Temper tent disaster relief purposes

By Rhonda Campbell

temper tentsRecent storms, including a rash of tornadoes, that hit the Southern part of the United States stress how critical it is to be adequately prepared for a disaster. Wait until a disaster, natural or human made, occurs to prepare for an unexpected emergency is waiting too late. A first step in disaster preparedness starts with getting the right disaster relief supplies.

Must have disaster relief supplies

Of all disaster relief supplies (i.e. batteries, non-perishable food, military gas mask, bottled water), a Temper Tent could protect you from harsh elements most. Expandable and modular, a Temper Tent comes with ropes, stakes and a frame. Roof panels feature a stovepipe. Vinyl coated material on the outside of the tents makes the tents mildew, water and fire resistant. Purposes for temper tents are to:

  • Provide shelter during rain, snow and snow (Temper tents are also used to shelter humans and animals from extremely hot temperatures. The tents can withstand wind gusts as high as 65 to 75 miles per hour.)
  • Have a space to set up computers and disaster relief supplies
  • Troop billeting by the Army, especially Army units that conduct tests and actual exercises that call for the use of a military gas mask
  • To keep animals out (Temper tents are also used to keep insects and pests like snakes out of confined spaces.)
  • Camping outdoors (Heads of military units aren’t the only people relying on temper tents. Keen outdoor enthusiasts are also using the tents to enjoying living outdoors for a day, a week or longer.)
  • Shelter displaced workers during hailstorms and other natural disasters. (Some business leaders may decide to make storing several temper tents on or off-site a key part of their business continuity plans.)

Disaster relief commanders also use temper tents to set up communication centers. During the 2014 running of the Boston Marathon, police divisions in major cities that may have received terrorists threats set up a Temper Tent. For example, New York City police installed a Temper Tent outside of Penn Station on the day that the Boston Marathon was run.

As with other disaster relief efforts, the time to practice installing temper tents is before an emergency strikes. It’s this approach that experienced first responders take even now. During spring 2014, more than 700 National Guard members conducted disaster preparedness exercises at the Oriskany Preparedness Center, according to the Rome Observer.

To master installing temper tents, build the tents two or more times. Allow several family members to help build the tents, so they’ll know what to do should you become ill or injured. Options you have when choosing and building the tents include adding front liners, a heating source, a shower or a way to allow water in and out of the tents. A Temper Tent also comes in small, medium and large sizes. Consider the number of people in your family when selecting one of these sturdy tents.

Let’s face it. No one wants a disaster to occur. Yet, that doesn’t keep hundreds of people from dying during a natural disaster each year. Prevention Web reports that, annually, more than 26 million people are affected by a natural disaster. Getting a military gas mask, flashlights, extra dry clothes, blankets, batteries and a Temper Tent then learning how to construct and deconstruct the tent efficiently could save your family or workers from having to endure harsh elements for hours or days.

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Gaining customer trust after your worst mistakes

By Rhonda Campbell

business mistakes business mistakesIf you had a blueprint, clearly outlining each decision you should make in your personal and professional lives and when, then making mistakes might deserve strong criticisms. After all, you consciously knew exactly what to do and still screwed up. But, who has such a conscious blueprint? Who’s afforded that luxury?

Which is why Elbert Hubbard may have said it best when he said, “The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually afraid you will make one.” So, what do you do after you make a mistake, even a colossal mistake? How do you regain your customer trust?

Face reality and start taking action
Start regaining your customers’ trust by being honest. Have your sales force and business managers meet with their clients to discuss the mistake and what you, as the head of the entire company, are doing to correct the mistake. Also, let customers know what you are doing to ensure that the mistake doesn’t happen again.

Other steps you could take to recover from your worst mistakes are to:

• Acknowledge to yourself that you made a mistake. You’ll actually have to take this step before you can complete any of the other steps successfully.
• Free yourself from giving into the temptation to defend or deny the mistake.
• Meet with your management team and discuss how the mistake started, why it went unnoticed and what safeguards could be put in place to avoid a similar event. Don’t gloss over this. Spend time digging to the bottom of what occurred and how it could be avoided in the future.
• Be patient with customers when they complain or vent about the mistake.
• Reach out to loyal customers, asking for ideas on how to avoid a similar mistake in the future. These are customers you are in close communication with.
• Write and distribute a letter to customers, publicly acknowledging the mistake. Provide an overview of steps you will take to correct the mistakes. Close by thanking customers for their continued support.
• Refund customers their money if the mistakes are directly related to defective products, etc.

