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Pet Preparedness Disaster Plan

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Colorado has its share of natural disasters.  In trying to become better prepared, you may discuss and create plans for yourselves and family, but there is one family member who is often overlooked - your pet!  One of the biggest reasons people return to danger/evacuation zones is to save their pets.  Do you have a disaster plan in place for your pet(s)?  Pets depend on us for their safety, well-being and food/water.  Being prepared can make all the difference for you and your pet in a life threatening situation.  Check out the pet preparedness tips below:

Swimming Safety for Summer

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Playing at a water park, by a lake or in a pool are all popular summer activities especially on a hot Colorado day.  Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, but it is important to know how to be safe while you are in the water. The American Red Cross and Safe Kids Worldwide offers these important swimming safety tips you should take into consideration before you head out to the lake or pool:

Be Safety-Minded When Out on Your Paddleboard 

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Going out on the stand-up paddleboard is a great way to experience our state's waters, so Colorado Parks and Wildlife is urging boarders to stay safe while on rivers and reservoirs.

"Paddleboarding is easy to learn and almost anyone can have fun doing it," said Scott Rist, head ranger at Paonia, Sweitzer Lake and Crawford state parks. "But because it's easy, a lot of people don't realize that you can get in trouble when you fall off. We urge everyone to wear life jackets and use a tether."

Mobile Cybersecurity - Protecting Yourself When Connecting on the Go

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A 2013 report indicated that 38 percent of smartphone users have been victims of cybercrime. This rate is expected to grow with mobile threats on the rise. To help fight this cybersecurity risk, the Department of Homeland Security developed the Stop.Think.Connect program. The following mobile tips are from their Mobile Security Tip Card.

Mental Health and Coping with Disasters

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Everyone copes with disasters and traumatic events differently.  Psychological trauma is an emotionally painful, shocking, stressful and sometimes life-threatening experience.  It may or may not involve physical injuries and can result from the impact of distressing events. These situations may also be natural disasters such as a tornado or earthquake.