Thursday, September 21, 2017
With Hurricane Harvey’s effects being felt in Texas and Louisiana for some time to come, businesses may want to help victims by making corporate donations. Corporate decision-makers should carefully consider ways to contribute, since some recent post-disaster efforts have not helped as intended.
Depending on your organizaton's size, you may have access to supplies or a service that will be useful to victims and aid workers. The New York Times recently listed the local organizations that will accept certain donations. Your efforts can be coordinated with an accredited organization or the local government to determine whether your donations qualify.
Risk management professionals who would like to help Harvey victims directly can visit the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) IICF Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund. The fund was established in response to a surge of inquiries from its community as to how it can help. The fund has already received $80,000 in commitments, and the IICF will forward all contributions to local nonprofits assisting victims in the area, including the American Red Cross and specifically its Hurricane Harvey disaster fund.
During catastrophes, experts generally encourage these sorts of finance-based efforts in lieu of sending tangible items without a partnership with a local non-profit. Many organizations suggest that it is best to let the aid workers on the ground use their allocated funds to get necessity items like water, toiletries and food. In its Tips For Giving In Times Of Crisis page, CharityNavigator.org dissuades companies from sending supplies ad hoc:
“[This] type of philanthropy is simply not practical or efficient. Even if mail could get to an impacted region, no one is set up to receive these goods, much less organize and distribute them to the victims.”
It has been well documented that donations of tangible items – especially used ones – can cause unintended problems. Some never reach those in need and eventually wind up in landfills; and certain used clothes, like old shoes and Halloween costumes, might insult survivors.
According to Kansas disaster response coordinator Hollie Tapley, about 75% of donated goods will go to waste despite the donors’ good intentions. “Money is the best way because we know culturally what people need,” Tapley told Kansas State Network before Harvey hit Texas. “One group needs something totally different than another group.”
Blood donations are always in high demand following a disaster and national blood banks sometimes hold emergency drives to allocate blood to the affected areas, which might not have the resources to hold their own. If you are determined to reach the affected area, confirm those details with the donation center’s organizer. Bloodsource’s donation locations can be found on the group’s website. The Red Cross also provides information for potential donors online.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
CIRSA has single-gas monitors for carbon monoxide testing for use by our members. Our staff industrial hygienists can assist you if needed. Please contact Loss Control for more information, 800-228-7136 or www.cirsa.org.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said Friday it will pay to repair police versions of its Ford Explorer SUVs to correct possible carbon monoxide leaks that may be linked to crashes and injuries after U.S. regulators escalated an investigation into 1.33 million vehicles. Ford said it will cover the costs of specific repairs in every Police Interceptor Explorer SUVs that may be tied to after-market installation of police equipment. The company said the modifications may have left holes in the underbody of the vehicles.
“If the holes are not properly sealed, it creates an opening where exhaust could enter the cabin,” Ford said in a statement.Ford acted amid concerns by some police departments about the safety of officers. The city of Austin, Texas said Friday it was removing all 400 of the city’s Ford Explorer SUVs from use.
Several Texas media outlets cited a city memo that said 20 police officers have been found with elevated levels of carbon monoxide and three have not returned to work.Ford said it has not found any elevated levels of carbon monoxide in regular Ford Explorers, but NHTSA is investigating reports of exhaust odors in those vehicles. Ford did not say how much it expected to pay to repair police vehicles and said its investigation is ongoing.
On Thursday, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was upgrading and expanding a probe into 1.33 million Ford Explorer SUVs over reports of exhaust odors in vehicle compartments.Police have reported two crashes that may be linked to carbon monoxide exposure and a third incident involving injuries related to carbon monoxide exposure.
The auto safety agency said it was also aware of more than 2,700 complaints that may be linked to exhaust orders and possible exposure to carbon monoxide and 41 injuries among police and civilian vehicles in the probe covering 2011-2017 model year Ford Explorer sport utility vehicles.
NHTSA said it recently learned that the police version of the Ford Explorer was experiencing exhaust manifold cracks.The agency said the reported injuries include “loss of consciousness, with the majority indicating nausea, headaches, or light-headedness.”
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Combined Police Liability Meeting & Safety Forum
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 & Thursday, September 7, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Breakfast & Registration - 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.)
Northglenn Recreation Center: 11801 Community Center Drive, Northglenn, CO 80233
To register, email email@example.com or call 800.228.7136 by Friday, September 1, 2017
Admission is FREE and open to all CIRSA members
“First-Aid for Mental Health” is a topic that affects a variety of different individuals and departments within your entity. During this presentation the Mental Health First Aid Colorado organization will discuss this ground breaking program that teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges. Our goal is to provide these tools to law enforcement, public works, parks & recreation staff, and anyone at your entity who deal with public and might face these challenges.
Members are eligible to be reimbursed for this event, click here for policy details and form regarding CIRSA’s Travel Reimbursement guidelines.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
How it Works:
Simply download the CIRSA app before August 31st to be entered to win. Each person in your entity who downloads the app gets a contest entry. The more people who download the app the greater your chance of winning an Appy Hour on CIRSA.
If someone at your entity has already uploaded the CIRSA app they will be entered into the drawing automatically to win an Appy Hour.
We'll provide three member entities with their own Appy Hour and winners will be announced in early September! When the winners are selected we will work with our primary contact to determine what would work best; a breakfast, lunch, or social hour.
Boost your Chances of Winning:
Take the recently launched safety quiz on Beating Driver Fatigue from our mobile app and if you score 100%, you'll get five (yes five!) additional entries into the Appy Hour contest! Each person at you entity who gets a perfect score will be eligible for these additional entries. When accessing the app, you'll find the safety quizzes under the menu bar.
Thursday, August 10, 2017