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Prevent Bed Bugs from Infesting Your Home

No two ways about it. This is gross. But, it can’t be ignored. Bed bugs are becoming prevalent throughout the country. Recently, three subway trains were taken out of service in New York City, because they were infested. What can you do to prevent bed bugs from coming into your home?

Bed bugs tend to be “hitchhikers,” so be sure to check your luggage and clothes before bringing them into your home after you have traveled. Change and wash your bedding often. Also, don’t bring in any second-hand furniture until it’s been thoroughly inspected.

When traveling, inspect your hotel room’s mattress and bedding upon arrival. Don’t put any luggage on the bed — place suitcases on a luggage rack. When you return home, unpack clothing directly into the washing machine for cleaning. If you can’t do wash immediately, seal your belongings in plastic bags until they can be cleaned.

Bed bugs are not harmful, but they also don’t discriminate. They can be anywhere. The most important thing you can do is be cautious, and act fast. The sooner you spot an infestation, the better. You want to deal with the problem before they have the chance to multiply.

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From Stopbullying.gov:

Spending 15 minutes a day listening and talking with your child can help build the foundation for a strong relationship and provide reassurance that he/she can come to you with a problem. It can also help your child recognize and respond to bullying.
KnowBullying, a new mobile app by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), can help get the conversation started among parents and their children. The app provides tips on talking about school, work, relationships, life, and bullying. Learn more.

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From Stopbullying.gov:

Spending 15 minutes a day listening and talking with your child can help build the foundation for a strong relationship and provide reassurance that he/she can come to you with a problem. It can also help your child recognize and respond to bullying.

KnowBullying, a new mobile app by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), can help get the conversation started among parents and their children. The app provides tips on talking about school, work, relationships, life, and bullying. Learn more.

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Beware Flash Flood Dangers

Flash floods occur in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. And unfortunately, many homeowners do not find out until it’s too late that their policies do not cover flooding. Because of this, it’s important to take proper precautions to protect yourself, family, and home should flooding occur.

  • Almost half of flash flood fatalities occur in vehicles. It doesn’t take much water (about 2 feet) to wash cars and SUVs off the road. When you approach a flooded road, TURN AROUND.

  • Flash floods are increasingly likely around streams. When hunting, boating, fishing or camping be aware of your proximity to the water. During a storm a 6-inch deep creek can become a 10-foot deep river in less than an hour. Immediately head to higher ground when the weather shows signs of a storm.

  • High risk locations include: low water crossings, recent burn areas, and urban areas (where pavement collects run off). Be aware of your surroundings, and their risk.

  • Listen to NOAA radio, or check  their website for warnings and advisories for flooding. Use their AHPS map to see where flooded spots are, and avoid traveling in those places.

  • Develop a family evacuation plan, so everyone knows where they should go should your home be in danger of flooding. Determine a meeting spot and communication system to be used if not all family members are together.

This @Kidsgov poster teaches kids the 3 branches of government & what they do. Download it for home or the classroom