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On July 19, 1910, the governor of the U.S. state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.” However, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day became a nationwide holiday in the United States.
The “Mother’s Day” we celebrate today has its origins in the peace-and-reconciliation campaigns of the post-Civil War era. During the 1860s, at the urging of activist Ann Reeves Jarvis, one divided West Virginia town celebrated “Mother’s Work Days” that brought together the mothers of Confederate and Union soldiers. In 1870, the activist Julia Ward Howe issued a “Mother’s Day Proclamation” calling on a “general congress of women” to “promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, [and] the great and general interests of peace.”

Did You Know?
There are more than 70 million fathers in the United States.

However, Mother’s Day did not become a commercial holiday until 1908, when–inspired by Jarvis’s daughter Anna, who wanted to honor her own mother by making Mother’s Day a national holiday–the John Wanamaker department store in Philadelphia sponsored a service dedicated to mothers in its auditorium. Thanks in large part to this association with retailers, who saw great potential for profit in the holiday, Mother’s Day caught on right away. In 1909, 45 states observed the day, and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson approved a resolution that made the second Sunday in May a holiday in honor of “that tender, gentle army, the mothers of America.”


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The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910. Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day. However, many men continued to disdain the day. As one historian writes, they “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products–often paid for by the father himself.”

During the 1920s and 1930s, a movement arose to scrap Mother’s Day and Father’s Day altogether in favor of a single holiday, Parents’ Day. Every year on Mother’s Day, pro-Parents’ Day groups rallied in New York City’s Central Park–a public reminder, said Parents’ Day activist and radio performer Robert Spere, “that both parents should be loved and respected together.” Paradoxically, however, the Depression derailed this effort to combine and de-commercialize the holidays. Struggling retailers and advertisers redoubled their efforts to make Father’s Day a “second Christmas” for men, promoting goods such as neckties, hats, socks, pipes and tobacco, golf clubs and other sporting goods, and greeting cards. When World War II began, advertisers began to argue that celebrating Father’s Day was a way to honor American troops and support the war effort. By the end of the war, Father’s Day may not have been a federal holiday, but it was a national institution.

In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last.

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5 Ways to Make Father’s Day Special
Plan a day he’ll remember.
By Terri Isidro-Cloudas
Father’s Day is traditionally a day of breakfast in bed and carefully selected (but hardly ever worn) ties. Whether it’s his first or his fifth, what can you do to make this Father’s Day special? We’ve asked dads what would really make Father’s Day great, and here’s what they told us:

1. Eliminate the pressure.

What Dad wants most is to have a day free from any pressure. Even the pressure of having a “perfect day.” Dad would really appreciate no deadlines, no hassles, no chores, no having to fix anything, and no rushing about on this special day. Let him really relax so he can enjoy his second wish…

2. Spend time together.

Enjoying each other’s company as a family in relative harmony seems simple. But it’s so easy to get sidetracked from your time together when you get caught up in cooking, taking a quick run to the store, or the temptation to finish up a project. Get away from the house if you must, but take this day to focus on spending time together as a family. Go for a walk, have a picnic, lie in a hammock together, share stories and dreams together. Now that’s a day Dad will really remember!

3. Make romance.

Father’s Day is not just a day to celebrate Dad as provider and caregiver for the children. It’s a day to honor your partner as your lover and friend. Make him feel special by telling him how much he means to you, dressing up for him, treating him to a massage. Give him a sexy surprise in the morning or steal a few moments during the day to show him how much you love him.

4. Focus on him.

Instead of planning everything out for him, give him the gift of freedom and choice. Let him make decisions about what to do and how to spend the day. If he’s a sports fan, accompany him to see a favorite team play. Is fishing his passion? Even if you’re not so keen on bait, go along with him if he wants you to. If he wants a few hours to himself, indulge him. He deserves it!

