NTS wins V3 award

Governor McAuliffe Recognizes Virginia Businesses for Commitment to Hiring Veterans

~Over 26,000 veterans hired through V3 Program~

Date:  September 28, 2017

Office of the Governor
Contact: Brian Coy
Email: brian.coy@governor.virginia.gov

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today recognized businesses for their ongoing commitment to creating employment opportunities for Virginia’s military veterans at the 2017 Virginia Workforce Conference, hosted by the Virginia Chamber Foundation. More than 700 businesses, state and local government agencies, and educational institutions, certified under the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program, have hired 26,852 veterans since the program’s inception in 2012.

“Virginia is home to one of the largest veteran populations and boasts more veterans per capita in our labor force than in any other state in America,” said Governor McAuliffe. “We each have the responsibility to serve these veterans just as they have served us, and I’m proud that we’ve been able to do that effectively through the Virginia Values Veterans program. This is a true public-private partnership that has a proven track record in encouraging companies to hire and retain skilled veteran leaders in our civilian workforce. By continuing our focus on creating economic opportunities for veterans and their families, we will remain the best state in the nation for veterans and their families.”

Virginia was the first state to create an official program dedicated to improving the employment of veterans by training employees on the best practices to recruit, hire, train, and retain veterans. In August 2014, Governor McAuliffe challenged the V3 Program to hire 10,000 veterans in four years. V3 reached this goal 900 days ahead of schedule. The Governor set a new goal of 20,000 hires by 2018, which was met 400 days ahead of schedule in November 2016. In February 2017, he set a new goal of 25,000 hires, which was once again reached ahead of schedule in July 2017. The current goal is set at 30,000 veteran hires by January 2018.

“The men and women who serve our nation in the armed forces deserve world-class services from their Commonwealth as they transition to civilian life,” said Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins. “Through the V3 program and other important resources, we are building on Virginia’s standing as the best state for veterans and their families to live, work and raise a family.”

“It is fitting that the theme of this year’s conference is ‘Veterans: Closing the Workforce Gap,’” said John L. Newby II, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. “Today’s event brought together hundreds of leading employers, educators, human resource managers, veterans groups and policymakers from throughout the Commonwealth to explore opportunities and share best practices to fill workforce demands with one of our greatest resources – our highly skilled military veterans. We are honored that Governor McAuliffe has joined us here today to personally recognize many of our V3 partner companies with awards and we look forward to recognizing additional V3 certified companies in the years to come.”

In recognition of the significant commitment of Virginia businesses in hiring veterans, Governor McAuliffe presented 15 awards in 11 categories during the 5thAnnual V3 Awards Luncheon.

The 2017 Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Award winners are:

Governor’s Award (total number of annual veteran hires)

  • Small Company           Blueforce, Inc.                       Hampton                     (62 hires)
  • Medium Company        ITA International, LLC            Virginia Beach            (110 hires)
  • Large Company           Top Guard Security                Hampton                     (258 hires)
  • Enterprise Company     Sentara Healthcare                Virginia Beach            (470 hires)

Triumph Award (most transformative hiring process)

  • Dominion Energy                                                       Richmond

 Readiness Award (best workforce readiness initiative)

  • FDM Group                                                                Reston

 Advancement Award (best in career development)

  • GBS                                                                          Virginia Beach

 Breakthrough Award (most innovative retention program)

  • Networking Technologies + Support, Inc.                      North Chesterfield

 MVP Award (most inspiring workplace culture)

  • First Data                                                                   Glen Allen & Chesapeake

 Impact Award (community impact and advocacy for veteran issues)

  • Altria                                                                          Richmond

 Influencer Award (best workforce readiness initiative)

  • Pro-Sphere                                                                  Alexandria

 Trailblazer Award (best premier employer with superior efforts in recruitment, hiring, retention and more)

  • ITA International, LLC                                                   Virginia Beach

 Phoenix Award (most inspiring success story for going above and beyond to support a Veteran hire)

  • Bon Secours                                                                Richmond

V3 Grant Award (companies approved for maximum grant initiative award of $10,000 in FYI 17)

  • Cape Henry Associates                                                Virginia Beach
  • PD Systems                                                                Prince George

About the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program

The Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program is a Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Veterans Services Program. Its mission is to help employers understand, design and implement nationally-recognized best practices in recruiting, hiring and retaining veteran employees. For more information on the V3 Program, please visit www.dvsv3.com.

