy’s automated outage reporting systems for their respective utility:

  • Customers can report an outage by texting “OUT” to 57801, and also report an outage or view current outages on the Duke Energy mobile app or at www.duke-energy.com/outages.
  • Duke Energy Carolinas: 1.800.POWERON (1.800.769.3766)
  • Duke Energy Progress: 1.800.419.6356

Duke Energy will also provide updates on its social media channels to keep customers informed in the event of major outages:

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Omicron Postpones First Quarter Corporate Event Plans https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/omicron-postpones-first-quarter-corporate-event-plans/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 05:33:06 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/omicron-postpones-first-quarter-corporate-event-plans/ Free tests, vaccines, reminders and prominent health policies may ease some of the anxiety over corporate meetings and events, but a surge in early 2022 feels like a postponed dream for companies that are counting on a strong return to in-person events in the first quarter. A Global Business Travel Association survey conducted in early […]]]>

Free tests, vaccines, reminders and prominent health policies may ease some of the anxiety over corporate meetings and events, but a surge in early 2022 feels like a postponed dream for companies that are counting on a strong return to in-person events in the first quarter.

A Global Business Travel Association survey conducted in early December 2022 showed that even before the omicron variant of Covid-19 had firmly established itself in the United States, only about half (53%) of state-based respondents United said their companies would continue their plans for in-person events unchanged — both to host them and to allow employees to attend — despite the variant’s global transmission. For respondents based in Europe, already dealing with the fallout from omicron at the time, only 36% said their meeting and event plans would relentlessly come back.

As the timeline swung towards 2022, BTN reached out to business travel buyers and suppliers to gauge companies’ readiness to move forward with meeting and event scheduling.

Buyers and suppliers connected to BTN agreed that the Covid policies created in 2021 remained robust in the new year. CWT’s global head of meetings and events, Ian Cummings, told BTN: “CWT Meetings & Events will not impose any additional security requirements specifically for omicron, as we are already ready.”

That said, many buyers said January meetings were already — or were likely to be — postponed until later in the first quarter. “We are always ready to pivot as data comes to light,” said one buyer. Citing the “fluid” situation, a few buyers said they would move meetings to the second quarter.

“I think everyone was hoping in the second and third quarters of last year that this would be in our rearview mirror,” said San Diego-based consultant Betsy Bondurant. “And it’s not.” If the policies had been relaxed, she added, they have now been reenforced.

Host organizations take the lead on health and safety protocols

A report released by Destination Counselors International in January noted a marked shift in health and safety responsibility for meetings through 2022. Based on a survey of 339 corporate and association meeting planners, the “Winning Strategies in Destination Marketing” report is geared towards destination marketing. organizations and how they need to strategize to win business through meetings and events in the coming year.

The report noted the growing prevalence of host organizations taking full responsibility for attendee health and safety, and not relying on localized collaboration to plan or implement precautions. Before Covid-19, only 4% of survey respondents believed that security measures should be taken care of by the host organization alone. Today, 35% want to be solely responsible for attendee health and safety. According to DCI, the change marks a growing distrust of the local destination to have health precautions aligned with the client organization; it also shows that organizations expect volatility in local regulations and seek consistency for their events and for their own reputation.

“Planners do not fully trust destinations to meet acceptable safety and health standards,” according to DCI. “They prefer to set their own rules and protect their guests on their own terms, especially since many domestic and international destinations vary in terms of their local mandates and access to healthcare.”

Cisco Systems is one company that has leveraged its meeting management protocols and taken full responsibility for meeting health and safety. As the company weathers the Covid-19 outbreak, its 12,000-person event calendar for 2019 has been significantly reduced. But in the meantime, the company has trained more than 30 internal employees around the world as certified Covid-office advisers. Each meeting planner has access to these advisors through Cisco’s Managed Meetings program and cannot access their required meeting ID until they consult with the health advisory team. This team can support health and safety planning and on-site services for large events or simply act as an advisor for very small gatherings.

