Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2013 Vol. 60 No. 10

Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links

Antibiotic Resistant Threats
Antibiotic resistance is a quickly growing, extremely dangerous problem. Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. Many more people die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria

When bacteria are exposed to antibiotics, they start learning how to outsmart the drugs. This process occurs in bacteria found in humans, animals, and the environment. Resistant bacteria can multiply and spread easily and quickly, causing severe infections. They can also share genetic information with other bacteria, making the other bacteria resistant as well. Each time bacteria learn to outsmart an antibiotic, treatment options are more limited, and these infections pose a greater risk to human health.

Anyone can become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria anywhere and anytime. Most infections occur in the community, like skin infections with MRSA and sexually transmitted diseases. However, most deaths related to antibiotic resistance occur from drug-resistant infections picked up in healthcare settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes.

Like all diseases, common safety and hygiene methods can prevent disease and spread. Make sure to:

  • Get updated and regular vaccinations against drug-resistant bacteria
  • Wash your hands before eating and after using the restroom to avoid putting drug-resistant bacteria into your body
  • Wash your hands after handling uncooked food to prevent ingesting drug-resistant bacteria that can live on food

Centers for Disease Control

Can Google Glasses Help First Responders
Robocop may not be real, but his efficiency is something worth aspiring to. Through the use of Google Glass, communications vendor Mutualink may soon give public safety and military personnel a chance to capture some of the half-robot, half-man's technological capabilities.

Google Glasses heads-up display (HUD)

Google Glass could serve real-time information, hands-free, to public safety officials using its interoperability communications platform.

Google Glass doesn't change how its system works. In many ways, it's just another computer, but with the important difference that it frees up the hands of the person using it.

Google Glass's heads-up display (HUD) allows users to look to the right in their peripheral vision and view information that is being served to them, like maps, blueprints, surveillance video feeds or other documents. Information can also be returned back to command and control from the field.

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Mobile Phone

FEMA Smartphone App
The FEMA App (smartphone app for mobile devices) contains disaster safety tips, an interactive emergency kit list, emergency meeting location information, and a map with open shelters and open FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs).

Available for Android, Apple iOS, and Blackberry.

New! Disaster Reporter feature - Take and submit GPS photo reports of disasters so they can be displayed on a public map for others to view.

Have Your Technology During Emergencies
Most people assume power will be out and they won't be able to reach loved ones or access crucial information, but that's not always true.

Losing electrical power during an emergency is almost a given, so most Americans assume they won't be able to tap into their communications technology during them. Effective planning can make it possible to take advantage of technology before, during and after a crisis.

solar-powered charger

Planning includes making certain your devices are powered, such as by getting a solar-powered or hand crank charger and a car charger for your phone to keep it powered during an emergency.

Follow important officials and organizations on social media channels. By identifying these accounts now, you won’t have to search for them in the middle of an emergency or drain your battery during the search. Key accounts include emergency management agencies, governors, local officials, and local media.

Synchronize your contacts across all your devices and all your channels so that way you have many ways to get hold of people. By having access phone numbers, social media accounts, and email addresses, you can get in touch with your loved ones even if one system or channel is down. Make sure you program 'In Case of Emergency' (ICE) contacts into your cell phone so emergency personnel can contact those people for you if you’re unable to use your phone.

Download resource apps for your smartphone, they often have important information like phone numbers, first aid tips, and other resources. The FEMA App contains disaster safety tips, an interactive emergency kit list, emergency meeting location information, and a map with open shelters and open FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs).
FEMA Ready.Gov

Fire Prevention Week is Right Around the Corner and Sparky has his own mobile app and an eBook!!!!
Calling all fire departments, teachers, and parents!

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Join Sparky the Fire Dog for Read for Fire Safety
We all know Fire Prevention Week is just around the corner and we are all planning events out in our communities. Here’s a fun way to bring fire safety to the classroom during Fire Prevention Week. NFPA has created a free deluxe storybook app and e-book to help you reach out to preschool through grade 5 students.

Join Sparky the Fire Dog® in celebrating fire safety and reading! Share the Sparky’s Birthday Surprise app and Rescue Dogs, Firefighting Heroes, and Science Facts e-book with your department.

Visit SFMO's resource page for more information including how to bring this program into your community.

If your department participates in Read for Fire Safety during FPW, register your event with NFPA!  Send an email that includes the name, address, and the location of your event and how many children you are sharing the stories with.

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