5. Bring on the praise.

Fathers want to be appreciated. Tell him how much you need him. Show him how you feel by writing him a thank-you note detailing the ways he contributes to the family, how he gives moral and emotional support, what makes him a great parent and partner. If writing is not your forte, consider making a short family video for him, or making a big banner in his honor. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on extravagant gifts; your gratitude and love are the greatest gifts you can give him this Father’s Day.

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Here is the hallowed ground where Man o’ War left the crowd in awe, breaking the American record while being eased under the wire—and where Secretariat pounded the dirt to thundering acclaim and scored a 31-length victory in world record time, while announcer Chic Anderson famously cackled, “He is moving like a tremendous machine!”

When the equine stars align, Triple Crown winners like Secretariat, Citation and Affirmed have baked themselves into superstardom. But even Belmont’s near-misses of Smarty Jones, Real Quiet, Silver Charm and last year’s California Chrome were the devastatingly thrilling events of their seasons.

From racing stats on every horse who’s ever started, to details on the lead jockeys who rode them to fame as well as the trainers and owners behind the magic scenes, enjoy the storied past of the Belmont Stakes, where historic decadence meets sporting innovation; absorb the glamour of past eras—while witnessing history in New York.


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National Men’s Health Week

Take action to be healthy and safe and encourage men and boys in your life to make their health a priority. Learn about steps men can take each day to improve health.

Celebrate National Men’s Health Week, June 13-19, 2016.

Get Good Sleep
Adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Also, poor sleep is responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related accidents.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
Toss out the Tobacco
It’s never too late to quit. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits. It improves your health and lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses.
Also avoid secondhand smoke. Inhaling other people’s smoke causes health problems similar to those that smokers have. Babies and kids are still growing, so the poisons in secondhand smoke hurt them more than adults.
Protecting Our Children from Secondhand Smoke
Tips from Former Smokers

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Move More
Adults need at least 2½ hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, and muscle strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms) on two or more days a week. You don’t have to do it all at once. Spread your activity out during the week, and break it into smaller amounts of time during the day.

Physical Activity for Everyone
Physical Activity and Disability
Eat Healthy
Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Fruits and vegetables have many vitamins and minerals that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Limit foods and drinks high in calories, sugar, salt, fat, and alcohol.


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Nutrition for Everyone
Fruits and Vegetables
Eat Less Salt – What You Can Do
Tame Stress
Sometimes stress can be good. However, it can be harmful when it is severe enough to make you feel overwhelmed and out of control. Take care of yourself. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Find support. Connect socially. Stay active.


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Managing Stress
Excessive Alcohol Use and Risks to Men’s Health
Stay on Top of Your Game
See your doctor or nurse for checkups. Certain diseases and conditions may not have symptoms, so checkups help identify issues early or before they can become a problem.

Get the Preventive Medical Tests You Need
Men: Stay Healthy at Any Age (AHRQ)
Pay attention to signs and symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, excessive thirst, and problems with urination. If you have these or symptoms of any kind, be sure to see your doctor or nurse. Don’t wait!

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Cancer and Men
HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Heart Disease Signs and Symptoms
Keep track of your numbers for blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI), or any others you may have. If your numbers are high or low, your doctor or nurse can explain what they mean and suggest how you can get them to a healthier range. Be sure to ask him or her what tests you need and how often you need them.

High Blood Pressure
Checking Your Blood Glucose
Get vaccinated. Everyone needs immunizations to stay healthy, no matter how old you are. Even if you had vaccines as a child, immunity can fade with time. Vaccine recommendations are based on a variety of factors, including age, overall health, and your medical history.


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Vaccine Information for Adults
Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz
Vaccine Finder




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Celebrate and Participate

in National Safety Month
Help Save Lives

and Prevent Injuries

Join NSC and thousands of organizations across the country as we work to raise awareness of what it takes to stay safe. Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.

Home and Recreational Safety
Learn key safety tips to keep family members safe.

Know the Facts

According to Injury Facts 2015, in 2013, an estimated 93,200 unintentional-injury related

deaths occurred in the home and community.

