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Monthly Archives: October 2016

  • Silly

    We hope you have a Fun & Safe Halloween... we are having one here!


  • Decorate

    Happy Halloween Weekend!

    Hope you have a great, safe and fun Halloween! Lots of MagicHalloween FoodCostumes, and don't forget the Halloween Safety!

    Are you having a Jack-o-Lantern carving contest or Pumpkin Decorating event? Here are a few entries in our work event... Jack-o-Lantern-Contest

  • Outside - whether you like it or not!

    Wilderness and Outdoor Preparedness is a theme for hikers, campers, and trekkers - but should be a concern for everyone.

    Disasters often make outdoor survival needs an immediate concern for the most timid home bodies, not just the adventurous.

    Coast2CactusA line from the great guide "Coast to Cactus the Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego County" captures this well:

    Much of maximizing your outdoor experience can be summarized in one word and done before leaving home—preparation.

    Learn About Specific Types of Disaster Preparedness:

  • Magic

    HoudiniMagic and Mystery are a part of Halloween Fun, just as Halloween Safety, Costumes and Party Ideas are.

    Magic often brings to mind the Great Harry Houdini... Did you know that on this day in 1926 the magician Harry Houdini gave his very last performance at the Garrick Theater in Detroit,

    Houdini was an illusionist and performer who got his start in vaudeville and became known for his daring escape acts. He got his big break in 1899 making a name for himself in the U.S. and in 1900 toured Europe with his act catching imaginations with his ability to escape handcuffs. His best known trick. the Chinese Water Torture Cell was first performed in 1913 and featured the performer suspended upside-down in a glass box full of water. His ability to hold his breath being the key to his escape. Houdini became famous worldwide and inspired many magicians and illusionists that came after him.

  • Halloween Safety


    Walk Safely

    • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
    • Look left, right, and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross.
    • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up. Walk, don’t run, across the street.
    • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
    • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
    • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

    Did you know that the likelihood of your child being struck by a car or killed in a car/pedestrian collision quadruples on Halloween? Deaths and injuries by fire also jump from to .Halloween-Pedestrian

    Trick or Treat With an Adult

    • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

    Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

    • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
    • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
    • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
    • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

    Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

    • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
    • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs.
    • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
    • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
    • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic, and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
    • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

    MORE SAFETY TIPS! Halloween Blog Articles:

    Other Resources:

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  • Call your Mummy!

    It's October! Fall, Fun - and Parties!

    Meow 078We always see a lot of "different" orders this time of year... creative a unique costume ideas - like soaking gauze rolls in black tea to "age" them for mummy wraps. Others go the easy route with elastic (ace) bandages, and the really creative go for the rainbow mummy look with our Sensi Wrap!

    Other big hits are our blood spill and personal protective equipment (masks, loves, gowns, booties) for those that want to "play doctor", our fun bandages to set the theme (Bigfoot, Jane Austen, kisses, crime scene and much more!) - it's amazing how many unique costumes we hear about... and smart, too - many do the "outback" or Wilderness Explorer" looks using real Wilderness Safety Gear... and then they still have it after for emergencies - same thing with our weird gadgets!

    Trauma-TimmyThen, of course, the haunted house and party decorators love our casualty simulation / moulage, our body bags, and Trauma Timmy!

    Make yourself a Rainbow Mummy Costume! Make yourself a Rainbow Mummy Costume!
  • Kitty Litter Cake (Yum!)

    Want to win the Halloween Pot Luck Contest?

    This has been a big kit for everyone here on our Team - it's an annual tradition at our Halloween Pot Luck now, but was the clear winner the first year it came in to grace our table!

    Besides being delicious, there's nothing like bringing it to a Halloween Party and watching people's faces when the go to grab a bite and find this "plopped" in the middle of the table.

    Kitty Litter Cake (Yum!)

    See the recipe and directions below...

