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.

Friday, May 18, 2018

National SAFE KIDS Week

What is National SAFE KIDS Week?

National SAFE KIDS Week was created to bring awareness to accidental deaths of children. During summer months these deaths rise, as children are more at risk. is the organization that is spreading the awareness and education of child safety. They believe that it is a global epidemic as explained in the picture below. 

A campaign was created to spread the education of things that adults can do. This campaign was called My High 5. The goal of it is for parents to do five things that will keep their kids safe.

SafeKids created checklists that parents can use to help prevent accidents, and keep their kids safer. There is one for cars, water, pedestrians, home, medication, play, and fire.
They also created safety tips for children of all ages, and for different types of risks.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Severe Storms Cause Havoc in the Northeastern States Claiming 5 Lives in May of 2018

Storms have been wreaking havoc in the northeastern states in the United States of America. The storms took five lives, and caused a lot of destruction. 

New York City encountered baseball sized hail during the thunderstorms, and thousands lost power. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

How to Protect Yourself From Zika in 2018

As the weather heats up, so does the risk for diseases like Zika and Lyme disease. In May of 2018, CDC has released a video their findings about the rise of disease:

With the increase of risk, many are wondering how to decrease their odds of contracting one of these potentially deadly diseases. Luckily there are many things that can be done. Here is a video we liked from WaysandHow with some recommendations and tips:

The CDC advises:
1.     Avoid places where there are outbreaks
2.    Be aware of times and places for certain exposures
1.     Ticks tend to be found in vegetative areas like grass
2.    Mosquitoes tend to like the daylight hour 
3.    Wear clothing that limits skin exposure 
1.     Use insect repellent on the outside of clothing for additional protection
4.    Check your body for ticks
5.    Use a bed net or a mosquito net
6.    Use insect repellent

You may be asking, "why would I need a mosquito net?" If you are planning on camping, laying out on a hammock, or traveling this summer, it would be a good idea to protect yourself. Bug repellent typically has to be reapplied every 3-6 hours. Instead of simply relying on bug repellent, have another line of defense. If you are looking for a quality net, here is an option.

For more information on Zika follow this link

Earth's Deadly Storms: Hurricanes

What Should I Know?

There are many factors that contribute to the creation of a hurricane. Hurricanes can vary in size and strength. This impacts the damage that occurs. National Geographic explains how hurricanes work: 

Three Strong Earthquakes Shake the Pacific on May 1st 2018

Fiji Was Hit

On May 1st, Fiji endured three separate earthquakes. The first was that occurred was 64 miles from Lautoka Fiji, and it was rated as a 5.2 on the Richter scale. The second was 154 miles from Fiji, and it measured in at a 5.9. The third occurred about 10 minutes after the second and it was 157 miles from Fiji, measuring in at a 4.7.

What Should I Know?

Earthquakes are rated on the Richter scale. This scale depicts the earthquakes energy, which gives an idea of the damage it can cause. Below is a video of Bill Nye the Science Guy explaining how the Richter scale works:

How do earthquakes work anyways? What is an earthquake? National Geographic explains it all:

How Do I Stay Safe?

Earthquakes are natural disasters, and they can't be stopped. Keeping your family safe is key. When a disaster arises, it can be scary, and being unprepared can be deadly, FEMA tells us what exactly to do.