Families need to be aware of the dangers related to homes and recreation

and take the proper safety precautions to prevent unintentional injuries and deaths.

The following are the top causes:

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Water Safety Tips courtesy

of the

“Simple Steps Save Lives” Program

  1. Staying close, being alert and watching children in and around the pool
    •   Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch your child when he or she is in or near water
    •   Teach children basic water safety tips
    •   Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
    •   Have a telephone close by when you or your family is using a pool or spa
    •   If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
    •   Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors
  2. Learning and practicing water safety skills
    •   Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim
    •   Learn to perform CPR on children and adults and update those skills regularly
    •   Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency
  3. Having appropriate equipment for your pool or spa
    •   Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self- latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools
    •   Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
    •   If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.
    •   Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
    •   Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers and ask your pool serviceprovider if you don’t know.
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Stay Safe In and Out of the Water

Summer is almost here, which means many of us will be spending more time outdoors and in and around water. While many are aware of the importance of safety around pools and at the beach, parents also need to supervise their children near bathtubs.

Drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 4 and is the second leading cause of death for children 5-14 (Injury Facts, 2015)
Most drowning and near-drowning incidents happen when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub (Injury Facts, 2015)

Water safety should be practiced with adults, as well. According to an American Red Cross survey, only 56% of adults who say they can swim are able to perform five critical water-safety skills that could save their lives. These skills include:

Floating or treading water for one minute without a flotation device
Stepping or jumping into water over your head and returning to the surface
Treading water or floating in a full circle and then finding a way out of the water
Exiting a pool without using a ladder
Swimming 25 yards without stopping

Are you able to perform these activities? If not, it may be time to learn or practice these skills at your local YMCA or other swim program with certified swim instructors. If you are in the Great Lakes region, you can reach out to the Great Lakes Surf and Rescue Project.

Tips for Children and Adults

For Children and Parents:

-Always watch your child while he or she is bathing, swimming or around water
-Gather everything needed (towel, bath toys, sunscreen) before the child enters the water; if you must leave the area, take the child with you
-Empty all buckets, bathtubs and kiddie pools of water immediately after use and store them upside down and out of your child’s reach
-Do not allow your child to play or swim in canals or streams
-Install a 5-foot-tall fence with self-closing gate latches around your pool or hot tub
-Consider installing door alarms to alert adults when a child has unexpectedly opened a door leading to a pool or hot tub
-Keep a phone and life preserver near the pool or hot tub in case of emergency
-Use snug-fitting life jackets instead of floaties, but remember that a child can still drown with a lifejacket on if not carefully watched
-Become certified in First Aid and CPR
-Find age-appropriate swim lessons for your child, but keep in mind that lessons do not make your child “drown-proof”

For Adults:

-Always swim with a buddy
-Never swim if you have been drinking alcohol or have taken certain medications
-Learn how to swim; find swimming lessons at the local YMCA or park district
-When boating, wear a life jacket
-Learn First Aid and CPR
-Swim in designated areas with lifeguards

Additional water safety resources:

National Safety Council: Water Safety
Great Lakes Surf and Rescue Project
CDC: Unintentional Drowning
Safe Kids: Water Safety Tips

Everyone Has a Role in Making Our Roads Safer

No one wakes up thinking they will lose a loved one in a car crash that day. But vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for children and young adults ages 5 to 24. They are the No. 2 cause of death for adults 25 and older and for toddlers, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Overwhelmingly, these deaths are preventable, and you can help change these statistics. Be aware of the dangers associated with impaired driving, speeding, not using a seat belt, or letting a child play in or near a vehicle.
The National Safety Council has a message for every driver: Slow down, make good choices, buckle up and watch out for children. It will save lives. And remember, you’re setting an example for your own kids. Read More>>


Poisoning Prevention

Prevent Poisoning and Overdoses in Your Home

Every year, poison control centers receive about 2.2 million calls seeking medical help for poisoning. Unintentional poisoning includes the unsupervised ingestion of drugs or chemicals, “overdoses” or the excessive use of a drug, and exposure to environmental substances. The most common poisons include prescription and over-the-counter medications, cleaning products and personal care products. In adults, prescription drug overdose is the leading cause of unintentional injury death.

