Sunday, June 7, 2009

Katrina...never forget the power of nature-Preparedness is a must

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Preparedness is not an option, it is a must! My grandfather's favorite song was "This Little Light of Mine". The words to this song is let your light shine. The common thread is that each of us has a light...alone, we illuminate a little, but together we illuminate more and if we all work together, we can light the whole world. It was Francis of Assisi that said..."All the darkness in the world can not extinguish the light of a single candle." You are that single candle...do not let your flame go out. Share, spread, pass your flame to others. Keep it going, pay it forward.

Monday, June 1, 2009

It starts with empowering our children...train by example

One of the most effective ways to teach somebody a new skill is to teach by example. Do as I say and not as I do does not inspire many and has an even less long term success ratio when teaching children life skills. If you ever wonder what a child's home life is like, just observe them them at school. Often the child who is diligent with good hygiene, turns in neat homework and practices good manners around others, is a result of an adult spending time not only teaching, but also showing how to do those things. The opposite of this is a child who struggles because an adult may tell them: "brush your teeth and do a good job", but if nobody takes the time to explain: "watch me, brush up and down...get your back teeth, brush your tongue...floss, rinse and spit" that child will not have the same success.
EVERYBODY IS PART OF THE TEAM
The best way to help your child prepare for disaster is to include them in your families disaster preparedness and training. To see more about how to include your children or your children's school, look at a new web site called: http://www.mysafela.org/

From fire extinguisher demonstrations to how to put together disaster bags for each member of your family, the best answer for awareness is preparedness. Teach by example and get prepared as a family...as a community...as a neighborhood...as a church...as a city...get prepared. Thank you to the members of Fire Station 41 LAFD & the students of Gardner Street Elementary School for our super day!