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Disaster Preparedness: Hurricane

There is a storm brewing and all weather models point to your town. Now what? With information, plans, and supplies, you can be prepared to "weather the storm" – whether that means staying put or getting the heck out of Dodge. The first step is understanding the weather conditions in your area. A Hurricane Watch means hurricane conditions are a threat within 48 hours. A Hurricane Warning means hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours.

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Disaster Preparedness: After the Storm

Often, tolerating conditions after a major natural disaster can be more difficult than weathering the storm itself. Hardships brought on by floodwater, lack of electricity, downed trees and power lines, and structural damage to buildings and roads can pose an inconvenience at best and a grave danger at worst. Whether you remain at home or are evacuated, keeping the following tips in mind will help ensure a safe recovery from the storm.

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Business Continuity Planning

When faced with emergencies that cause business interruptions, protecting people, assets and facilities is top priority; but business continuity is paramount to minimize financial loss and maintain support to your customers. Advanced strategic planning to protect ongoing business maintenance and functions is crucial.

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Stalker Awareness and Safety

It can be easy to down play and want to ignore an uncomfortable situation or encounter, but stalking is a serious crime that should be dealt with immediately upon recognizing an issue. It is important to be prepared if you experience a stalker of your own, as there is serious danger involved with this crime. Below are several steps you can take to effectively deal with a stalker and protect yourself:

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Food Poisoning Prevention

The much dreaded “stomach flu” is often times the result of food poisoning. An estimated 350,000 people die worldwide every year from food-borne related illnesses. Harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses and chemicals can contaminate our food and water and cause serious illness, lasting side effects and even death. Keep you and your family safe from food poisoning by preventing contamination and learning the symptoms and the proper treatment for a food borne illness.

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Crisis Response: Is Your Organization Prepared?

It isn’t enough to just have a plan B. With the evolving threats facing our modern world and touching the familiar corners of our lives, the concern has shifted from if a catastrophic event will happen to when it will happen. We now have to account for the reality of the unimaginable and the improbable actually occurring. Not only do you need a “Plan B”, but also contingencies for X, Y, and Z, and even Q.

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National Park Safety

From pristine beaches, maritime forests and moss laden swamps to snow-capped vistas and wide alpine meadows to dusty desert rock formations, stalactite caverns and underground waterfalls, National Parks provide amazing opportunities to experience the natural beauty of different landscapes, environments and habitats. As a visitor to these parks it is important to remember that these are natural environments that present unique perils. In order to protect visitors, the natural environments and wildlife, parks have specific rules set in place to preserve these natural wonders. It is the duty of the visitors to abide by park rules to ensure the present and future conservation of the parks. To "Leave No Trace" follow these park etiquette tips for your next visit to preserve both your safety and the sanctity of all our National Parks.

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Rip Current Safety

Glistening sand, rhythmically crashing waves and palm trees rustling in the breeze evoke visions of a relaxing beach vacation; and while the tides might be on a schedule, ocean currents are unpredictable and can be very dangerous. A rip current, commonly called riptide or undertow, is the leading surf hazard for all beach goers and is particularly dangerous for weak or young swimmers. Over 100 drownings every year in the U.S. are caused by rip currents. Protect yourself and your family by learning how to identify and how to escape a rip current. You might just save your life.

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Grilling Safety

Nothing says summer fun like getting together for a backyard barbecue with friends and family. No matter the reason or the occasion, grilling your food outdoors is easy and makes for a tasty meal. But grilling is not without its risks. So before you fire up that grill for your next barbecue, read these helpful grilling guidelines to keep you (and your burgers) safe.

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Fireworks Safety

Used for celebrations, holidays or just a night at home, fireworks can provide spectacular entertainment for people of all ages. But before purchasing fireworks, it is important to know your state’s firework laws. Only three states (Delaware, Massachusetts and New Jersey) ban all consumer fireworks. Illinois, Idaho, Ohio and Vermont only allow wire or wood stick sparklers and other novelty items. The remaining 43 states and the District of Columbia allow some or all types of consumer fireworks permitted by federal regulations.

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Power Tool Safety

Accidents happen and mistakes are made, but when it involves power tools there is no "do-over" and even the smallest accident can have catastrophic effects. Precaution is top priority when operating power tools. So before you begin your next project involving your favorite power tool read our tips to keep safety paramount and avoid serious injury.

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Vacation Safety

Vacations are meant to be relaxing and stress free, but that state of nirvana can be disrupted if you fall victim to a crime. To help ensure a worry free getaway, we have complied some helpful preventative tips and strategies to keep you safe while you are away.

