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“Are You Red Cross Ready In Sign Language?” Video

May 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Students and staff from the Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD) created a video below in American Sign Language (ASL) to help the American Red Cross Willamette Chapter in Salem, Oregon reach more people in the community.
The “Are You Red Cross Ready?” video, which was filmed on the OSD campus, informs people about three important [...]

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Tags: Red Cross · Special Needs Preparedness

In Red Cross (Australia) Blood Donation PSA, Filmmakers Put Their Arms Where Their Message Is

April 11th, 2010 · No Comments

Thanks to Keith Robertory I just saw a fun and I think effective new blood donation PSA from the Australian Red Cross that I wanted to post. And, as someone who has benefited greatly from donated blood, I’m always looking for a reason to promote the subject on the blog.

Red Cross (Australia) Blood Donation PSA
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Tags: Red Cross

As Forecasters Predict “Above Average” Hurricane Season, FEMA’s Fugate In Video Challenges Public: “We’re Getting Ready…Are You?”

April 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment

A day after Colorado State University released their forecast that the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season will be “above average”, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate has recorded a video urging the public to begin preparations.
The preliminary report, according to, predicts 15 named storms and eight of those becoming hurricanes:
Forecasters William Gray and Phil Klotzbach said that [...]

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Tags: Federal Emergency Management Administration · Hurricane Preparedness

Not Reading NFL Defenses Anymore, John Elway Now Helps Citizens “Recognizing 8 Signs Of Terrorism” In New Video

October 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In Denver yesterday, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano helped unveil a new video, “Recognizing 8 Signs of Terrorism” narrated by former NFL star quarterback John Elway to help citizens identify signs of terrorist activity.
The 8-minute video can be seen below or found online at

Napolitano has spoken often about using the public as [...]

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Tags: Preparedness Tips · See Something/Terrorism Tips

‘Rap Doctor’ Credits Twitter, Other Social Media For Helping Him Win Flu.Gov Video H1N1 PSA Contest; Will Donate $2500 Prize To Shriners Hospital

October 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

In an interview this week, the winner of the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) H1N1 Flu Preparedness PSA Contest, Dr. Jon Clarke, says support on Twitter and other social media was crucial to him getting the highest number of votes. “H1N1 Rap By Dr Clarke.” was chosen from among the 10 finalists on YouTube [...]

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Tags: Pandemic Flu · Preparedness 2.0

Preparedness-Themed Song/Video Suggestions From Readers

July 18th, 2009 · No Comments

Last month, I posted some YouTube videos of songs I think are particularly resonant and representative of the ideas raised in this blog. Afterwards, I received a couple of suggestions from readers below which I thought I would post:
Bruce Hennes —
My nomination for Best Preparedness Song, Nuclear Division is Tom Lehrer – Who’s Next? [...]

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Tags: Media · Preparedness Ideas

NTSB Asking Public For Video From Washington, D.C. Metro Crash; Underscores Value Of User-Generated Content In Emergencies (& Growing Appreciation By Authorities Of It)

June 25th, 2009 · 2 Comments

In a move that highlights the proliferation of video cameras, the usefulness of citizen/user generated content in emergencies, and, maybe most importantly, the growing appreciation by government authorities of that content, the National Transportation Safety Board has made a public request that any individual who has video of this week’s Washington, D.C. Metro accident should [...]

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Tags: Preparedness 2.0

With Gustav Threatening Gulf Coast, DHS Urges Residents To Prepare, Make Emergency Plans

August 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Earlier today, I was at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters in Washington for a briefing on the Department’s plans for September’s National Preparedness Month. I’ll have more on Preparedness Month activities in the days to come. But DHS officials were also busy planning for something that might occur even before August ends: Tropical Storm Gustav [...]

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Tags: Hurricane Preparedness

First Installment Of New Blog Video Series “What Should We Tell The Public?” — Randy Larsen

June 26th, 2008 · 9 Comments

Today, I am kicking off a new video experiment on the blog. It is the premiere of a feature I’m going to call “What Should We Tell The Public?” I will be asking leading people in the homeland security/emergency management/public health preparedness community for their tips, recommendations, and ideas on what they think it is important that citizens should [...]

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Tags: "What Should We Tell The Public?" · Preparedness Tips

‘Fun’ Web Earthquake Preparedness Quiz For Whole Family

June 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments

A fellow CERT member just sent me this interactive web quiz on earthquake preparedness. It doesn’t take long (only 10 questions) and is easy to use for all ages. Go to:
In all candor, your preparedness expert got only 6 out of 10 answers correct — earthquakes are not my strength — so I definitely learned something from [...]

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Tags: Preparedness 2.0 · Uncategorized