“Some countries are back to events, and some regions and countries are still completely closed,” said Carolyn Pund, global manager of strategic meetings and digital events management at Cisco Systems, who BTN named 2021 Best Practitioner for her Property of Covid-19 Meeting Safety Protocols. “We have a regular cadence of communication when regions open. This decision is made by Cisco’s global security and medical teams.”

Most companies will likely seek partners to continue supporting health and safety. Meetings agencies like CWT M&E and American Express Meetings & Events have bolstered their client services to include turnkey platforms for screening, testing, and health and safety protocols.


If 2020 and 2021 have taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected, to adapt, to be thorough, and to put the safety of travelers and attendees at the heart of everything we do.

Ian Cummings of CWT M&E


Amex M&E Vice President for the Americas, Linda McNairy, highlighted a unique partnership with CLEAR to collect and communicate vaccination status for events requiring vaccination. “In addition, we help connect [clients with] testing vendors for daily attestation or testing as needed,” she said in a statement emailed to BTN.

Commenting on the layers of health and safety precautions CWT M&E has introduced since the start of the pandemic, Cummings emphasized preparedness for any scenario. “If 2020 and 2021 have taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected, to adapt, to be thorough and to put the safety of travelers and attendees at the heart of everything we do. .”

As events begin, corporate hosts will expect attendees to take on their share of health precautions. One shopper said: ‘We expect our travelers to use common sense and follow state/local health agency guidelines when traveling. [or] meeting during an active pandemic. Cummings echoed the idea of ​​individual accountability among attendees, but added that “businesses need, more than ever, to intensify communications with employees, customers and business partners” and encouraged strategies combining face-to-face, hybrid and virtual event platforms to protect their meeting objectives. »

The “force” may not be with you

When health and safety protocols couldn’t prevent a meeting from being canceled or postponed, many event hosts sought to invoke force majeure clauses in their meeting contracts in 2020 and 2021. According to DCI, 73 % of event hosts most concerned about cancellation policies. in 2022, not whether the destination or venues will collaborate with them on security. DCI said the hosts will seek leniency in those clauses in 2022.

To attract business, the DCI report advises destination marketing organizations that cancellation policies need to be more flexible.

“As the data suggests, managing Covid-19 is now just part of the job. Planners will feel more comfortable booking a major event or conference in a destination that recognizes the uncertainty of pandemic. Strict cancellation policies that amount to possible financial loss, even during new outbreaks of COVID-19 cases, will simply discourage decision makers from choosing a destination,” according to the report.


When the airport is open, the hotels are open, the convention center is open and everything is open, there is no force majeure. Just because your CEO or president doesn’t want it, or HR [or] legal, it is not a case of force majeure.

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Suppliers at the Convening Leaders Conference currently being held in Las Vegas did not fully agree with this recommendation. Panelists in a session titled “The Future of Force Majeure: Negotiating Contracts Under Uncertainty” were keen to point out that force majeure is not the no-contract clause that some organizations assumed.

Visit Orlando Chief Strategy Officer Mike Waterhouse said: “For every group that has attempted to cancel, almost every group has attempted to invoke force majeure. The reality is that force majeure is an impossibility clause. And when the airport is open, and the hotels are open, and the convention center is open, and everything is open, there is no force majeure. Just because your CEO or president doesn’t want it, or HR [or] legal, it is not a case of force majeure.

If organizations are considering moving or even canceling meetings, panelists advised including specific conditional language in contracts. McNairy in an email to BTN said Amex M&E clients have already engaged in this type of contractual precaution and indicated that the process can become a complex negotiation.

“At the start of the pandemic, vendors were incredibly flexible with changes. Now, however, we’ve noticed the need to get creative with our contract language to protect the integrity of our clients’ meetings,” McNairy said. The issue has become increasingly important as some companies have pushed judgmental decisions to meeting owners to decide whether an event should take place, rather than applying company-wide rules.

