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Spring Forward and Review Important Safety Reminders

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2AM on Sunday, March 8.

ECSI reminds you to:

  • Move your clocks forward one hour.
  • Check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms–change the batteries or replace the alarms as needed!
  • Review your emergency preparedness plans and replenish your first aid kits!

Plan to be prepared in 2015!
Get started today:


Making a Difference

(Article from ECSI eNews: September 2014)

ECSI’s “Making a Difference” articles spotlight ECSI instructors and Education Centers who demonstrate an enthusiastic approach to emergency care training and provide a shining example of dedication and leadership in their community.

This month, ECSI had the chance to speak with George A. Lombardi, Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections and the Puppies for Parole program.

Please tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current role in the public safety/emergency care world. 

The Missouri Department of Corrections supervises and provides rehabilitative services to adult offenders in correctional institutions and Missouri communities to enhance public safety. Our vision is a safer Missouri, and we desire to be the standard of excellence in the field of corrections.  Through innovation and collaboration, we want to embrace changes that better serve Missouri communities impacted by criminal behavior and achieve a safer state.

What are your goals for the Puppies for Parole program? 

Our mission is to provide a safe, stable environment for dogs that have been abused or abandoned for the purpose of creating adoptable animals suitable for a variety of community purposes; at the same time, we want to provide opportunities for offenders to engage in positive behaviors outside themselves. In the beginning, our overall goal was to prevent healthy animals from being euthanized.  Puppies for Parole also helps make our prisons safer, foster compassion within the prison population, give offenders the opportunity to give back to the community in an effort to repair some of the harm they have caused. The program also helps offenders learn job skills they can use upon their release.  We now provide advanced training for dogs to become companion and helper dogs for nursing homes, mental health facilities, veterans’ homes, and to children and adults with special needs.  Our goal is to continue to save the lives of dogs; to provide specially trained dogs to people, veterans, and residential facilities; to improve the recidivism rates of offenders and change their lives; and to serve as a model for other state correctional departments.

How long have you been affiliated with the Emergency Care & Safety Institute and what made you choose ECSI for your emergency care training resources? 

We have been affiliated with ECSI since 2010. We believe in the ability of people to change.  We value the opportunity to work with offenders in our institutions and our communities and to provide them with the tools necessary to become productive, tax-paying, law-abiding citizens. ECSI offered a cost-effective program that enabled us to enhance the training we could offer to staff and offenders administrating the Puppies for Parole program.

What advice would you give to existing ECSI Education Centers and Instructors on how to be the most effective in providing emergency care training in your community? 

Remain actively involved with community supporting organizations, schools, and professional clubs. We value our Missouri families and communities that are affected by crime and the role we play in restoring them.  We value the rights of crime victims and the role of restorative justice.  We value the use of collaborative partnerships to enhance public safety by facilitating effective probation, crime prevention, reduction of recidivism, and the provision of reentry services.  

How do you feel ECSI has aided in the work you do?

Offenders who learn to be dog trainers through an apprenticeship program can earn certification through the United States Department of Labor in “Animal Trainer.” The ESCI programs will further enhance their training and increase their employment opportunities when they are released from prison.  In addition, the training has increased the safety of the dogs in our care.  Staff and offenders have been educated on first aid and emergency response for animals and are better able to respond to the needs of dogs, should they arise.

How can people find out more about the Puppies for Parole program? 

Interested parties may visit our website at doc.mo.gov/DAI/P4P.php or connect with us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/MissouriPuppiesforParole. They may also contact Cyndi Prudden by telephone at 573-526-6548 or via email at cyndi.prudden@doc.mo.gov.


ECSI eNews-September 2014: Monthly Special

(Monthly Special from ECSI eNews: September 2014)

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Did You Know?

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. This year's theme, "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare," reminds us all to make a plan to protect ourselves, our families, and our homes in the event of an emergency.

Take action by participating in America’s PrepareAthon! Each week in September also has a specific preparedness theme:

  • Week 1: How To…Reconnect with Family After a Disaster.
  • Week 2: Know How To Plan for Specific Needs Before a Disaster.
  • Week 3: How To…Build an Emergency Kit.
  • Week 4/5: How To…Practice for an Emergency.

For more details about National Preparedness Month, visit: www.ready.gov/september.


ECSI Exhibits at the National School Safety Conference

ECSI is thrilled to be an exhibitor at the 9th Annual National School Safety Conference in Orlando, Florida, this week! Check out ECSI's own Lani Byrd and Denise Howard at ECSI booth 104 below.

Learn more about the National School Safety Conference

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