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Crucial Resume Information for New Graduates

School is out and you finally have that hard-earned degree. Congratulations! Now it’s time to get that dream job and begin your long and illustrious career that you’ve spent all those years studying and prepping for. Even if you know all the right people and have top-notch connections, you still need to organize your curriculum vitae into a cohesive summary that shows off the best of your skills and succinctly explains what sets you apart from other applicants. Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when crafting your resume.

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Tick Bite Awareness and Prevention

Tiny arachnids, ticks are vectors for numerous disease causing pathogens. Second only in disease transmission to mosquitos, ticks carry bacteria, viruses and parasites that cause serious, life-altering illnesses that can be fatal to humans. Avoiding tickss and knowing the early symptoms of a tickborne illness is your best strategy in preventing serious complications from a tick bite.

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Road Rage Prevention

Traffic, accidents, crazy drivers, and sometimes just a bad day can incite fury when behind the wheel of a car. In this busy, fast-paced driven world, we all experience our share frustration while driving but when allowed to escalate, this frustration can lead to dangerous, sometimes deadly situations. What would you do if someone started edging toward you and attempted to run you off the road? What if they got out of their car to confront you? Below are some tips to help you sidestep a dangerous road rage confrontation and stay safe behind the wheel.

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Burn Injury Awareness and Safety

Burn injuries are one of the most common household injuries and can range from mild to severe. However, traumatic burn injuries and burn-related infections cause 265,000 people worldwide to die each year. Being well-informed about different burns and how to treat them can not only dramatically affect the severity of the burn but could also save a life.

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Domestic Violence Safety

Domestic violence is all too common in our society and often goes unreported. Please speak up if you, or someone you know, is a victim of domestic violence. If you feel you are unable to leave your abuser, there are things you can do to make you and your family safer. Read the following guide to learn how to protect yourself from domestic violence.

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Airbag Safety

Since 1998 airbags have been standard on all new cars and are a critical safety feature that can prevent injury and death in the event of an accident. However, without proper use, airbags can be the cause of serious, secondary injuries and in some instances, result in death. To make airbag technology as effective as possible follow these safety guidelines to ensure you and your passengers are safe in the event of an accident.

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Environmental Friendliness in the Workplace

Workplaces are full of opportunities to conserve energy and resources. Make Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. your official workplace mantra. Follow these environmentally friendly tips to make sure that your workplace is as green as possible.

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Household Chemical Safety

The average household contains upwards of 25 gallons of toxic materials. Most are probably sitting under your kitchen and bathroom sinks, in your laundry room or are in your garage. The products we use to care and keep up our homes often contain hazardous and toxic chemicals that pose serious health risks if not properly handled. You can avoid negative health effects by inspecting ingredients, following safe usage protocol and storing your products properly.

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Rabies Safety

Rabies is a serious, fatal virus that can infect any warm-blooded animal, including humans. Annually, 55,000 people are infected worldwide. While there is no cure and the disease is almost always fatal, it is preventable through good animal vaccination and control practices and enhanced medical access for those who are exposed.

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Household Electrical Safety

Faulty electrical wiring or misuse of electricity is one of the leading causes of house fires in the United States. Each year, electricity causes injury and death to many people. Many of these accidents can be eliminated by following simple safety procedures. Use the following recommended prevention steps to ensure the electrical situation in your home is secure.

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Driving In the Rain Safety

Low visibility and slippery terrain make for an intimidating combination, but wet weather doesn’t have to keep you from getting to your destination. Before you get caught in a storm, read these safety tips to keep you safe on the roads.

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Snakebite Procedure Safety

A return to warm weather means snakes are resuming activity. An afternoon of yard work or a leisurely hike in the woods could end disastrously by surprising a snake. Before disaster strikes, learn the best practices to avoid snake bites and how to treat them when a bite is unavoidable.

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Concussion Awareness

What might seem like just a bump to the head could be a brain injury. Concussions are sometimes referred to as a “mild brain injury” because they are usually not life-threatening. However, if not recognized or taken seriously, a concussion can have significant complications and cause permanent impairment.

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Flood Safety

A flood is a natural disaster that can happen quickly, cause devastating loss of property and life, and is the number one cause of weather related deaths. Awareness and being prepared for the threat and reality of a flood can help save property and lives.

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AED Safety

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that mechanically diagnoses life-threatening cardiac events and treats them through defibrillation until emergency responders arrive. An AED device can be crucial in saving a life. However, confusion and chaos frequently occur during cardiac emergencies because no one knows what to do or who should do it. Here is how you can prepare to assist and calmly respond during a cardiac crisis by learning when and how to appropriately use an AED.

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Safety Tips for Working After Hours

Working late is sometimes unavoidable, but you can take steps to avoid running into danger after hours. Follow these basic safety practices before you stay late, while you work, and when you leave.

