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Resiliency Digest

November/December 2022

News & tips for being ready
before, during, and after emergencies.
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Active Flu Season Expected - Take Action Now

The CDC’s first full FluView report of the 2022-2023 flu season shows that while flu activity is relatively low overall, there are early increases happening in most of the country. Flu activity is highest and increasing the most in the southeast and south-central parts of the United States. This increased activity could signal an early start to flu season. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated each year. 

More Flu Prevention & Treatment Resources

Make Holiday Safety a Priority

Top 10 safety tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Tips for Accident-Free Decorating & Merry Making 

There's nothing worse than missing out on holiday fun due to a fire or afall. Taking time to recognize and mitigate potential hazards while cooking, decorating, or enjoying time with friends and family is well-worth the effort! Get this handy checklist to help you make your holiday gatherings accident-free!

Holiday Entertaining Safety Checklist

Pay Special Attention to Kids, Pets, & Grandma & Pa

All those fun foods, decorations, and yes, toys, can make a festive gathering a sad disaster, especially for our beloved children, pets, and older adults. Brush up on the specific ways our most vulnerable family members can enjoy the holidays with ease!

12 tips child holiday safety

The holidays are magical time of the year. Make sure your children or young guests are kept safe with these helpful tips.

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Holiday safety tips for pets

Learn how to keep your pets safe during the holiday season

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How to support older family members during the holidays

Due to a variety of reasons, a quarter of adults 65 and over are considered socially isolated, and a "significant portion" of older adults in the U.S. report feeling lonely, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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Stock Your Preparedness Kit for Winter

Before winter approaches, update your Emergency Supply Kit so you’re ready for colder weather with masks, disinfectants, blankets, warm clothing, shovel and other winter supplies.

More Winter Weather Preparation Ideas

Next CERT Course Schedule Set

The next CERT course will be held on Thursdays, January 12 – March 2 at the CSPDC office from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

To register or get more information, contact Rebecca Joyce at or 540-885-5174.

For additional resources to help protect yourself, loved ones, and property, visit the National Weather Service,, U.S. Fire Administration, and the National Safety Council. 
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