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Get Ready logoOn this final week of National Preparedness Month, the Department of Homeland Security encourages everyone to save for an emergency, stating that maintaining emergency savings, financial planning, and completing an emergency financial first aid kit are important for protection from a financially devastating disaster. A number of web resources, social media content, graphics, and worksheets are provided. In addition, NFPAs Get Ready toolkit provides strategies for first responders and local residents to work together to prepare for potential disasters. In addition to a presenter’s guide and PowerPoint presentation, fact sheets on numerous disaster-related topics are provided that can be downloaded and printed.

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The September issue of Safety Source, NFPA’s public education newsletter, is now available. In this issue you will find:

  • A new Fire Prevention Week™ video to add to your toolkit for presentations.
  • A Fire Prevention Week safety checklist to help your community identify potential hazards around the home.
  • A webinar for fire departments looking for tips on effective communication to targeted audiences.
  • Ideas for encouraging best safety practices throughout September’s Campus Fire Safety Month campaign.

And there’s much more. Don't miss an issue! Sign up now and be among the first to get the latest information on happenings in the public education division, activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, Sparky the Fire Dog® and more!

Graphic of Get Ready logoOn this third week of National Preparedness Month, the Department of Homeland Security encourages everyone to check their insurance coverage. Testimonial videos, flood insurance graphics and guidelines are provided to help people learn more about how to protect their home or business. In addition, NFPA’s Get Ready community toolkit provides a fact sheet on floods that advises having flood insurance coverage. The fact sheet is available in both English and Spanish.

 

Thanks to all the fire departments that signed up this August to participate in Domino’s Fire Prevention Week program. All departments were automatically entered into a sweepstakes to receive an “FPW in a Box 300” package. Domino’s, who annually sponsors the contest, has officially announced the three randomly selected winners:

 

Texarkana Fire Department
Chris Black
Texarkana, TX 

Salisbury Fire Department
Kimberly Boling
Salisbury, NC 

South Elgin Fire District
Rich Stumbaugh
South Elgin, IL 

 

Congratulations to all of you, and best of luck implementing Fire Prevention Week in your communities this October! You will be receiving your FPW in a Box packages shortly.

 

To all fire departments: Even though the contest is over, you can still sign up to participate in the Domino’s Fire Prevention Week program. Please contact Danielle Bulger at dani.bulger@dominos.com to get started and for more information.

Get Ready logoOn this second week of National Preparedness Month, the Department of Homeland Security encourages everyone to learn lifesaving skills. The week’s focus is on individuals protecting themselves and their homes from flooding, earthquakes, and fires. NFPAs Get Ready community toolkit provides materials fire departments and fire and life safety educators can use during presentations to reinforce these potentially lifesaving measures.

The Floods fact sheet provides tips on how to prepare the home from floods, evacuation tips, and pointers on how to stay safe if caught in the midst of a flood.

The Earthquakes fact sheet explains what residents can do before, during and after an earthquake to increase their chances of survival.

The Home Fires fact sheet, encourages installing and maintaining smoke alarms and gives safety tips for what to do if a fire occurs in the home.

All materials are available in English and Spanish.

 

Great communication requires great tools: a message; a sender; a receiver; the ability to code and encode information; and a response. How do fire departments fit all that into a tweet, an infographic, a press release, or an ad?


Meredith Hawes, a regional education specialist at NFPA, explains how in the “ABCs of Educational Messages,” a webinar she recently hosted. During the presentation, Hawes walks through the communication process, providing strategies for targeting specific audiences and refining messaging based on community risk reduction, demographics, cultural factors, and local needs and circumstances.


This webinar is an extremely helpful tool for promoting Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, and the messages behind this year's theme, "Look. Listen Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere." As the campaign fast approaches, we encourage you to check the webinar out – it’s available to NFPA Xchange users at no cost for the next 30 days!

Get Ready LogoDuring this first week of National Preparedness Month, the Department of Homeland Security is encouraging the public to make and practice an emergency plan. NFPAs Get Ready community toolkit provides materials fire departments and fire and life safety educators can use to reinforce with the public the importance of addressing this potentially life-saving task. The Get Ready kit contains emergency plan cards and emergency plan forms in English and Spanish. The plan form helps individuals plan how they will contact each other if they happen to be separated when a disaster happens. The emergency plan cards are for individuals to fill in with their emergency contact information and keep on them in case of emergency.