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Extreme Cold Safety

Winter months don’t have to mean frostbite and car crashes; learn to fight the arctic air with preventative measure. When the temperature and the wind-chill dips into the single digits follow these tips to stay safe and warm.

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Night Running Safety

When daytime running isn’t an option, due to winter’s shortened days, summer’s intense heat, or work, school or family commitments monopolizing your schedule, running at night is a great option to still log those miles. Running under the cover of darkness isn’t a deal breaker but it does require additional preparation to stay safe.

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Credit Freezes

Millions of Americans are victims of identity theft every year, and the numbers continue to rise. Learning what you can do to protect yourself from identity theft is the best way to reduce your vulnerability. A credit freeze is an identity theft defense that every consumer should understand.

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Raising Zika Awareness

Zika is the small name for a virus having a big impact across the globe due to the potential threat to pregnant women and their babies. Discovered in Africa in the 1950’s the Zika virus was previously contained to the equatorial belt in Asia and Africa. In recent years the virus has gained momentum and has spread to the Americas and the Caribbean, causing pandemic outbreaks in numerous countries.

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Community Crime Prevention

Neighborhood crime reduces property values, hurts local businesses, breeds fear in residents, and stretches law enforcement resources thin. Approaching crime prevention as a group effort is the key to successfully implementing positive changes in your community. Below are some strategies that can help strengthen your community against crime.

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College Campus Safety: Residence Halls

College is an exciting time of life, when you have the opportunity to make new friends, have new experiences, and enjoy new freedoms. As you explore your new environment, do not take your personal safety and security for granted. When living in campus residence halls, remember the three Cs: Closed, Confidential, and Cognizant.

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Don’t Fall Prey to a Charity Scam!

Scam artists often try to take advantage of people’s charitable instincts, generosity, and good intentions. When you make a philanthropic donation, take steps to protect yourself from these unscrupulous criminals, and establish that your contribution is really going to support a legitimate cause.

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Car Shopping? Don’t Get Scammed!

Despite the excitement that often accompanies a car purchase, many people dread the prospect of shopping for a car. You may worry about buying a car with hidden problems. You may not feel comfortable negotiating the price. You may wonder if a car dealer is taking advantage of you.

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Bullying Prevention

Between 1 in 3 and 1 in 4 students say they have been bullied at school, according to statistics published by stopbullying.gov. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-age children, involving a real or perceived imbalance of power. The behavior is repeated or likely to be repeated over time.

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Automobile Safety and Children

Automobile manufacturers are making vehicles safer today than ever before. But even vehicles that are top-rated for safety can be dangerous for children unless you take the necessary precautions. Here is a list of easy things you can do to help protect children from automobile-related injuries.

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ATM Safety Precautions

Many of us depend on the ease and convenience of Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) for withdrawing cash, depositing funds, and checking account balances. Unfortunately, thieves find that many people visiting ATMs are easy, convenient targets. Take these safety precautions to help protect yourself from danger at ATM machines.

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Anger Management in the Workplace

Sooner or later, you are likely to find yourself in a situation at work where your patience is tested. You don’t get the raise or promotion you deserved. A colleague takes credit for your work. You miss an important deadline because a coworker dropped the ball. Your lunch disappeared from the break room refrigerator.

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Tips for Improving Safety in Gated Communities

Certainly, gated residential communities offer more security than traditional subdivisions. Permit-only access, roving security guards and home alarm systems simply make it more difficult for the bad guys to make mischief and leave unnoticed. Nevertheless, security issues exist and they are very real. If not already in place, your community’s operating board should develop a security program that includes these features.

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Workplace Violence in Hospital Settings

Physical violence against healthcare workers occurs at an alarming rate of four times the rate of occurrences in the general workforce. It is a widespread problem and affects healthcare workers in nearly all work environments, hospital settings in particular. Assaults from patients, families, and visitors can occur in the form of intimidation, harassment, stalking, beatings, and in severe cases, stabbing, gunshots, and rape. Prevention in any workplace begins with a complete and comprehensive Violence Prevention Program.

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Carbon Monoxide Detector Safety

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous, odorless gas that is responsible for thousands of deaths every year. Stovetops, heating systems, and gas water heaters are just a few household items that may produce this gas. When carbon monoxide builds up in large amounts, the gas is extremely harmful and potentially deadly.

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Safety with Smartphones

Through social media, banking apps, and limitless information access, we rely on smartphones more and more each day. Smartphone technology is constantly advancing, and with it, threats to your information and wallet. Make sure that you are not paying more for your smartphone service than you think--use the following guidelines to avoid hackers and scams.

