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  • With Hurricane Irma on its way, it is vital that everyone prepares a disaster kit and a checklist in case of emergency. By starting early, you can avoid the chaos that occurs at grocery stores when a hurricane is coming. Here are some basics to keep stocked at your home: Water - Keep one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation. You can fill up your bath tub with water to flush your toilet in case of power outages. You can also freeze bags of water to use for pets or to keep your freezer cool; a full freezer stays colder than an empty one. Food - Keep at least a three-day supply of

  • The AAA foundation released tips for drivers during the solar eclipse. With monumental events like the eclipse, it is important to be prepared for anything that can happen. Keep these tips in mind if you are going to be traveling during this once in a lifetime experience. Do not attempt to view the eclipse while driving. Exit the roadway and park in a safe area away from traffic. The peak will last between 2-3 minutes. Avoid looking directly at the sun without proper eye protection. Solar filters or "eclipse glasses" are the safest way to view the eclipse. Do not wear special protection glasses while operating a vehicle. Stop your car in a safe place to view this event. Drive safely.

  • Does your HR Wellness & Benefits Program address the most dangerous activity your employees do every day? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2013, 76.4% of workers 16 years and older drove alone on their commute to and from work, and another almost 10% carpooled. As something that most do every single day, Driver Safety seems to be overlooked when it comes to other Wellness Programs. Most HR Wellness Programs focus on individual health, including healthy eating and regular exercise, and some incorporate financial and emotional wellness. ​ Recent studies have shown that workers stress over their finances while at work, and that stress carries on through their commute home. Over-worrying can dominate thought and cause distraction for your

  • Put your cell phone away! Lavon Reese, a 24 year old Florida State University student, was killed in a high-speed, distraction affected crash. The driver of the vehicle, Ashli Harvey, was driving 89 mph and texting. She was sentenced to three years in prison after entering into a plea deal. Reese's family has focused on changing Florida's texting while driving laws. The law is a secondary offense, meaning drivers cannot be pulled over simply for texting. Gwendolyn Reese and Jeffery Peaten, Lavon's aunt and cousin, are working with lawmakers who are already working toward changing the law to a primary traffic offense. After Harvey's sentencing, Gwendolyn decided to take action into her own hands. “This is something I can do,” she said.

  • The U.S. Domestic Scan Program has released a report that documents factors and conditions which lead to a strong safety culture within a transportation organization. The report also provides examples of specific actions taken by transportation organizations that supported successful implementation of their safety programs. The U.S. Domestic Scan Program was developed by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and is administered by TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program. The opinions and conclusions expressed or implied in U.S. Domestic Scan Program documents are those of the scan team and are not necessarily those of TRB, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, or the program sponsors. Read the entire report here.

  • The decision to get behind the wheel or stay on the road despite feeling drowsy can be deadly. A drowsy driver is an unsafe driver. A lack of sleep negatively impacts performance. It slows reaction time, impairs judgement and situational awareness, increases lapses in attention and risk taking as well as the potential to micro sleep – literally dozing off for a few seconds while driving (National Safety Council [NSC], 2016; Czeisler & Baldino, 2015; Rosekind, 2012). To compound the problem, being tired impairs our ability to judge just how tired we really are. While one in four motorists has admitted to driving at least once during the past month when they were so tired they could barely keep their

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