Have a safe and happy holiday season

On behalf of the RIAEM Executive Board we wish you and yours a happy holiday season.  Please enjoy responsibly! 

  • If you’re flying somewhere for the holidays, take a moment and ensure #SafeTravels with these tips:
    • Consider a small emergency kit for your suitcase with items such as a flashlight, batteries, a USB power bank and a first aid kit.
    • Take a moment to review the security screening process – www.tsa.gov/travel/travel-tips from the TSA.
    • Have a plan so when you land, you’re ready.
  • If you’re going to be on the road with your animal companions for the holidays, make sure that your car or travel emergency kit includes items for your pet like water and food. Something familiar such as a toy or comforting like a blanket can also help alleviate stress.For a complete list of pet preparedness item visit: www.ready.gov/pets #SafeTravels
  • The holidays are a great time to share preparedness information with family and friends. The Family Emergency Communication Plan from America’s PrepareAthon! is a valuable resource especially during the busy holiday travel season. Download and complete the plan today! Handy wallet cards are also available so you can keep emergency contact information in your pocket. http://1.usa.gov/1LPuV9o #HolidaySafety
  • Did you decorate your Christmas tree over the weekend? Don’t forget to check the water level and unplug the lights every night before you go to bed. Watch what happens to a tree that is watered regularly and not: http://youtu.be/RNjO3wZDVlA #HolidaySafety
  • Traveling by car over the holidays? Don’t forget to pack an emergency supply kit for each passenger in your car. Kit tips: www.ready.gov/car #SafeTravels #HolidaySafety
  • Happy Hanukkah! Make fire safety part of your family tradition. Visit the National Fire Protection Association for more tips: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/top-causes-of-fire/candles  #HolidaySafety
  • Did you know that 2 out of every 5 home decoration fires start with candles? Check out these winter holiday safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association and practice your family emergency plan over the holidays: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/wildfire-and-seasonal-fires/winter-holiday-safety #HolidaySafety
  • Did you get a new tablet or smartphone? Don’t forget to download emergency preparedness apps and bookmark mobile sites including the FEMA smartphone app: www.fema.gov/smartphone-app #HolidaySafety
  • Emergency Managers can give the gift of emergency preparedness by teaching kids what do before, during, and after a disaster.  Download the curriculum to start planning: www.ready.gov/kids/educators #HolidaySafety