National Safe Boating Week: What looks like a perfect day for boating can quickly become hazardous if someone ends up in the water. Boating safety advocates across the United States and Canada have teamed up to promote safe and responsible boating – including consistent life jacket wear every time boaters are on the water – during National Safe Boating Week, held from May 20-26, 2017. The North American Safe Boating Campaign unites the efforts of a wide variety of boating safety advocates, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information and to follow the campaign on social media, visit www.safeboatingcampaign.com.
May is National Water Safety Month. The busy summer swim season will soon be upon us and it’s time for all aquatic leaders to be alert and prepared by orienting and regularly training seasonal lifeguard staff. Safe-Wise has again updated our annual summer aquatics preparation resource to help aquatic professionals prepare for a safe and enjoyable summer. Prepare for the summer cautiously and ensure that lifeguards are well prepared and vigilant with effective practices and procedures. Leaders must recognize that many youth who visit their pools may not have adequate swimming skills and should work to eliminate the risk of drowning for these children by swim-testing all swimmers, requiring specific protections for non-swimmers and offering swim instruction when possible. Read more HERE.
New Aquatic Management Program. The American Red Cross (ARC) and aquatic engineering and design firm Counsilman-Hunsaker are teaming up to provide a new Aquatic Management Program. The new Aquatic Management Program will employ a team of aquatic operations specialists to design and implement comprehensive operational strategies and management solutions for new and existing facilities of all types and sizes to improve safety, efficiency and sustainability. Click HERE to learn more about this new Aquatic Management Program.
NEW Bomb Threat Resources: Click HERE to visit our Emergency Preparedness page located in the Resource Library to view the following new resources: Bomb Threat Guidance Brochure; Bomb Threat Calls Checklist; Bomb Threat Management Guide and Security Guidance for Buildings.
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.
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.