- Discuss what hazards might impact their community.
- Help them to sign up for Local Emergency Alerts.
- Help them to create a disaster support network.
- Make sure their Emergency Supply Kits are updated.
- Discuss evacuation and shelter-in-place plans.
- Be sure their critical documents and valuables are protected.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Partnering with older Americans and engaging them in preparedness efforts can make a significant difference in communities before, during, and after disasters. On July 11-12, the Delaware State Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) hosted a two-day Disaster Preparedness class at the Barclay Farms Senior Community in Camden, DE. 40 staff members and residents received fire extinguisher training in preparation for a digital fire suppression exercise, and participated in several other activities.
Everyone has a role in disaster response. Here are a few ways you can engage older Americans in your community and empower them to prepare for disasters:
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 9:00 AM
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
With this note, Google announces the end of a yet another social media platform. With this note, comes a reminder to focus on the Social in Social media. There are plenty of platforms. After that, there are tools.
It looks like Orkut is heading for this list.
What will you be using for a replacement?
A Farewell to Orkut
After ten years of sparking conversations and forging connections, we have decided it's time for us to start saying goodbye to Orkut. Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut's growth, we've decided to focus our energy and resources on making these other social platforms as amazing as possible for everyone who uses them.
We will shut down Orkut on Google Takeout (available until September 2016). We are preserving an archive of all public communities, which will be available online starting . If you don't want your posts or name to be included in the community archive, you can remove Orkut permanently from your Google account. Please visit our Help Center for any further details.. Until then, there will be no impact on you, so you may have time to manage the transition. You can export your profile data, community posts and photos using
It's been a great 10 years, and we apologize to those of you still actively using the service. We hope you will find other online communities to spark more conversations and build even more connections for the next decade and beyond.
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 8:00 AM
Friday, October 10, 2014
The September 30, 2014 National PrepareAthon! Day may be over, but another exciting preparedness initiative is just around the corner! Join the millions of people, schools, and organizations worldwide who will participate in earthquake drills as part of the Great ShakeOut on Participants will Drop, Cover, and Hold On, practicing the appropriate protective actions to take in response to earthquakes.
Sign up and be counted! Make sure to register your participation on the ShakeOut website. Can’t participate on ? No worries – You can select another day during the month of October.
To learn more about Great ShakeOut, visit www.shakeout.org. You’ll find valuable information about this initiative, including an earthquake preparedness guide for individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.
Practicing for disasters is a great opportunity to engage your entire family in preparedness. Check out FEMA’s new animated video “When The Earth Shakes” to see what you can do to prepare for earthquakes.
Posted by Lloyd Colston at 1:33 PM
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