Texas Emergency Management Briefs, Tips and Links
SAVE THE DATE:
2016 Texas Emergency Management Conference!
Tuesday, April 5 – Friday, April 8, 2016
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas
Registration opens Monday, April 4, 2016
**New family track workshops are coming!
AVOIDING ROAD RAGE
Aggressive driving includes potentially dangerous actions such as tailgating, erratic lane changing and illegal passing. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, up to 56 percent of fatal crashes result from some type of aggressive driving. Extreme cases of aggressive driving become road rage incidents. AAA Foundation looked at 10,000 road rage incidents over the last seven years and found that they resulted in at least 218 murders and 12,610 injury cases. Texas witnessed several high-profile cases of road rage recently, including the murder of a college student who was shot to death in a road rage incident.
One. Don’t Offend
Two. Don’t Engage
Three. Adjust Your Attitude
E-CIGARETTE ADS AND YOUTH
About 2.4 million middle and high school students were current (past 30-day) users of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, in 2014. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which causes addiction, may harm brain development, and could lead to continued tobacco product use among youth. Tobacco product advertising can entice youth to use tobacco, and spending to advertise e-cigarettes has increased rapidly since 2011. About 69 percent of middle and high school students were exposed to e-cigarette advertisements in retail stores, on the Internet, in magazines and newspapers or on TV and movies. Exposure to e-cigarette advertisements may be contributing to increases in e-cigarette use among youth. Efforts by states, communities, and others could reduce this exposure.
U.S. MAY LACK RESOURCES TO TREAT CHILDREN DURING DISASTERS
According to an article published by HealthDay News, there may not be enough of the right kind of resources available for children during a major public health emergency in the U.S.
The medical requirements for children often are very different than what is needed for adults. Drugs meant for use during large biological or chemical incidents are generally only developed and tested on military personnel, so formulations and dosing and safety information has not been addressed for use with children. Young children also have difficulty swallowing pills or drinking fluids because of how they taste.
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council published a statement addressing the special needs of children during major emergencies and possible remedies for ensuring communities are prepared to protect and care for children with disaster strikes.
"Children represent nearly a quarter of the U.S. population, but they are affected disproportionately by most disasters and public health emergencies," the AAP team said. "The recommendations outlined in this statement should be used to guide pediatricians; federal, state, and local government agencies; and others in addressing this need."
The statement was published online January 4 and will appear in the February print issue of the journal Pediatrics.