25 Buzzwords That You Really Need to Stop Using Right Now

By Zoë Henry
Staff writer, Inc

2017 has been the year of the buzzword, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the world of private business.

Buzzwords, which are pithy words and phrases meant to convey one’s intelligence or savvy, often do just the opposite. “People who want to appear up-to-date, or ‘cool,’ adopt the buzzword–whether they fully understand it or not,” notes Tony Thorne, a linguist and visiting consultant at King’s College in London, where his research focuses on slang and generational divides. “The buzzword is overused, and becomes a cliché. It may be ridiculed and mocked, but some people will go on using it nevertheless.”

The good news is that buzzwords eventually go out of style, but that can take a while. Consider that the adage “think outside the box” has been trending for more than a decade–and that one of Macmillan’s Dictionary‘s top words of 2017, “maximalism,” was on an early list of buzzwords published by Thorne in 2006.

To save you–and the people you love–some time, Inc. parsed the dictionaries, the social-media networks, and the piles of press releases that reporters get on a daily basis. Without further ado, in order from least to most offensive, here are the worst buzzwords of 2017:


25. NextGen

If you think you’ve been hearing this one for entirely too long, you’re not mistaken…all the more reason it makes no sense in 2017. The label is commonly applied to software upgrades, but as the best programmers know well, whatever is “NextGen” of the moment will hardly be “NextGen” by the time it’s downloaded. Nix.


24. Deep Dive

Attention, scubas: A dive is, by definition, plunging into the murky depths of a subject. Your “deep dive” doesn’t sound cool, it’s redundant. (If you were truly “diving deeply” you might have understood that.)


23. Snowflake

A derogatory term for someone perceived as too sensitive to have their worldview challenged, “snowflake” is a buzzword championed by the alt-right. If you’re really that interested in the uniqueness of frozen matter, we suggest a lefty alternative: The broflake.


22. Ping Me

Don’t “ping me,” please. Send me an email. I’m not a plastic ball.


21. Gig Economy

Short-term labor is practically the new norm, so you might as well just start saying “economy.”


20. Silos

What are we, in a granary? All together now: Departments.


19. Engagement

Your users aren’t getting married to your service. Honestly, they probably don’t even like it that much.


18. Growth Hacking

I almost feel like this needs no description, but please, if you’re experimenting across marketing channels: Just. Say. That.


17. Bandwidth

Why no, I do not have the range of frequencies occupied by a modulated carrier signal to pick up that menial task you’ve thrown my way.


16. Customer-centric

Honestly, if you’re anything-else-centric, just file for Chapter 11 right now.


15. Workflow

I was paddling along the river Thames one morning when I realized…oh wait.


14. Initial Coin Offering

If Paris Hilton endorses it, you probably shouldn’t.


13. Stratcom

Short for “strategic communications.” It’s the name of my future robot puppy, not your operational regime.


12. Hive Mind

Tapping into the collective consciousness is weird enough without a buzzword. Lose it.


11. Pivot to Video

If it didn’t work for Ross…


10. Wheelhouse

“Why, sir! You’ve lost your sailor’s cap in the —” is the only acceptable preceding clause.


9. Bizmeth

Short for “business method.” I heard bizmeth goes for $50 an ounce in San Ysidro. That’s probably too expensive for your company to justify.


8. Core Competency

Lots of people–for instance, quite a few in Washington–don’t possess this. But everyone should.


7. Paradigm Shift

…is the next movie from director M. Night Shyamalan. Not the way to describe changes in investor perception of the tech IPO.


6. Omnichannel

God is Omnichannel. Your marketing, not so much.


5. Hustle

If you were really doing it, you wouldn’t have time to talk about it.


4. Digital Native

We’re internet users, not confused Italian explorers of the 16th century.


3. Ripe for Disruption

No industry is so juicy that it deserves the analog.


2. Influencer

Just because you have 4 million followers doesn’t mean you’ve changed my mind.


1. Cuck

A holdover from 2016, cuck still seems to be in common Twitter parlance. It’s a shorthand for perceived weaknesses–particularly for men who may be submissive to women–but generally demonstrates the user’s own misogyny. Inc. begs of you, reader: Don’t use it.

