Rolling Start Inc. Blog

National Preparedness Month


[Image Description: A graphic of people securing their furniture to resist falls with the text, “Step 1.” A graphic of a family sitting at a table discussing an emergency plan, with the text, “Step 2.” A graphic of people organizing first aid items together in a bag with the text, “Step 3.” A graphic of people organizing important documents and construction workers beneath a house strengthening the foundation with the text, “Step 4.” A graphic of a family ducking and covering from an earthquake with the text, “Step 5.” A graphic of members of the community helping each other outside of a community shelter, with the text, “Step 6.” A graphic of the community banding together to rebuild the community with the text, “Step 7.”] [Image Source: Earthquakecountry.org]

Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

This month is National Preparedness Month. The Earthquake Country Alliance shares the seven steps to earthquake Safety:

Step 1: Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.

Step 2: Plan to be safe by creating your emergency plan and deciding how you will communicate.

Step 3: Organize emergency supplies in convenient locations.

Step 4: Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance coverage.

Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On or other recommended actions (if you feel shaking or get an alert).

Step 6: Improve safety after earth- quakes by evacuating if necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage.

Step 7: Reconnect and Restore daily life by reuniting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community.

Follow these Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety to be prepared to survive and recover from the next damaging earthquake. Learn more at EarthquakeCountry.org/sevensteps.

Updated CDC Recommendations on Covid-19 Boosters

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Updated Messaging: COVID-19 Fall Boosters 

“On September 1, the CDC announced updated recommendations for Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 boosters for people age 12 and up. The updated booster dose is a bivalent formula that both boosts immunity against the original coronavirus strain and also protects against the newer Omicron variants that account for most of the current cases. 

The CDC recommends that everyone who is eligible stay up-to-date on vaccinations by getting an updated booster dose at least 2 months after their last COVID-19 shot—either since their last booster dose, or since completing their primary series. Pfizer’s updated booster shot is authorized for individuals 12 and older, and Moderna’s is authorized for adults 18 and older

As new variants of the virus emerge, updated boosters are intended to provide optimal protection against COVID-19 and address waning vaccine effectiveness over time. In light of the CDC’s updated recommendations, we’ve updated our Answers to Tough Questions and booster dose toolkit with new messaging guidance, graphics, and sample social posts in both English and Spanish to help answer questions in your community.”

-Public Health Communications Collaborative

Heat Warning

It’s getting hot out here!
California is forecast to experience extremely hot temperatures statewide over the next week, with daytime readings reaching 95 to 110 degrees. The extreme heat and wind also increase the risk of fire across some mountain and foothill locations across the state. Several heat-related watches and warnings have been issued through Monday, with more predicted to come.
 
Heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can occur due to prolonged exposure to hot temperatures, even to the general population. People with disabilities, older adults, and those with chronic illness may be especially impacted by the high temperatures. Within your network or community, we ask you to be aware of individuals who may need specific support and encourage you to identify local resources that individuals may need.
 
A few things you can do to prepare for the hot temperatures:
  • Avoid prolonged exposure being outdoors.
  • Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated.
  • Stay in air-conditioned rooms.
  • Never leave children, pets, or older adults in an unattended vehicle, even for a short period of time.
  • Check in with your friends, family, and neighbors who may be disproportionally impacted and who may not have air conditioning.
  • Find where your local cooling centers are located.
 
 

A few things you can do to prepare the community and individuals you serve for hot temperatures:

  • Collect information on local resources, including transportation options and cooling center information, and share with individuals you serve and your community.
  • Learn what your local city or county is doing to respond to the high temperatures and potential power outages and reach out to coordinate messaging and resources.
 
With excessive heat in the forecast, the grid operator is expecting high electricity demand and is calling for voluntary conservation steps to help balance supply and demand. Reducing energy usage between the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. can have a substantial impact on California’s power grid. Flex Alerts are possible through the Labor Day weekend.
 

Tips before a Flex Alert:

• Pre-cool home by setting the thermostat to as low as 72 degrees.
• Use major appliances including washers, dryers, dishwashers, and ovens before the identified Flex Alert time.
• Adjust blinds and drapes to cover windows.
• Make sure all electronics and portable power banks are charged.
 

Conserving energy during the Flex Alert:

  • Close window coverings.
  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher.
  • Use fans for cooling.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Unplug unnecessary devices and equipment when not in use.
 
