Wildfire Evacuation Tips

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When wildfires or even house fires threaten, there isn’t a lot of time. Within minutes, winds can carry fires hundreds of feet and that gives you very little time to escape. Don’t believe me? Check out this video. These things move fast…3.5 miles in 15 minutes fast!

No, that video was not sped up. I checked. Even though you may think you are a safe enough distance from a wild fires, heat and wind within the fire are incredible unpredictable and the direction of a fire can quickly change without notice. In a matter of moments, you may be right in it’s path.

One minute you’re safe, the next you get a knock on the door by a fireman telling you to LEAVE. NOW. IMMEDIATELY. What would you do? Do you have a pack ready? What about your house papers? Bills? Social security cards, birth certificates? In a fire, all that would be destroyed.

These are questions you need to answer NOW—before a disaster comes calling. Know where you should go, who you should notify, and what to bring.

The I.I.I.’s “Know Your Plan” app for iPhone provides consumers with a library of preloaded checklists to learn about important property protection and preparedness steps. Customized lists can also be built from scratch. Each checklist gives users options to set task completion dates, chart their progress and make additional notes for individual tasks. Additional options include functions to share lists with family and friends. Also included are resources to help plan for an evacuation—including one for pets.

Wildfire Evacuation Tips

  • If you have time before you evacuate your family and pets (your family has an evacuation plan in place, right?), back your car into the garage, leave the key in the ignition, and close the garage door. Close windows and doors to the house, and close all inside doors.
  • Take down drapes and curtains.
  • Place a ladder against the front of the house.
  • If you have a combustible roof, wet it down or turn on roof sprinklers.
  • Turn off the gas at the meter and the butane tank.
  • Place fire fighting tools, such as 100 feet of pre-connected garden hose, a shovel, a rake, a bucket, and containers filled with water, in an accessible place.

In case of possible evacuation – only if you have enough warning – consider packing the following items. It is strongly encouraged to keep all these documents in one place so you can grab them and go, or in an underground, fireproof safe if you will have to leave them behind.

  • Social Security cards
  • Driver’s licenses
  • Credit cards
  • House deed
  • Vehicle titles
  • Marriage license
  • Birth Certificates
  • Insurance policies
  • Home inventory list/photos
  • Health insurance cards
  • Prescription medications
  • Important personal computer information downloaded to disk
  • Valuable jewelry
  • Photographs
  • Home videos
  • Items with sentimental value, such as wedding dress or baby keepsakes
  • One week’s worth of clothing
  • Pets with ID tags, carriers, and pet food

Create a Home Inventory

Before a catastrophe strikes and you’re faced with a loss, make a home inventory – lists, pictures or a videotape of the contents of your home. After all, would you be able to remember all the possessions you’ve accumulated over the years if they were destroyed by a fire? Having an up-to-date home inventory will help you get your insurance claim settled faster, verify losses for your income tax return and help you purchase the correct amount of insurance.

What Should I Do After a Disaster?

  • Residents evacuated from their homes should contact their insurance agents or companies immediately and let them know where they can be reached. As adjusters are allowed into the burned-out areas they will want to go in with their policyholders to assess the damage. Many companies will set up 24-hour emergency hotlines.
  • Company claims adjusters, many equipped with laptop computers and portable phones, will start writing checks over the next few days to pay the cost of temporary living expenses for people left homeless by the fires and to begin the rebuilding of damaged homes. Some companies will be opening special claims centers to assist their policyholders. Contact your agent or company if you need additional living expenses while you are out of your home.
  • Keep receipts. Out of pocket expenses during a mandatory evacuation are reimbursable under most standard homeowner policies.
  • Be prepared to give your agent or insurance representative a description of your damage. Your agent will report the loss immediately to your insurance company or a qualified adjuster who will contact you as soon as possible to inspect the damage. Again, be sure to give your agent a number where you can be reached.
  • Take photos of the damaged areas. These will help with your claims process and will assist the adjuster in the investigation.
  • Prepare a detailed inventory of all damaged or destroyed personal property. Be sure to make two copies-one for yourself and one for the adjuster. Your list should be as complete as possible, including a description of the items, dates of purchase or approximate age, cost at time of purchase and estimated replacement cost.
  • Make whatever temporary repairs you can . Cover broken windows, damaged roofs and walls to prevent further destruction. Save receipts for supplies and materials you purchase. Your company will reimburse you for reasonable expenses in making temporary repairs.
  • Secure a detailed estimate for permanent repairs to your home from a reliable contractor and give it to the adjuster. The estimate should contain the proposed repairs, repair costs and replacement prices.
  • Serious losses will be given priority . If your home has been destroyed or seriously damaged, your agent will do everything possible to assure that you are given priority.