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Radiation Incidents Safety

Radiation, at once both a dynamic energy source and powerful research tool, can also be a volatile and disastrous force when accidentally unleashed. While accidents at nuclear power plants are unlikely, they do occur, and familiarity with nuclear safety precautions is key to health and survival.

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Mobile App Safety

Mobile malware activity has skyrocketed since first surfacing in 2004. According to the most recent Mobile Security Threat report from Sophos, a leading software security solution developer, mobile malware now affects roughly 110 billion app downloads. In the exploding app marketplace, unregulated programs and large-scale attacks can compromise users’ devices and information.

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Higher Education: Selecting a Security Provider

Not every campus security department has adequate resources — or the right type of officers — to effectively manage today’s campus security challenges. Contract security providers are often the best solution for managing safety and security risks and exposures in light of budgetary considerations. Below are points to consider as you evaluate options for your security program.

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Shelter-in-Place

Public safety shelters and well-stocked emergency structures may provide a degree of comfort in the face of chemical spills, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters, but these safe havens are not always accessible during immediate threats. Civilians must seek shelter in their current locations when shelter-in-place warnings are issued by government agencies – typically when toxic chemicals, radiological material, or other contaminants endanger the public.

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Prescription Drug Safety

Prescription drugs are the second-most abused substance in the United States. Drug abuse accounts for more deaths per year than both car crashes and firearms. By checking your dosage and safeguarding your medications, you can avoid contributing to the problem. Follow these guidelines to make sure that you and your family members properly use, protect, and dispose of prescription medications.

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Choking and CPR Safety

Choking is one of the leading causes of accidental deaths in the United States, with over 3,000 people losing their lives each year to asphyxiation. Usually, victims suffocate when a blockage in the windpipe causes a lack of blood flow to the brain. With proper preparation, you can prevent yourself or someone else from choking.

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The Danger of Hot Cars

As spring gives way to summer, rising temperatures herald the simple joys of warm weather barbecues, trips to the beach, and lazy days by the pool. But beware: warmer weather spells serious danger for children and pets left in vehicles unattended. Leaving a child or pet in the car for even a short amount of time can be deadly. Follow the tips below to avoid unintentionally endangering your loved ones.

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When to Use Lethal and Non-Lethal Force

Assaults, attacks, and home intrusions pose serious dangers, especially if the attacker is armed. Victims of these crimes have to make an immediate choice between using lethal or non-lethal force. Depending on the situation, the consequences of extreme force may outweigh the circumstantial danger. Don’t wait to be rattled under the stress of an attack—use the following guidelines to determine how you would respond in the event of a life-threatening attack or invasion.

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Consider Contract Security

There are many variables involved in running a successful business, but safety on your premises should be a constant. Partnering with a trusted contract security services provider is often the best strategy for maintaining consistent, effective safety and security without diverting time and resources from your primary business. Companies in myriad industries reduce risks, improve productivity and streamline costs through implementation of contract security service programs.

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Riot Safety

As violent protests across the U.S. leave fear and destruction in their wake, we all have important questions to consider. What would we do if a riot erupted near us? How would we protect ourselves and our families? How would we keep our homes or our businesses safe? Advance planning is the answer. Crisis planning is essential for individuals, families, and business owners of all sizes. Every household and business – however small or large – should have a plan in place covering a range of emergencies, from civil unrest to fires, severe weather, natural disasters, pandemics, violent acts, and other potential risks.

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Cloud Storage Safety

Cloud storage options simplify data backup by storing and syncing all your files and information into one convenient network. However, just because your information is synced does not mean your information is secure. Danger of data theft and loss is inherent in the use of cloud storage and computing services, web-based e-mail, social media tools, and even smart phones. Follow these security measures to proactively protect your accounts and preserve your information.

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Use 9-1-1 the Right Way

Americans have access to emergency assistance at the push of three buttons, with 9-1-1 operators ready to help. The 9-1-1 hotline is literally a lifeline to those in crisis; unnecessary calls and poor communication can hamper efforts to dispatch help to victims in need. Follow these tips to decide if a call to 9-1-1 is warranted, and if so, to get help fast.

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Fuel Safety

While fuel sources used today have powered and heated our lives for thousands of years, natural gas and petroleum fuel still present everyday threats. Gas for heating and fuel for vehicles and small engines are common, yet volatile, substances that can lead to fires and pose danger through leaks. Make sure you and your family members follow these fuel safety tips.

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Choosing a Home Security System

Nothing disrupts one’s sense of comfort and security quite like a home break-in. Statistics show that a burglary occurs in roughly one in twenty homes each year, but homeowners can lessen the likelihood of victimization and guard against violence and theft by choosing and using the right security system.

