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NFPA is accepting proposals for educational presentations at the 2012 NFPA Conference & Expo. We invite you to share your knowledge with your peers as a presenter in Las Vegas, NV, June 11-14, 2012. Submissions emphasizing a specific product, process or manufacturer will not be considered. NFPA will review all presentation proposals. Selections will be made based on quality, relevance, focus, practical application, and on the presenter’s experience and credentials.

Submit a presentation proposal. Deadline is September 12, 2011.

Hurricane Irene is storming up the East Coast this weekend, threatening to be one of the largest hurricanes the region has seen in many years. NFPA has some great materials to check out as you prepare for the storm. 

Emergency Supplies Checklist First, in the Emergency Preparedness section of our safety information site, there is a whole webpage dedicated to Hurricanes. Here, you will find important information on what to do before, during and after a hurricane strikes your area. 

Additionally, disasters can happen anywhere and at any time. By taking the time to create an emergency supplies kit, your family will be prepared in the event of a disaster, including this weekend's hurricane. The kit also helps children feel more secure knowing it is there in case of an emergency. Find the Emergency Supplies Kit Checklist here

Generator Safety Finally, it's a good idea to review generator safety tips in case your family has to use one following Hurricane Irene. The most common dangers associated with portable generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock or electrocution, and fire hazards. For more information and all of the safety tips, take a look at the NFPA Generator Safety Tip Sheet now. 

For additional hurricane safety and preparedness information, visit FEMA's Ready America site

-Lauren Backstrom

What else are you doing to get prepared? Let us know in the comments section below!

Lithium ion batteries are in widespread use in consumer electronics. As electric vehicles enter the U.S. marketplace, there is an expectation of a step increase in the number and size of battery packs in storage and use. The Foundation’s Property Insurance Research Group initiated a study of the hazards associated with lithium ion battery storage, with an aim of developing fire protection strategies to mitigate loss associated with fire incidence with these batteries in bulk storage and distribution, alone and in manufactured products. The overall aim is to develop the technical basis for requirements in NFPA and other standards which prescribe protection requirements.

The first phase of the project, described in this report, is a literature review of battery technology, failure modes and events, usage, codes and standards, and a hazard assessment during the life cycle of storage and distribution. It lays out a research approach toward evaluating appropriate facility fire protection strategies.

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