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How to Plan Your Get Away Bag

In Independent Living on April 24, 2015 at 11:29 am

By Paul Barnett, Communication Assistant/ Bookkeeper

Many families are familiar with the concept of having a getaway bag or emergency kit packed and ready to go in case of unfolding disaster.  This comes in handy if an emergency should strike and you’ve got to get out at a moment’s notice without any warning to gather things you might need on the road. This is not a long-term emergency survival bag but one that will get you through 2-3 days.

Clothing

Sturdy shoes (tennis), 2 pairs of socks, 2-3 pairs of underwear, long pants, shirt, jacket, gloves, hat. You may want to update your choice of clothing every three months to match the season.

Toiletries & Personal Items

Travel Size items can be purchased at most department stores. Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, soap in a re-closeable plastic bag, mouthwash, 8-10 assorted band aids in a plastic bag, antibacterial cream, 3-4 rubber bands, tweezers, small scissors, hair brush, comb, mirror, chap stick, medication (a four-day supply of each prescription in the original bottle), cough drops, vitamins, eye drops, bottle of your favorite pain mediation like aspirin, female supplies, packet of antibacterial wipes to use as a wash cloth, an empty plastic bag for wet or dirty clothing, flash light & extra batteries, a small sewing kit, safety pins, small roll of toilet paper, tissue paper, eye glasses and contacts, address book with e-mail address and phone numbers of family contacts.

Odds & ends

Password protected USB flash drive of important documents such as driver’s license and medical insurance cards, pocketknife, matches, extra car key, small can opener, multi-head screw driver, and small wrench. Notepad and pen, small roll of duct tape.

Food & Water

Because water may leak, place several bottles of water in a separate bag or stored for easy access. Cereal bars and protein bars, dried fruit, nuts, and tins of tuna or other protein. For animals pack a box of quart plastic bags for their waste, as well as a 3-day supply of food and treats.

Deaf Employees in the White House

In Uncategorized on April 24, 2015 at 11:23 am

By Razonda Munyaradzi, Staff Interpreter

In today’s world of opportunity, it is great to see Deaf individuals working in the White House!

After moving to the United States, Claudia Gordon attended the Lexington School for the Deaf in New York.  Ms. Gordon became the first Deaf graduate of the American University College of Law in Washington.   It was her experience working as an attorney at the National Association of the Deaf’s Law and Advocacy Center that led to her opportunity to work for the Federal government.   Ms. Claudia Gordon (from Jamaica) was appointed as associate director (Office of Public Engagement) to oversee the management of disability issues

That’s not all!  Twenty-seven year old Leah Katz-Hernandez (of Jewish and Mexican heritage) is also Deaf and works close to the Oval Office in the White House as a receptionist who utilizes an interpreter / interpreting services.  She was formerly an intern who introduced herself in sign language with dignity and now welcomes world leaders, White House staff members, and those who have appointments with the president or top-level aides.  It is Leah’s responsibility to oversee the guest book of visitors to the White House.  She also makes sure people do not take their cell phones into the special meeting rooms, such as the Roosevelt Room or West Wing area.

When people across America see Claudia and Leah, they see accomplishment instead of inability.  Deaf individuals such as these two ladies are not only great role models, but excellent representatives as well.  You can see more when you look up their names online.  Their stories have been featured on the news and other programs.  Feel free to spread the news about how there ARE Deaf people in the White House!

Identity Theft

In Independent Living on March 4, 2015 at 10:23 am

By Kyra Schleef, HR Specialist/ Compliance Officer

About 1 in 20 Americans are affected by identity theft. Recently Anthem,  Inc., the parent company of such health insurance providers as Blue Cross and Blue Shield, was hacked. The names, birthdates, and social security numbers  (SSNs) of up to 79 million people have been put at risk. How is that dangerous? That kind of information is ripe for the crime of identity theft.

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