Looking to make your holidays a bit more “green” this year? Whatever the holiday, everyone should agree on preserving our environment during their celebrations. Here are some great (and easy!) tips to do just that:
- Give the Gift of Time – There’s so much waste during the holidays. This is a great time to teach kids that the best things in life aren’t really things at all! Think about gifts of time instead. Bringing people together and planning activities can really bring out the holiday spirit.
- Deck the Halls Naturally – Instead of expensive & store bought decor, why not decorate with items found in nature like pinecones for ornaments, boughs for garland or cinnamon and cranberries for table arrangements.
- Recycled Wrapping Paper – Ever thought of reusing those brown paper bags from the grocery store? Tie with raffia and some holly or greenery to make a custom (and earth friendly) gift package.
- Light Up the Holidays with LED Bulbs – Thankfully, the new generation of holiday lighting uses far less electricity than from days past. LED lights are ultra-efficient and energy saving.
- Freshen the Air Naturally – Instead of artificial air fresheners, try homemade scents like hot mulled cider, evergreen boughs, fresh apples and cinnamon sticks. (And don’t forget that favorite smell of fresh baked cookies!)
- Consider Alternatives to Traditional Holiday Cards – Why not try an e-card this year? In addition to saving paper and money on stamps, you don’t need all that extra time for shipping so there’s still time! Now that’s a win-win.
Have a happy holiday season, everyone!
With the threat of Hurricane Irma approaching, it is critical that everyone prepares themselves and their loved ones for damage. As of today, the category 5 storm is racing at 175 MPH with reports of it being the “strongest Atlantic hurricane in 10 years.” If you’re in the projected path (and we at ECATTS just may be), it’s time to get ready.
Here are a few reminders of how to plan and also what not to do:
- Get your supplies:
- Non-perishable foods
- Batteries & flashlights
- Battery powered radio
- Baby items (if applicable)
- Food, diapers, formula, wipes, medications if needed, extra clothing
- Pet supplies
- Food, medicine, extra cage, leash, collars & tags, medical records
- First Aid kit
- Phone numbers and medical contacts
- Paper products (toilet paper & towels)
- Pack bags with important records & information if you need to leave your home quickly
2. Refill prescription medications
3. Make an evacuation plan (if you have any pets, make sure to find hotels that will accept them beforehand)
Here’s link to read more about what to include in your supply kit: https://weather.com/safety/hurricane/news/things-to-get-during-hurricane-emergency-supply-run#/1
- DON’T tape the windows – it does almost no good
- DON’T run a generator indoors – carbon monoxide emissions are deadly
- DON’T use a charcoal or gas grill indoors – carbon monoxide and fire risks are too great
- DON’T walk in flooded waters – alligators, snakes, downed power lines and sewage could be in the water
- DON’T stay after an evacuation is ordered – rescuers may not come in the height of the storm
- DON’T forget about your pets – they are part of your family too
Stay safe out there!
They’re here! Summer Newsletters are now out. And if you didn’t receive it directly, you can check them out by visiting our website at:
ECATTS issue: http://ecatts.com/pdf/ECATTSnewsletterSummer2017.pdf
ESOHTN issue: http://ecatts.com/pdf/ESOHTNnewsletterSummer2017.pdf
Hurricane season is upon us, now through the end of November. Stay smart and stay safe by preparing yourself and your family for a potential disaster.
Below are some of the top hurricane preparedness tips to help you weather a storm:
- Create an evacuation plan
- Build an emergency kit:
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
- Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air), plastic sheeting and duct tape
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
3. Ensure access to radio broadcasts for information and updates
4. Protect windows with storm shutters or plywood (and store all unsecured outdoor items from blowing away)
5. Be informed and ready (Learn your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan evacuation routes or locations of nearby shelters. Register family members with special needs or requirements and make a plan for your pets.)
6. The Red Cross Emergency App can help provide guidance on what to do before, during and after hurricanes (redcross.org/apps).
You can check them out now at ecatts.com!
Happy New Year! Winter Newsletters are out and ready for your viewing!
Check them out now:
Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month?
National Preparedness Month is a yearly reminder for all Americans to be prepared for disasters or emergencies that can occur.
EPA offers helpful links to assist in your planning, prepping and recovery. Topics include how to report emergencies, how to prepare your home, school or business, and how to share information.
You can visit the page now at https://www.epa.gov/natural-disasters/september-preparedness-month.
Did you know that June is the start of hurricane season? Plan ahead and be prepared.
Here’s a good site from the EPA with tips on how to stay ahead of natural disasters: https://www.epa.gov/naturaldisasters
Spring has sprung and now is a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy!
Did you know that April is National Gardening Month? If tending to your garden is on your “to do” list, check out these earth-friendly tips from epa.gov to help get you started:
- “Learn to compost at home. Use food scraps, yard trimmings, and other organic wastes to create a compost pile. Adding the compost you make to soil increases water retention, decreases erosion, and keeps organic materials out of landfills.
- Raise the cutting height of your lawnmower during hot summer months to keep grass roots shaded and cooler, reducing weed growth, browning, and the need for watering.
- If you need large lawn and garden equipment such as tillers and chainsaws, you can reduce waste (and save money) by setting up a sharing program with your neighbors.
- When you mow, “grasscycle” by leaving grass clippings on your lawn instead of bagging then. The clippings will return nutrients to the soil instead of taking up space in landfills.
- Donate healthy plants that you want to replace to community gardens, parks and schools.
- If you have a wood burning fireplace, save your ashes instead of throwing them away. Once cooled, wood ashes can be mixed into your compost heap and provide nutrients to your garden.”