    Kitty Litter Cake Kitty Litter Cake

    1 box spice or German chocolate cake mix
    1 box of white cake mix
    1 package white sandwich cookies
    1 large package vanilla instant pudding mix
    A few drops green food coloring
    12 small Tootsie Rolls or equivalent

    1 NEW cat-litter box
    1 NEW cat-litter box liner
    1 NEW pooper scooper

    1) Prepare and bake cake mixes, according to directions, in any size pan. Prepare pudding and chill. Crumble cookies in small batches in blender or food processor. Add a few drops of green food coloring to 1 cup of cookie crumbs.. Mix wit h a fork or shake in a jar. Set aside.

    2) When cakes are at room temperature, crumble them into a large bowl. Toss with half of the remaining cookie crumbs and enough pudding to make the mixture moist but not soggy. Place liner in litter box and pour in mixture.

    3) Unwrap 3 Tootsie Rolls and heat in a microwave until soft and pliable. Shape
    the blunt ends into slightly curved point s. Repeat with three more rolls. Bury the rolls decoratively in the cake mixture. Sprinkle remaining white cookie crumbs over the mixture, then scatter green crumbs lightly over top.

    4) Heat 5 more Tootsie Rolls until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle with crumbs from the litter box. Heat the remaining Tootsie Roll until pliable and hang it over the edge of the box. Place box on a sheet of newspaper and serve with scooper. Enjoy it (once you get over the gag reflex!)


  • Are you ready to Shake it?!?

    Do you know how to protect yourself and others during an earthquake? Even if earthquakes are rare where you live, they may happen where you or your family travel. Great ShakeOut earthquake drills are an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to get prepared for major earthquakes, so use this event as an opportunity to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. Participate on Thursday, October 20, 2016 - find your Official ShakeOut region. For more ShakeOut resources click here.



  • Foiled again

    Whether you call it a space blanket, mylar blanket, emergency blanket, or like ANSI, refer to it as a foil blanket... this is a lifesaver - literally.

    Like a poncho, an emergency mylar blanket is one of those "wonder tools" that is really, really inexpensive, yet can serve a myriad of emergency first aid and survival needs.

    Disaster survival preparation may seem overwhelming and expensive. We are going to make it very easy and share with you 50 uses for Mylar Solar Emergency Blankets which are inexpensive and easy! Tourniquets, emergency pillow, poncho, canopy, fire starter, flotation device, clothing, shade, sling for broken arm, trail markers, sleeping bag liner, leg warmer, reflective or signal device, even a gift, and much more! You can print to hand out with the blankets, email to friends, post it online… whatever you like – it’s free!


    The International Safety Equipment Association & American National Standards Institute, Inc. ANSI/ISEA Z308.1-2015 First Aid Standards recommend a Foil blanket to treat shock and/or cold-stress related injuries.

    Learn more

    Solar Emergency Blanket 84 x 52 - BEST VALUE! Solar Emergency Blanket 84 x 52 - BEST VALUE!



    WRN-AmbassadorAs you may know, Hurricane Matthew is expected to impact the southeastern U.S. over the next few days. As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we encourage you to access these preparedness information resources and most importantly, we'd like to motivate you, your employees, friends, families, and community to prepare and respond to #Matthew. The rain, flooding, storm surge, and wind of a hurricane can be life-threatening.


    STEP 1: Check your local forecast on,, commercial apps, or your local TV/radio station, and make sure your NOAA Weather Radio is ready to go!

    STEP 2: Prepare with tips from and the below infographic.

    STEP 3: Work your plan!

    STEP 4: Follow your local forecast office on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with #Matthew

    Go to

    Here are a few notable accounts:

    National Hurricane Center

    Hurricane Specialist Unit Operations @NHC_Atlantic
    Real-time, operational information or announcements regarding active tropical cyclones and disturbances, for our two basins of responsibility. Automated tweets are generated whenever a Public Advisory (TCP) or Tropical Cyclone Update (TCU) has been issued.

    Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch @NHC_TAFB
    Issues more than 100 marine products daily covering millions of square miles of the Atlantic and eastern Pacific Ocean.

    Storm Surge @NHC_Surge
    Storm surge forecasts during an event, resources permitting. The feed will enhance preparedness and outreach efforts throughout the year, and provide news and announcements on updates to the SLOSH modeling system and storm surge decision support tools.

    STEP 5: Share these simple steps #Matthew with others!

    Hurricane Infographic

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