Put medicines away every time after you use them:

Make sure the safety cap is locked, listen for the click.
Never tell children medicine is candy.
Ask visitors to lock and put away suitcases or purses containing medications.
Program the poison control number, (800) 222-1222, in your home and cell phones.
Safely dispose of leftover and unwanted medications.
You can prevent poisoning by making sure medicines are sealed tight. Never tell children medicine is candy. Safely dispose of old medicine and make sure you have Poison Control on speed dial, (800) 222-1222.  Read More>>

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Choking Prevention and Safety Tips

By Mayo Clinic Staff
Choking occurs when a foreign object becomes lodged in the throat or windpipe, blocking the flow of air. In adults, a piece of food often is the culprit. Young children often swallow small objects. Because choking cuts off oxygen to the brain, administer first aid as quickly as possible.

The universal sign for choking is hands clutched to the throat. If the person doesn’t give the signal, look for these indications:

Inability to talk
Difficulty breathing or noisy breathing
Inability to cough forcefully
Skin, lips and nails turning blue or dusky
Loss of consciousness

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If choking is occurring, the Red Cross recommends a “five-and-five” approach to delivering first aid:

Give 5 back blows. First, deliver five back blows between the person’s shoulder blades with the heel of your hand.
Give 5 abdominal thrusts. Perform five abdominal thrusts (also known as the Heimlich maneuver).
Alternate between 5 blows and 5 thrusts until the blockage is dislodged.
The American Heart Association doesn’t teach the back blow technique, only the abdominal thrust procedures. It’s OK not to use back blows, if you haven’t learned the technique. Both approaches are acceptable.

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To perform abdominal thrusts (Heimlich maneuver) on someone else:

Stand behind the person. Wrap your arms around the waist. Tip the person forward slightly.
Make a fist with one hand. Position it slightly above the person’s navel.
Grasp the fist with the other hand. Press hard into the abdomen with a quick, upward thrust — as if trying to lift the person up.
Perform a total of 5 abdominal thrusts, if needed. If the blockage still isn’t dislodged, repeat the five-and-five cycle.
If you’re the only rescuer, perform back blows and abdominal thrusts before calling 911 or your local emergency number for help. If another person is available, have that person call for help while you perform first aid.

If the person becomes unconscious, perform standard CPR with chest compressions and rescue breaths.

To perform abdominal thrusts (Heimlich maneuver) on yourself:

First, if you’re alone and choking, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. Then, although you’ll be unable to effectively deliver back blows to yourself, you can still perform abdominal thrusts to dislodge the item.

Place a fist slightly above your navel.
Grasp your fist with the other hand and bend over a hard surface — a countertop or chair will do.
Shove your fist inward and upward.
To clear the airway of a pregnant woman or obese person:

Position your hands a little bit higher than with a normal Heimlich maneuver, at the base of the breastbone, just above the joining of the lowest ribs.
Proceed as with the Heimlich maneuver, pressing hard into the chest, with a quick thrust.
Repeat until the food or other blockage is dislodged or the person becomes unconscious.
To clear the airway of an unconscious person:

Lower the person on his or her back onto the floor.
Clear the airway. If a blockage is visible at the back of the throat or high in the throat, reach a finger into the mouth and sweep out the cause of the blockage. Be careful not to push the food or object deeper into the airway, which can happen easily in young children.
Begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if the object remains lodged and the person doesn’t respond after you take the above measures. The chest compressions used in CPR may dislodge the object. Remember to recheck the mouth periodically.
To clear the airway of a choking infant younger than age 1:

