The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970. Since its inception, Earth Day continues to grow as a worldwide phenomenon focused on promoting a healthy, sustainable environment for people and wildlife alike.
Celebrating Earth Day serves as a conscious reminder of how fragile our planet is and how important it is to protect it. Earth Day is observed annually on April 22. It is a day held to demonstrate and promote environmental awareness and calls for the protection of our planet. Today, Earth Day, 2019 is celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.
We are all interconnected, so when we harm our environment, we are harming ourselves. Humans have irrevocably upset the balance of nature with the use of toxic chemicals, climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides. The impacts are far reaching into future generations to come.
It’s time to educate and raise awareness, encouraging individuals to stop using toxic chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides. It’s time to stand up and protest the environmentally dangerous decisions big business makes that do not embrace nature and its values.
EVERY DAY SHOULD BE EARTH DAY!
There’s always hope when individuals ban together to promote environmental awareness. Have fun on April 22nd when you take some time out of your day to clean up your yard, your neighborhood park, or walk a local beach picking up garbage.
On Saturday, June 1, 2019, members of East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue will be offering the public a free-of-charge Water Safety/Hands-Only CPR Training to take place at the East Hampton Library in the Baldwin Family Lecture Room from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
You can register at: http://easthamptonlibrary.org/
In any suspected emergency always call 9-1-1 immediately. Stay on the phone until Dispatch has all the necessary information. Dispatch will activate the appropriate emergency resources – Police, Fire, Ambulance, Coast Guard, Marine Patrol, and/or Ocean Rescue.
Have you ever wondered how many children drown each year in a pool?
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “350 children under the age of five drown in pools each year nationwide. Among unintentional injuries, drowning is the second leading cause of death to this age group after motor vehicle accidents. Another 2,600 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year for near-drowning incidents. Some of these submersion accidents result in permanent brain damage.” It’s interesting to note, that most of these children were being watched by their parents or caregivers. Because child drowning is a silent death that happens very quickly, it’s imperative that parents and caregivers never take their eyes off of children when they are anywhere near a pool.
RULES FOR POOLS:
Instruct babysitters about potential pool hazards.
Those supervising children should not be distracted by phones, books, conversations, etc.
Never leave a child unsupervised by a pool.
If a child is missing, check the pool first; SECONDS COUNT.
Keep rescue equipment in a designated location by the pool for quick access.
Do not use a flotation device as a substitute for supervision.
Remove toys from pool when not in use.
Never leave a gate open.
If you’re having a pool or beach party, hire a lifeguard. A designated pool watcher is NOT a substitute for a trained lifeguard.
RIP CURRENT SURVIVAL TIPS
Swim near a lifeguard. If you are in trouble, shout and wave; circle one arm up with a closed fist for help.
Never swim alone.
Be cautious at all times. If in doubt, don’t go out!
If caught in a rip, remain calm to conserve energy and think clearly.
Don’t fight the current. Swim parallel to the shoreline.
If unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim toward shore.
“WHEN THUNDER ROARS, GO INDOORS!”
As a rule, lightning occurs most frequently within 10 miles of a thunderstorm, but bolts of lightning can travel as far as 20 miles from the thunderstorm.
Stop all activities and seek shelter in a solid building or hard-topped vehicle.
Wait 30 minutes after storm to resume activities. Beaches and bodies of water do not offer protection from lightning.
BOAT WATER SAFETY
FIVE GOLDEN RULES FOR BOATING SAFETY:
Always wear your Personal Flotation Device (PDF)
If you capsize, remain with your boat and call for help.
Always dress for the water temperature – no exceptions.
Swim-test your gear every time you go out.
Imagine the worst that could happen and plan for it.
Poetry is a special kind of writing that paints a picture with words. It’s a concisely-written, yet mind-expanding expression of ideas or feelings, capturing the very essence of an idea, a mood, an observation, or a life experience.
My favorite poem, The Road Not Taken, was written by Robert Frost, one of America’s most celebrated poets. It was published in 1916 as the first poem in the collection Mountain Interval.
In the poem, Frost presents the reader with a picture of a cool autumn day, when a person can shuffle his or her feet through freshly fallen, golden leaves and kick up the smells of the fall season. The central theme is about making choices in our lives, knowing that each decision made has consequences. The path is a metaphor for life, while the fork in the path is a metaphor for the choices we are often faced with. Our destiny evolves based on the choices we make in our lives as we travel our individual journeys. Hopefully, there are no regrets, because life has a funny way of getting busy, one thing leading into another, until there is no going back.
National Beach Safety Week begins the Monday before Memorial Day, May 20, 2019. The waters that surround Long Island can be a wonderful recreational resource, but they can also be treacherous. Lifeguards are provided in an effort to reduce the number of accidents at our local beaches, but they cannot do the job alone. An informed public is essential to maintaining adequate levels of beach and water safety. The objective of Naitonal Beach Safety Week is to make citizens aware of the need to be safe while in and near the water with special emphasis on the hazards associated with Rip Currents.
UNITED STATES LIFEGUARD ASSOCIATION’S TOP TEN SAFETY TIPS:
1. Learn to Swim.
2. Swim near a lifeguard.
3. Swim with a buddy.
4. Check with lifeguards on daily conditions.
5. Obey posted signs and flags – And know your location for 9-1-1 calls.
6. Keep the beach and water clean – What you pack in, pack out!
7. Learn Rip Current safety.
8. Enter water feet first.
9. Wear a life jacket when appropriate or mandated.
10. Use sunscreen and Drink plenty of water.
Rip Current Survival Tips:
Rip Currents can be killers. They are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore. The greatest safety precaution that can be taken is to recognize the danger of rip currents and always remember to swim at beaches with lifeguards.
Never swim alone.
Be cautious at all times. If in doubt, don’t go out!
Swim at a lifeguarded beach whenever possible and obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards. It could save your life!
If caught in a rip, remain calm to conserve energy. Don’t panic! Don’t fight the current. Swim out of the current, parallel to the shoreline. If unable to swim out of the rip current, float or calmly tread water. When out of the current, swim toward shore. If still unable to reach shore, draw attention to yourself by facing the shore, waving your arms, and yelling for help.
If you see a distressed swimmer, get help from a lifeguard or have someone call 9-1-1. Throw the victim something that floats and yell instructions on how to escape.
REMEMBER, MANY PEOPLE DROWN WHILE TRYING TO SAVE SOMEONE ELSE FROM A RIP CURRENT.