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Hospital Safety

Know your personal and family medical history, such as conditions you've been treated for, medications you are currently taking, allergies, and family illness history. Keep a copy of this medical history in a safe and easily accessible location. Doctors need accurate information about your previous and existing conditions in order to deliver proper care.

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Advantages of Contract Security on Campus

If you are relying solely on a campus law enforcement department and are having challenges with unreliable and inconsistent staffing, or an approach to security that may be perceived as too militaristic, consider the advantages of an experienced contract security provider to augment or manage your current program.

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Keeping Your Family Free from Measles

Measles, a disease declared eradicated in the U.S. in 2000, has made a comeback among children and adults alike. A recent outbreak of the disease has infected more than 640 people, making the rise of measles in 2014 the largest resurgence since the measles vaccine was introduced in 1963.

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Keeping Your College Student Safe - Campus Security Checklist

Most parents list safety as a top concern for their children attending college. Rural and self-contained colleges and universities are statistically rather benign places in terms of crime, but there is still plenty of trouble out there — from petty theft to date rape drugs and other instances of violence.

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Suspicious Packages Safety

In recent years, terrorists have shocked the public by planting or mailing packages containing explosives and biochemical weapons, to be unleashed on unsuspecting victims. Protect yourself and others from devastating damage by knowing how to identify, report, and react to suspicious packages.

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Safe Online Banking

Recently, a major national bank disclosed that a hacking attack left more than 3,400 online accounts experiencing losses totaling up to $2.7 million. Criminals are targeting banking websites every day, but banking corporations are fighting back with substantial resources dedicated to staying ahead of hackers.

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Keeping Your Children Safe While Shopping

With toddlers in tow, a short trip to the store can be overwhelming. Protect your children from predators and injuries by checking these items off your list on your next trip to the supermarket or mall.

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Disaster Preparedness: Food Safety

Ben Franklin famously quoted, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." During an emergency, ensuring safe food resources is key to health. We all know the importance of stocking up on nonperishable foods in preparation for a disaster, but did you know that flood water, fire and loss of power during a storm or other disaster can jeopardize food safety? Proper storage of food is paramount to food safety, but what if your power goes out and you lose refrigeration, or your pantry is flooded? The following tips will help you to have access to safe food sources during a disaster.

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Social Media Attacks

With the escalation of identity theft crimes that lead to drained bank accounts and ruined credit, more and more people are taking measures to protect themselves, including shredding paperwork, exercising caution with telephone callers, and safeguarding personal documents, identification, credit cards and checkbooks. However, criminals can also take advantage of information shared on the Internet for malicious purposes.

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CRISIS MANAGEMENT: Focus on Ebola

With widespread media attention surrounding each new Ebola scare, more and more employers are considering the implications of the Ebola threat for their organizations. According to OSHA, employers must protect workers from exposure to the Ebola virus on the job. Employers are required to comply with provisions from a combination of OSHA standards, based on their unique workplace risks.

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Fire Safety Planning

Sudden house fires can appear to arise from nothing, seemingly caused by bad luck alone. But when used improperly, replaces and everyday appliances are common culprits in residential fires. Eliminate household hazards using the tips below, and develop a family fire escape plan to protect your loved ones.

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Smoke Alarm Safety

From kitchen accidents to forgotten appliances, unattended candles, and burning cigarettes, there are potential hazards in every home that could lead to fire. Smoke alarms are your best defense.

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Containing Viral Outbreaks

The outbreak and exponential spread of Ebola throughout West Africa has captured the attention and growing concern of millions around the world. Now, with the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States, residents of North America are facing a pandemic threat close to home.

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Disaster Preparedness: Water Safety

Water covers more than 70% of Earth's surface, comprises about 60% of the human body, and is vital support for all known forms of life. However, it can also endanger life. When disaster strikes in the form of a flood, hurricane, earthquake, or tidal surge, water safety and water quality are critical to health and survival.

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Practicing for a Disaster

We all know the old adage "practice makes perfect." Disasters are no exception to the rule. Practice saves lives when disasters strike. Communities, businesses, families, and individuals benefit from planning and rehearsing the steps to take during a crisis. Do not wait until an emergency to decide how to react. Make a commitment to practice emergency response now, so you and your loved ones are prepared in the event of a disaster.

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Disaster Preparedness Essentials

Recent events, and the expectation that increases in extreme weather will continue to impact safety, underscore the importance of emergency preparedness on the enterprise and individual level. Recent years have gone down in the record books, with weather and climate disasters exceeding the $1 billion mark in damages, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Emergency Preparedness for the Entire Community

The impact and repercussions of a disaster are often felt across entire regions or areas, with people throughout the community facing different circumstances and challenges depending on where they are when the disaster strikes. Emergency preparedness demands that we plan and practice for disasters in our homes, schools, churches, businesses, and beyond. Make yourself aware of the special considerations that affect you, your loved ones, and your community.