CL22 panelists suggested investing in pandemic insurance, especially for large meetings. “Those who purchased pandemic insurance are the customers who ultimately won,” observed John Hawley, executive director of affiliate group sales at Hilton Worldwide.

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Security professionals encourage residents to receive first aid training https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/security-professionals-encourage-residents-to-receive-first-aid-training/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/security-professionals-encourage-residents-to-receive-first-aid-training/ Birmingham Fire Department EMS coordinator Robert Abraham presents an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, which is used to resuscitate people with sudden cardiac arrest. Members of the public can take classes in the department to teach them first aid techniques, including how to perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, and the use of an AED. […]]]>

Birmingham Fire Department EMS coordinator Robert Abraham presents an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, which is used to resuscitate people with sudden cardiac arrest. Members of the public can take classes in the department to teach them first aid techniques, including how to perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, and the use of an AED.

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BIRMINGHAM / FARMINGTON – When Alex Calderone, a reserve police officer who volunteers at special events in Birmingham, attended a block party on August 22, he encountered a choking young girl. He recognized the signs and executed the Heimlich maneuver, and in the process, he saved his life.

“This knowledge he had was part of his training (from the Birmingham Fire Department),” said Paul Wells, the Birmingham Fire Chief. “And that’s the same training available to members of the public who sign up for our free courses.

Lt. Jim Etzin, a member of the Farmington Hills Fire Department, discussed the value of residents having emergency preparedness training.

“We think this is invaluable because here in our community, whether it is the Farmington Hills Fire and Police Department or the Farmington Department of Public Safety, we are fortunate to have times exceptional response, ”said Etzin, who is a training officer. “(But) even on our best day, it will take a few moments, if not a few minutes, to realize the urgency. In those moments or minutes, it is the people already present that can often make the difference between life and death, especially when it comes to urgent medical situations, such as someone with severe bleeding, a person in respiratory arrest where they are no longer breathing, but they still have a pulse, or worst case, that is, cardiac arrest where not only is there no breathing, but there is no There is also no pulse.

Etzin shared some details on the type of training he would like residents to have.

“We want people to know how to recognize an emergency, when to call 911 and what action they can take until emergency responders arrive,” he said. “Ideally, we would like every member of our community to take CPR and first aid training, and that first aid training includes how to deal with life-threatening bleeding. “

Members of the Farmington Hills community wishing to receive training can email Department Technician Sara West at swest@fhgov.com.

Local police, fire departments and hospitals can be good sources for learning about emergency preparedness training, according to Etzin.

He communicated a message on the importance of resident training.

“Until we get there, this incident is up to the people who are out there, and whatever they can do to close that gap and first and foremost reassure that person that help is on the way and provide any help. that you’re comfortable providing, ”Etzin said. “Give emergency responders a lot more work when we get there, so that we can take it over in and of itself and do the things our people are trained to do, and then ultimately pass that baton or that patient to the hospital. They are the links in the chain of survival, and members of our community are arguably the most critical link in that chain because they will be the ones who recognize that an emergency is happening; they will be the ones calling 911 to notify emergency responders, and in these crisis situations, they will hopefully be able to step in and provide assistance until our personnel arrive.

The Birmingham Fire Department offers a free course titled ‘CPR for Family and Friends’ on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Fire Station # 1, located at 572 S. Adams Road. The class lasts approximately two hours and teaches participants how to perform CPR and relieve choking. Participants learn the signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke and choking in adults, as well as the signs of choking in infants and children, and the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. .

“To anyone who might feel uncomfortable learning CPR, I would tell them it’s not word-of-mouth when they teach it anymore. Rather, it’s chest compressions, called “proximity CPR,” ”Wells said. “And the chest compressions are very effective because the elasticity of the compressions to the heart also opens the lungs, so they can start to receive more air.

