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PTSD: Blood in the Water

Posted by Bree N. on March 1, 2015 at 6:00am 0 Comments

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Society seems to have moved towards a mental attitude where pulling apart those perceived as “imperfect people’ and taking a sick joy in hurting them until they can’t take anymore as acceptable… Continue

SUNDAY Chat Topics!! Drop In & Visit!

Posted by Bree N. on February 28, 2015 at 9:24am 4 Comments

Sunday brunch 9'til noon -- someone bring the Tim Tams or donuts! Coffee needed! 



3 o'clock Sunday -- companion animals, do you have one  or know someone who does? Does your pet fill that need for the calm? 



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A camera doesn't lie, right? Oh yeah!

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The suspect had a laundry list of beefs…

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TBI: OMG I'm Stuck in Toddler Time!

Posted by Bree N. on February 27, 2015 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Earlier in the week my daughter and I were in the kitchen. I asked “what time is it?” as I washed dishes. She replied she thought it was 3pm. Okay, I have plenty of time to make dinner later at 6pm. We chatted some more just enjoying our… Continue

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February 28, 2015

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R.I.P. Capt. Dwight W. Bazile

A public memorial service for fallen Houston Fire Department Capt. Dwight W. Bazile was held Friday, Feb. 24th at the Church Without Walls.

NEMA Mid-Year Policy & Leadership Forum

Dear Colleagues:

I invite you to attend the NEMA 2015 Mid-Year Emergency Management Policy & Leadership Forum March 13-17 in Alexandria, Virginia. Our annual gathering in our nation's capital is an excellent opportunity to share best practices and shape the future of emergency management so that we can best meet the needs of our individual and collective stakeholders.

We will use this opportunity to review our organizational structure and finances to ensure that we are well positioned to meet the needs of the membership currently and for years to come. We will also be discussing and making recommendations on the programs and relationships that allow us to meet the needs of survivors before, during, and after disasters. A number of new colleagues will be joining us for the first time, and this will be their first chance to receive training to help them understand their role their respective state or territory and the nation as a whole. Finally, with the many changes that occurred during the last election cycle, this is our chance to engage our legislators as a group and help them understand the role they can play in preparing our nation for future disasters.

We continue to advance the profession of emergency management, and our meeting in March will be another step along that path. We will hear from our federal partners, state and local colleagues and private sector counterparts on how we can work as a team, improve practices and save lives and property when disasters strike.

A great deal of information and education will be shared and gained during this forum and I hope you will all attend and bring your own issues and experiences to discuss.

Sincerely,

Bryan Koon, Director, Florida Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency
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Women and Heart Disease

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Heart Disease the #1 killer of women in the United States

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3 Fire brass failed to help troubled paramedic

Fire brass failed to help troubled paramedic

Posted by Capt. D Lewis on February 24, 2015

4 10 Ways to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon!

10 Ways to Participate in America’s PrepareAthon!

Posted by Capt. Fyre Walker on February 21, 2015

5 Facts about your farts

Facts about your farts

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6 SUNDAY Chat Topics!! Drop In & Visit!

SUNDAY Chat Topics!! Drop In & Visit!

Added by Bree N. on February 28, 2015

7 First Responders Disappearing

First Responders Disappearing

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8 Virtual Hope Box App for PTSD/TBI

Virtual Hope Box App for PTSD/TBI

Posted by Bree N. on February 17, 2015

9 A camera doesn't lie, right? Oh yeah!

A camera doesn't lie, right? Oh yeah!

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10 I Wish You Enough

I Wish You Enough

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Survey officer attitudes before issuing body cams, researchers urge

Started by Officer Derek Tomlinson in Force Science Institute on Saturday. 0 Replies

For bests results, it's important for agencies contemplating the adoption of body-worn cameras to survey their officers' attitudes about this equipment before issuing it, says a research team of experts on this increasingly hot…Continue

Tags: researchers, issuing body cams, attitude, Survey officer

Amid shooting furors, politicians get a special "training day"

Started by Officer Derek Tomlinson in Force Science Institute on Saturday. 0 Replies

As police shootings in the St. Louis area stoked emotions and headlines, a group of officers conducted a "day of immersion" into the world of law enforcement for local politicians in hopes of opening their eyes and minds to the realities behind the…Continue

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Deputy Sheriff killed from ambush in Florida

Started by Officer Derek Tomlinson in Officer Down/LODD on Saturday. 0 Replies

Deputy SheriffChristopher SmithLeon County Sheriff's Office, Florida End of Watch: Saturday, November 22, 2014Bio & Incident DetailsAge: 47Tour: 25 years, 11…Continue

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Texas sergeant killed in rollover crash

Started by Officer Derek Tomlinson in Officer Down/LODD on Saturday. 0 Replies

SergeantAlejandro "Alex" MartinezWillacy County Sheriff's Office, Texas End of Watch: Friday, November 21, 2014Bio & Incident DetailsAge: 52Tour: Not…Continue

Tags: rollover crash, killed, sergeant, Texas

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I Wish You Enough

Started by Janet Liebsch in Member Lounge. Last reply by Janet Liebsch Feb 23. 2 Replies

Several versions of this have floated around for years but sharing in case you haven't seen before. I WISH YOU ENOUGHRecently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport as the daughter's departure had been…Continue

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Keurig Recalls MINI Plus Brewing Systems Due to Burn Hazard

Started by Janet Liebsch in Product Recalls. Last reply by Janet Liebsch Feb 3. 2 Replies

Keurig is recalling more than 7 million Keurig Mini Plus Brewing Systems after nearly 100 consumers reported burn-related injuries from the coffee makers.Recall Summary per Consumer Product Safety Commission:…Continue

Tags: hazard, burn, hot, liquid, injuries

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