Original article here: 25 Buzzwords That You Really Need to Stop Using Right Now

Lack of sleep is killing us

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A “catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic” is causing a host of potentially fatal diseases, according to professor Matthew Walker, director of the Centre for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. In an interview with the Guardian, he warns that sleep deprivation is not being taken seriously enough by employers and everyday people alike — according to his research, there is a “powerful” link between a lack of sleep and cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and other conditions. “No aspect of our biology is left unscathed by sleep deprivation,” he says. “It sinks down into every possible nook and cranny. And yet no one is doing anything about it. Things have to change: in the workplace and our communities, our homes and families.”

Sleep in numbers:

■ Two-thirds of adults in developed nations fail to obtain the nightly eight hours of sleep recommended by the World Health Organisation.

■ An adult sleeping only 6.75 hours a night would be predicted to live only to their early 60s without medical intervention.

■ A 2013 study reported that men who slept too little had a sperm count 29% lower than those who regularly get a full and restful night’s sleep.

■ If you drive a car when you have had less than five hours’ sleep, you are 4.3 times more likely to be involved in a crash. If you drive having had four hours, you are 11.5 times more likely to be involved in an accident.

■ A hot bath aids sleep not because it makes you warm, but because your dilated blood vessels radiate inner heat, and your core body temperature drops. To successfully initiate sleep, your core temperature needs to drop about 1C.

■ The time taken to reach physical exhaustion by athletes who obtain anything less than eight hours of sleep, and especially less than six hours, drops by 10-30%.

■ There are now more than 100 diagnosed sleep disorders, of which insomnia is the most common.

■ Morning types, who prefer to awake at or around dawn, make up about 40% of the population. Evening types, who prefer to go to bed late and wake up late, account for about 30%. The remaining 30% lie somewhere in between.

Hurricane Season 2017: How long it lasts and what to expect

Whipping winds, torrential downpours, power outages and floods — hurricane season in the Atlantic brings a host of dramatic and dangerous weather with it.

But when exactly does the Atlantic hurricane season start and how long does it last? And what can people do to prepare in the face of the most dangerous storms on Earth? From hurricane naming conventions to staying safe in a storm, we’ll detail all you need to know about the upcoming hurricane season.


How they form

So, the first condition needed for hurricanes is warmer waters in the Atlantic Ocean, which cause a number of other conditions favorable to hurricanes.

“When the waters are warmer, it tends to mean you have lower pressures. It means a more unstable atmosphere, which is conducive to hurricanes intensifying,” said Phil Klotzbach, an atmospheric scientist at Colorado State University. “These thunderstorms, which are the building blocks of hurricanes, are better able to organize and get going.”

Another key factor: wind shear, or the change in wind direction with height into the atmosphere, Klotzbach said.

“When you have a warm tropical Atlantic, you have reduced levels of wind shear,” Klotzbach told Live Science. “When you have a lot of wind shear it basically tears apart the hurricane.”

(Storms that form on different sides of the equator have different spin orientations, thanks to Earth’s slight tilt on its axis, according to NASA.)

The individual ingredients for hurricanes, however, don’t pop up at random; they are guided by larger weather systems.

“There are two dominant climate patterns that really control the wind and pressure patterns across the Atlantic,” said Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster for NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center in Washington, D.C.

The first is the El Niño/La Niña cycle. During an El Niño, in which ocean water around the northwestern coast of South America becomes warner than usual, Atlantic hurricanes are suppressed, while La Niña creates more favorable conditions for hurricanes, Bell said.

The second climate pattern is the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO), which is, as the name implies, a trend that lasts anywhere from 25 to 40 years and is associated with warmer waters in the Atlantic and stronger African monsoons, Bell said.

“When this pattern is in its warm phase, or a warmer tropical Atlantic Ocean, we tend to see stronger hurricane patterns for decades at a time,” Bell told Live Science.

A warm-phase AMO conducive to hurricanes prevailed between 1950 and 1970 and since 1995, Bell said.

Officially, the Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1 and will run until Nov. 30. In the Eastern Pacific Ocean, hurricane season begins May 15 and ends Nov. 30, according to the National Weather Service. However, most of these storms hit during peak hurricane season between August and October, on both coasts, according to the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center.

