Saturday, July 11, 2009


· School Violence Prevention
· Domestic Assault Awareness
· Auto Theft Prevention
· Crime Prevention in Your Home
· Community and Crime Prevention
· Internet Safety

· Stranger Safety
· Bike Safety
· Safe Driving

· Identity Theft
· What a Police Officer Does
· Senior Safety

· Drug Abuse Awareness
· Drunk Driving
· Youth and the Law

· Tour the Law Enforcement Center
· Personal Safety for Women

· Car Seat Safety / Inspections

· Block Parent program for schools
· Operation Identification
· Traffic Safety Education
· Neighborhood and Business Watch

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

911 What Is your Address?

The following are 10 suggestions that may help emergency personnel better locate your home:

1. House numbers should be at least four inches high on the front of your house, near the front door where a “lit” porch light makes them visible from the street.

2. Numbers “could” be located on your porch roof support post next to your steps. If this method is used, keep trees and shrubs trimmed from hiding your numbers.

3. Numbers “should not” be just located on curbs or step risers. Snow, leaves or vehicles could obscure the numbers.

4. One inch high numbers are not recommended because they are hard to see at a distance under adverse conditions. These are good for roadside mailboxes.

5. Homeowners with trees and shrubs may want to place two sets of numbers on their property.

6. Homeowners that have alleys to the rear of their property may want to consider numbers on a fence or garage. The police may find it necessary to approach your home from the alley in an emergency.

7. Never paint over your house numbers - it camouflages them.

8. A porch light costs pennies per night to operate, and it illuminates your address numbers. It may even keep burglars and thieves away.

9. Put your address numbers on your trashcans. It adds to marking your home for emergency personnel. Every little bit helps.

10. When calling for emergency assistance, give a brief description of your home, i.e., a blue house with black shutters, green Chevy in the driveway. Make sure you repeat your address back to make sure the operator knows you live at 1234 Somewhere Road, not one block over on 1234 Somewhere Place.


DOPE (Death or Prison Eventually) is a film by Southern California's Chris Aherns and filmed by Chris Laurie.
This movie chronicles the rise, fall and redemption of four of the world's most influential skateboarders.
Bruce Logan, Jay Adams, Dennis Martinez, and Christian Hosoi

Taking you from their days of innocent fun, winning trophies for their skatbording skills and endless supplies of money, the film takes a jump to the dark side with the introduction of hard drugs, prison, and death. Included in this film are Interviews with police officers, transients, skateboarders, parents and loved ones of these skateboarders, it shows the true affects that drug use brings to our society as well as the intense pain and misery it causes for those that know drug abusers.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Recognizing and Treating Heat Exhaustion

Sudden high temperature (but less than 104 degrees)
Hot and flushed skin that might be clammy to the touch
Muscle or stomach cramps
Nausea and/or vomiting
Profuse sweating
Rapid pulse
Treating Heat Exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is not usually a life-threatening condition. The two important rules to remember regarding heat exhaustion are:
Get the ill person out of the sun.
Replace the body's lost fluids and salt by having the person drink lots of water, Gatorade, decaffeinated iced tea, or juice.
Cool the person's body with fans, cool towels, or sprays.
Keep the sufferer out of the sun for the next 12–24 hours.


The majority of Lyme disease cases are caused by tick bites acquired around the home. Children may be at particular risk because of the amount of time they spend playing outdoors and the failure to recognize a tick bite. To help reduce this risk of tick exposure, remind your family of these “tick-safety tips”:
Before Going out: Wear light-colored, tightly woven clothing to make it easier to spot ticks; tuck shirts into pants and pants into socks; wear closed shoes / sneakers rather than open sandals; use a tick repellent as directed. Products should contain DEET (for clothing OR skin) or Permethrin (for clothing ONLY). Remind children to ask an adult to apply the tick repellent and DO NOT apply to hands or face. Use products with less than 10% DEET and always follow manufacturers’ directions carefully. Do not use repellents on children under 3 years of age.
Pay particular attention to tops of shoes and lower portion of pant legs, as ticks are most likely to attach here.
While Outside: Stay in the center of trails; avoid low bushes and leafy brush; periodically check clothing and skin for ticks and remove.
Upon Return: Check clothing, skin, and hair for ticks (take special note of your child’s navel, underarm, groin area and behind the ears). If a tick is found, remove it carefully with tweezers. If it was attached, note spot of attachment, mark calendar, and save tick in a jar for later identification. Should symptoms such as an expanding “bull’s eye” rash, flu-like symptoms or painful joints develop, contact your physician.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Tall grass and Weeds

"Weeds" are defined as grass, weeds, bushes, vines, poison ivy, poison oak, or any other foreign growth, other than trees, ornamental shrubbery, flowers and garden vegetables. When any of these types of vegetation are allowed to remain tall, there are possible negative consequences. Tall weeds detract from the appearance of the neighborhood. Undesirable wildlife like rats and mice use the unmowed lawn for hiding places and habitat, and these animals may carry disease. Lastly, unmowed grass tells passers by that no one cares about the property, which may invite criminal activity.

1) properties that have a realtor “For Sale” sign on the lawn. A simple phone call to the realtor will, in most cases, result in that lawn being mowed expeditiously. Don't wait for Someone else to do it. Give them a call.
The realtor has a vested interest in maintaining good relations with WNW residents and
2) those for which there is no “For Sale” sign nor any contact information on the property; i.e. usually an absentee landlord. Any citizen may file a complaint for a weed case violation by calling. The Shawnee Action Center at 878-1602 Mon-Fri. 8am-5pm.

Could there be a Reason your Neighbor hasn't Mowed?

Neighbors don't always talk to other neighbors, but a little awareness of your neighbor's situation may go a long way toward that sense of community and the appearance of your neighborhood.

Shawnee Action Center has seen quite a few cases where serious family illness or physical limitations and inability to pay someone to mow the lawn are the reasons for neglect of the lawn. Think about the home where a spouse is on military assignment or the elderly neighbors who cannot push a mower anymore. Look out for your neighbors and offer to mow their grass; arrange for other neighbors to take turns mowing, too. Neighbors helping neighbors works!

Observation Skills Test

For some time now I have been looking for a good Observation Skills test for you all to do and I finally found one. It is located at

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