Thousands Saved from Indian Cyclone by Emergency Preparedness

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As you may have heard, India was hammered this weekend by powerful Cyclone Phailin, forcing nearly a million people to evacuate from their homes near the coast. Learning from the 1999 cyclone which killed 10,000 people, Indian community members and government took extreme measures to practice emergency preparedness and made sure residents living in homes deemed unable to survive the hurricane’s wrath were safely placed in fortified shelters.

At least four days before the cyclone hit, police in the coastal states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh began traveling through villages to warn residents of the coming storm and urge them to go to government shelters set up in schools and other concrete buildings.

By Friday, the day before the cyclone hit land, hundreds of thousands of people had moved inland.

By Monday, only 25 people had been reported killed, even though tens of thousands of homes were destroyed. The successful evacuation effort was earning rare praise for a country known for large-scale disasters that have caused high death tolls.

“If we had stayed here, everyone in the village would be dead,” said Amma, a 55-year-old fisherwoman, reports The Weather Channel. “I consider myself lucky to be alive.”

“We were preparing for a super cyclone, but Phailin did not turn into a super cyclone,” disaster official Tripti Parule told the AFP news agency.

He said the evacuation was the biggest in India’s history for such an event.

India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said 1,200 personnel had been deployed to Orissa and 500 to Andhra Pradesh.

“The teams have medical first-responders for first aid and heavy cutting equipment. In the case of cyclones there is a likelihood of collapsed buildings.”

Over the next week, damage from the storm will continue to be accessed. Although thousands of homes and millions of dollars in crops have been lost, through the immense emergency preparedness efforts, the immediate casualty numbers were able to remain significantly low.

Emergency preparedness is a two step process though, and hopefully the Indian government will be able to provide for the tens of thousands of now homeless people. When preparing for your own emergency, please know that it is one thing to survive the storm, but you also have to be able to survive the days or weeks that may follow of no food, no water, no shelter, no electricity, and no transportation. Think ahead. Live prepared!


How would your favorite movie end, if someone had a SpareOne Plus emergency phone? #SpareReel

How would your favorite movie end, if someone had a SpareOne Plus emergency phone?

While the plots of most films feature the main character overcoming an intense obstacle in his or her life, we thought it would be fun to see what might have happened if these protagonists had a SpareOne Plus handy. The movie’s outcome would be totally different, and it’s these outcomes that we are sharing with you- our “SpareReel.”

Whether it’s living on an island, being forgotten on Christmas, or being trapped on a boat — SpareOne could have made the difference for this handful of movie characters.

Follow #SpareReel as, weekly, we share some of your favorite movies with the new “safer” twists to their endings!

Man versus Nature gets a lot easier when Man has a GPS-located waterproof mobile phone. Jaws wouldn’t have been nearly as dramatic if in the crew’s moment of distress — immobilized in a broken-down boat with no CB radio and tormented by a great white — Chief Martin Brody whipped out a SpareOne Plus and called the Coast Guard.  For those that love boating and fishing, like Brody’s pals Sam Quint and Hooper, the SpareOne Plus would have fit perfectly in an onboard emergency kit.  The trio could’ve met up at a bar afterwards to share their scars and reminisce about their little adventure.

