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Monday, August 31, 2009

This September 2009, the sixth annual National Preparedness Month will focus on changing perceptions about what real emergency preparedness is and helping Americans to be truly Ready.

The Department of Homeland Security through its Ready.gov public service campaign will launch a massive effort throughout the month to heighten awareness of the importance of being prepared for emergencies. They will focus on changing perceptions about emergency preparedness and will help Americans understand what it truly means to be Ready. Ready.gov will illustrate how preparedness goes beyond fire alarms, smoke detectors, dead-bolt locks and extra food in the pantry and help you communicate important preparedness messages to your family, your business and your community with a new series of customizable materials.

iPrepare hopes to be a key player in promoting and supporting this important national effort.

During National Preparedness Month, iPrepare urges everyone to take the time to ready themselves and their loved ones by creating an emergency plan, and gathering proper supplies to ready your family and home in case of emergency.

Follow iPrepare during National Prepardness Month on twitter @iPrepare, on facebook at iPrepare or read the iPrepare blog at http://blog.iPrepare.com.

Also, keep an eye on the Ready.gov website:
http://www.ready.gov/america/npm09/index.html


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Wednesday, August 19, 2009
We just launched a brand-new feature at iPrepare.com. It is our Preparedness and Safety Events Directory. Now, we are just starting, so we don't have much information in the directory yet - but that's where you come in :) We are counting on our customers, visitors and fans to input information about events in their area. This way you can promote your event (for FREE) and also see what other events might be going on in your area.

To view the list of events, please visit
http://www.iPrepare.com/events-list.html

And if you would like to add an event to the directory, please visit
http://www.iPrepare.com/events-submit.html

The directory will highlight Upcoming events that will be held within the next 4 months. So if you enter an item and don't see it appear on the listing, please be patient - it will appear once we are within 4 months of the start date.

We are excited about this new feature and hope you are able to benefit from it!

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Sunday, August 16, 2009
We are pleased to announce the new iPrepare Facebook page! We're excited about this opportunity to be able to connect with our friends, customers and fans in a new way. Along with our Twitter updates and our Blog posts, we'll be sharing a lot of information, including:
  • Preparedness tips and information
  • Important links to relevant and emerging emergency preparedness topics
  • Company news, pictures & events
  • Preparedness events
  • Special Offers & Promotions
We invite you to become a fan, and become a member of our preparedness community!

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The CDC has recently changed their recommendations for the amount of time persons with influenza-like illness should be away from others. The CDC now recommends that people with flu-like illness remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100° F [37.8°C]), or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.

Decisions to extend the exclusion period should be made after consulting with local health officials. More stringent guidelines and longer periods of exclusion (for example, until complete resolution of all symptoms) may be considered for people returning to a setting where high numbers of high-risk people may be exposed, such as a camp for children with asthma or a child care facility for children younger than 5 years old. High-risk groups for influenza complications include:
  • children younger than 5 years old;
  • persons aged 65 years or older;
  • children and adolescents (younger than 18 years) who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection;
  • pregnant women;
  • adults and children who have asthma, other chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular, hepatic, hematological, neurologic, neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders such as diabetes;
  • adults and children who have immunosuppression (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by HIV);
  • residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities.

Read the entire notice here.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

There's probably no better way to assess city or county preparedness plans than by holding mock disaster drills. Alexander County in North Carolina recently held a disaster drill presenting the worst case scenario for local emergency officicals — a school bus full of children and a truck carrying hazardous materials — colliding on a rural road.

These types of drills can help expose areas of weakness, and ensure that the emergency plans already in place will work as designed. Alexander county experienced some communications issues during their drill, and were able to address those issues on the spot. The drill was funded by a Division of Emergency Management grant.

The key is to perform an honest assessent on the results of the drill. Be proud of the things you did right - but particularly focus on the areas where you can most improve.

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As Hurricane Felicia approaches the Hawaiian islands, residents are encouraged to begin their preparedness actions. Felicia is currently a Category 4 storm system located approximately 1,475 miles east-south-east of Hilo with maximum sustained winds of 135 mph and higher gusts.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann has advised, "All residents should closely follow the track of Felicia, which is the strongest storm system in the Pacific since Hurricane Daniel in 2006. In addition we highly advise everyone to begin individual, family and business preparedness actions as soon as possible."

Preparedness actions include ensuring you have adequate emergency supplies. The Hawaii State Civil Defense website includes a listing of items to have. We encourage you to review the list, and feel free to browse our site to purchase any of the recommended items.


You can receive more information on Hurricanes and preparedness tips on the National Hurricane center website.

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