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Finding Family and Friends after Disaster Strikes

In the confusion and chaos surrounding sudden disasters like storms, wildfires, or terrorist acts, there is little more nerve-wracking than separation from family and friends. Whether you are apart when disaster strikes or suddenly separated during the event, the stress and uncertainty can be short-lived if you have a strong preparedness plan in place. Study these tips with your loved ones so that you can connect quickly and safely after a catastrophe.

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Higher Education: Student Safety Tips

Tips for Your College Student to Stay Safe Most parents list campus safety as a top concern as students embark on their college careers. Even at rural and self-contained colleges and universities, statistics indicate there is plenty of trouble out there – from petty theft to date rape drugs to instances of violence. The risks are compounded when the school campus is in the middle of a large metropolitan city. Keeping students safe and secure is challenging for institutions and requires vigilance and street smarts from the student. Freshmen should attend the campus safety orientations their schools offer to advise students of nighttime security procedures, foster safety awareness, and encourage safe habits, such as keeping dorm rooms locked and avoiding walking alone late at night.

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Social Networking Safety

Over the last decade, advances in social networks have dramatically changed the landscape of communication. At the speed of tapping out a passing thought or snapping a photograph, users of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn can connect with individuals all over the world. But if you are not careful, these connections can access much more than pictures of your coffee cup or your child's cute bedtime quote. Use the tips below to enjoy social networking safely.

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Avoiding Email Scams and Identity Theft

As technology evolves, cyber criminals become more creative, employing e-mail scams, tricky pop-ups, and social media ruses to take advantage of unsuspecting Internet users. Through phishing, cyber criminals gain access to victims' personal data by posing as legitimate companies or authorities providing important services or information. Criminals use manipulation and hoaxes to steal sensitive information such as addresses, online passwords, and financial information, or infect computers with viruses. Don't fall prey to scammers' tricks — follow the rules below to identify scams and avoid victimization.

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Bomb Threat Safety

Whether in crowded public venues, office buildings, schools, or other locations, bomb threats can wreak havoc among targeted populations, often garnering national attention. Each threat must be taken seriously to prevent tragedy, but many bomb threats are fabricated or planned as part of non-deadly crimes. Authentic or not, bomb threats cause harm through the disruption, fear, and uncertainty they create.

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Combating Insider Threats with Better Badging Solutions

Contractors and temporary workers rank among the greatest security risks faced by businesses today, according to a recent survey by International Data Corporation of 400 high-level managers in the United States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

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Automobile Crime Safety

Automobile crime takes many different forms, but statistics show that police impersonation, carjacking, and stalking are all on the rise. The chances of being victimized by auto crime may seem slim, but unaware and unsuspecting drivers are the easiest targets for would-be thieves and attackers. Develop your street-smarts so you can stay safe on the road.

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Commuting Safety

In a crowded city, the hustle and bustle of countless commuters, tourists, and residents can be energizing and exciting — and dangerous. Crowded public transportation and congested city streets put commuters at risk of accidents and crime. Use vigilance, caution and these commuting tips to get to your destination safely — navigating the rest of your day is up to you!

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Automobile Safety: Breakdowns and Accidents

Automated technology developments have led to smart phones, smart appliances, and recently, smart cars. With rearview cameras, Bluetooth capabilities, and more, it seems new vehicles can do everything but steer themselves. Many new vehicles use small pieces of hardware – key fobs – that contain built-in authentication allowing you to lock and unlock your vehicle by pressing a button or even holding the key fob close to the door handle. While these entry methods make locking and unlocking your vehicle quick and easy, they can also lock you out and let unauthorized passengers in.

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Earthquake Safety

As with any natural disaster, Mother Nature is unpredictable. Since we do not know when an earthquake will happen, and often have little warning, the best protection is to be prepared. An earthquake is the sudden shift of energy within the Earth’s Crust that causes seismic waves, which can manifest in tremors and sometimes in the upheaval of land. The tremors of a quake may generate other disasters such as tsunamis, fires, and volcanic eruptions. Heavily populated areas naturally suffer more devastation during an earthquake due to congestion, transportation, buildings, plants, and mines.

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Home Fire Prevention

Carelessness with candles, cooking and electricity can lead to fatal consequences. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that over 3,500 Americans die in residential fires every year. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths per year in America occur in residences without properly installed smoke alarms.