This one might come as a surprise, but you should also look for lessons that you learned from mistakes you make. As Cicero says, “We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.”

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Why you should never give up

By Rhonda Campbell

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If you’re like most people, your energy is high – your hope and motivations high – when you begin a new project. It doesn’t matter whether you’re starting a new company, beginning to write a new book or entering the early stages of a new relationship. At the start of a project, before you’ve experienced setbacks or challenges, you’re certain that you can win, that you’ll excel above your previous achievements.

Stay encouraged and never give up

Then you find out that not every element in the world is in alignment with your goals, your deepest dreams. Setbacks show up (i.e. time management issues, financial setbacks, family concerns) and your sense of hope, motivation and inspiration start to dwindle. You might even be tempted to throw in the towel and give up.

If this is where you currently are in your life, please let me encourage you. There are so many reasons why you should never give up, among them being:

  • Your dreams can still come true. Setbacks don’t have to stop you permanently. Be flexible. Approach the achievement of a goal from a different angle. Listen to uplifting music. Get creative to allow both sides of your brain to assist you, but don’t give up on what you truly want.
  • Lessons are buried in our setbacks. I know it’s doesn’t feel that way now, but if you keep your eyes and your ears (and of course, your mind) open, you could one or more valuable lessons as you continue to move through these experiences. Don’t quit and take that from yourself.
  • Tools you gain from your current experiences might be used to teach others later.
  • You have a right to keep believing in yourself.
  • Joy is your birthright. If you give up on your dreams (I’m talking your deepest dreams), you may never experience the joy you could have had you kept trying, changed your approach to achieving your dreams, stayed open and listened to (and followed) the direction you receive from your Higher Self.
  • The greatest source in the universe is pulling for you. Your Higher Self is pulling for you.
  • Achieving your dreams will motivate, inspire and encourage others.
  • Fulfilling your dreams could connect you will a universal mosaic that strengthens more people than you’ll ever know.
  • If others have faced great setbacks and challenges (i.e. Nelson Mandela, Harriett Tubman, Joan of Arc, Thomas Edison) and they achieved their dreams, so can you.

Most of all, deep down within, you know you should never give up. You wouldn’t be reading this article if you didn’t know that deep down within.

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Foods that help take the ache out of arthritis

foods that cure arthritisEating right and taking care of your body has long term positive consequences. In addition to enjoying how you look, by eating right and taking care of your body, you could steer clear of arthritis. This would make you unique in ways, especially considering the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that as many as one in four Americans will develop painful hip arthritis.

Taking dietary steps to avoid arthritic pain

Even more, one in two people might develop arthritis in the knee by the time they celebrate their 85th birthday. For those who are obese, the risks are higher. In fact, as many as two in three obese people might develop symptomatic knee. Considering the fact that obesity is directly linked to diet, it’s worth it to start eating foods that keep the body lean as well as help to ward off arthritis.

According to Health Line, arthritis is “a form of rheumatic disease, is characterized by inflammation and loss of function in some parts of the body. Osteoarthritis damages cartilage, joints, and bones. It’s the most common type of arthritis.” As many as 27 million Americans have arthritis.

Salmon is one of the foods that can help to curb arthritis and its associated pain. Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon could prevent inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to increase the amount of COX-2 enzymes in the body, a factor that contributes to the reduction of inflammation in the body.

Other foods that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are sardines, trout, flaxseeds and walnuts. Green, leafy foods that can help reduce arthritis symptoms are broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. If you don’t have a taste for these foods when eating them plain, try eating them with fresh fish, rice or another starch.

Foods that have a lot of vitamin D have also been shown to reduce arthritis pain. In fact, studies have found that women who eat foods rich in vitamin D had less incidents of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

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Improved batteries could offer more life for electric cars

battery operated carsAlternatives to using crude oil has been welcomed with opened arms by some Americans. The fact that gasoline prices have continued to rise since the 1970s has played a role in the acceptance of the alternatives. Included among the alternatives are battery and electric cars. In addition, electric and battery operated cars are expected to safer for the environment than crude oil.

Extending the life of batteries used by electric cars

However, the cars have limits. For example, they have been shown to travel less distances than cars that run on petroleum. To combat this limit, scientists have been searching to find a way to improve upon batteries that electric operate on. Recently, these scientists have been meeting success.

