Abuse against women and domestic violence are two issues very close to me and my life has been plagued with both since before I even entered this world. In order to prevent or end an abusive situation, we must first define abuse and its targets. If it hurts consistently, it’s abuse. Merriam-Webster defines abuse as, “to treat (a person or an animal) with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly.” Abuse can be physical, emotional, manipulative, or sexual. It can exist at any level of relationship: between parents/guardians and children, spouses or partners, employers and co-workers even friends.

Nov 1, 2016

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a brave customer of ours decided to tell her story in hopes of helping others in a similar situation.

Oct 14, 2016

November celebrates several awareness months: Epilepsy, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Caregiver’s.   As awareness is spread about each of these causes, take a moment to think, Is 9-1-1 Aware? If you had to dial 9-1-1: Are they aware of your medical condition? Are they aware that you may need a specific treatment plan? Are they aware […]

Oct 13, 2016
Since Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires, carve out some time this holiday season to practice kitchen safety and keep your family safe.   1.  Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling. If you are simmering, baking or roasting, remain at home and check the food often. Set [...]
Oct 10, 2016

In addition to setting your clock backward for daylight saving time, remember to change your smoke alarm batteries and update your Smart911 Safety Profile. 1. Turn your clock backward 1 hour 2. Change your smoke alarm battery 3. Update your Safety Profile at Nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths occurred in properties without working smoke […]

Oct 9, 2016

Did you know that suicide is in the top 10 causes of death in America? The rise in suicide rates over the past 30 years continues to confuse scientists and researchers. In 2014 alone, almost half a million people were hospitalized for self-inflicted injuries and more than 1 million adults reported having attempted suicide. Recent studies revealed that it is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. In 2014 over 40,000 Americans took their own lives and for every one suicide there are 25 attempts. In light of these staggering statistics, what can we do? The first step is trying to better understand the issue. The second is to know the resources available and be ready and willing to share them with those at risk

Sep 28, 2016

30 years ago less than 2 million Americans suffered from the disease. Today, the number has increased to nearly 5.4 million according to Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. Stigma around Alzheimer’s exists due to confusion around what the disease is and is not. The goal of this blog is to educate the public and allay all fear around the progressive and irreversible disease.

Sep 21, 2016

Fire Prevention Week is celebrated October 9 – 15, and this year’s theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

Sep 19, 2016

Bullying. Many say it’s an inevitable experience that every child goes through; some even go as far as to say it is a ‘rite of passage’. Unfortunately, this blasé attitude concerning bullying perpetuates a problem that threatens the emotional and sometimes physical safety of children. While physical bullying still occurs and is harmful to children in many ways, the means of bullying is morphing into something much worse. What is this new and insidious form of harassment children are facing? Cyber Bullying.

Aug 30, 2016

The theme of National Preparedness Month is “Don’t Wait.  Communicate.  Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”  At Smart911, we’re encouraging everyone to take the time TODAY to make a crisis preparedness plan before an emergency strikes. As part of that, take time to create or update your Smart911 Safety Profile to ensure 9-1-1 and first responders have the information […]

Aug 17, 2016