Drop, Cover, and HoldOn for the Great Shakeout

On October 20th at 10:20 a.m. millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover and Hold On in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill.

In case you’re wondering, the drills began in Southern California in 2008 with the goal of teaching the public how to protect themselves during a large earthquake, and how to get prepared for one.

Like me, many of you probably just ignore these drills. But the reality is; earthquakes are happening everywhere. You could even be on vacation when one strikes, so a little preparedness wouldn’t hurt.

The Great ShakeOut practice drills are now held in more than 20 Official ShakeOut Regions, along with an option for people in any other state or country to also register and be counted in the global total.

Everyone is invited to participate. According to the Great ShakeOut website currently there are 9,173 individuals and families participating in the event.

If you would like more information  on the Great ShakeOut or for resources, click here. If you like what you read here, share it!

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This Smart Cycling Helmet Could Save Lives 

It’s Friday July 22, 2016

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(Photo by Brooklyness)

One dark summer night on a deserted road, Kenny, an award-winning motorcycle racer, opened the throttle of his motorcycle and rode fast.

What Kenny didn’t know was that about a mile ahead of him was a truck waiting at a stop sign. The tail lights were broken. The night was black. Kenny couldn’t see the stop sign because it wasn’t lit up.

In a flash, Kenny slammed into the back of the truck. He wasn’t wearing a helmet. The life he knew was over. Although Kenny physically survived, he suffered serious brain damage.

And he was aware of it.

One day while visiting him he pointed out pictures of his old life. One picture showed him getting an award surrounded by women. Another was a picture of him competing as a bodybuilder. And another was a picture of him in an ad campaign.

It was hard for him to speak but in a childlike manner he told me he wasn’t wearing a helmet the day he got into the accident. His face had regret written all over it. My eyes teared up as I listened.

I haven’t seen Kenny in years as I have since moved away. But from time-to-time I think about him. His story is a constant reminder to me to choose safety first–always.

It was Kenny that came to mind when I stumbled across the Classon smart cycling helmet on Kickstarter.

I realize bicycles and motorcycles travel at different speeds. But speed wont matter if you’re not wearing a helmet and you hit your head just a little too hard. 

 “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.”                                      

The Classon intelligent helmet created by Brooklyness, a Brooklyn-based company, is genius! It’s aimed at preventing bicycle accidents by giving the cyclist the necessary safety tools to navigate the road, to be aware of their surroundings, and to communicate their intentions to motorists.

The Classon is equipped with gesture recognition turn signals (blinkers) in the front and back activated by arm movement. It has two cameras–one in front and one in back–ensuring that you are visible to others. 

The cameras even alert you when a car is in your blind spot. Brake lights automatically turn on when you reduce speed. For an additional fee, you can get GPS guided navigation and the ability to edit and share your video to social media, directly from your helmet.

This helmet could save lives by minimizing the chance of an accident.

Classon specs

The camera can record up to six hours of HD footage. It’s water resistant. Will be available in sizes junior, medium and large. It weighs 1.1 pounds and will be offered in colors black, white, orange, blue and yellow.

It has a battery life of 2.5 hours and takes 1 hour to charge. The helmet is not yet on the market but it is expected to be available in 2017. The price will be $299.00.

 

 

Why your pumpkin should be teal blue this Halloween

Hello friends! Debbie Downer here asking YOU to support the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween by handing out non-food items to your trick-or-treaters. What? Why would I want to do that? Well, I’m glad you asked! I realize that part of the fun of Halloween is that it’s the ONE day out of the year that kids can take candy from strangers. And even better, they can take as much of it as they can get. 

But did you know

  • According to Food Allergy Research and Education, approximately 15 million Americans have food allergies. (And that number continues grow)
  • 38.7 percent of children with food allergies have a severe reaction some leading to death
  • 1 in every 13 children have food allergies

Tell me more about teal pumpkin

The Teal Pumpkin Project is a movement started by Food Allergy Research and Education (aka FARE). It was initiated in 2014 with the goal of raising awareness to food allergies, and making Halloween safer for ALL. Last year, households from 50 states and 7 countries participated in the movement.

It’s easy to do!

All you have to do is paint a pumpkin teal and put it on your porch, stoop or doorstep along with a free printable sign from FARE to indicate you have non-food treats available. Trust me, you’ll make a family and a child very happy. I know what I’m talking about here because I have food allergies and my sister was a diabetic.

To print your free teal pumpkin sign or to get some non-food treat ideas go to foodallergy.org


Jennifer Beals Petitions Dollars Stores To Phase Out Toxic Chemicals

Actress and mom, Jennifer Beals, uses change.org to challenge all Dollar stores to phase out toxic chemicals and to stop exposing their children, customers and employees to unnecessary risks.

Beals said a new report found at least one toxic chemical in nearly every product at Dollar stores. Chemicals linked to learning disabilities, brain development, cancer and other serious illnesses.

This is not simply a toxic chemical issue, it’s a social justice issue, said Beals

Dollar stores often serve low-income neighborhoods as well as seniors on a budget. Beals said her family shopped at Dollar stores when she was a child because they didn’t have enough money to go elsewhere.

I can’t imagine my child being exposed to such terrible chemicals at such a young age because companies are not standing behind their responsibility to protect consumers, she said.

I reached out to Dollar stores listed in the petition and requested a response, but I have yet to hear from any of them. If I do, I’ll let you know. I did, however, go to their corporate websites.

As part of this commitment we seek to ensure that the sourcing of all of our products and services is performed in compliance with the highest legal and ethical standards of social responsibility. We are committed to continuing to evolve our standards and practices to insure the highest standards are being met in rapidly changing global economy.-Family Dollar

Part of the value we strive to provide is the assurance that our business is being run the right way; that we are following best practices; that we conduct all aspects of the business with honest, integrity and respect; and that we are good stewards of the environment.-Dollar Tree

Did you know Dollar stores have a combined sales of 36 billion dollars and operate more stores than Walmart?

If you’d like to sign the petition go to change.org