There is no busier time to travel than Christmas in The States; just ask The McCallister Family. While eight-year-old Kevin may have been too young to have his own smartphone, an emergency mobile phone could have saved the family a lot of headaches.  A quick SpareOne call to his parents would have solved a bunch of problems: the Wet Bandits would have had to find a different block to burgle, Buzz’s tarantula would not be missing at large, and Mrs. McCallister would not have had to endure a medley of polka standards from Gus Polinski and the Kenosha Kickers. With a SpareOne is lightweight, durable and easy to store, you also won’t have to worry about coverage charges, roaming fees or phone chargers. Bring the SpareOne Plus with you on the road and you’ll  be traveling worry free and be one call away from the ones you love.

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There is nothing worse than being stranded on an island with no food or communication with the rest of the world. Tom hanks knew this all too well as he spent days and months hanging out with a volleyball turned best friend, named Wilson.

Although he became very close with Wilson, Tom Hank’s vacation could have been saved with a simple call for help before the plane crashed into the South Pacific. Instead of putting lipstick on a volleyball, he could have taken his girlfriend Kelly out to dinner and shared a glass of Merlot while planning out their next adventure.

Lasting over 15 years on the same charge and up to 10 hours of talk time, the SpareOne Plus would have been a perfect solution for Tom Hanks. Bring along the SpareOne Plus with you on your next vacation, adventure or even quick trip to your cottage, as you’ll always be only a phone call away from the ones you love.

You’re 6 years old and you need to make a phone call with the phone already in hand but don’t know how to do the rest. This was the case for Buckwheat and Porky who were in need of help when their He-Man-Woman-Hating clubhouse was burning down and they had to leave the phone hanging as they couldn’t dial 9-1-1.

Most 6 year olds know their colors and a quick push of the red 911 button on the SpareOne Plus would have solved all their problems and the clubhouse never would have burned down. Alfalfa would have gotten off the hook with his buddies for bringing Darla into their girl-free clubhouse and Waldo never would have gotten a chance to sing his way to her heart.

It’s very important to keep our children prepared for any emergency that may come to surface and with the SpareOne Plus’s easy access to 9-1-1 and it’s Programmable Numbers, our kids can feel confident when trying to call for help in times of need.

 


It’s Time To Start Thinking Of Winter Storm Preparedness

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While the dangers of winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, should take a moment to begin thinking about winter storm preparedness. I know, it’s still early October, but the weather is starting to change and as the air gets colder and the days shorter, winter will be here before we know it.

As for now, for most of us, it may not seem like winter quite yet, but Mother Nature is feeling particularly feisty this year and will be blanketing the Rockies and surrounding states in a rather early, pre-winter storm.

This storm will be excerpted to bring heavy rain, strong winds, and a foot or more of snow to higher elevations. As the storm passes the Rockies, the rain will change to snow on the Plains of Wyoming, the Black Hills of South Dakota and perhaps the Nebraska Panhandle.

As most of us have experienced when the weather turns cold, our cell phone batteries seem to stay charged for only a fraction of how long they normally last. This can be quite a problem when you go to use your phone because you have a flat tire in the middle of a blizzard and you only have 5% battery left; even though you just charged it!

Fortunately, SpareOne Plus emergency phone, which is a FULLY FUNCTIONING, unlocked, AA battery powered mobile phone; is temperature tolerant and continues to work all the way down to -22F below zero! The phone also comes in a waterproof pouch to keep it dry. Because SpareOne Plus is unlocked, you can either use the SIM card from your regular smartphone to make a call, or buy a prepaid one from your local wireless provider. Insert the active SIM card and you are able to make calls just as you would on a normal phone. In the event of an emergency where you don’t have access to your own or another prepaid SIM card, the center Emergency Call Button automatically dials 9-1-1 when pressed.