The Climate Prediction Center releases its hurricane season forecast in late May every year.  To make the predictions, scientists analyze a host of factors, from wind speed to sea surface temperatures. Because the El Niño/La Niña cycle typically materializes in summer or early fall, forecasts done too early have limited meaning, Bell said. [A History of Destruction: 8 Great Hurricanes]

The Climate Prediction Center classifies hurricane seasons as above-normal (between 12 and 28 tropical storms and between seven and 15 hurricanes); near-normal (Between 10 and 15 tropical storms and between four and nine hurricanes) and below-normal (Between four and nine tropical storms and two to four hurricanes).

The Climate Prediction Center released its 2017 hurricane outlook on May 25. This year is likely to be an above-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic. The region has a 70 percent chance of experiencing between 11 and 17 storms with sustained winds of 39 mph (62 km/h) or higher. Between five and nine of these storms may become hurricanes, or storms with sustained winds of 74 mph (119 km/h) or higher. And anywhere from two to four of these storms could become major-category 3, 4 or 5 hurricanes, which means they would have sustained winds of 111 mph (178 km/h) or higher.

However, because the predictions for El Niño are still uncertain early in the season, the forecast has considerable uncertainty. The CPC currently predicts a 45 percent chance of an above-normal hurrican season, a 35 percent chance of a normal or near-normal hurricane season, and a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season. As El Niño’s fate becomes more certain later in the season, and peak hurricane intensity arrives in the Atlantic, the picture will become clearer, according to NOAA.

“We update the seasonal outlooks in early August to coincide with this onset of the peak season,” Bell said.

Once a storm has wind speeds of 38 mph (58 km/h), it is officially a tropical storm. At 74 mph (119 km/h), the storm has reached hurricane levels.

At that point, scientists use a 1 to 5 scale known as the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale to classify hurricane strength, with category 1 being the least severe hurricanes and category 5 being the strongest. Some scientists have also proposed adding a category 6 to account for storms that are well beyond the highest sustained wind speed for a category 5 hurricane.

Category Sustained wind speed (mph) Potential damage
1 74-95 Minimal, with some roof leakage, gutter damage, snapped tree branches and toppled trees with shallow roots
2 96-110 Moderate, with major roof and siding damage; uprooted trees could block roads; power loss possible for days to weeks
3 111-129 Devastating damage, with gable and decking damage, many more uprooted trees and extended power outages
4 130-156 Catastrophic damage; roofs and exterior walls will be destroyed; trees will snap; power outages for weeks to months. Large area uninhabitable for weeks or months
5 157 or higher High fraction of framed houses will be destroyed; power outages for weeks to months; and huge swaths uninhabitable for same period

Source: NOAA’s National Hurricane Center

Some scientists have argued against using just wind speed as a metric to determine a storm’s severity and potential damage, arguing that other metrics such as storm surge height or rainfall could provide better insight into a storm’s ferocity. However, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has argued that metrics like storm surges can be hard to predict because local differences in the shape of the terrain of the ocean floor leading up to the coastline can determine the height of storm surges.

Hurricanes, tropical storms and typhoons refer to the same type of storm, but the nomenclature reveals where they form. Tropical cyclone refers to any storm that formed 300 miles (482 km) south of the equator, whereas hurricanes are storms formed in the Northeast Pacificand Atlantic, typhoons are tropical storms that form in the Northwest Pacific and cyclone is the term used for storms in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean, according to NOAA’s ocean service.

However, by the 1950s, the naming convention changed and in the U.S., hurricanes were given female names based on the international alphabet, according to the NHC. The practice of calling storms by female names only was abandoned in 1978.

Despite the seemingly open-ended possibilities, meteorologists do not have free reign in deciding names. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has a long list of alphabetical storm names that repeats on a six-year cycle. The organization aims for clear and simple names. Names are in English, Spanish, Dutch and French, to account for the many languages spoken by people potentially affected by hurricanes.

“Experience shows that the use of short, distinctive given names in written as well as spoken communications is quicker and less subject to error than the older, more cumbersome, latitude-longitude identification methods. These advantages are especially important in exchanging detailed storm information between hundreds of widely scattered stations, coastal bases and ships at sea,” the organization says on its website.

If a storm was so devastating that using the name again would be insensitive, the group meets and agrees to strike the name from the list.

For instance, people don’t have to worry about facing the wrath of a Hurricane Katrina, Ike, Hattie or Opal again, because those names have been retired, according to the NHC.