Science Daily reports that, “a novel design for a critical part of the battery has been shown to significantly extend the technology’s lifespan, bringing it closer to commercial use.” Laboratory technician, Jun Liu shares that, “Lithium-sulfur batteries could one day help us take electric cars on longer drives and store renewable wind energy more cheaply.” He adds that, “But some technical challenges have to be overcome first.”

Recently, another alternative to using crude oil has revealed itself. That additional resource turns out to be algae. Daily Mail reports that, “Drivers could soon be filling their cars with petrol created using algae thanks to a new process that converts the organisms into crude oil in less than an hour.”

The United States is said to be leading the way in these new resource developments. In fact, it’s reported that “Engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have created a chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae – a verdant green paste with the consistency of pea soup.”

Yet, the new resource brings challenges. Although it may be safer on the environment and although it might put more control for the oil that American citizens uses in the country’s leaders own hands, the fuel is expected to be expensive, a change that millions of Americans might be against.

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Gene therapy could be key to helping the blind to see

By Rhonda Campbell

human eyeYou don’t have to have lost total ability to see in order to be blind. In fact, the National Federation of the Blind says that blindness exist if a person’s “sight is bad enough—even with corrective lenses—that they must use alternative methods to engage in any activity that persons with normal vision would do using their eyes.” The government takes a different approach, stating that to be legally blind, a person’s vision must be “20/200 or less in the better eye with the best possible correction or that the visual field must be 20 degrees or less.”

Keeping more people from becoming legally blind

As of 2011, approximately 6,636,900 children and adults fit the description of having some level of blindness. For years, corrective lenses served as the answer to blindness. For children and adults with total blindness, those options come up short. These people may place their hope in scientific discovers like recent gene therapy research and developments.

BBC News Health reports that, “Surgeons in Oxford have used a gene therapy technique to improve the vision of six patients who would otherwise have gone blind.” Physicians who performed the operation are hopeful that the surgery will help to treat common types of blindness.

During the operation, a gene was inserted into the affected eye of Jonathan Wyatt, the patient who was operated. Professors like Robert MacLean shared that they were very pleased with the result of the surgery. The condition that impaired Wyatt’s vision is called choroideremia. Because of this condition, cells at the back of the eye that detect light die.

Prior to the operation, Wyatt was able to see partially. Yet, waiting to get the surgery may have made that experience less likely. Rather than to be able to see perfectly, Jonathan Wyatt wanted to stop the decline of his vision. He received the results he wanted, perhaps more.

As BBC News Health shares, “He, like another patient in Professor MacLaren’s trial, found that not only did the operation stabilise his vision – it improved it. The other subjects, who were at earlier stages in their vision, experienced improvements in their ability to see at night.” Because of the surgery, Jonathan Wyatt no longer fears that he may go blind.

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Strong math skills can help your finances

By Rhonda Campbell

math for businessIf you use more of your left brain than your right, there’s a good chance that you are good at math. Reason for that is that the left side of the brain is used to perform logical tasks. Types of tasks that require you to think logically include creating and maintaining budgets, organizing files, and, yes – performing math equations, including complex math equations.

Strong math skills could help make you wealthy
Leaning more toward logical thinking than idealism has been shown to have a direct impact on how much money you’ll earn. Consider this. U. S. News and World Report shares that, “A study by the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit think tank, showed a direct correlation between numeracy (a fancy word for math skills), delayed recall (the ability to remember something you’ve seen after some delay) and your future wealth.”

The study’s researchers tested couples math skills. After the researchers got the results of the tests, they observed how the tests results aligned with the amount of wealth couples had. What they discovered was that, “For households where both spouses scored zero correct answers on the test, the average wealth was $200,000. For households where both spouses got all of the answers correct, the average wealth was $1.7 million.”

Furthermore, although girls have long been reported to perform better at math than boys, the study also found that men handled the finances in relationships more than the women they were in relationships with did. In fact, in 62% of the households that participated in the study the men in the relationships handled the finances.

The report did not reveal if the study looked to see if there was a correlation between having strong math skills and a person’s confidence levels. What is known is that confidence plays a direct and indirect role in how successful a man or woman will be.

Strong math skills can also help you to calculate how much money you’re spending while you’re shopping, without you having to pull out a calculator. It also might make it easier for you to balance your checking and savings accounts in your head. Keeping up with these financial numbers is a required step to developing wealth.

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