Every time a major disaster strikes our pets are at risk. We've seen it with wildfires, flooding, tornadoes and earthquakes. Many of us have seen the heartache of pets separated from their families during times of crisis. Often because of a lack of identification either through a collar tag, microchip or even a family photograph, … Continue reading June is Pet Preparedness Month
A survey of nurses in the US reveals a stunning lack of preparedness in our hospitals to handle a major infectious disease outbreak. The survey conducted by National Nurses United (NNU) indicates our front-line health care safety net is not ready. As reported in Infection Control Today, 85% of RN respondents stated that they … Continue reading US Hospitals Unprepared for Ebola
Mit-i-gate verb: make less severe, serious or painful. Removing a dead bougainvillea is a slow deliberate process. It must be done carefully to prevent bloodshed. Vicious thorns found on every twig and branch attack with little provocation. My removal method is to work from the outside in, cutting small pieces of twigs that will fit … Continue reading On the Bougainvillea and Mitigation
Hurricane Katrina proved to be an epic lesson in preparedness. From the individual level all the way to the highest levels of the federal government, failures to plan and mitigate ended in disaster. We are still learning lessons from that terrible storm in August of 2005. A recent book, Five Days at Memorial by Sherri … Continue reading A Lesson for All of Us
The headline is stark. But this was not from a rising river. This was from a broken fire sprinkler system within the building. One of the problems with this event is that the break was not discovered until an employee came in early to do some work. By that time the water was eight feet … Continue reading 1,000,000 Gallons of Water Flood Building!
If you had 3 minutes to evacuate your house, would you be able to take care of your pets? National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day helps us focus on the things we need to do to take care of our pets in an emergency. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association at least 63% of all … Continue reading May 8, National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
Many areas of the country have already had a pretty good dose of winter. Blizzard conditions certainly spell winter to me down here on the third coast. For those of us in warmer climes the worst of winter is still to come. I know for my friends and relatives in the north, our excitement at … Continue reading Winter is still around..
I watched a training video yesterday created by the Raleigh Fire Department after a disastrous crash involving one of their ladder trucks. The crew was responding to a fire and entered an intersection too fast. The truck overturned injuring the four firefighters on board. The point of the video is that sometimes we get into such a rush … Continue reading Take Time