For the 2017 hurricane season, the following hurricane names could come into play in the North Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, according to the WMO:


Staying safe during the hurricane season starts with a simple step: Have a plan. People can plan for hurricanes using a simple guide at Ready.gov. Plans need to be worked out for all family members. And for those animal lovers out there, Fido and Mr. Whiskers also need an escape plan.

This plan includes figuring out how to determe whether it’s safe to hunker down at home during a storm or whether you are in an evacuation zone. If so, there is likely a specific route you should take in the event of an evacuation, as many roads may be closed, Live Science previously reported.

If you are in an evacuation zone, you also need to figure out accommodations during the storm — this could be anything from staying with family and friends to renting a motel to staying in a shelter.

Family members often have trouble reaching each other during hurricanes, so determining a preset meeting place and protocol can be helpful. Sometimes, local cellphone lines are overloaded during a storm, so consider texting. Another alternative is to have a central out-of-state contact who can relay messages between separated family members.

During a storm, pets should be leashed or placed in a carrier, and their emergency supplies should include a list of their vaccinations as well as a photo in case they get lost, according to the Humane Society for the United States. Also important is finding someone who can care for them, in the event that a hotel or shelter does not accept pets. During an emergency, they should also be wearing a collar with the information of an out-of-state contact in case they get separated from you, according to the HSUS.

Another easy step is to make sure rain gutters are fixed in place and free of debris. Reinforcing the roof, doors and windows, including a garage door, is also important, according to Ready.gov.

Power generators can also be an important tool if the power is cut off for long periods of time. A power generator needs to be kept outside, as they produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

People who are very serious about prevention may even consider building a “safe room” — a fortified room designed to withstand the punishing winds of a tornado or hurricane, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency pamphlet “Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business,” (FEMA, 2014).

People living in hurricane country also need to have a stash of emergency supplies, ideally placed in multiple locations throughout a dwelling. According to Ready.gov, a basic disaster kit should include:

  • A gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
  • A three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • A battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  • A flashlight with extra batteries
  • A first aid kit
  • A whistle to get help
  • Dust mask
  • Moist towelettes, garbage cans and plastic ties for sanitation
  • A wrench or pliers for turning off busted pipes
  • Maps
  • A can opener for food
  • And cellphone chargers

Original post here: https://www.livescience.com/57671-hurricane-season.html

ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 Registered Company

MIDLOTHIAN – Locally owned Networking Technologies and Support, Inc. (NTS) announced today that they are now an ISO 20000 -1:2011 registered firm. NTS has established a Services Management System focused on continual process improvement, which ensures their clients receive the highest quality services available. NTS officials expect this certification to demonstrate a commitment to excellence, and to also enhance the attainment of the ISO 9001 that the corporation received in September, 2012.

What is ISO 20000?

ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 is a service management system (SMS) standard. It specifies requirements for the service provider to plan, establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain and improve an SMS. The requirements include the design, transition, delivery and improvement of services to fulfill agreed service requirements.

 About NTS

As a leading network system integrator, NTS provides comprehensive IT solutions including network infrastructure solutions, managed services and monitoring with an in-house Network Operations Center (NOC), systems migrations, technology relocations, computer hardware maintenance, managed print services, staff augmentation and product procurement. Our clients include the public sector with Federal, state and local contracts, as well as financial institutions, legal firms, health institutions, universities, non-profits and small to medium businesses.


6 Apps to Help You Work Smarter

6 Apps to Help You Work Smarter

We believe in working smarter, not harder. We’re all about maximizing our time and being as efficient as possible, which is why we’re fans of these apps that save time, offer valuable insight and generally make our lives that much easier.


For when nobody can agree on the offsite
Ever feel like it’s a ping-pong match trying to pick a time for a work event? All that back-and-forth gets exhausting and it could feel like an eternity until you all finally land somewhere. Doodle allows you to choose a select number of times for participants to vote on, making it impossible for that one co-worker to bring up a conflicting appointment at the last-minute.



For when you keep forgetting to file expenses (or pick up groceries!)
Take care of all your priorities thanks to this 5-star rated to-do list app on iTunes. Not convinced? We swear by the calendar view that keeps track of tasks from every category in one place. It also sends timed reminders to ensure you don’t miss a beat. As Benjamin Franklin says, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”



For when you’re considering switching careers or want to identify your strengths at your current job
We all work better when we know what we’re good at. Good&Co asks the questions and uses a psychometric algorithm that allows you to discover your strengths. It identifies your working style, shows your compatibility with coworkers or friends and even helps you find suitable career options or companies, ensuring you’ll only do what you love. (P.S. Our assistant editor is part-inventor, part-strategist and part-technician—makes sense for someone who spends her days concepting, writing
and editing!)