“Choking can also lead to cardiac arrests – choking being the number one reason small children have cardiac arrest – so if you know how to perform the Heimlich maneuver to open an airway and how to perform CPR, that can be very important in the latter. situations too, ”he said. “It’s also helpful to know the signs that help is needed, such as when a person coughs, a throat has a throat, and their color changes. Learning the signs and what to do can save lives.

The Birmingham Fire Department also offers a paid course called the ‘Heartsaver CPR Course’ which consists of three courses held on the fourth Saturday in January, April, July and October, starting at 8 a.m. and lasting four to five. time. The course fee is $ 45.

In addition to teaching participants about CPR and the relief of airway obstruction by a foreign body, the courses also provide training on the use of an automated external defibrillator, or AED, a portable electronic device that can revive someone from sudden cardiac arrest.

At the end of the course, participants receive an American Heart Association CPR card with an expiration date of two years.

“If you’re in cardiac arrest, CPR by itself won’t bring you back, but it compresses the heart, which is a pump, and pushes blood to your vital organs, which can improve your chances of recovering when you can. get the AEDs or manual defibrillators out there on time, ”Wells said.

To register for one of the courses or for more information call the Birmingham Fire Department at (248) 530-1906.

First aid courses are also available from the American Red Cross.

“Accidents do happen, which is why it is essential to be prepared – to help yourself, your family members or your neighbors,” said by email Meghan Lehman, regional director of communications for the American Red Cross in the Michigan area. “The Red Cross encourages everyone to learn first aid, CPR and use an AED, so they have the knowledge and confidence to act in an emergency.

Classes are offered in person and online. Registration is at redcross.org/takeaclass.

“We empower people to learn skills and use them to save lives in emergencies. The Red Cross has been creating courses and training people in first aid for over 100 years, ”said Lehman.

She noted that on average, more than 4.5 million people per year receive training from the Red Cross in first aid, water safety and other skills that help save lives, and that by 2020, her organization has honored over 500 people for their efforts to save or support a life. Lehman said if you know someone who has helped save or maintain a life, you can nominate them for the Red Cross National Lifesaving Award at lifesavingawards.org.

Lehman said accidents and emergencies can happen to anyone, anytime, so everyone is encouraged to learn first aid, CPR and how to use an AED.

“Every second counts, so people need to know what to do until medical help arrives,” she said.

To this end, the Red Cross offers a variety of online, in-class and blended courses with both online content and in-person professional training. Course participants learn how to perform CPR, how to help a choking person, how to control bleeding, how to treat someone who has had a heart attack, and more. On-site training is also available for groups, and an organization may have someone become a certified instructor to train their colleagues.

Lehman also said the Red Cross offers courses tailored to current events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the national opioid crisis. There are two online courses focused on return to work and psychological first aid during COVID-19. There is also “First Aid for Opioid Overdose” – an online course to teach people how to respond to a known or suspected opioid overdose – and the Red Cross Resuscitation Suite, which offers courses in basic care. , advanced care and advanced life in pediatrics. Support to help healthcare, EMS and other public safety professionals meet certification and licensing requirements.

The Red Cross even offers an online course to administer first aid to cats and dogs, with an associated smartphone app. And speaking of apps, the Red Cross also has a general first aid app for instant access to expert advice on what to do in various emergency situations. First aid kits and emergency supplies are also available at the Red Cross online store.

The Red Cross responds to an average of 60,000 disasters each year, and in Michigan alone, the Red Cross responds to an average of more than 1,500 house fires each year. The Red Cross is also always in need of blood donation – those who wish to donate can visit redcross.org.

“We have a long history of empowering people to save lives,” said Lehman, “and we continue to address today’s pressing needs with new programs and resources. “

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Why we need to build America’s personal financial safety net https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/why-we-need-to-build-americas-personal-financial-safety-net/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 11:42:22 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/why-we-need-to-build-americas-personal-financial-safety-net/ Our elected officials in Washington have been engulfed in a long debate over the programs and related funding of our national social safety net designed to protect individuals and households. The National Safety Net includes many rights and other programs, including the Big 3 – Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. These programs have been designed […]]]>

Our elected officials in Washington have been engulfed in a long debate over the programs and related funding of our national social safety net designed to protect individuals and households.

