Disaster Preparedness

Have you registered for the 2018 #ShakeOut Drill yet?

This is a friendly reminder for ALL of you to register for the 2018 ShakeOut drill!

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The Signing Families Mini-Emergency Communication Chart – For When Time Counts! (ASL- English – Spanish – Chinese)

This pocket-sized emergency communication chart has FOUR different languages represented. Photos for a dozen important informational signs are in sign language, English, Spanish and Chinese! There is a space for writing with a washable marker allows for efficient communication during challenging situations, such as medical emergencies or disasters

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Sign Language Video and Photography to Help First Responders (and others) Communicate During Emergencies, Including Evacuation Scenarios

As I type this blog I am watching CNN news reporting from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) about the terrorist threat that forced their schools to close today. Luckily students were not in session thus avoiding a massive evacuation across an entire city. But, what if students had been in the classrooms, including Deaf students who use sign language to communicate. Would we be able to evacuate all safely? Knowing a few words in sign language can save lives. So, I am asking on behalf of those who are Deaf or use sign as a preferred mode for communication if you would take ...

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Too Close To Home… #SanBernardino

Most of the practice scenarios were in case of an earthquake. tornado or vehicular accident. But yesterday it wasn’t a practice scenario. It wasn’t a workshop video. Yesterday it was REAL LIFE. Real people. Real suffering. Real blood. Real tears. Unreal. Surreal. While my eyes were affixed on CNN and the reporters – I couldn’t help but notice the people in the background. The First Responders I trained were there. On TV. Helping so many of the helpless. There they were evacuating those with functional needs and their caretakers. WOW!

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Paying tribute to the Red Cross during the Asian World Film Festival

A teen with a rare blood type receives a transfusion. A shelter is opened for families who lost everything in a tornado. A parent learns CPR before the birth of their baby. An earthquake hits Nepal a few years after another has devastated Japan. What do all of these scenarios have in common? The Red Cross . I have seen firsthand the work of the Red Cross. It was during Hurricane Agnes while I was living in a small town in Western New York. One day we had a beautiful village with several schools and a hospital. The day Agnes stalled over our village we ...

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What lessons have we learned from Hurricane Katrina?

For many, Katrina will forever be remembered as a “one-two- three punch” of a storm. First the hurricane, then the flooding and then the failure for help to arrive when needed the most.

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A Top 10 list that can save lives!

I have spent considerable time perusing the ShakeOut site and I came across some great features that I thought would be of interest to families, homeschooler and educators. Here is the list of my “Top 10”! 1- REGISTER your family, business, school, organization or individuals for the ShakeOut drill via this LINK. When all registered let others know by clicking the social media platform share buttons. Note: Don’t miss the weekly Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety tweet chats by following on Twitter @ShakeOut 2- Play BEAT THE QUAKE – a game that uses loads of action and interesting questions to pique the interest of any ...

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Dear Burlington County Times,

I wanted to write this blog as a way to say thank you for posting the recent letter to the editor titled, “Signing Specialists are a Distraction”.  Not only was your post from Mr. Muccolini a real “discussion starter” about the role of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, but also generated thoughts about all the rights we […]

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Maui, I loved you but…

e3ny8KzCqMnaevFs_se-roVJ1HUpnlkKQJZtaNjK5j8 I recently returned from the lovely Hawaiian Island of Maui. So beautiful and in some places even exotic. Covered with lovely beaches, including those with black sand. Surrounded by majestic mountains that are taller than most of the clouds that filtered around the island. Yes, Maui’s landscape and people are AMAZING but, throughout my visit I kept having a gnawing feeling of concern with this destination. For an island that has a huge tourism industry and thousands of residents that live within a mile to their shores, I saw no obvious disaster preparedness or safety information regarding evacuation routes in the event of an ...

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