Monday, January 28, 2013

What to do When Suffering with the Flu

It is incredibly important that everyone get their flu shot this year. Flu season is at an all time high and the flu shot might be your only hope at not contracting the debilitating virus. Hundreds of thousands of people have been suffering from the flu across the United States. If you happen to be one of the unlucky ones to come down with the flu, here are a few tips to help ease suffering while overcoming this sickness.

Signs you Might have the Flu
If you have started coughing or sneezing or felt a tickle in your throat, you might be on your way to developing the flu. Other symptoms that are linked directly to the flu include: achy muscles, respiratory problems and a fever.

Thing you can do to Ease Symptoms:
Antiviral: Right now there are two different prescription drugs that can be taken to fight the flu. The first is called Tamiflu and is an oral medication. The second is called Relenza and is an inhaled powder. Both will help keep you out of bed one to two days less than you usually would be in bed with the flu. They also help keep you from getting incredibly ill, but the kicker is that they must be taken within two days of the start of your symptoms in order to be effective.
Analgesics: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Ibuprofen can help greatly reduce aches and pains as well as a fever. Please keep in mind that patients who have a history of asthma or high blood pressure should consult their physician before taking this medication.
Fluids: The doctor always tells you to drink lots of clear fluids AKA lots and lots of WATER! When anyone is ill with a fever, dehydration can occur as well. If you are having trouble keeping water down, try sucking on ice cubes or ice pops. This can also help with a sore throat.
Medications Available Over-the-Counter: Medications such as decongestants and antihistamines can help relieve symptoms such as a runny or congested nose or a cough. Antihistamines are also great for helping with sleep. Another thing you can do to relieve symptoms include cough drops for a scratchy throat.
Rest: The most important thing you can do when you are sick is to stay home and get lots of rest. When you have the flu, your body feels so run down that being at work or school is no good for you and will only make you feel worse. Take time off to get better and keep your germs to yourself.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Protect Yourself: January is National Self Defense Month

Self Defense is an important tool to have, especially when you find yourself in a dangerous situation. It is important that citizens know how to protect themselves as well as maintain their safety. With the help of some trusted and well-used strategies, you can help protect yourself and others in the event that you might be attacked.

Self Defense Strategies:

-       The number one most important thing is to always trust your instincts. When you have the feeling that something is not right, then it probably is not. If you get a gut reaction that something does not feel right, immediately head to a public area and contact authorities by dialing 9-1-1.

-       Never put trust in your assailant. Criminals are dangerous individuals who will tell you anything in order to persuade you to trust them. They might approach you in a friendly manner and try to catch you off guard. Just remember, a stranger can always equal danger, so no matter how convincing they are, never trust them.

-       Never leave the area with the attacker. They will try their best to get you alone and in a secluded area. Do your best to put distance between you and your attacker as quickly as possible.

-       When leaving work, home or a store, have your keys in hand. Always remember where you parked your car and don’t overload yourself with bags. This will only make you more vulnerable to an attack. It is also a good idea to look under your car and take in your surroundings. An attacker is less likely to target you if he or she sees how aware you are of the area.

-       Carry pepper spray or a personal alarm on you. This can help distract a perpetrator and help you get away to safety quicker.

-       Don’t be afraid to share your schedule with family and friends. This way, if something does happen to you, someone will always know where you were last. Many people refer to this as the buddy system.

-       Lastly, report any suspicious activity you might see going on in or around your neighborhood. The police cannot be everywhere and it is up to us, as a community, to help protect each other.

Remember: if you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation please do not hesitate to dial 9-1-1.



Monday, January 14, 2013

January is National Get Organized Month!

January is a great time to get organized in all aspects of your life. Cell Phone Sally is here to help you get organized at home, school and work! While the thought of getting organized can sometimes be overwhelming, once you tackle the task you will find yourself more relaxed as well as more prepared to conquer the new year. Here are some great things to focus on when organizing important items:

-       Organize important contacts and numbers: Make sure your family is well prepared by having all important contact numbers either memorized or saved in your phone. Kids should know when to call 9-1-1. They should also know their parent’s phone numbers as well as any other important numbers. For adults, it is a good idea to have doctor’s offices and emergency contact numbers readily available in your phone too.

-       Organize an emergency preparedness kit: Every home should have an emergency preparedness kit and all household members should know where it is located. This kit should have basic items for survival in case an emergency strikes. Some items to include would be: a flashlight with extra batteries, at least one gallon of water, a first aid kit, moist towelettes for sanitation, garbage bags, a manual can opener, a map, a whistle to signal for help, and a cell phone with a solar charger.

-       Tackle Clutter around the Home: Clutter has a tendency to add to stress. Start relieving this stress by getting rid of the clutter. Check out these great tips on how to de-clutter your home:

-       Organize Your Office Space: Being organized at work is not only beneficial for you, but also for the people around you! No one wants to work in a messy environment. Check out these great tips on how to get organized at the office: Try and make a day at the office where everyone participates in tidying up and organizing their areas!
By tackling these tasks, you are bound to feel better about the year ahead. Remember, being organized helps save time and money. It also increases productivity and enhances your quality of life. So what are you waiting for? It is time to get organized!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Use Cell Phone Sally to Boost Your Public Education Efforts

Cell Phone Sally was created to help aid public education efforts within the 9-1-1 industry. Although the mascot program was launched in Texas, Cell Phone Sally is used throughout the United States and abroad. Her mission is to educate the public about how to call and when to call 9-1-1.

Social media efforts are full of opportunities to add videos of information relevant to 9-1-1 public education. Have you considered adding links to the various resources from our website or YouTube channel?
Whether it be embedding Cell Phone Sally YouTube videos on your site or providing links to our blog, website or social media channels from Facebook and Twiter, these items are ready and available to you.
All of the videos and songs can be easily embedded into your website. If you need help just contact your IT folks. The payoff is that it will add more value to your site by making it more engaging. If you follow the link below, you can find the Cell Phone Sally video as well as the song versions in both English and Spanish.
There are many agencies and public education entities that have already done this and found great success in sharing it with their community. Below are links to these sites. Feel free to browse and see how they incorporated Cell Phone Sally.

We strive to provide resourceful ways to enhance your public education efforts. Our top priority is making sure public educators have the tools to help ensure the public knows how and when to call 9-1-1.