Do1Thing in July: Family Communication Plan

Today we have more ways to speak with one another than ever before. We are used to staying in touch with cell phones, internet, and email, but disasters can change things. These devices may not be available. Cell phone towers quickly become overloaded with people trying to reach friends and family. If the power is out at your home, cordless phones, internet, and email will not work either.

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Surviving an Active Shooter

An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.

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Video of the Week- Hurricane Katrina interview and audio

“When all else fails, this is the system that doesn’t.” That’s what the WRAL-TV reporter says in this interview with ham operator KN4AQ as Hurricane Katrina crosses New Orleans. THEN, a recording of actual Amateur Radio communications bringing an emergency message into New Orleans.

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Get Your Business Ready For Any Kind of Disaster at Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

Is your organization prepared to communicate quickly and effectively with each other when a crisis hits? Did you know that nearly 70 percent of all U.S. businesses will lose power at one point in the next 12 months? Do you have a plan in place to keep your operations running? How will you rebuild your business if your employees are unable to report to work after a major disaster?

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Why You Need to Begin You Disaster Planning

When do you start thinking about disaster planning? Although we don’t need to dwell on thoughts of disaster every moment of every day (what kind of life would that be, anyway?), we should still keep them in mind throughout the year.

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Disaster Supply Kits: Budget-Friendly and Fun

Do you think preparing for disasters is too expensive and boring? Think again! Being prepared doesn’t have to break the bank. You can create a budget-friendly basic disaster supply kit using items you may already have at home. You can also make preparedness enjoyable for the entire family!

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Preparing Houses of Worship for Emergencies

The Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and FEMA are pleased to invite you to a webinar to prepare faith-based organizations for disaster. The webinar will provide faith-based and community organizations with critical local, state and national resources that can help get communities better prepared for…

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Ham in a Day Class

My next one-day Tech Class will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum in downtown Ann Arbor. The class will start at 9 am and run until 3:30 pm, at which time the license exam will be given. There is a $10 fee for…

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CPR Class

The Farmington Hills/Farmington Emergency Preparedness Commission (EPC), in cooperation with the Farmington Hills Fire Department, will offer an American Red Cross CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Class from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8. The class is open to the public and will be held in the upstairs training room at Fire Station #4 located at 28711 Drake Road.

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Emergency Food Supply

An emergency food supply doesn’t have to sit on a shelf, ready for disaster to strike (although it can). It can be part of the food you use every day. The key to a good food storage plan is to buy ahead of time. Replace items before they run out. Buy items when they are on sale. A large duffle bag or plastic tub with a lid makes a great storage place for an emergency food supply. Make sure your family, including pets, will have what they need when disaster strikes.

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Shelter in Place

The appropriate steps depend on the emergency situation. If you hear a warning signal, listen to local radio or television stations for further information. You will be told what to do, including where to find the nearest shelter if you are away from your “shelter-in-place” location.

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Ham Radio Classes

Amateur radio (also called ham radio) is the use of designated radio frequency spectra for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication. The term “amateur” is used to specify persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without direct monetary…

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Learn the signs of a stroke F.A.S.T.

Every 40 seconds a stroke occurs in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. To raise awareness about F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech,  and Time) — an acronym to recognize and respond to the sudden warning signs of stroke, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Ad Council are unveiling a new, national multimedia public service advertisement (PSA) campaign.

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