So, as you prepare for all the wonderful things Mother Nature will have to throw at us this winter, remember to get a SpareOne Plus emergency phone and keep it in your car, house, jacket, or wherever. You never know when it will come in handy and because it runs on a single AA battery, you will never have to worry about keeping it charged!

In the next few weeks, I will go into more detail about winter weather survival and how to prepare. Stay tuned!


Tips, Printables, & Guides for Preparing Pets For Emergencies

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Pets are an extremely important part of most people’s lives. Many love them as much as their own children or spouses, and some even more (but we won’t get into that here). Whatever your furry or feathered or scaly friend’s status in your house hold is, it is important that they receive the same amount of planning and care as anyone else in your family. Although your pet may be old and wise in years, think of your pet as a young child, who must rely solely on you for help and support. Although our pets were once “wild” they are differently not now and it would be very difficult for them to make it through a disaster on their own.

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Below are tips, printables, & guides for preparing pets for emergencies. Click the images for printable versions.

These tips are according to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). You can access this information on their website at http://www.ready.gov/caring-animals.

TOP THINGS TO REMEMBER…

If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return.

If you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.

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Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can’t care for your animals yourself. Develop a buddy system with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer.ur immediate area who would be willing to host you and your pets in an emergency.

GUIDELINES FOR PETS…

  • Identifying shelter. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Find out which motels and hotels in the area you plan to evacuate to allow pets well in advance of needing them. There are also a number of guides that list hotels/motels that permit pets and could serve as a starting point. Include your local animal shelter’s number in your list of emergency numbers. They might be able to provide information concerning pets during a disaster.
  • Take pet food, bottled water, medications, veterinary records, cat litter/pan, manual can opener, food dishes, first aid kit and other supplies with you in case they’re not available later. Before you find yourself in an emergency situation, consider packing a “pet survival” kit which could be easily deployed if disaster hits.
  • Make sure identification tags are up-to-date and securely fastened to your pet’s collar. If possible, attach the address and/or phone number of your evacuation site. If your pet gets lost, his tag is his ticket home.
  • Make sure you have a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.
  • Make sure you have a secure pet carrier, leash or harness for your pet so that if he panics, he can’t escape.
  • Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter or animal control office to get advice and information.
  • If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located. Be sure to research some outside your local area in case local facilities close.
  • Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet’s medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current. Include copies in your “pet survival” kit along with a photo of your pet.
  • Some animal shelters will provide temporary foster care for owned pets in times of disaster but this should be considered only as a last resort.
  • If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger! Confine your pet to a safe area inside - NEVER leave your pet chained outside! Leave them loose inside your home with food and plenty of water. Remove the toilet tank lid, raise the seat and brace the bathroom door open so they can drink. Place a notice outside in a visible area, advising what pets are in the house and where they are located. Provide a phone number where you or a contact can be reached as well as the name and number of your vet.
  • Bring your pets inside immediately.
  • Have newspapers on hand for sanitary purposes. Feed the animals moist or canned food so they will need less water to drink.
  • Animals have instincts about severe weather changes and will often isolate themselves if they are afraid. Bringing them inside early can stop them from running away. Never leave a pet outside or tied up during a storm.
  • Separate dogs and cats. Even if your dogs and cats normally get along, the anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally. Keep small pets away from cats and dogs.
  • In an emergency, you may have to take your birds with you. Talk with your veterinarian or local pet store about special food dispensers that regulate the amount of food a bird is given. Make sure that the bird is caged and the cage is covered by a thin cloth or sheet to provide security and filtered light.
  • If after a disaster you have to leave town, take your pets with you. Pets are unlikely to survive on their own.
  • In the first few days after the disaster, leash your pets when they go outside. Always maintain close contact. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet may become confused and lost. Also, snakes and other dangerous animals may be brought into the area with flood areas. Downed power lines are a hazard.
  • The behavior of your pets may change after an emergency. Normally quiet and friendly pets may become aggressive or defensive. Watch animals closely. Leash dogs and place them in a fenced yard with access to shelter and water.

