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ABC TV Old Tire Expose
An eye opening expose on tire safety. Did you know that there is a code imprinted on tires that tells when the tire was manufactured?

Allstate Insurance Teen Driving
“Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll often are considered the greatest risks to teens’ safety.  However, the biggest threat to teens is parked just outside your home. Preventable motor vehicle crashes caused by teen drivers are the leading cause of death for teens in America today. The tragic facts: Nearly 6,000 young people die in car crashes annually. Another 300,000 teens are injured in car crashes each year. “ Three Allstate related sites with excellent materials. The Allstate YouTube site includes videos on teen driving.

American Burn Association
The American Burn Association is dedicated to improving lives affected by burn injury through patient care, education, research and advocacy. Excellent burn related educational materials including educator guides, posters and Power Point presentations available for download.

American Red Cross
Resources for disaster preparedness, emergency training and access to your local Red Cross Chapter

American Trauma Society, Pennsylvania Division
Excellent materials for download on a variety of topics related to trauma prevention. Topics include: bike safety, farm safety, child safety seats, teen and college age drinking, athletic injuries, senior fall safety and many more.

Better Teen Driving
From State Farm Insurance and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Lots of resources for parents, teens and communities.

Brain Injury Foundation, NYS
Excellent materials you can print out on a variety of topics related to brain injury.

Burn Prevention Foundation
Although the organization primarily serves Eastern Pennsylvania, this site has excellent ideas for burn prevention education that apply to everyone.

CDC: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Chock full of Injury Prevention materials including many that you can order for your public education programs! Be sure to check out the Topics and the Tools sections.

CDC: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Providing national and world leadership to prevent and reduce work related injury and death. Click on the Emergency Preparedness and Response tab or the Safety and Prevention tab for lots of info for the general public on emergency preparedness and prevention..

Centers for Disease Control
Great source for up-to-date information on a wide variety of emergency related as well as general health topics. Be sure to check out the Emergency Response and Preparedness Section.

Child Agricultural Safety Network
The Childhood Agricultural Safety Network (CASN) is dedicated to keeping children safe on the farm. A main goal of CASN is to raise awareness about issues in childhood agricultural safety to change behaviors that put children at risk on the farm. Site includes videos, ads and PSA’s related to farm safety for kids.

Child Safety Seat
Are you using a child safety seat? Want to have your child safety seat inspected? Not sure if your seat is properly installed? This link allows you to enter your zip code and find a local Child Safety Seat Inspection Station. Most inspections are free! If you are planning a public event and want to add Child Safety Seat Inspection, most Inspection Stations can come to your location!

Cooking Safety
Simple PowerPoint presentation on cooking and kitchen safety as related to fire.

Department of Health and Human Services
Federal government site with lots of information on disaster and emergency planning and response.

FDNY Official Site
Click on History & Heritage for interesting historical info on FDNY.

Federal Emergency Management Agency
The primary mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation. Site has great resources including on-line access to training courses. 
Training course direct link

One stop source for statistics from over 100 federal agencies and departments. Great resource for grant writers.

Fire Museum Network
If you are interested in Fire Service History, this site lists over 300 museums dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the fire service.

Fire Service Exploring
The national site for Fire Service Explorer programs. If you are considering a youth fire program, there are a number of benefits of working with the Scouts.

Fire Service Women of NYS
To encourage the participation of women in the career and volunteer fire service of the State of New York; To disseminate pertinent fire service information to its members; To provide a supportive network and communication among women in the fire service

Firewise Communities
The national Firewise Communities program is a multi-agency effort to protect people, property and natural resources from the threat of wildfire before a fire starts.

Fundraiser Insight
Are you involved with nonprofit fund raising? This site has a variety of info for you. Be sure to check out the Fund Raising Thermometer downloads for your web-site at

More ideas on fund raising. Be sure to sign up for their free newsletter. Excellent archive of fund raising ideas.

Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition
Consumer, builder and emergency services information on home fire sprinklers.

Home Safety Council
Great resources for parents, teachers and emergency services organizations pertaining to home safety. Very comprehensive coverage of home related prevention: Fall prevention, burns, fire escape planning, water safety, home office safety and many more are covered.

I’m not an Ambulance Driver PowerPoint Tutorials
Excellent resource for those working with PowerPoint. Short simple tutorials on a variety of topics.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries, and property damage — from crashes on the nation's highways. Site offers a number of videos and brochures related to vehicle safety including suggestions on purchasing a safe car.

ISO Mitigation Online
ISO Mitigation Online is your source for up-to-date information on community efforts to mitigate the risk of losses from fire and natural hazards. Sponsored by ISO — a leading supplier of information about risk — this website contains a wealth of data for firefighters, building-code officials, community leaders, and other interested citizens. Here you can learn about:
ISO’s Public Protection Classification (PPC™) program and ISO’s Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS®) You can also order documents that explain — and help you update — your own community’s PPC code and BCEGS grading. Follow the links to: order PPC and BCEGS documents AND request free e-mail update service.