Assume a seated position and hold the infant facedown on your forearm, which is resting on your thigh.
Thump the infant gently but firmly five times on the middle of the back using the heel of your hand. The combination of gravity and the back blows should release the blocking object.
Hold the infant faceup on your forearm with the head lower than the trunk if the above doesn’t work. Using two fingers placed at the center of the infant’s breastbone, give five quick chest compressions.
Repeat the back blows and chest thrusts if breathing doesn’t resume. Call for emergency medical help.
Begin infant CPR if one of these techniques opens the airway but the infant doesn’t resume breathing.
If the child is older than age 1, give abdominal thrusts only.

To prepare yourself for these situations, learn the Heimlich maneuver and CPR in a certified first-aid training course.

Know the signs and how to react if you find yourself in the presence of someone who’s choking.

Fourth Leading Cause of Unintentional Injury Death

According to Injury Facts 2015, choking was the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in 2011, following poisonings, motor vehicle crashes and falls. While choking is a hazard for all ages, choking deaths peaked at age 84 in 2011, with 159 deaths.

Foods are responsible for many choking incidents, especially in the elderly. Choking can cause a simple coughing fit or something more serious like a complete blockage of the airway, which can lead to death. A few simple behaviors can keep you and your loved ones from choking, such as chewing food slowly and not drinking too much alcohol.

Choking Infants and Children

Choking hazards for children include food, toys and household items. Signs of a choking child include:

Difficulty breathing
A weak cry or cough
Bluish skin color
Loss of consciousness
Inability to make a sound
High pitched sounds while inhaling

To prevent choking in children, keep small objects out of reach, cut food into small pieces and don’t let them have hard candy. Young children should be supervisied while eating and playing.  READ MORE>>


Is it Time to Fall-proof Your Parents’ Home?

Your parents have been living quite well in their own home for decades now. But if you’re thinking it might be time to step in and give their home a fall-prevention assessment, you’re right.

In honor of Older Americans Month in May, the National Safety Council offers some statistics about older-adult falls – and some solutions for keeping your loved ones safe.  READ MORE>>

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Protect Yourself Against Fire and Treat Burns
Know what to do when dealing with fire and burns.


Fires in homes are a serious issue. Often fatal fires are the result of not having a working smoke alarm or carbon monoxide dectector. You can prevent fires through simple steps. Make sure you have a properly working smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm, change the batteries at least once a year. Plan and practice a family escape route. Learn how to use your fire extinguisher and remember if your clothes catch on fire to: Stop, Drop and Roll.

If you are evacuating a burning building don’t go through doors whose handles are hot. Leave your house, call for help. Do not go back to help someone else.


Burns are a common injury whether it be from a household cleaning product or the sun. How severe a burn is varies by degrees. There are three types of burns: first degree, second degree, and third degree burns. If you don’t know how severe your burn is call 911 or seek medical treatment. The following are the most common causes of burns:

Preventing Burns

You can prevent burns using simple safety steps such as using pot holders when handling hot pots and pans also be careful when frying foods. Keep chemicals out of the reach of children and unplug household appliances when not in use. Make sure your electrical sockets are covered and keep kids away from the stove or fireplace.

When trying to beat the heat or spending a day in the sun, make sure to use and reapply sunscreen. It’s best to prevent direct exposure to sun when possible.

Treating Burns

If you or a loved one gets a burn, follow these steps.

For minor burns you should use a cool compress, cover the burn with a non-stick dressing and take over-the-counter pain reliever.

For major burns you should call 911, make sure the victim is not in contact with the burn source, check for responsiveness and breathing. If the victim is not breathing begin CPR.


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Emergency Preparedness
Do You Know What to Do During a Weather Emergency?

Daily routines can be disrupted with little or no warning by a catastrophic event, such as an earthquake, tornado, hurricane or flood. Help might not always be available, so emergency preparedness is key.

