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  • Monday, September 12, 2011 1:45 PM | Anonymous
    We are a week into school and over a week into September and it's probably time to share some information about National Preparedness Month. Especially as we've just seen the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and some devastating weather in other parts of the country. Oregon has been relatively quiet (knock on wood) compared to the other parts of the United States but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be thinking about how we should prepare, react, deal with a disaster.

    First, the federal government site, www.ready.gov, offers some great videos, toolkits and public service advertisements you can use to educate your constituents. They also have a site designed for kids which is useful in preparing kids for those emergency drills.

    Oregon Emergency Management has lots of information as well. Including a link to Citizen Corps which helps coordinate preparedness efforts in communities. Schools have a large role to play when it comes to community planning as they are most often the site of shelters or other distribution points. It is important to have community agreements and relationships built so relief and recovery can be started immediately after an occurrence.

    And finally, American Red Cross has resources and a store where you can buy supplies. Their list of resources and advice for National Preparedness Month was posted September 1. They even have a blog that can be RSS fed into your favorite reader (for those tech savvy individuals).

    Now it's your turn. Tell us what you know. What resources have you come across that have been helpful in your planning for a disaster?
  • Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:58 AM | Anonymous
    Two OSHA 10-hour construction trainings have been scheduled for Oregon school districts. The topics covered in the construction trainings are relevant to schools even if you aren't building or renovating. Plan to attend August 11 and 12, 2011. BELFOR Property Restoration of Oregon is providing the approved training free of charge. Space is limited.

    The trainings will be held in Salem and the specific location will be sent after you register.

    More information and the agenda is available on the calendar.

    Register by sending an email to Phil Wentz including the attendee names and your school district name.
  • Thursday, May 26, 2011 3:38 PM | Anonymous
    The National Safety Council has resources to help organizations participate in National Safety Month. This year, the weekly topics are:

    June 1-4 - Summertime safety
    June 5-11 - Preventing overexertion
    June 12-18 - Teen driving safety
    June 19-25 - Preventing slips, trips and falls
    June 26-30 - On the road, off the phone

    In addition to the resources provided each week, NSC is making available a CPR and AED online training for families and community members. It's FREE and does not have to be completed all at once. Participants have 45 days to complete the course. What's the catch you ask? You must sign up between June 1-7, 2011 to take advantage of the free offer.
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2011 11:57 AM | Anonymous

    Everybody has questions about the new EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting rule. We compiled a list of questions OSSOA members asked and asked Barbara Zeal the program coordinator for the Lead Poisining Prevention Program in the Office of Environmental Public Health to answer them. The entire document can be found in our Health issues resources.

    If you have other questions about the RRP rule, let us know.

  • Friday, October 09, 2009 11:16 AM | Anonymous
    Welcome to the new OSSOA website where you'll find more functionality and more information. Along with being able to access your membership information, the member corner will feature workshop presentations and other information for members only.

    Resources will host links and safety information that we have gathered for you. If you have links, resources or other information you think would be beneficial to other school safety folks, let us know.

    The new site allows registration for events and is completely integrated into your membership profile, so you'll be able to mange your own registrations now.

    Many more functions will be released as they are developed. Keep coming back and help us make this site even better.
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