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Did You Know? (August 2013)

September is National Preparedness Month, and with it comes the reminder to plan ahead for the chance of hazards and disasters in our everyday lives. Although these occurrences are unlikely for many of us, it is important to prepare for emergencies that can affect our families, homes, and communities. Many first responders, including EMTs/paramedics, fire fighters, and law enforcement officers, are trained in emergency preparedness; however, many citizens are unaware of simple steps that can be taken in advance to save lives in the case of an emergency. National Preparedness Month is the perfect time to brush up on these life-saving guidelines:

  1. Plan Ahead

    The key to emergency preparedness is planning ahead. Having a plan in place for your family, place of business, and community will save time and potentially your life in the event of an emergency. Research what kinds of disasters and hazards may strike in your community so you know how to prepare for them. Your local health department, fire department, and Medical Reserve Corps are great places to start your research. Many communities already have emergency plans in place and will undoubtedly have great resources to help your family and workplace get started on their individual emergency plans.

    Family Emergency Plan” printable PDF from FEMA.

  2. Prepare an Emergency Kit

    An emergency kit should be prepared well in advance of a disaster. It should contain basic supplies, including food, water, and first aid materials that can sustain you and your family for up to 72 hours. Store your emergency kit in a cool, dry place; label all items with expiration dates; and replenish supplies as needed.

    Basic Disaster Supplies Kit” list from FEMA.

  3. Connect with Your Community

    Local community organizations are great places to start gathering information on emergency preparedness plans. Visit your town hall or health department website, Council on Aging (plans for the elderly), school (plans for students), and library for resources on how best to prepare for hazards in your area. Many of these organizations meet regularly to discuss community plans and train volunteers to respond to disasters in your area. Read your local newspaper or newsletter, review bulletin boards at local hangouts, and be sure to check your mailbox for up-to-date plans from the health department and fire department. Be proactive now so you can be confident when an emergency strikes.

    Sign up to receive FEMA emergency text alerts.

National preparedness may seem like a daunting initiative, but if you start smart and local you will be prepared to protect yourself, your family, and your home in the event of an emergency. To learn more and to get involved in this life-saving initiative, visit the FEMA website today.


Coming Soon: Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care for Remote Locations, Fourth Edition

Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care for Remote Locations, Fourth Edition provides information on how to handle common injuries and illnesses when medical care is an hour away or more. Designed for those who work or travel in remote locations, this comprehensive guide will teach you what to look for and what to do in the event of an emergency, and direct you to the most appropriate type of care. Completely revised, the Fourth Edition contains updated information on first aid training and meets the 2010 cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC) guidelines.

The text also includes:

  • Expanded information on heat and cold emergencies
  • Updated guidelines for managing snake bite emergencies
  • New information on managing diabetic emergencies
  • Skill sheets providing step-by-step visual reviews of procedures discussed
  • Flow charts reinforcing the decision-making process and appropriate procedures
  • Decision tables provide a concise summary of what signs first aiders should look for and what treatment steps they should take
  • Outstanding photography and illustrations

Available: September 2013.


A New Addition to Class Schedules This Fall 

(Article from ECSI eNews: August 2013)

If you can believe it, the "Back to School" season is here once again! Many parents may be surprised to see a new addition to their child's class schedules this year: CPR training.

Recently, many U.S. states have passed laws requiring that all students are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED) before they graduate from high school. So far, 36 states have passed this life-saving law and many more are exploring the possibility or are currently working to ensure similar legislation is passed.

With statistics like these, it makes perfect sense that elementary, middle, and high school students are being educated on these critical skills:

  • Approximately 300,000 people in the United States experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year.
  • Approximately four out of five sudden cardiac arrests happen at home.
  • About half of Americans (49%) have one of three key risk factors that increase their chances for heart disease or having a heart attack: high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking.

CPR and AED training is already required for many part-time jobs and organizations that students may join, including: child and day care centers, camps, and scouting groups. Whether young people are learning CPR and AED specifically for a job or extracurricular activity or are required to by state law, their skills are invaluable in the event of an emergency in their place of work, school, or community.

ECSI is dedicated to providing affordable, accessible, and high-quality life-saving CPR and AED training resources to help schools and communities reach their training goals. To learn more, visit: www.ECSInstitute.org.

Sources: ECSI, CDC.


ECSI eNews-August 2013: Monthly Special

(Monthly Special from ECSI eNews: August 2013)

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*Please refer to coupon code NPM13 when placing your order. 10% savings in addition to ECSI Education Center pricing. Not applicable on prior purchases. Monthly Specials are limited to U.S. and Canadian orders. Offer expires 9/30/13.


Training Tip (July 2013)

Remember the old adage from your high school English teacher: "Show, don't tell?" Well, in today's media-driven society, those words still ring true.

ECSI felt it was important to note this training technique in our "Training Tip" for the month of July (ECSI eNews: July 2013):

Make training relevant for your students.

Incorporate current national or local news stories into your classes that demonstrate the need for learning emergency care skills.

ECSI has found that it is one thing to tell students about the importance of emergency care training, but the message truly resonates when they actually experience a life being saved or when real-life examples are shown in class. So, how can you incorporate these examples in your training? When you see a reporter on your local news interview a teacher who performed CPR on an unresponsive student or hear about a camp counselor who performed First Aid on a camper who was seriously injured miles from their campsite, bring the video to your class or invite the camp counselor to speak at your next training session! These seemingly simple actions allow your students to see how necessary emergency care is in our everyday lives.

Here is one example from NBC to get you started:

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