The National Safety Net includes many rights and other programs, including the Big 3 – Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. These programs have been designed over the years to help households if certain life events occur.

But in my opinion, the national safety net does not properly reflect today’s basic economic needs and is not as comprehensive as it should be. The net has gaping holes through insufficient benefits, underfunding, benefits that need to be rethought, and a lack of periodic updating to reflect the reality of life in today’s world. This is why households must set up their own financial safety net. The financial services industry, especially the insurance segment, must step in and help.

Realities of household protection

We read articles in the financial media about household insurance coverage and savings gaps for health issues, income protection, long-term care needs, sufficient life insurance, and savings. deplorable levels of retirement readiness. These discrepancies are real with many families one or two paychecks under major financial stress if a breadwinner becomes ill, dies prematurely, or lives a very long time.

Our government has not designed and likely will not create a national safety net to provide these necessary protections to households. The government is not and cannot be the insurer of last resort for all household financial risks.

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The personal financial safety net

I tried to find a way to clearly and easily explain why households need to support themselves financially and become more self-sufficient. It’s like telling someone to lose weight, get more sleep, or take better care of themselves. For some reason, the message does not resonate.

So I came up with the idea of ​​the “personal financial safety net” to try to help clear things up. You can visualize what I mean – if you’re a Cirque du Soleil performer, you need to have some guards (a net or a rope) in place, regardless of your athletic and performance skills.

From a financial perspective, here are six things that I think constitute a personal safety net.

  1. Basic knowledge of money

We have not formally taught individuals about money matters. Most households spend about two minutes a day managing their financial affairs. They cannot deal with money issues without having a basic understanding of money, how it works and how to use it effectively. We should encourage people to spend at least two hours a week improving their financial literacy. Time spent will pay big dividends. Industry can help get this message across by focusing on the need to spend more time learning about money.

  1. Develop a mindset of money awareness

When it comes to financial habits and discipline, you are what you think. An individual cannot be successful in their financial journey without having a money mindset. Financial actions must become second nature. Again, better education available should help consumers improve their mindset and daily habits.

  1. Adopt reflective practices

In my experience, when I talk with people and try to convince them that they need a cash flow plan or a budget, about 50% of them prepare to jump out of business. a cliff and the other 50% send me sweet messages on social networks. We need to teach budgeting and cash flow management a little differently. Budgeting and cash flow management should get people thinking about what they will earn and spend. Individuals need to take the time to ensure that they have more money coming in than going out and that they are saving funds for future needs and emergencies – including the reality that they are likely to experience long afterward. the end of their full-time job.

  1. Put in place insurance to mitigate risk

Insurance compensates for cash flow needs when the unexpected happens and provides cash in the future when it is needed. Whether it’s automobile, health, life, disability or accident; these covers provide cash for future delivery when needed. Overall, insurance coverage allows households to eliminate or minimize financial risk in exchange for a reasonable amount of money.

  1. Creation of an emergency fund

The pandemic has taught us that the unexpected happens in life. As part of the personal financial safety net, households should create an emergency fund to give them a cushion in the event that life gives unexpected and uninsurable twists such as illness, car repair unrelated to warranty , accident, severe weather events. or like in recent times – a pandemic. Having such a fund enables households to obtain the necessary resources to pay for unforeseen costs, which generally cannot be insured.

  1. Maintain the ability to earn independent income

The most important building block of an individual’s personal financial safety net is their lifelong ability to earn an income that pays for their living expenses. Decisions made about what kind of college or professional education to get, as well as continuing education and work experience, help create higher earning capacities. The income that can be generated on the basis of professional skills and experience lasts a lifetime and primarily dictates the household’s income. Without the ability to earn sufficient income, financial life can be problematic. Industry could help by encouraging retraining and retraining of workers.

