Is Your Emergency Hurricane Kit Stocked?

HurricaneDisaster can strike without warning – so don’t get caught unprepared.

As part of your basic household disaster preparation, you should have a Survival Kit ready and stocked so that you and your family can survive for 72 hours on your own, if necessary.

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Hiking For Weekend Explorers

Healthy LifeHiking can be a wonderful form of exercise and a good way to deal with stress and get back to nature for the entire family. Before you head out to hit the trails, you’ll want to check out these hiking tips to make sure that you are staying safe and getting the most from this activity.

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Are You Prepared for Preparedness Month? 3 Tips to Get Ready Now

do not panicHow prepared are you? That’s the question that Ready.gov wants to know in September during National Preparedness Month. Each year during this month, the U.S. government encourages everyone to prepare for common disasters or natural events that can put citizens and families at risk.

Here in Florida, fires and storms can be pretty common. But there are other disasters that can threaten your home or your family. You can get ready now and prepare for anything by using these three tips:

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Summer Outdoor Fire Prevention Tips

Everyone looks forward to relaxing and having fun in the summer. Don’t let a good time turn into a tragedy because of a fire. A situation can change in the blink of an eye, and it pays to be prepared.

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Lightning Storm Safety Tips To Keep In Mind This Summer — And Beyond

Florida LightningLightning storms can be unnerving experiences, whether you are indoors or outside when they occur. If you are outside enjoying an activity this summer or into the fall, be sure to check the forecast before you head out. Check the sky occasionally and be ready to seek shelter if you hear thunder or start to see thunder clouds forming.

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Three Solutions for Distracted Driving

No TextingDistracted driving is a major cause of accidents.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 were injured in crashes attributed to distracted drivers.

“One Text Or Call Could Wreck It All.” Far too many people think that they will be able to make “just one call” or send that “important” text and everything will be just fine. But an accident can happen in the blink of an eye, leading to serious injuries or even death.

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If You Want to Stay Healthy: Get All Your Vaccinations!

U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services sent this bulletin on 04/17/2015

Like many kids, I grew up watching Sesame Street. So, imagine my excitement when I finally got to meet Elmo! I have to tell you that Elmo created quite a sensation around my office when he came to visit us at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services a few weeks ago. He was a rock star! I explained to him that, as Surgeon General, it is my job to help everyone stay healthy.

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Close Up on National Youth Violence Prevention Week

Children standing outside school busThe National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) National Youth Violence Prevention Week is March 23 – 27. This is a good time to talk to your children about diversity:

How do you talk to your child about diversity? It can be a difficult subject for parents.

Do you try to teach your children to be “colorblind” when they go to school and out into the world in dealing with other people?  The fact is that there are people that your children go to school with from different backgrounds who have different outlooks, religious beliefs, customs and ways of doing things. Ignoring these facts will not change them.

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Home Safety Checklist

iStock_000000944976SmallThe start of the New Year is a good time to go through your home and give it a safety checkup.

If you get into the habit of tying your detailed inspection to a specific date, then it will be much easier to keep track of the last time you gave it a once-over and when it is due for an inspection.

Don’t start this task when you are tired or distracted; you’ll be likely to miss something important along the way. Take a notepad with you so that you can jot down your findings and any action that needs to be taken to keep your home safe, both for your family and visitors to the property.

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