When you face a weather-related emergency, try to stay informed through radio, TV or the Internet. In some cases, however, cable, electric and cell phone service can be knocked out, making communication nearly impossible. The National Safety Council recommends the following general precautions that apply to many disaster situations:

Have an emergency kit in your car and at least three days of food and water at home:

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What Should You Keep in the Car?

Every vehicle should have an emergency supply kit located in the trunk. Kits should be checked every six months, and expired items should be replaced to keep it up to date.



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Vehicle emergency supply kids should include:

-A properly inflated spare tire, wheel wrench and tripod jack
-Jumper cables
-Tool kit and/or a multipurpose utility tool
-Flashlight and extra batteries
-Reflective triangles and brightly colored cloth to make your vehicle more visible
-First aid kit with gauze, tape, bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, a blanket, nonlatex gloves, scissors, hydrocortisone, thermometer, tweezers and instant cold compress
-Nonperishable, high-energy foods, such as unsalted nuts, dried fruits and hard candy
-Drinking water
-Reflective vest in case you need to walk to get help
-Car charger for your cell phone
-Fire extinguisher
-Duct tape
-Rain poncho
-Additional items for cold weather include a snow brush, shovel, windshield washer fluid, warm clothing, cat litter for traction and blankets

It’s also a good idea to keep family and emergency phone numbers, including your auto insurance provider and a towing company, in your phone.
Be sure to store all important documents – birth certificates, insurance policies, etc. – in a fire-proof safe or safety deposit box
Assign one family member to learn first aid and CPR
Know how to shut off utilities

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Here’s What to Keep at Home in an Emergency Supply Kit

Every home should have an emergency supply kit located in an accessible storage area. It’s best if you store the items in plastic containers that are easy to grab and carry. Kits should be checked every six months, and expired items should be replaced to keep the kit up to date.

Emergency kits are meant to help you survive not only during an emergency, but also during the aftermath. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, after a tornado in Marion, IL, 50% of the tornado-related injuries were suffered during rescue attempts, cleanup and other post-tornado activities.

Home emergency supply kits should include:

-One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
-Enough nonperishable food for at least three days and a can opener; keep protein-packed foods you can cook without electricity, such as tuna, peanut butter and granola bars, and don’t forget about food for your pets
-Hand-crank or battery-powered radio with extra batteries to stay up to date on the latest weather alerts
-Flashlight with extra batteries
-First aid kit with gauze, tape, bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, a blanket, nonlatex gloves, scissors, hydrocortisone, thermometer, tweezers and instant cold compress
-Tool kit with basic tools, in case you need to shut off utilities
-Hand sanitizer and garbage bags for sanitation
-Plastic sheeting and duct tape in case of broken windows or a leaky roof
-Whistle to signal for help so rescuers can locate you

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Tornadoes: Nature’s Wrath

Not one state in the continental U.S. has escaped the wrath of tornadoes. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, tornado season runs between May and June in the Southern Plains, June and July in the central United States, and earlier in the spring on the Gulf Coast. But tornadoes can strike at any time of the year. If a tornado is spotted:

Seek shelter immediately
If you’re away from home, seek out a basement, interior corridor, tunnel, underground parking lot or subway
Avoid auditoriums, upper floors of buildings, trailers and parked vehicles
Stay away from all windows
If you’re out in the open, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area and protect your head; stay away from poles or overhead lines
If you’re driving, drive at right angles to the tornado’s path; if you can’t escape it, get out of the vehicle and seek a low-lying area
If you’re at home, head for the basement and take cover under a heavy table or workbench; if you don’t have a basement, go into a windowless room in the center of the house
Stay away from windows and cover yourself with a rug for protection against flying glass and debris
Know the difference between a watch (conditions are favorable for a tornado to form) and a warning (a tornado has been spotted in your area and you should take shelter immediately)

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Odds of Dying
Many Americans often worry about plane crashes or lightning strikes. But everyday things like driving pose greater risks to our safety. Find out more about your odds of dying from various causes.

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