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  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Report Shows Child Drownings Remain High; Most Fatalities to Children Under Five

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Report Shows Child Drownings Remain High; Most Fatalities to Children Under Five | site |




    Fewer Kids Took Swim Lessons During COVID-19 Pandemic Putting Them at Risk


    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission press release dated: June 8, 2021)

    Washington - - The annual drowning and submersion report released today by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds families to make water safety a priority, particularly as they return to community pools and resume warm-weather activities near water. Child drownings remain the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages one to four years old.

    CPSC’s latest data show:
    • an increase in pool-or spa-related fatal drowning incidents among children younger than 15 years old;
    • on average, there were 397 reported pool-or-spa-related fatal drownings per
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  • The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting

    The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting

    The Federal Communications Commission further strengthens Emergency Alerting | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Communications Commission [FCC] press release dated: June 17, 2021) Washington, June 17, 2021 - - The Federal Communications Commission today adopted rules to improve the way the public receives emergency alerts on their mobile phones, televisions, and radios. The nation’s Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts help keep the public safe and informed and are of ever-increasing importance given the emergencies and disasters Americans have faced in recent years. In 2018, however, a false emergency alert in Hawaii mistakenly warned of an incoming ballistic missile and highlighted the need to improve these systems. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 subsequently directed the Commission, in consultation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to adopt rules to strengthen emergency...
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  • FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell Delivers Speech at National Hurricane Conference

    FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell Delivers Speech at National Hurricane Conference

    Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell Delivers Speech at National Hurricane Conference | site |



    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: June 16, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell delivered a speech on hurricane and disaster preparedness at the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans. Other speakers were Ken Graham, Director, National Hurricane Center, Miami; James Waskom, Director, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Baton Rouge, La.; and Kevin Guthrie, Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Tallahassee, Fla.

    Below is the administrator’s speech as prepared for delivery. Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to be here – in person – with all of you today. I am so proud of this community because you embody the resilience this nation demonstrated during the last 18 mont
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  • CPSC Announces 2 Million Dollars in Pool Safely Grants Available for State and Local Governments to Help Prevent Drownings and Drain Entrapments

    Consumer Product Safety Commission Announces $2 Million in Pool Safely Grants Available for State and Local Governments to Help Prevent Drownings and Drain Entrapments; Apply Now | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission press release dated: May 28, 2021) Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is seeking applications for a Pool Safely Grant Program (PSGP or grant program) offered to state and local governments. CPSC will award up to a total of $2 million in two-year grants to assist jurisdictions in reducing deaths and injuries from drowning and drain entrapment incidents in pools and spas. The PSGP is a part of CPSC's national campaign to make drowning and drain entrapment prevention a critical public safety priority. The grant program is made possible through the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGB Act), legislation authored and advanced by Rep. Debbie Wasserma...
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  • Family Reunification Task Force Provides Initial Progress Report and Announces Upcoming Reunification of 29 Families

    Family Reunification Task Force Provides Initial Progress Report and Announces Upcoming Reunification of 29 Families| site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: June 8, 2021)

    Washington - - The Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families (Task Force) submitted to President Biden its Initial Progress Report, which details ongoing efforts to identify and reunite children who were unjustly separated from their parents at the United States-Mexico border under the prior Administration. “The Department of Homeland Security is committed to the relentless pursuit of reunifying families who were cruelly separated by the previous Administration,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, who serves as the Chair of the Task Force. “When we reunified the first seven families last month, I said that this was just the beginning. In the coming weeks, we w
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  • FEMA says Pennsylvania Releases New Mapping Tool to Show Flood Risk

    FEMA says Pennsylvania Releases New Mapping Tool to Show Flood Risk

    Federal Emergency Management Agency says Pennsylvania Releases New Mapping Tool to Show Flood Risk | site |




    (Information contained in Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] press release dated: June 7, 2021)

    Philadelphia - - The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania released a new mobile tool, https://pafloodrisk.psu.edu/home/index.html , that provides the latest flood mapping information. The new mapping tool, which can be used from a desktop computer, cell phone, or other mobile device, brings together data from FEMA and across the Commonwealth into one consolidated application. “This is a great way for the residents of Pennsylvania to learn about their flood risk in an easy-to-access application”, said Maurie Kelly, Director of Informatics at Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment. “Users just type in their address and can immediately see information about their location, print a report, or get a quick 3D visualiz
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  • CPSC says New CDC Report Finds More Adults Are Dying from Bicycle-Related Accidents

    CPSC says New CDC Report Finds More Adults Are Dying from Bicycle-Related Accidents

    U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says new CDC Report Finds More Adults Are Dying from Bicycle-Related Accidents | site |


    CPSC says it highlights the importance of helmets


    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission [CPSC] press release dated: May 18, 2021) Washington, D.C. - - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is reminding consumers of the importance of wearing helmets for sports and recreation to reduce the risk of head injury, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Helmets absorb much of the impact energy from a fall or collision, and can protect the skull and brain from more severe injury. Bike helmets are required to meet CPSC’s federal safety standard. They must have a label stating that they meet the standard. Consumers can usually find this label on the liner inside of the helmet, on the exterior surface, or attached to the chin strap. Information on bike helmets, and helmets fo...
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  • Click It or Ticket - - - Seat Belts Save Lives

    Click It or Ticket - - - Seat Belts Save Lives

    Click It or Ticket: Seat Belts Save Lives | site |





    One of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up.




    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] news and press releases dated to: May 26, 2021)







    No matter what type of vehicle you drive, one of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up. As you head out around the Memorial Day holiday, you'll likely see more law enforcement on the roads as part of Click It or Ticket. This campaign, from May 17-June 6, reminds drivers and their passengers of the importance of buckling and the leg...
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  • Be Ready When Storms Hit – Protect Your Family This Hurricane Season with CPSC’s Life-Saving Tips

    CPSC says Be Ready When Storms Hit – Protect Your Family This Hurricane Season with CPSC’s Life-Saving Tips | site |



    CPSC says African Americans are at higher risk of dying of CO poisoning from portable generators


    (Information contained in U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission [CPSC] press release dated: May 11, 2021)

    Washington, D.C. - - June 1 marks the start of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers about the increased risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, fires and electric shock that can happen as a result of hurricanes and severe storms.

    More storms on average

    Following the record-setting and devastating 2020 hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that the average Atlantic hurricane season will reflect more storms. NOAA has increased the averages for the Atlantic hurricane
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  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Launches Influencer Campaign to Educate Drivers on Safety Features

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Launches Influencer Campaign to Educate Drivers on Safety Features | site |


    Digital Partnership with Jason Fenske Explains New Vehicle Technologies


    (Information contained in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] press release dated: May 17, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of Transportation today launched a new series of safety videos featuring Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained, demonstrating for the public the potential lifesaving benefits of several advanced driver assistance systems available in many new vehicles. “Understanding what advanced driver assistance technologies can and cannot do for the driver is critical to everyone’s safety,” said Dr. Steven Cliff, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Acting Administrator. “We’re providing the driving public with knowledge about the safety benefits of these technologies....
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