Americans must become more financially self-sufficient. The national safety net will never become wide or deep enough to fully cover the costs of all the financial risks that households face. To enable households to be as successful and financially secure as possible, the industry must better educate consumers to spend the time necessary to build their personal financial safety net. It takes a little time, study and investment. It has at least six key dimensions. And it can change lives tremendously.

Being confident and relaxed about money matters in everyday life allows you to live life to the fullest. It is so important to enjoy the journey of life. The personal financial safety net really helps.

Harry N. Stout was Chairman of Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Deputy Managing Director of Old Mutual Financial Network and Managing Director of Insurance Insight Group. He is the host of the “FinancialVerse” podcast and author of FinancialVerse Personal Finance Books and of Annuities Today – A Tool to Create Lifetime Safe Income. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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Kan bank. donates $ 150,000 to fire relief efforts around Paradise https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/kan-bank-donates-150000-to-fire-relief-efforts-around-paradise/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 17:53:03 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/kan-bank-donates-150000-to-fire-relief-efforts-around-paradise/ A child’s toy is all that’s left after a house in Paradise burned down on December 15 as high winds swept through Russell County. Photo by Cristina Janney / Hays Post Salina substation As a relentless windstorm hit the state on December 15, gusts of wind of up to 100 mph also stoked wildfires that […]]]>
A child’s toy is all that’s left after a house in Paradise burned down on December 15 as high winds swept through Russell County. Photo by Cristina Janney / Hays Post

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As a relentless windstorm hit the state on December 15, gusts of wind of up to 100 mph also stoked wildfires that devastated our western counties.

The most significant of these was a fire that burned down in parts of northern Ellis and Russell counties. According to information from the Kansas Forest Service, more than 121,000 acres were burned, along with houses, outbuildings, vehicles and livestock.

The devastation did not go unnoticed by a long-standing Salina bank with ties to the farming community. Bennington State Bank (BSB) has announced that it will donate a total of $ 150,000 to three organizations helping those affected by the wildfire in the Paradise area.

“Our hearts go out to the families and farmers of Kansas who suffered extreme damage and loss from the windstorm and the fires. As an agricultural bank, we live, work and serve in the communities affected by this disaster and we want to do our part to help, ”said Darren Gragg, President and CEO of Bennington State Bank.

The funds were divided among the Paradise Area Disaster Relief Fund coordinated by Paradise United Methodist Church, Heartland Community Foundation and Russell County Area Community Foundation, according to information from the bank.

Participants in the Paradise Area Fire Relief Fund donation are, from left to right, Amy Hiitter, BSB Lending Operations Manager;  Dan Hoisington, Paradise United Methodist Church;  Laurie Pattillo, Paradise United Methodist Church;  Jolan Ward, BSB loan officer;  Carolyn Sichley, BSB Marketing Manager;  and Ryan McMillan, BSB, vice president of <a class=loans. Photo courtesy of Bennington State Bank”/>
Participants in the Paradise Area Fire Relief Fund donation are, from left to right, Amy Hiitter, BSB Lending Operations Manager; Dan Hoisington, Paradise United Methodist Church; Laurie Pattillo, Paradise United Methodist Church; Jolan Ward, BSB loan officer; Carolyn Sichley, BSB Marketing Manager; and Ryan McMillan, BSB, vice president of loans. Photo courtesy of Bennington State Bank

“On behalf of the Paradise Fire Relief Fund and our friends and neighbors, we would like to express our deep gratitude for the generosity and kindness of Bennington State Bank and its customers,” said Stacy Ellsworth of Paradise United Methodist Church.

According to information from Bennington State Bank, the donation will help organizations provide grants to local families, ranchers and nonprofits providing relief services in areas affected by the natural disaster.

