Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NRT/CDC PROTECT EMERGENCY WORKERS #OKfire #AltusOK

Dear Emergency Management Directors,

We would like to introduce the U.S. National Response Team (NRT) Emergency Responders Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) system, coordinated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). We are sending this to you because we know you share our mission to protect American workers. The ERHMS system provides guidelines for protecting emergency responders involved in various types of emergencies and settings and can be used by anyone involved with the deployment and protection of emergency workers.

The attached Portable Document Format (PDF) flyer provides information pertaining to ERHMS and FREE training courses that are now available online. ERHMS training courses include the following:

·         Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) System

o   Provides the necessary tools for implementing health monitoring and surveillance of emergency response workers.
o   Outlines important procedures for pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment.
o   Offers continuing education credits for those who complete the course. Credits include: CEU/CE; CHES; CME; CNE Contact Hours; Pharmacist Contact Hours; and AAVSB/RACE.
o   All emergency response coordinators are encouraged to take this course.

·         Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) System: Leadership Training

o   Introduces the ERHMS system to leaders in organizations responsible for planning and executing incident response activities.
o   Optimizes the health and safety of response, remediation, recovery, and volunteer workers.
o   The intended audience includes local, regional, state, tribal, and federal personnel who are responsible for the occupational safety and health of responders.
o   Offers 0.1 continuing education units for completing the course. 

We hope that you take advantage of the valuable information provided and participate in the training course offerings. We encourage you to visit the ERHMS website at: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/erhms/.

Please pass this information on to others you know aiding in emergency preparedness and response.

Thank you for your service.

Sincerely,
Michelle Martin

Michelle R. Martin
Public Health Advisor
Field Studies Branch
Division of Respiratory Disease Studies
NIOSH/CDC
1095 Willowdale Road
Morgantown WV  26505 MS-2800


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Oklahoma has water but will it be enough to meet needs? #OKdrought #AltusOK

By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau
Hundreds of thousands of people in central Oklahoma depend on underground water that is plentiful but requires careful management to ensure supplies remain adequate for the region's growing population.

That's the message from Oklahoma Water Resources Board officials after a ground-breaking study of the water system beneath 3,000 square miles of the most densely populated area of the state.

   

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Google Voice - Features – Google Voice #HMRD

Recently the folks at Humanity Road were commenting on Google Voice.

Some of the features that were quickly mentioned were:

1.  Transcription of voicemails.  While the transcription is not perfect, it's sent by email so you can decide the urgency of the call.  After all, no voicemail, no returned call.

2.  One number for five phones.  This means that small teams can get a call and take care of the call.

3.  Saves cell phone minutes by making calls in Google Voice.  Many cell phone providers have free incoming calls anyway but with the cell phone app, one can call and text, leaving your minutes and data available for other times.

4.  Call recording allows the caller to give you detailed instructions that you can recall later.

5.  Call blocking and "Do Not Disturb" allows one to have calls from "undesirables" to get that "number is no longer in service" while DND directs all calls to voicemail.  The latter is beneficial during meeting times.

Are you using Google Voice?  What other features do you like?





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