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We are amazed and excited by all the positive feedback we have received with respect to this blog. And those range from the ‘Good Job, guys‘ to the ‘Let’s start our first program in January 2009‘. And getting our first program out there has become our first, and most important goal.
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Volunteer @ the Commonwealth Games and get safety training!

I read an article in the Times of India today about the work Dr Angeli Qwatra. She is doing an amazing job training individuals and companies/institutes in the best practices of safety and measures that can be taken to avoid negligence. She is also working on a project to train volunteers to be able to respond to any emergency during the Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi. The training will be held at the Asian Games Village in Delhi. Please contact her NGO, Philanthrope (www.philanthrope.in) if you are interested either in the Commonwealth games or in making your school, college, workplace or other institution safer!

Vote for a Safer India – BJP vs. Congress

At EPR India, we believe that safety and security of citizens should be one of the most important issues in the current elections. Below we compare the manifesto of both the BJP and Congress on issues pertaining to national emergency preparedness. Both parties give significant space to terrorism but fail to deal with other issues such as the need to an effective nationwide emergency medical response system.

BJP (NDA)

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Is your product safe?

BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) who is responsible for the famous ISI mark is working feverishly to enable Indian products to be certified as safe, in accordance to international standards that have been adopted with minor changes for India. The process has been made easier over time and a flowchart for obtaining certification is shown below. The certification is voluntary. However, it is an easy way to expand to bigger markets.

Cert process

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A Citizen Security Initiative

Jagruk Nagrik Surakha Sansthan is a citizen action group formed in Delhi with the aim of preparing citizens to counter terrorism. Some of their initiatives were recently highlighted on Live Mint:

As the first part of its action plan, JNSS has identified areas that are most vulnerable to terror strikes. These are busy and crowded markets. Two separate teams are being formed, one to keep a watch and the other to act in case of an emergency – the Citizens’ Intelligence Network to keep a vigil Citizens’ Active Response team.

All the shopkeepers have been asked to volunteer just one worker to join the Citizens’ Active Response team. They would be expected to take note of any suspicious activities and people moving around the market.

The goals of JNSS embody EPR India’s belief that citizens must take responsibility for their own safety and security. Here is their mission and vision according to jnss.in

To put in place at the very grassroots a localized ,highly proactive & immaculately responsive, “Citizen Intelligence Network (CIN)” to ensure prevention of any terrorist attacks in Delhi (Targetted time to achieve the same = 6 months from 01/12/08 )

To put in place a localized & highly responsive, “Citzens Active Response Team (CART)”, comprising of dare devil patriotic souls/ individuals who will assist the police ON SITE & its other agencies in case any terrorist attack still happens through the length & breadth of Delhi & NCR (RESPONSE TIME = 2 – 3 minutes ).

The above module will be set up for each Market area followed by Railway station neighborhoods, Metro neighborhoods, Bus Stands, Schools, Malls, RWAs, Colonies etc.To put in place a 10 – 20 member strong highly motivated CTF (Central Task Force) which shall operate zonally to back up the localized CART team with a response time of less than 30 minutes.

Finally, to pursue the deliverance of a considerate & sustainable Rehabilitation Programme for the victims which is automatically initiated and door delivered without them being further harassed or victimized by the system.

Here are EPR India, we are extremely excited about the formation of JNSS and wish them a lot of luck in their endeavors. Godspeed

Hijacking Survival Guidelines – what you can do to keep you and your family safe

India has been a target of numerous aircraft hijackings, the most recent one being IC 814 from Kathmandu (Dec, 1999). While the primary prevention of hijackings is done through airport security and intelligence agencies, it is important that as citizens we play our part by being prepared.

Here are the US government guidelines on surviving a hijacking:

The physical takeover of the aircraft by the hijackers may be accompanied by noise, commotion, and possibly shooting and yelling, or it may be quiet and methodical with little more than an announcement by a crew member. Either way, how you and others react during these first few minutes of the hijacking may be crucial to the outcome.”

“The appropriate reaction may depend upon the presumed purpose of the hijacking — the hijackers’ goal a suicide mission to use the airplane itself as a bomb, take hostages to gain publicity for a political movement, or a simple desire to escape to another country.

Remember that the hijackers will be extremely nervous and probably as scared as you are. Although they may appear calm, they cannot be trusted to behave reasonably or rationally. Fear can trigger a disaster. One wrong move by either a victim or a hijacker could easily set off a defensive spate of violence. To promote a peaceful resolution of the situation, follow these guidelines.
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Could you save a life (Part 2)?

Here are a couple more quizzes to test your first aid skills:

CPR
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Could you save a life?

Take this quiz put together by the American Red Cross to see if you could save the life of a family-member, co-worker or fellow citizen in an emergency.

Leave a comment below on how you did. Let us know if there are areas that you would like to learn more about. For more tips on CPR, refer to our earlier post.

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1. The Cardiac Chain of Survival consists of a sequence of steps that are activated in response to an emergency in which a person suffers sudden cardiac arrest. Each link in the chain is critical. Put the links in the Cardiac Chain of Survival in the correct order.

1) Early defibrillation — delivers an electrical shock to the heart with an automated external defibrillator (AED)
2) Early advanced medical care — a team of medical professionals arrives and takes over by providing advanced care and transport to a medical facility
3) Early CPR — keeps oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs
4) Early recognition and early access — a bystander recognizes an emergency and calls 9-1-1 or the local emergency number
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