NASA scientists have created a map showing the U.S. locations with the highest potential for the spread of the Zika virus. This information will be used to better target future search - and destroy missions for the female Aedes aegypti—the mosquito responsible for the spread of the virus.
Researchers focused on 50 cities within or near the current Aedes aegypti population, applying factors such as temperature, rainfall amounts, poverty levels and whether people in those cities have traveled to Zika-affected areas. They then took things a step further and analyzed the chance of the mosquito surviving in those locations during each month of the year. In the wintertime, colder temperatures and a lack of moisture lessen the likelihood of mosquito eggs hatching.
The nation’s roadways are a place of constant risk, with millions of vehicles moving alongside one another. Since it’s impossible to control the choices of everyone on the road, defensive driving is an important training topic for your employees. Implementing a driver safety program can greatly reduce the risk for your employees and your business.
In a stressful situation, it is difficult to think clearly or know exactly what to do. Your initial reaction may be to call 911 for emergency assistance, but this may not be the most appropriate response for the situation. It may also incur unnecessary emergency care costs and can waste valuable community resources that could be used for situations which require emergency attention.
Many organizations dedicate minimal time, if any, to evacuation and workplace safety, unless they are engaged in a high risk industry. “It will never happen to me” and “That could never possibly happen here!” are a common reasons for inadequate disaster and evacuation plans. But the unfortunate fact of the matter is, anything can happen—from a slip and fall to a natural disaster. It would be a difficult and lengthy road returning to normal business operations after disaster strikes without a thorough disaster plan in place.
Being prepared for a fire emergency is not something that should only concern you at home—you should also be prepared to evacuate while at work. Check out these important tips and and strategies to be ready for an evacuation and to stay safe in the case of a fire.