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Skimming

Although fees and lines can be frustrating, there are bigger headaches in store for ATM users who are not savvy about card security. A new method of credit card fraud called “skimming” involves the use of a fake card-reading device that captures card information and sends it to a thief’s wireless device.

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First Aid Kits

Unexpected injuries often arise from everyday hazards like splinters, broken glass, hot surfaces, and sharp objects. You may not be able to prevent every accident, but you can be prepared to respond immediately with a properly equipped first aid kit. Even minor injuries, when left untreated, can become infected and lead to complications. With a first aid kit, you have the tools at hand to prevent further injury and promote healing. The American Red Cross recommends storing first aid kits in your home, car, office, and any other property you frequent.

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Disaster Preparedness: Wildfire Safety

A wildfire is a natural disaster that can threaten anyone who lives near forests, open fields, and other naturally flammable environments. Wildfires are often sparked by lightning and can ignite anywhere oxygen, fuel, and heat are present, putting practically every natural habitat at risk. Every year, major wildfires in the United States destroy millions of acres of land, often taking homes and businesses into their paths of devastation. By planning ahead and being prepared to respond quickly in the event of a wildfire, you can minimize risk to people and property.

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Back to School Safety

Over the summer, kids often forget some of what they learned during the school year. Educators call it the “summer slide.” Be prepared for a “safety slide” as well! Before school starts again, review your children’s route and transportation to school, and remind them of safety guidelines. Use the following tips to make sure your child heads back to the classroom safely.

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Lake, Ocean, and Pool Safety

Swimming is a popular way to beat the heat without breaking the bank, but before you take the plunge into a pool, lake, or ocean, remember to take the right water safety precautions. Follow these recommendations and guidelines so you never find yourself “in over your head.”

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Hot Weather Safety

The hottest part of the year is prime time for outdoor activities, ranging from family barbeques to baseball games at the ball park. Fun in the sun, however, can quickly lead to overheating and a wide range of dangerous, heat-related illnesses. Every year in the United States, there are hundreds of heat-induced fatalities that could have been prevented. Once victims realize they are overheated, it’s often too late to escape heat sickness. Use the tips below to stay safe in hot weather and treat overheating, so the sun stays fun for you and your family.

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Airport Safety

With airlines offering tens of thousands of flights every day, airports are packed with people traveling for business and pleasure. The high volume of airport traffic puts travelers at risk for theft, property damage, assault, and public violence. Although you may not be able to avoid long lines, shrieking babies, and airline fees, there are precautions you can take to help your trip go smoothly. Use the tips below to streamline the airport security process and do your part in keeping air travel safe. Time to grab your suitcase and go!

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Boating Safety

Wind in your hair, mist in your face, and a shore shrinking behind you—no other carefree summer pastime thrills like boating. Families and friends gather to fish, water ski, and cruise around when the weather turns hot. However, lakes and oceans filled with boats can also be filled with danger. In 2012 alone, 4,515 boat-related accidents were reported; 651 of them were fatal. Follow these simple rules to enjoy time on the water and avoid drifting into danger.

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Camping Safety

As the weather gets warmer, camping in the woods is a popular way for people to enjoy a break from their fast-paced lives. However, weather, wildlife, and other outdoor challenges can turn your fun-filled camping trip into a nightmare if you aren’t cautious. Follow these safety rules to return from camping unharmed except for maybe a few bug bites).

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Disaster Preparedness: Tornadoes

During thunderstorm season, even innocuous funnel clouds can develop into deadly, vicious tornadoes. Due to low-lying geography and a thunderstorm-heavy climate, the United States experiences more tornadoes than any other country. Cyclones lead to approximately 60 fatalities each year, often reaching speeds between 110 mph and 300 mph. By taking the necessary precautions and knowing when to act, you can keep yourself and your loved ones out of a tornado’s devastating path.

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Crowd Safety

Large clusters of people can be chaotic and dangerous, and knowing the right precautions to take is important in order to protect yourself and your children from harm or loss. With Summer on the way, many families will get out to explore amusement parks, beaches, fairs, and other popular venues. But when the sun comes out, so do the crowds.

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Protecting Your Identity

Identity theft—unlawful use of your name, social security number, or credit—is on the rise. The Federal Trade Commission estimates that about 9 million Americans have their identities stolen every year. Identity thieves employ both low-tech methods and technologically advanced schemes to steal personal information. The following tips can help prevent a criminal from ruining your credit, fleecing your accounts, or even breaking the law in your name.

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Report Suspicious Activity

By being more observant and reporting suspicious activity or behavior to the proper authorities, we can all make a difference in keeping our communities safer places to work and to live. As our nation continues to face domestic and foreign terrorist threats, active shooter scenarios and other public acts of violence, citizens are compelled to take a more active role in observation and reporting of suspicious activity or behavior.