FOR LARGE ANIMALS…

  • If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats or pigs on your property, be sure to prepare before a disaster.
  • Ensure all animals have some form of identification.
  • Evacuate animals whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary routes in advance.
  • Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers and drivers. Note: It is best to allow animals a chance to become accustomed to vehicular travel so they are less frightened and easier to move.
  • Ensure destinations have food, water, veterinary care and handling equipment.
  • If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move large animals to shelter or turn them outside.
  • When temperatures plunge below zero, owners of large animals and livestock producers need to give extra attention to their animals. Prevention is the key to dealing with hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries in livestock.
  • Making sure your livestock has the following to help prevent cold-weather problems:
  • Shelter- Plenty of dry bedding to insulate vulnerable udders, genitals and legs from the frozen ground and frigid winds. Windbreaks to keep animals safe from frigid conditions. Plenty of food and water.
  • Take extra time to observe livestock, looking for early signs of disease and injury. Severe cold-weather injuries or death primarily occur in the very young or in animals that are already debilitated. Cases of weather-related sudden death in calves often result when cattle are suffering from undetected infection, particularly pneumonia. Sudden, unexplained livestock deaths and illnesses should be investigated quickly so that a cause can be identified and steps can be taken to protect the remaining animals.
  • Animals suffering from frostbite don’t exhibit pain. It may be up to two weeks before the injury becomes evident as the damaged tissue starts to slough away. At that point, the injury should be treated as an open wound and a veterinarian should be consulted.

SpareOne Donates Emergency Phones to Aid Victims of Domestic Violence

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Recently, the Victoria Police Department in Victoria, BC, partnered with SpareOne Emergency phone to increase security for victims of domestic violence.

SpareOne donated emergency phones to VicPD’s Domestic Violence Unit to be given out in emergent situations where victims of domestic violence are in need of the extra security.

“This donation will help us make a meaningful difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence,” said Detective Sergeant Kim Laidman of VicPD’s Domestic Violence Unit. “The extra security has the potential to provide more peace of mind during troubling times.”

The phones will be handed out on an as-needed basis by the detectives in the VicPD Domestic Violence Unit.

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Because of the simplistic versatility of a SpareOne Plus Emergency phone, the fact that it’s unlocked and uses any SIM card, and its long battery life, are all essential reasons for why these phones can benefit victims of domestic violence.

SpareOne Plus runs on a single AA battery and has a 15 year shelf life. The Emergency Call button immediately dials 911 and the phone also comes with a panic siren and torchlight.

Did you know…

  • More than 60% of domestic violence incidents happen at home.
  • One in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.
  • Women experience more than 4 million physical assaults and rapes because of their partners, and men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults.
  • Women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than men.
  • Women ages 20 to 24 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.

In a domestic emergency…

  • In an emergency situation, call 911 or your local law enforcement agency. If you are not in immediate danger, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-Safe (7233), which provides crisis intervention and referrals to in-state or out-of-state resources, such as women’s shelters or crisis centers.

If you know someone or an organization who could benefit from SpareOne Plus emergency phones, please visit our website or contact us at Maly@xpalpower.com if you have any questions.

It is an honor to be able to serve our community and aid those in need.


Twitter Launches Emergency Twitter Alerts

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Today, Twitter launched emergency “Twitter Alerts”, a new feature that brings users one step closer to getting important and accurate information from credible organizations during emergencies, natural disasters or moments when other communications services aren’t accessible.

Twitter recognized  how important it is to be able to receive reliable information during these times of emergencies, and last year launched- Lifetime, (a feature that helps Japanese users find emergency accounts during crises).

“Since then, we’ve been working on a related feature for people around the world,” says Twitter.

If you sign up to receive an account’s Twitter Alerts, you will receive a notification directly to your phone whenever that account marks a Tweet as an alert. Notifications are delivered via SMS, and if you use Twitter for iPhone or Twitter for Android, you’ll also receive a push notification*. Alerts also appear differently on your home timeline from regular Tweets; they will be indicated with an orange bell.