Resources:
 
 
 
 
Call 2-1-1 to find a local cooling center, for non-emergency help and for questions, or 9-1-1 for heat-related illness.
 

Youth Virtual Art Festival

Do you need a platform to showcase your art?

We are hosting a virtual art festival in October. It’s a place for disabled youth to show off their art forms. Submit your work to our link at bit.ly/dyvirtualartfest. The deadline to submit is on September 30th so now is the time to prepare your entry! Your art could be featured on our website and you can receive knowledge from mentors within the industry. 

[Image Description: A graphic with lights, music notes, and film strips in the background with the text overlay: Youth Virtual Art Festival Music – Digital Art – Film A platform for disabled youth to show off their work and receive valuable knowledge from mentors with success in the industry already. October 22, 2022 10AM – 3PM Ages 16 – 26 Submit your entrees here: https://bit.ly/dyvirtualartfest submission deadline: 9/30/22 SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: All submissions are to be digitally submitted Submissions are 3 MINUTE MAXIMUM. Submissions that are accepted will have a 10 Minute time limit to talk about/promote their art and reflect on it with the mentors/participants. All Accepted Submissions will be available to view on rollingstart.com with permission of the artist. -Music: Examples; Composition, singing, rapping, poetry, music videos For this category all musical artists are welcome to share their talent. NO explicit lyrics, videos, or gestures. -Film: Examples; Short films, Movies, Trailers, Documentaries NO explicit dialog, writings, movie scenes, or trailers. -Digital Art: Examples; digital anime, NFTs, paintings, sculptures, drawings NO explicit art, nudity, or animation. Keep all content family-oriented ALL SUBMITTED CONTENT NEEDS TO BE ORIGINAL]

The Americans with Disabilities Act

Celebrating the 32nd Anniversary!

Rolling Start Inc. is proud to support the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 32nd Anniversary. On July 26th we celebrate this important civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. #ADA32 #ThanksToTheADA

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“On July 26, 1990, with the signing into law of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), our Nation created the world’s first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities.  Since that time, this landmark legislation has been a driving force in moving America closer to the promise of equal opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for the 61 million individuals with disabilities in our country.  The ADA prohibits disability discrimination by State and local governments; provides standards for access to places of public accommodation; protects people with disabilities from discrimination in the workplace; and ensures equal access to health care, social services, transportation, and telecommunications.  But even more than that, it enshrines the idea — central to the spirit of our Nation — that all of us are deserving of equal dignity, respect, and opportunity.”
-The White House

Bridging The Digital Divide

A Flyer with a picture of a Chromebook laptop that is available through our digital divide program. The Molina Health and Rolling Start logos at the bottom. Text says, "Exclusively for aging & disabled members of Molina Healthcare. Helping you Stay Connected and Safe using technology. This FREE program offers: Chromebook 1 year in internet service(New service only) Training & fun classes Call Norma Mendoza Today: (909)890-9516 to reserve your Chromebook. Must be a Molina Member with a disability and/or over the age of 60.This FREE program is possible due to a generous sponsorship from Molina Healthcare. Chromebooks are limited and will be distributed on a first-come/first served basis."
[ID: A Flyer with a picture of a Chromebook laptop that is available through our digital divide program. The Molina Health and Rolling Start logos at the bottom. Text says, “Exclusively for aging & disabled members of Molina Healthcare. Helping you Stay Connected and Safe using technology. This FREE program offers: Chromebook 1 year in internet service(New service only) Training & fun classes Call Norma Mendoza Today: (909)890-9516 to reserve your Chromebook. Must be a Molina Member with a disability and/or over the age of 60.This FREE program is possible due to a generous sponsorship from Molina Healthcare. Chromebooks are limited and will be distributed on a first-come/first served basis.”]

For members with a disability or over the age of 60

Rolling Start Inc. is happy to help bridge the digital divide by connecting people with disabilities and senior citizens to the digital age. Through our San Bernardino ADRC partnership we are able to help you obtain a Chromebook laptop to help you stay connected in our ever-growing technological world. If you have a computer already and are just learning, we have classes to help you learn the computer basics that you need to know to help navigate your computer hardware and software. We host a computer class once a week so sign-up to our next class online to learn the ins and outs and ask any questions that we might have the answer for. Click the flyer to the right to go to our calendar!


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