Participants in the Heartland Community Foundation donation are, left to right, Jolan Ward, BSB loan officer;  Ryan McMillan, Director of BSB Loans;  Amy Hiitter, BSB Loan Operations Manager;  and Sarah Meitner, Executive Director of the Heartland Community Foundation.  Photo courtesy of Bennington State Bank
Participants in the Heartland Community Foundation donation are, left to right, Jolan Ward, BSB loan officer; Ryan McMillan, Director of BSB Loans; Amy Hiitter, BSB Loan Operations Manager; and Sarah Meitner, Executive Director of the Heartland Community Foundation. Photo courtesy of Bennington State Bank

“We sincerely thank the Bennington State Bank for their generous donation to the Heartland Disaster Relief Funds and to all those who have provided support to those affected. Kansans helping Kansans is one of the things that makes our community so special. We will ensure that money raised in disaster relief funds goes to those who need it most, ”said Sarah Meitner, Executive Director of the Heartland Community Foundation.

Those involved in the Russell County Area Community Foundation (RCACF) donation are, left to right, Jolan Ward, BSB loan officer;  Ryan McMillan, Director of BSB Loans;  Amy Hiitter, BSB Loan Operations Manager;  Angela Muller, Executive Director of RCACF;  Mallory Davis, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the RCACF;  and Rhonda Haberer, vice-chair of the board of directors of the CRA.  Photo courtesy of Bennington State Bank
Those involved in the Russell County Area Community Foundation (RCACF) donation are, left to right, Jolan Ward, BSB loan officer; Ryan McMillan, Director of BSB Loans; Amy Hiitter, BSB Loan Operations Manager; Angela Muller, Executive Director of RCACF; Mallory Davis, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the RCACF; and Rhonda Haberer, vice-chair of the board of directors of the CRA. Photo courtesy of Bennington State Bank

Angela Muller, executive director of the Russell County Area Community Foundation, described the bank donation as a “permanent safety net“.

“We are grateful to Bennington State Bank for their generosity and kindness to those affected by the windstorm and wildfires. The Russell County Disaster Relief Fund is available to provide grants to fire stations, local government , relief organizations and other charities helping neighbors in the area affected by this disaster, “said Muller.” The fund is a permanent safety net for Russell County to help in the aftermath of an emergency , as well as for disaster preparedness and recovery efforts. “

Residents and organizations working to rebuild after the storm and fire can use the following links and information to seek help, according to information from the bank.

Heartland Community Foundation

Paradise United Methodist Church: Click on “Request for fire relief” in yellow

Contact Angela Muller with RCACF at 785-445-3611 to obtain an application.

About Bennington State Bank
Founded in 1887, Bennington State Bank has operations in Salina, Bennington, Minneapolis, Lucas, Sylvan Grove, Abilene, Wamego and Wichita. For more information, visit bsbks.com.


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Local congressman who says on Capitol Hill “I will never forget January 6” https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/local-congressman-who-says-on-capitol-hill-i-will-never-forget-january-6/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 22:26:04 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/local-congressman-who-says-on-capitol-hill-i-will-never-forget-january-6/ Morelle says he called his staff and family and at 2:49 p.m. he tweeted “I’m safe and sheltering in place while the Capitol is locked.” He took shelter for 15 hours and most of the time he was alone. “I will never forget January 6,” said Congressman Tom Reed (R, NY-23). Reed, whose district includes […]]]>

Morelle says he called his staff and family and at 2:49 p.m. he tweeted “I’m safe and sheltering in place while the Capitol is locked.”

He took shelter for 15 hours and most of the time he was alone.

“I will never forget January 6,” said Congressman Tom Reed (R, NY-23).

Reed, whose district includes the County of Ontario, had just finished a speech on the floor of the House and was walking outside the Capitol.

“I heard shotgun shots, but they ended up being the pepperballs that the Capitol Police were using to try to disperse the crowd,” Reed said. “And then I had to hurry back to the offices.”

At that time, the doors to the Longworth office building were locked. Reed says he must have rushed to the back door and finally got in and went to his office.

