Safe Place Implementation Training. National Safe Place Network is hosting a Safe Place Implementation Training on April 18-19, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky. Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As a community-based program, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country. This training is designed for agencies that are preparing to start Safe Place and recommended for existing licensed agencies with new staff responsible for the program. Click HERE for more information on how to start a Safe Place program.
Product Alert! SafeWatch TEAM™. SafeWatch TEAM™ for employers and educators by Safety Alert Apps™ gives your employees and staff the fastest connection to help, and gives the employer control to program the hierarchy of who is informed in any kind of emergency. When an emergency happens, SafeWatch TEAM™ immediately connects your employees in less than 5 seconds on the phone to 911 and/or local security and simultaneously sends their preselected “SafeTeam” members text and email alerts with their GPS location. It securely stores your Safety Team data in the Cloud. If a phone is destroyed in an emergency, the data is still sent to the Safety Team. Read more HERE.
NEW! Updated Emergency Planning Guidelines for Nonprofits. With the recent rash of threats nationally against JCC’s and other organizations, it might be a good time to review and update your organization’s emergency preparedness and crisis management plans with our Updated Emergency Planning Guidelines for Nonprofits.
What you need to know about (RWI) Recreational Water Illness. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Recreational Water Illnesses (RWIs) are caused by germs and chemicals found in the water we swim in. They are spread by swallowing, breathing in mists or aerosols of, or having contact with contaminated water in swimming pools, hot tubs, water parks, water play areas, and interactive fountains. Knowing the basic facts about RWIs can make the difference between your staff and members having a safe and enjoyable time at your pool, spa, or water park, and getting a rash, becoming sick, or developing other, potentially serious illnesses. The most important factors to the prevention of RWI’s include: maintaining water quality and equipment; educating pool staff, swimmers and parents; instituting disinfection guidelines like plans for fecal incident response; posting and distributing health information and signage; and finally developing an outbreak emergency response plan. For more detailed information see the Twelve Steps for the Prevention of RWI’s HERE.
Wireless Pool Alarm off the market.
RJE Technologies reports that the Aquatic Incident Alert System (AIA) is no longer available. Based on the popular Safety Turtle system AIA has been used in YMCA and other pools for several years as a means to initiate emergency procedures. Organizations are encouraged to utilize a “push-button” type system to activate their aquatic emergency action plan (EAP). The push-button style system allows guards to move quickly to a distressed swimmer without waiting for other staff to answer a radio or phone; this is particularly important in single-guard situations. Alarms may be “hard-wired” systems or wireless systems that can be installed (retrofitted) by local electrician or during construction of new facilities. RJE will still produce the Safety Turtle system. While Safety Turtle is designed for residential applications it may be adaptable to commercial pools in some instances.