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“How alerts work

Twitter Alerts appear on subscribers’ phones as push and/or SMS notifications when authoritative accounts mark Tweets as alerts. Alerts appear differently on your home timeline from regular Tweets; they are indicated with an orange bell.

Who can participate
The Twitter Alerts program is available to local, national and international institutions that provide critical information to the general public. The following have priority access to this feature:

  • law enforcement and public safety agencies;
  • emergency management agencies;
  • city and municipal governments, as well as their agencies and representatives;
  • county and regional agencies, providing services to cities and municipalities;
  • and select state, federal, and national agencies and NGOs.

If you believe that your organization qualifies for the Twitter Alerts program, please complete our enrollment form. Currently, more than 100 participating NGOs and government agencies in the U.S., Japan and Korea can send alerts. We will expand the service to include more organizations around the world.

When to use alerts
While participating organizations can determine what information merits a Twitter Alerts designation, the feature is intended for crisis, disaster and emergency communications, such as:

  • warnings for imminent dangers
  • preventive instructions
  • evacuation directions
  • urgent safety alerts
  • information on access to essential resources
  • information on critical transit and utility outages
  • crowd and misinformation management

How Twitter has been used in times of crisis
The Twitter Alerts feature builds upon and gives enhanced visibility to some of the best practices during a crisis, which many government and emergency responders have already demonstrated.

“Social media has revolutionized communication during disasters,” says FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate (@CraigatFEMA). “Today we have a two-way street — residents are informed about hazards in real time and emergency managers receive immediate feedback on the consequences of a disaster. Twitter Alerts provide an opportunity to get information directly from trusted sources.”

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When the impending Superstorm Sandy became a reality in the Northeast U.S., Twitter users closely followed @FEMA’s account to get the latest safety information.”

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To subscribe to these notifications, you can go directly to an account’s setup page, which you’ll find at twitter.com/[username]/alerts. See FEMA’s page at twitter.com/FEMA/alerts for an example. Additionally, on web, you can see if an organization is part of the program when you visit its profile.

Currently, a number of organizations in the U.S., Japan and Korea can send Alerts, and we will expand the service to include more public institutions and NGOs around the world.

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The National Design Awards History and Trophy

As the People’s Design Award approaches, I thought I might give you a little background info on this honorable award and the unique trophy presented at the National Design Awards Gala. Check out the video at the bottom. It’s pretty cool!

Bestowed in recognition of excellence, innovation, and enhancement of the quality of life, the National Design Awards were conceived by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to honor lasting achievement in American design. First launched at the White House in 2000 the annual Awards program celebrates design as a “vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of the impact of design through education initiatives.”

The National Design Awards trophy was originally designed in a twisted asterisk form by William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand in 2000. In 2010, Smart Design, that year’s winner in Product Design, recreated the original trophy in a new stainless-steel composite material. In 2011, The Corning Museum of Glass worked with a team from Cooper-Hewitt to design a new trophy in glass and continues to produce the trophies today.

One thing that is interesting it, the top of the trophy is cut at a 50° angle, which allows viewers to peer into the glass and see their reflection and also permits the trophy to be set on the cross-section of the asterisk.

The video below goes into full detail about the making of the trophy, discussing everything from design, to execution.

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SpareOne y la Cruz Roja de Acapulco trabajan en conjunto para ayudar a las victimas de la tormenta tropical Manuel

Last week while many tourists were enjoying the festivities of Mexican Independence Day, Tropical Storm Manuel  hit the busy town of Acapulco, Mexico. The entire city and many of the surrounding villages were left heavily damaged. Many people were left without food or supplies and more than 80 people perished in the storm. SpareOne, always committed to helping and supporting victims of natural disasters, immediately partnered with renowned chef Susanna Palazuelos, to bring much needed emergency phones to those in need. To continue our support, SpareOne’s  Buy one-Give one, is now active. For every phone sold, one will be donated to someone in need with the support of Mexican Red Cross.