For when your morning news update gets interrupted by a WiFi-less train
Sometimes you come across an article you want to read and you don’t have time—or an Internet connection. Save it for later with Instapaper, an award-winning app that stores content in a mobile-optimized format. You’ll always be informed on industry content or current events whether on your commute, couch or otherwise.



For when you need to get your name out there
Shapr is the dating app of the business world. Network with likeminded people in the same industry, location and experience level as you. The app’s premise is simple: you receive 10 to 15 profiles a day that you can choose to swipe “pass” or “meet.”


Focus Keeper

For when you hit that 4pm slump and start scrolling mindlessly through Facebook
Avoid the burnout with Focus Keeper, which helps you concentrate on your work in 25-minute increments, with a 5-minute break in between. Great for those who have trouble keeping their attention on one assignment, track your productivity throughout the week with helpful charts that make sure you get down to business.

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The dog days of summer: Before disaster strikes have a plan for your dogs

Before disaster strikes: Have a plan for your dogs

By Juliana Weiss-Roessler

When a natural disaster strikes, your emergency plan can help keep your family safe — but does your plan include your dog? It’s just as important to consider her special needs in advance as it is those of the rest of your family.

You may not be able to predict the specific circumstances of the disaster or know how long you may have to evacuate, but by creating a general dog emergency plan, you will have precautions in place that help you react in a way that best protects your pup.

ID your dog
This is probably the most important tip on the list. Why? Because there are a number of reasons why you might be separated from your dog during a disaster. Proper identification can make a big difference in reuniting you. Your dog should always have on a tag with your current contact information as well as a microchip.

Get a Rescue Alert sticker
The ASPCA provides them for free if you fill out their form. By placing them in a spot that’s visible to rescue workers, you’re letting them know to look out for your animals in case you’re not at home (or able to return to your home) when disaster strikes.

Bring your dog inside
Remember, animals often pick up on the signs of an impending disaster naturally — without the help of their local weather station. So, for instance, your dog may already sense that a hurricane is on the way long before you see any signs. And if he does, he may panic and run away or display other uncharacteristic or dangerous behaviors. You can help keep him safe by keeping him indoors.

Keep them separated
If possible, separate your dogs from any other animals in the home, such as cats or small pets, even if they normally get along. The impending natural disaster may significantly change your dog’s behavior and could endanger other animals in the home. Crates and carriers work well for this purpose, particularly if you all have to be in a small area together for safety reasons.

Take your dog with you
Don’t leave your pup behind if an evacuation is needed. If it’s not safe for you, and it’s not safe for your dog. Unfortunately, Red Cross disaster shelters don’t accept animals (unless it’s a service animal), so if that’s where you plan to go, you’ll have to make alternate plans for your dog. Talk to your veterinarian, animal control, or local animal shelters for other options, and also look to pet-friendly hotels or friends and family.

Create a pet emergency kit
It doesn’t need to be fancy, but it should be easy to grab and take with you. Some items you should include are:

  • At least 5 days’ worth of (unexpired) dog food
  • A can opener (if needed to open the food)
  • Feeding dishes
  • Two weeks supply of your dog’s medication (if any)
  • 7 days’ worth of bottled water
  • Extra collar and leash
  • Poop bags or garbage bags
  • Blanket
  • Toys
  • A recent photo of your pet (in case you are separated)
  • A copy of your dog’s medical records (to show your dog is up-to-date with vaccinations)
  • Dog carrier or crate
  • Pet first aid kit

Talk to neighbors
As part of your preparedness plan for your dog, designate someone who is willing and able to help your dog if you are unable to because you’re out of the house when disaster strikes. This caretaker should be nearby, have a key to your home, and, ideally, be someone familiar to your dog. It’s also good to find someone who is home during the day if you are usually away at work.

Learn about potential catastrophes for your area
Different types of natural disasters require different precautions. For example, in a flood, you want to be at the highest location in your home, but for a tornado, a windowless room on the ground floor is safest. Find out what’s best for disasters that are most likely to strike your area, and ensure all family members — even your canine ones — follow those guidelines.

Original article can be found here: https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/first-aid/have-a-plan-for-your-dogs