Jun 01 2010

Hurricane Season

Today is the beginning of "Hurricane Season".  Now, you may live in an area that doesn't have to worry about hurricanes, but for some, hurricanes are an all-too-real part of your life. 

For those of you have never encountered one before, here are some of things people do to prepare for hurricanes (from the National Hurricane Center):

Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.

Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.

Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.

Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.

Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.

Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.

Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.

Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.

Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.

Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.

Apr 28 2010

"Bullying" - Child Expert Michele Borba

There seems to be an alarming amount of stories in the news lately about "bullying". If you're a parent of a child in school, you know it's a big concern.  So how do you help your child and what are the signs to look for that your child might be the victim of a bully?  Child and parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba joined us this morning for some helpful and timely advice.

To listen to our conversation with Michele, check out the links at the bottom of this post.

One quick way to help your kids deal with a bully is to remember the word "CALM"

C - be calm

A - be assertive

L - look the bully in the eye

M - make some noise

Signs to look for ...

Repeated change in your child's behavior and regular routines

Clingy ... they don't want to go outside or don't want to go to school

Afraid of incoming texts or emails (cyber-bullying)

Changes in their sleep, lack of focus, changes in their grades

When they come home, they run to the bathroom - 43% of bullying happens in unsupervised school bathrooms

Expensive items leaving your home - your child could be the victim of extortion

They run to the fridge when they get home - especially girls - they are being excluded in the lunchroom and don't feel safe

Hear what Michele had to say (click links below to listen) ...

Dr. Michele Borba - Key Questions to ask your child

Dr. Michele Borba - How to help your child when confronted by a bully

Dr. Michele Borba - Signs to look for ...

 

 

 

Sep 11 2009

Powerful words to read on 9/11

After 9/11/01, many of us memorized this passage of scripture, speaking it as a prayer for ourselves and those we love...

Psalm 91

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
 1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
         Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
         My God, in Him I will trust.”
         
 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
         And from the perilous pestilence.
 4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
         And under His wings you shall take refuge;
         His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
         Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
         Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
         
 7 A thousand may fall at your side,
         And ten thousand at your right hand;
         But it shall not come near you.
 8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
         And see the reward of the wicked.
         
 9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
         Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
 10 No evil shall befall you,
         Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
         To keep you in all your ways.
 12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
         Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
 13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
         The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
         
 14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
         I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
         I will be with him in trouble;
         I will deliver him and honor him.
 16 With long life I will satisfy him,
         And show him My salvation.”

New King James Version (NKJV)

Aug 04 2009

Office Refrigerator Etiquette

Although we thought "No Name, Fair Game" sounded like a great rule of thumb:) here are the actual rules...


The office refrigerator is a convenience for you to use during the workday. Remember to be considerate of your co-workers as you share this benefit with them.
1. Do not eat or drink foods that do not belong to you.
2. Do not leave food in the refrigerator to rot and smell. If you brought it and didn't eat it, throw it away.
3. Do not leave foods uncovered. This is especially important when the food has a strong odor. Better yet, try not to bring foods that may have a strong odor such as garlic or onions. This is also good advice for your breath during the workday.
4. If your container leaks or spills in the refrigerator, clean the spill.
5. Do not rummage through your co-worker's food to see what they brought or make comments about what they brought to eat.

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