Drop Off Unused Prescription Drugs on Saturday
If you have old prescription drugs sitting in your medicine cabinet, you can get rid of them safely on Saturday. The Drug Enforcement Administration will hold a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when you will be able to drop off expired, unneeded or unused prescription drugs at events across the country. Prescription drug abuse is a fast-growing problem in the United States. In 2009, more...
April 27 and 28, 2011 brought the deadliest tornado outbreak in the United States since 1974. For the latest information on how to help tornado survivors and apply for assistance, please visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) blog. The above animation is from from NASA Earth Observatory: The animation starts on April 26 and runs through the morning of April 28. The...
Learn how your tax dollars are spent →
Follow the above link to learn how the government spends the money you pay in taxes. From the White House: In his State of the Union Address, President Obama promised that this year, for the first time ever, American taxpayers would be able to go online and see exactly how their federal tax dollars are spent. Just enter a few pieces of information about your taxes, and the taxpayer receipt will...
What to do After a Tornado
When you return to a damaged home or business after a tornado, you should take extra precaution to stay safe: Check the foundation, porches, and overhangs for damage. If you find obvious damage, ask that a building inspector check the building first. Enter the building carefully - if a door sticks at the top as it opens, it could mean the ceiling is ready to cave in. Do not walk under a sagging...
Pick Five for the Environment
Can you make a few little changes in your life to lessen your personal impact on the environment? Use biodegradable and environmentally friendly home cleaning products to help keep our water clean. Plant a garden this spring, or shop at your local farmers market so you don’t have to rely on produce trucked long distances to your grocery store. Compost your food scraps instead of throwing them...
Tools to Teach Kids About Personal Finance
Being an educated consumer with the ability to make sound financial decisions isn’t just an important skill for an adult. It’s never too early to start teaching a child to manage money wisely. It may be one of the most valuable life skills you can teach them. In honor of Financial Literacy Month, here are some tools you can use to help teach your kids about spending, saving and earning. For...
Go Green Earth Day and Every Day
Everyone wants to breathe clean air, drink healthy water and build homes and communities on lands free of contaminants. For more than 40 years, the health safeguards the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency enforces have helped to fulfill these basic expectations. But we can’t work alone. We all have to play a role. We can do simple things like fix leaks in our homes, use reusable bags at the...
Enter the Flu App Challenge
Enter the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Flu App Challenge and you could win $15,000. All you have to do is create a web app, game or tool that teaches the public how to prevent and treat the flu using information from the CDC. The deadline for submissions is May, 27. Read the rules and enter at fluapp.challenge.gov.
New National Terrorism Advisory System Replaces...
Terrorism threats will no longer be classified as “yellow” “orange” or “red” under the new National Terrorism Advisory System. The new system will communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector. This is...
Find Earth Day Events in Your Community
Events are happening all around the country this week to observe Earth Day. Many communities are planning festivals with music, food, kids games, volunteer projects, and more. The Environmental Protection Agency can help you find Earth Day activities in your community. Remember, you don’t have to attend an event to celebrate Earth Day. EPA also has Earth Day tips that you and your family...
The FBI: A Centennial History, 1908-2008
From the Government Printing Office: In 2008, the FBI celebrated its 100 anniversary and, as part of that celebration, released, The FBI: A Centennial History, 1908-2008. This 130-page coffee table book features detailed accounts of more than 40 famous FBI cases; over 300 photographs, including many never before seen by the public; and abundant reference materials on fallen agents, FBI...
National Park Week →
National Park Week starts today! Visit any of your 394 national parks for free until April 24.
How to Pick the Right College
High school seniors across the country are starting to receive college acceptance letters, and it’s time for them to decide which school is right for them. Here are some helpful questions to consider: Does the school offer the courses and type of program that interest you? Does the school offer the services you require and activities that interest you? What are the school’s graduation...
The United States condemns the Qadhafi regime’s continued brutal attacks on the...– U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (via The U.S. Department of State)