SpareOne y la Cruz Roja Mexicana de Guerrero se han unido para proveer teléfonos de emergencia a las victimas de la tormenta tropical Manuel.

La Cruz Roja Mexicana de Acapulco con el apoyo de la Sra. Susanna Palazuelos, y Alan Cymberknoh, creador del teléfono SpareOne trabajan en conjunto para apoyar a las comunidades mas vulnerables de la costa de Guerrero: proveyendo apoyo con alimentos no perecederos y teléfonos de auxilio a las comunidades afectadas por la tormenta tropical Manuel.

Con tanta gente sin electricidad, desplazados de sus casa y casi sin posesiones, SpareOne inmediatamente donó un gran número de teléfonos que seran distribuidos por la Cruz Roja Mexicana para satisfacer la necesidad de comunicación de estas familias.

maly-“Acapulco, esta muy cercano a nuestro corazón, hace un año me casé ahí, y el SpareOne es la mejor solución, para ayudar a las víctimas a tener una línea de contacto con sus seres queridos, en estos momentos tan dolorosos” dijo Maly Hernandez , Mexicana encargada del Marketing para SpareOne.

El SpareOne es un teléfono de emergencia que funciona únicamente con una batería AA.

Provee hasta 10 horas de tiempo de conversación, y “en situaciones donde falta la electricidad es ideal porque únicamente tienes que cambiar la bateria, para mantenerte conectado” dijo Alan Cymberknoh.

1379144260000-AP-Colorado-FloodingSpareOne esta ofreciendo una promoción para que la gente tenga uno en su botiquín de emergencia ;y por cada teléfono vendido, se donará uno a Guerrero. Si usted decide prevenir y comprar un teléfono, en el sitio web del SpareOne, el código BUYGIVE13 le permitirá, donar un teléfono a los afectados.

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Desde la creación del SpareOne, la misión de la compañía ha sido proveer teléfonos SpareOne a los supervivientes de cualquier desastre natural y educar al mundo que este producto es necesario en todos los botiquines de emergencia. SpareOne está comprometido a apoyar a Guerrero (y a cualquier otra comunidad que nos necesite) a estar conectados, porque el poder de comunicación es crítico.


Colorado Flood Recovery Underway

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Colorado flood recovery is underway as flood waters begin to retreat from ravaged Colorado towns. Intense relief efforts are still continuing to bring much needed food and supplies to homes and communities who are still inaccessible. Extreme flooding and rain water tore down canyon walls, wiping out roads, flooding rivers, destroying homes, and displacing loved ones, families, and pets.

The American Red Cross has set up 14 shelters throughout the flooding area and is currently aiding over 400 people who are seeking refuge at the shelters.

According to the Red Cross website, “Working with community partners, the Red Cross has served more than 13,000 meals and snacks. Red Cross workers have also provided more than 2,640 health and mental health services including emotional support and replacing prescriptions, medications, and eyeglasses.”

Countless stories have emerged of destruction, sadness, thanks, and hope. Aid is pouring in and relief workers are doing everything they can to help the victims of this tragic display of nature’s power.

The mountains north of Denver saw more than nine inches of rain on September 12th.Nearly 1,200 people had been airlifted out of the mountains by Thursday. Nearly 18,000 homes have been damaged statewide and 200 miles of state highways and several times more that of local roads have been washed out by the storms.

To read more from The Red Cross, click HERE.

In other storm and flooding related news, towns in Mexico are also covered in several feet of water. Acapulco airport is out of commission, leaving thousands of tourists stranded.

Also, a “super typhoon” is brewing out near the Philippines and Hong Kong, and is expected to make landfall this weekend. Strong winds, rain, and flooding is also expected with this storm, but we will keep you posted with any future developments.

As storms and natural disasters continue during this crucial time of year, it is good to remember the importance of emergency preparedness. Please keep the families effected by these storms and flooding in your hearts as they recover and rebuild.

 

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