Image of NFPA 3000 with police tapeDeveloped by law enforcement, fire, EMS, facility security, hospitals, universities, private businesses, and federal agencies, NFPA 3000 provides guidance on the comprehensive plans, policies, and procedures that should be established before, during, and after the unthinkable happens. Join NFPA Emergency Services Specialist John Montes on Thursday, September 13th at 2 p.m. (EDT) via Campus Safety as he explains why everyone has a role to play in keeping people and properties safer from harm. The moderator is Zach Winn, senior editor, Campus Safety Magazine.

The webcast will cover the following areas:

  • The scope, parameters, and practitioners that contributed to NFPA 3000
  • The standard’s 20 chapters designed to help you reduce risk
  • Ways to organize, manage, communicate, and sustain your ASHER program
  • Resources and tools available to you

The webcast is sponsored by Siemens. Registration is being accepted.

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The newly released 2018 edition of the NFPA Educational Messages Desk Reference for the Fire Service and Fire and Life Safety Educators includes a new chapter on college and university housing with messaging addressing both on- and off-campus housing.

Sample messages:

  • Learn your building’s evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they are the real thing.
  • Keep you room key, building key, and/or access card near your bed when you sleep. Take them with you when you hear the fire alarm and leave the building.
  • Make sure carbon monoxide alarms are installed in dorm rooms, apartments, or houses to provide early warning of carbon monoxide.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking.

The Desk Reference is for the fire service and fire and life safety educators to use as they are designing and delivering outreach–such as lessons, programs, and presentations–and to provide a base so that messaging can be tailored to target audiences.

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Wasps put a family at risk in Bellevue, Washington recently. Firefighters were called to the home because the carbon monoxide alarms were sounding. The home registered elevated levels of carbon monoxide. Firefighters discovered that wasps built a nest in a tankless hot water heater exhaust pipe. According to a news report, the nest completely blocked off the pipe. Officials want to remind everyone about the importance of having working carbon monoxide alarms in the home and periodically checking all exhaust outlets for obstructions.

Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed outside each separate sleeping area, on every level of the home, and in other locations as required by laws, codes, or standards. NFPA’s Carbon Monoxide Safety tip sheet provides additional precautions.

Headshot of Meredith HawesHow do fire departments fit effective messaging into a tweet, infographic, press release, or advertisement? NFPA Regional Education Specialist Meredith Hawes explains in the webinar, “The ABCs of Educational Messaging.” This timely webinar, taking place as fire and life safety educators prepare for Fire Prevention Week, is set for Tuesday, August 28th from 3 to 4 p.m. (EDT). The focus is on effective communication strategies, including targeting specific audiences and refining messaging based on community risk reduction efforts, demographics, cultural factors, and local needs and circumstances. Register today!

A wildfire near homes

The just released 2018 edition of the NFPA Educational Messages Desk Reference for the Fire Service and Fire and Life Safety Educators includes a new chapter devoted to messaging on safety from wildfires. The chapter includes three sections–Wildfire Prevention, Protecting Homes from Wildfires, and Community-wide Wildfire Safety–and is designed to give the fire service and educators the core messaging they need to address the public on these topics. NFPA’s Wildfire Division provides resources to residents and stakeholders, including infographics, tip sheets, videos, toolkits, training, and reports. The Desk Reference chapter is another tool designed to help reduce risk from wildfires.

The August issue of Safety Source, NFPA’s public education newsletter, is now available. In this issue you will find:Cover image of August issue of Safety Source

  • All the resources you’ll need to raise awareness on fire and life safety during Fire Prevention Week
  • Details on the partnership between NFPA and Domino’s Pizza for fire departments to deliver free FPW materials to residents along with their pizza orders
  • The 2018 edition of the NFPA Educational Messages Desk Reference for the Fire Service and Fire and Life Safety Educators
  • Tools for National Preparedness Month

And there’s much more. Don't miss an issue! Sign up now and be among the first to get the latest information on happenings in the public education division, activities, fire statistics, trends, educational tips, Sparky the Fire Dog and more!

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The 2018 edition of this must-have tool for firefighters and fire and life safety educators is now available and includes new chapters on college and university housing and wildfires, as well as a new section on portable cooking equipment. Fire and burn safety messaging has been updated to help you provide accurate and consistent safety information to the public.

 

The Maranda's Park Parties are a familiar and treasured summer event in West Michigan, bringing 24 years of fun in the form or entertainment, attractions, food, and tons of prizes to local communities.  One of the greatest assets in the line-up are the resources available from local non-profits, including fire safety information from nearby fire departments.

 

This year 5 events took place in July, and recently the Dutton Fire Department participated in Gaines, Michigan serving over 9,000 people up with a chance to learn how to keep their families safe, while also sharing what it means to be a firefighter . . . and that means a chance to spray the hose!

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