Friday, September 21, 2018

Why Recent Disasters in Japan Spells Trouble for Us All

Whether you believe that climate change is caused by man or naturally occurring, it's hard to deny the earth is getting hotter. 

George Tselioudisa researcher at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, predicts that temperatures around the equator won’t change too much, but the temperatures near the poles will rise. It's believed that these changes in temperature will affect natural disasters and decrease the number of storms we will have. The bad news is that there will be an increase risk of things like drought and storm intensity. 

As the temperature around the poles rise, the ice caps and glaciers will continue to melt. This will cause sea levels to rise. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that by 2100 sea levels will rise 0.36 to 2.5 feet. This can lead to an increase in typhoon and hurricane damage as storm surges and flooding can be greater. 

All this has already been seen this past year in Japan and other regions of Asia. 

Between April 30th-August 5th of 2018, Japanese citizens were faced with a very hot summer which resulted in 70,000 people being rushed to the hospital for heatstroke and heat exhaustion. Tragically 138 citizens did die to the heat-related illnesses. On July 23rd, the heat was so extreme that it resulted in the Meteorological Agency declaring it a natural disaster.

In the beginning of July there was extreme rainfall pounding the citizens. The flooding and landslides lead to over 179 deaths and 70 missing. It is said to have the highest death toll from rainfall since 1982.

On September 4th, 2018, Japan was hit by the strongest typhoon they have had in 25 years. Over 200 people were injured and at least 7 were killed.

Typhoon Mangkhut blasted through the Philippines with 150mph winds and plowed its way through China. It has been called one of the most powerful storms in decades to hit the area. 

What does this mean for me?

Natural disasters are the things of nightmares. They cause buildings to crumble, homes to break, and families are separated. They leave devastation in their wake, and psychological scars that take a long time to heal. After the 1995 Kobe Earthquake, survivors reported to still be psychologically suffering after three years.
Natural disasters are unpredictable. They can happen any time and day of the year. They don’t care if your family is together, or if your child is at school. There are some that are relatively short while others last long time, however the damage caused can be devastating.
Depending on the severity of the disaster, it can take a while for relief agencies to help. After the disaster occurs, emergency response lines tend to be busy, and that is why it is important to have a plan in case these resources are unavailable to you.
With the increase of these storms and the dangers they bring, it is vital to be prepared. Natural disasters will come. What will you do to be ready?

Friday, July 27, 2018

Women's Safety: Test your knowledge with these 7 scenarios

You are driving home late at night. A car seems to be following, but you shrug it off telling yourself you are simply being paranoid. You make several turns as you get closer to your home. You look in the rear view mirror and the car is still right behind you. A chill runs up your spine. 

So What Do You Do?

Trust your instinctsAttackers try to get you to "lower your guard, gain your trust and get close to you." If your gut is telling you something is wrong, then trust it. If you get that creepy vibe, and goosebumps running up your arm, that is probably your body trying to warn you that something is off. 

Don't make yourself an easy targetAttackers will often try to find the easiest target. Be alert and put your phone down when walking through parking lots. Walk confidently, have strong body language, and make eye contact. Take advantage of your peripheral vision as attackers won't always be right in front of you. "If a women feels threatened, she should lower her center of gravity, stand with her feet apart and knees slightly bent, and say 'no' or  'back off.'"

Lock your car door: Whether you are driving or simply sitting in a parking lot, make sure your car door is locked. Otherwise a stranger can simply come over, open the door, and threaten you.  

Have a plan: An attacker generally has two fears: "getting caught or getting hurt". When the adrenaline rush kicks in, some might freeze. If you have a plan already, you will be better able to escape. You can put fear in your attacker if you don't react the way they think you will. 

What Do You Do if You Are in One of These Situations?

All of these scenarios comes from These are real scenarios given by a female cop telling you what you need to do. 

Scenario 1: A man has a gun pointed at you and is telling you to get into his car. You might be tempted to get in but DON'T. The attacker most likely doesn't want to shoot you, but will drive you to a seclusive location and torture you. Your best chance is to run while screaming loudly for help. The attacker will most likely move on to an easier target. 

Scenario 2: You are driving down a road, and a man drives next to you pointing at your car like something is wrong. You might be tempted to pull over but DON'T. Drive to a gas station or some other well-lit busy place before seeing if there really is something wrong with the car. 

Scenario 3: There is a knock on your front door. You look through the peep hole, but don't see anything. DON'T open the door. Positively identify who it is first. NEVER let an attacker into your home.

Scenario 4: A clean cut honest looking man comes up to you in the parking lot of the grocery store, and offers to help you with your bags. DON'T let him. Not every attacker will look the part. Many attackers will actually look like a nice honest trustworthy guy, but they are not. An attacker can be any age or any gender. 

Scenario 5: You are leaving the store and you get a text. You might be tempted to pull out your phone but DON'T. When in a parking lot, make sure you are alert. An attacker will want an easy target. Check your phone once you have gotten in your car AND locked the doors. Before entering your car, glance in the back seat to ensure no attacker is hiding in your car. 

Scenario 6: When getting your car serviced ONLY give the attendant your car key. "They have key duplicators readily available, and they generally have your address". 