“And I sat there with tears in my eyes watching it on TV like a lot of other Americans,” he said.

Late on the night of the 6th, when the Capitol was cleaned up, Reed gave another speech that elicited a standing ovation.

“What I saw today was the reign of the mob that spat on my father’s blood,” he said that night. Reed went on to say he was proudly Tory, but looking to the Democratic side of the House he said, “I will be with you tonight and send a message to the nation and all Americans that what we saw today was not American. “

“We have the opportunity to inspire our fellow Americans who are the silent majority who will resist extremism and say it is not acceptable,” he said Thursday in an interview from his Jamestown office.

“I am actually more concerned today than a year ago that this fundamental part of American democracy which is the right to elect our leaders is under serious threat,” Morelle said. “So I’m more worried today than a year ago about this.”

Congressman John Katko (R, NY-24) made the following statement:

“Today marks one year after the insurgency that took place on the United States Capitol on January 6. The nation was shocked and horrified as the safety of our staff, law enforcement and my fellow congressmen was threatened. Before and on January 6, we saw disturbing breaks in information sharing and emergency preparedness, which are fundamental principles of homeland security. Our heroic Capitol Police officers, along with the DC Metropolitan Police officers, risked their lives to defend the United States Capitol and those who work there. As a result, many police officers still bear the physical and emotional scars of that traumatic day, and several officers were seriously injured. Tragically, lives have also been lost as a result of this violence and four police officers have committed devastating suicide since then. We mourn with the families and friends of these patriotic officers.

“The violence of January 6 was shameful and totally unacceptable. Rioters who broke the law must continue to be held accountable for their actions. We are a country of laws, and we must denounce all violence by re-engaging in civilized discourse. As a symbol of our Republic, we must never again allow the United States Capitol to be compromised again. “

There is no official count of how many people from our area were in the crowds on Capitol Hill and inside.

More than 700 people have been charged.

Three of them are from Rochester – Dominic Pezzola, Cody Mattice and James Mault – and they are among the January 6 defendants who were denied release from prison.


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SWEPCO says it’s ready if another round of crippling winter storms hit the ArkLaTex https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/swepco-says-its-ready-if-another-round-of-crippling-winter-storms-hit-the-arklatex/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 22:43:00 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/swepco-says-its-ready-if-another-round-of-crippling-winter-storms-hit-the-arklatex/ SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (KSLA) – No electricity. No water. Roads made impassable by snow and ice. Thousands and thousands of people affected. For days for most, for weeks for some. These were the days during and after the record-breaking and back-to-back winter storms of February 2021. Should this happen again, SWEPCO says it is ready. “We […]]]>

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (KSLA) – No electricity.

No water.

Roads made impassable by snow and ice.

Thousands and thousands of people affected.

For days for most, for weeks for some.

These were the days during and after the record-breaking and back-to-back winter storms of February 2021.

Should this happen again, SWEPCO says it is ready. “We have made a lot of improvements to our system,” said spokesperson Peter Main.

“Since then, we have increased the winterizations of our power plants and have taken many measures such as locking up equipment. Winterizing some of our essential equipment to build and withstand extreme temperatures as we have seen.

There are also steps consumers can take to prepare. Tune in tonight as KSLA News 12’s Jade Myers explores how to help keep your family safe.

For example, SWEPCO suggests anticipating storms by assembling an emergency preparedness kit that includes:

  • Blankets
  • Flashlights and new batteries
  • Battery operated radios or televisions
  • Candles, matches or lighters
  • Water for drinking and cooking
  • Camping gear like sleeping bags, camping stoves and lanterns
  • Non-perishable foods and a manual can opener
  • Important drugs (prescription and over-the-counter) and medical supplies
  • Baby and pet supplies
  • First aid kit
  • Masks, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes
  • Manufacturer’s instructions for your generator (if you have one)
  • Instructions for manually opening your garage door

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