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Strong Password Security

Strong passwords are just good common sense, like locking the doors when you leave the house. Secure password management is the electronic equivalent of not leaving your key under the mat.

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Securing Personal Property

"Office creepers" are masters at blending into their surroundings. A harmless appearance is a clever cover for a calculated plan to prowl and pilfer. A Dallas, Texas business owner stepped away from her desk with a client. When she returned, her cell phone and wallet had vanished from her purse.

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Traversing Frozen Bodies of Water Safely

When the thermometer drops and the local landscape is transformed into a winter wonderland, strapping on your ice skates or going ice fishing can be an enjoyable wintertime tradition. When venturing out to the freshly frozen pond for recreation, following a few safety precautions can keep you from finding yourself "on thin ice."

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Ice Safety Tips: Maintaining and Navigating Icy Pathways

In many parts of the country, winter just doesn't feel like winter until that first snowfall. Trees blanketed in white, snowmen and icicles all lend to a picturesque winter landscape. But a less romantic reality hits when you and your family have to brave icy walkways or roads to get to your destination. The following tips can assist with safely navigating potentially treacherous ice in your path.

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Active Shooter Response

An Active Shooter is an armed person who is actively engaged in killing, or attempting to kill, people in a confined and populated area. Active Shooters normally have intended victims and will search them out, although this is not always the case. While searching for the intended victim, they will randomly shoot other "targets of opportunity," and will continue to move throughout a building or area until they are stopped either by law enforcement or commit suicide.

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Talking to Children About Violence

Acts of violence on school grounds affect more than the victims involved, they have a profound impact on all students, as well as their families. There is no family member, friend or concerned citizen in this Nation untouched by strong emotions regarding recent school shooting events, but children are often the least prepared to process the emotions generated from the information they are exposed to.

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Staying Safe While You Travel

Taking precautions while you travel will ensure that you arrive at your destination safely. The following tips will help keep you safe on your way and where you stay.

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Preparing for Safe Holiday Travel

Planning a destination holiday this year? The holidays are prime time for a journey to visit family and friends out of town, or to simply "get away" while you have a few extra days off. Whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, some forethought and preparation can help you stay safe, healthy and sane on your way. Prepare for a successful trip with the following tips.

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Tips for Staying Safe in Parking Lots

Parking lots can be daunting places. Besides the inconvenience of dealing with discourteous parkers and finding the perfect spot to avoid getting your car dinged, parking lots and structures are typically the most dangerous areas in a shopping center, with the highest rate of theft, accidents and assaults. To avoid risks ranging from being accosted by strangers to "losing" your vehicle in a huge lot that stretches for acres, it pays to have parking lot savvy. Here are a few tips for staying safe in parking lots.

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Tips for Choosing Safe Schools

Choosing safe schools for your children is a matter of asking the right questions to find out whether a school has established safety and crisis response plans along with procedures to ensure that students and staff are ready for any scenario.

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The ABCs of Toy Safety

As you shop for the perfect toys for your loved ones this holiday season, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is emphasizing the importance of shopping safely. Knowing the ABCs of toy safety will make the holidays happy and safe for everyone on your list: (A) awareness, and knowing the (B) benefits, for (C) consumers.

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Workplace Violence Prevention

Violence is not spontaneous, but a process. Learn to recognize the warning signs, flags and potential triggers as the process escalates.Workplace violence is a growing risk for every organization. With today's socioeconomic pressures affecting much of the workforce, organizations are at risk for more liabilities and legal issues concerning workplace violence than ever before. While no company likes to believe workplace violence issues can occur at their organization, the fact is that workplace violence incidents are on the rise.

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Shop Safely This Holiday Season

The day after Thanksgiving is commonly known in the U.S. as Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year and traditionally the beginning of the holiday shopping season. While the holidays, and especially Black Friday, are a great time to score the best deals on the season's most highly sought-after products, they also bring additional safety risks to shoppers, particularly in a recessed economy.

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Avoiding Halloween's Hidden Dangers

Children around the country are eagerly anticipating the night when they will wear their favorite costume and search for fun and delicious treats. As Halloween creeps up, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds parents and caregivers that when it comes to Halloween safety, there is no trick. Hidden dangers associated with costumes and treats can be easily prevented, so that the holiday celebration is a real treat.

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Flu Prevention - "Take 3" Actions to Fight the Flu

Starting as early as October, flu starts making its way through the population, peaking in January or February. When it comes to preventing the flu, the best defense is a good offense. Here are some tips to add to your flu-fighting arsenal.

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