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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Weekly Preparedness Roundup - Extreme Heat and Water Safety

by Cari Roberts, Community Preparedness and Resiliency Manager

A happy hot week to all of you (does anyone even remember that we had snow on Mothers’ Day??)

As we wrap up Memorial Day Weekend festivities, the unofficial kickoff to summer -- this week’s Roundup is all about extreme heat and water safety. As the weather heats up here in the inner-mountain West, both are great topics with which to get familiar. Red Cross has been teaching Swimming Safety Education for 100 years now, so we've got some goodies to share.

I started my time with the Red Cross as a trained lifeguard in high school – lo those many years ago (not quite 100 years ago, but close!). So I thought I’d give you all a bit more info on water safety and how the Red Cross and other partners are working to keep us all above water while we’re having fun in our rivers, streams, lakes & reservoirs this summer.

Today
100 Years Ago (do you see me in the background?)












Our friends at the US Coast Guard offer these safety tips for those of us lucky enough to be out boating this summer - http://www.uscgboating.org/

Did you know that May is National Water Safety Month? These guys did! http://www.nationalwatersafetymonth.org/water-safety-tips

More info on what we’re doing nationwide to help all of us stay safe this summer:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/20/swim-skills-red-cross/9283747/
http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/Red-Cross-Launches-Campaign-to-Cut-Drowning-in-Half-in-50-Cities

And, finally – your American Red Cross & the National Swimming Pool Foundation have an online pool safety course for those of you with backyard pools or hot tubs. In about 2 hours, this course provides information to help make pool and hot tub care easier for home owners as well as steps to help prevent, plan for and respond to emergencies in and around the home pool.

 Safety first friends – never swim alone!

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