Scenario 7: You are running late and your trusted babysitter has just canceled. You don't know your neighbor well, but you are in a hurry. You are tempted to ask them to watch your child, as they have offered in the past, but DON'T. Only leave your child with someone that you truly trust. "This is a difficult one, because child molesters end up being the LAST person the parents would believe is the molester. Most of the child molesting cases I see involve the stepfather, the uncle, the sister's boyfriend, the mother's boyfriend, the grandfather, the baby-sitter, the neighbor, the family friend, the youth camp director, day care worker, etc. Although rare, even women can be molesters. In every case, the perpetrator is a nice guy, trusting, good with children, and the family is baffled or even in disbelief that the person could be abusing their child." The best thing you can do is be aware of your child, and how they react to different people in their life. Find someone that they trust to watch them. 

Know How to Fight

Escape: Don't fight unless you have too. Escape if you can. 

Know your strengths and limitations: Your attacker might be bigger and stronger than you, but you can still escape. You have strengths that your attacker won't. If you have never tried karate, then that doesn't mean that you will suddenly be able to beat someone with your karate moves. Instead learn what you are good at, and implement this if you are ever being attacked. 

Know the situation/attack: Depending on the type of attack, you will want to react differently. Knowing the motives is important when an attack is occurring. 

  • Robbery: It is better to give them your wallet than your life, so you will want to comply with the attacker, and try your best not to be nervous.  Let the attacker know step-by-step what you are doing, so you don't scare them into acting out. Attackers tend to be nervous themselves when they are committing a robbery. 
  • Physical Assault: These attackers want to instill fear in their victim. They will tend to go after people who look like they lack confidence and appear to be easy targets. If you are being attacked, resist the attack and ensure that your first hit is the hardest you can muster. "Humans tend to hold back on their first strike to sort of 'test the water' for a response from the opponent.  Hitting hard on your first attempt adds one more unexpected element to your attacker’s plans, and may even give him the impression that you were holding back and the next hit will be even harder."
  • Road Rage: Stay calm, slow down your car and maintain that slow speed, maintain distance, make it obvious to the attacker that you are taking down their information (even if you are just pretending), if you feel like you are in danger pull out your phone and call for help, do NOT drive home, and avoid barriers that will block you from making an escape. 

Here is a video we liked showing some techniques that you can use to fight off an attacker. 

The goal of this is not to create fear. We simply want to prepare you, and help you better understand the threats out there, and how to keep yourself safe. Knowledge is power. For more information on how to stay safe in the following situations, click on their embedded links: ATM, driving, home, parking lots, shopping, transportation, travel, vacationoutside/walking.

Friday, June 22, 2018

How to Prepare Your Pet for Emergencies

It's 3:00am and an evacuation alarm sounds. Everyone is groggy, but you know you need to get your family to safety. You run to the closet and grab your family's emergency kit; luckily, you were prepared. 

A whimper from the living room reminds you of the one family member you forgot; your precious dog. It's only now you realize though your human family is prepared, you furry little loved one is not. Your kids are in the car crying, and your wife is comforting them. You have no time to get any supplies for your dog. You clip his leash on and drag the frightened dog to the car. 

Little do you know, your city's evacuation shelter, like many, only allow service animals.
There is no option, you take the leash off your dog and leave him outside hoping he can fend for himself. 

It doesn't have to be like this.

It's 3:00am and an evacuation alarm sounds. Everyone is groggy, but you know you need to get your family to safety. You run to the closet. You grab your family's emergency kit, and the pet emergency kit; luckily, you were prepared. As your wife takes the kids to the car, you run to the living room and pull out the folding dog carrier. As advised by the CDC, you took the time to get your dog familiar with it. He runs inside, and you are able to carry your dog to the car without any hassle. 

You know that the closest evacuation shelter is not pet friendly, but you planned ahead. You know that there is a pet friendly evacuation shelter a town over. Your entire family is safe.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Did You Know Something as Simple as Sharing Photos on Social Media Can Increase Your Odds of a Cyber Attack?

Many people worry about threats they can see, but what about the ones you can't? A study was conducted that showed Americans check their phones 46 times a day. During that time you are giving out all sorts of information even if you don't know it. Did you know that your cell phone carrier always knows where your phone is due to cell towers? Think of how often you have your phone on you, if someone were to hack into this data, they could find your exact location. Are you aware that your baby monitor can be hacked, or even your printer? Anything that is connected to a network is at risk.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Volcanoes: Everyone is Affected

Have you seen the destruction that volcanoes can cause from the recent tragedies in the news? Did you know that there are over 1500 active volcanoes around the world? There are 169 inside the U.S. alone, 50 of which are being constantly monitored as high risk! So what do you do if you are near an eruption? How do you prepare? Here are some information and tips on how to prepare for the next eruption.

Friday, May 25, 2018

School Shootings: How Safe Are Your Children? 5/25/18

Recent Tragedies

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Earlier today there was a shooting in Indiana, where a student and teacher were both injured. May 18th, 2018 there was another shooting in Texas where there were 10 fatalities and 10 injuries occurred. CNN has created a list of shootings in 2018 here.

The Statistics of School Shootings

In the Washington Post there was an article that said "the statistical likelihood of any given public school student being killed by a gun, in school, on any given day since 1999 was roughly 1 in 614,000,000. And since the 1990s, shootings at schools have been getting less common.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Hawaii in Chaos 5/17/18 12:15pm Updated 5/21/18 10:28am

Alert Levels and Aviation Color Code
Before getting into the events, having an understanding of terminology is useful to know. Updates and warnings are given through specific colors and wording. 
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Chronological Order of the Events

May 3rd

Kilauea erupted on the Big Island of Hawaii after hundreds of earthquakes.

May 4th 
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook the island. The earthquakes created some cracks in the ground.