Juvenile Products Manufacturer Association Baby Safety
Creating a safe environment for baby is the best thing you can do to ensure the first years are happy and healthy. Raising your bundle of joy takes care and knowledge. Being more aware of the products in and around your home is just another step that will become second nature as a baby grows.

MedicAlert® Foundation
The MedicAlert Foundation is a non-profit healthcare informatics organization dedicated to providing services to our members that protect and save lives. They provide MedicAlert® bracelets, charms and other means to provide emergency information to emergency responders. If you are planning a public education program consider requesting membership applications.

Mid-Hudson Library
The library is an often overlooked resource. From on-line magazines to foundation and grant resources, check out this site.

National EMS Museum
The National EMS Museum is the repository for all things related to the history of EMS! This site includes a Virtual Museum.

National Fire Protection Association
NFPA establishes standards and guidelines for the Fire service, as well as building codes, etc. Site is also a good source for Fire Prevention materials and ideas.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admistration
Need to know anything about the weather or planning for weather related emergencies? Be sure to check out the StormReady section.

National Safety Council
The NSC works to educate and influence people in the prevention of accidental injury and death. Excellent resource for safety information. Be sure to check out the fact sheet section under the Resources tab.

National Sex Offenders Registry
You can search by City, State, or name for registered sex offenders. 

NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee
Great source for information on safety in NYS. Need statistics? This site has them. Among the topics: Alcohol, Drugs & DWI, Bikes & Wheel Sport Safety, Cell Phones, Drowsy Driving & Fatigue, Emergency Vehicles, Motorcycles, Mopeds & ATVs, Occupant Protection, Older Drivers, Pedestrian Safety, Railroad Crossing Safety, School Bus Safety, Speeding & Speed Limits
Also a great Kids’ Page with additional links:

NYS Office of Child and Family Services
Babies sleep safest alone! Great info on this all important topic including videos in English and Spanish.

NYS State Emergency Management Office
The mission of the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) is to protect the lives and property of the citizens of New York State from threats posed by natural or man-made events.

NYS Legislature
This one is for all laws of NYS.  You can search by different topics and find neat things that nobody ever tells you about.

NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control
The site for the NYS agency responsible for oversight of the Fire Services in NYS. Fire Safety Tip sheets are available for download on several topics.

NYS Volunteer Recruitment Service Scholarship
New York State offers scholarships to volunteer fire and volunteer ambulance companies to use as a recruitment and retention incentive for new members.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA: great resource for everything occupational safety and health related including all required OSHA posters for businesses available for download.

Risk Watch
NFPA’s safety site for kids and communities.

Is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to child passenger safety. Their mission is to help reduce the number of serious and fatal traffic injuries suffered by children by promoting the correct, consistent use of safety seats and safety belts.

Safe Kids USA is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. Good resource for childhood injury prevention materials.

Scottie’s Firehouse
A fun place for kids and parents to learn about fire safety. Lots of activities.

Sesame Workshop
Getting ready for emergencies. A great interactive site for families and kids.

Simple Truths
Mac Anderson is an interesting gentleman. He founded a company called Successories which marketed various products from mouse pads to coffee cups to posters with inspirational quotations. Simple Truths is his latest venture. You can sign up for a free newsletter with announcements of some really great inspirational materials including books and videos.

Smokey Bear
Great site for kids or the kids within all of us…

Are you involved with a 501(c)3 not for profit? They can acquire software free or at major savings off MSRP. Also tech hardware; computers, copiers, printers, at major savings as well!

Teen Driving
Teen Driving accidents represent a controllable loss for all of us. Whether you are a parent of a teen driver, an emergency services organization, or a community group of any kind, you need to get involved in reducing teen driving accidents, injury and death. This site provides a variety of resources for dealing with the Teen Driving Accident Epidemic.

THOMAS In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, legislative information from the Library of Congress.
Look up pending federal legislation, find out what your representatives and senators are sponsoring. Easy to navigate and use.

Toyota Teen Driving
Another great resource for Teen Driving including a quiz, a sample teen driving contract and other information!

US Coast Guard Safe Boating Site
Learn how to prevent accidents, injuries, and fatalities while boating. Review safety tips, news, recalls, defects, and laws and regulations you should know.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.

US Fire Administration (USFA)
As an entity of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the USFA is to foster a solid foundation in prevention, preparedness, and response by providing national leadership to local fire and emergency services.

US National Response Team
Site provides technical assistance, resources and coordination on preparedness, planning, response and recovery activities for emergencies involving hazardous substances, pollutants and contaminants, hazmat, oil, and weapons of mass destruction in natural and technological disasters and other environmental incidents of national significance.

Vial of Life
The Vial of Life program provides a simple, standardized way to gather your medical information in advance of an emergency and then ‘speaks’ for you if you can't speak for yourself. The ‘vial’ contains important medical information that can assist emergency personnel in administering the proper medical treatment.


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