City of Cleveland Announces Big City Boo 2014

On Friday, October 31st, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, the City of Cleveland will host “Big City Boo” in the City’s 22 recreational centers. This annual event provides a safe alternative to trick-or treating for Cleveland’s children. Parents, guardians and caregivers can take their children, 12 and under, to the City’s recreation centers for games, contests and other family friendly activities plus Halloween treats.

Residents can contact their neighborhood recreation centers for more information. All of these events are free and open to the public.  Those who choose to collect candy in their neighborhoods on October 31st should do so during the designated time of 6 PM – 8 PM.

Listed below are recommendations for a safe Halloween:


  • Adults should accompany young children – older children should travel in groups.
  • Children should wear light colored clothing short enough to prevent tripping.
  • Add reflective tape to increase visibility.
  • Make sure children can see through their masks or use make-up.
  • Avoid hard plastic or wooden props such as daggers or swords – instead use foam or other soft and flexible materials.
  • Carry and use a flashlight after dark.
  • Visit homes within your own neighborhood – homes that you know with lights on.
  • Never go into deserted buildings or isolated areas.
  • Avoid shortcuts through empty parks, fields, or alleys.
  • Be alert for vehicle traffic; never approach a parked car; move away from a car that pulls up next to you.
  • If someone is following you, go quickly to the nearest occupied public place (mall, store, recreation center, gas station, fire station etc.) and scream for help.
  • Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.
  • Parents should examine all candy before allowing children to eat it and report anything suspicious to the police.
  • Keep costumed children away from pets who may become frightened.




Cleveland Division of Fire and American Red Cross to Conduct “Fire Safety Walk”

As part of Fire Prevention Week and Operation Save-A-Life, the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland and the Cleveland Division of Fire will be conducting a Fire Safety Walk this Thursday, October 9th.

During this walk, members of the Division of Fire and the American Red Cross will be installing smoke alarms in the homes of neighborhood residents on Farringdon and Gay Avenues, between E. 116th and E. 124th Streets.

firetruckcolor drawing filterSince its inception in 1992, Operation Save-a-Life has helped install almost 150,000 smoke alarms in residences in Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland, Euclid and South Euclid.

The program has helped reduce fire fatalities in the City of Cleveland from 28 (in 1992) to 8 (in 2013).  The program is made possible through the generosity of local corporations and foundations which support the $94,451 program budget.

What: Fire Alarm Installation Walk

When: Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Time: 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm (volunteers to meet at Chapter/DOC at noon)

Where: 44120 Zip Code (Identified area by NHQ)  Farringdon and Gay Avenues (between E. 116th and E. 124th Streets)


Get Ready and Be Ready: National Preparedness Month is Here

Join us and more than 3,000 organizations – national, regional, and local public and private organizations – that are supporting emergency preparedness efforts and encouraging all Americans to take action. Join the effort! Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site for “Emergency Preparedness and Response” and follow these four steps:


Every preparedness kit may vary. Some useful items to include are: first aid kits, flashlights, batteries, pocket knives, duct tape, compass, glow sticks, and more.

September 2014 marks the eleventh annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the US Department of Homeland Security. One goal of Homeland Security is to educate the public about how to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters, mass casualties, biological and chemical threats, radiation emergencies, and terrorist attacks.


In collaboration with the American Red Cross, CDC’s Web site, Emergency Preparedness and You identifies and answers common questions about preparing for unexpected events, including:

The Emergency Preparedness and Response offers additional information and resources under topics such as hurricane preparedness, extreme heat, and bioterrorism. CDC continually updates information on recent outbreaks and incidents, and lists emergency resources for the general public as well as for clinicians and public health professionals.

Get an Emergency Kit

If disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for some time. By taking time now to prepare emergency water supplies, food supplies and a disaster supplies kit, you can provide for your entire family.

Review the items recommended for a disaster supplies kit or print the Homeland Security Emergency Supply checklist.

Make an Emergency Plan

Make plans with your family and friends in case you’re not together during an emergency. Discuss how you’ll contact each other, where you’ll meet, and what you’ll do in different situations. Read how to develop a family disaster plan or fill out the Homeland Security Family Emergency Plan.

Ask about planning at your workplace and your child’s school or daycare center. The US Department of Education gives guidelines for school preparedness. Workers at small, medium, and large businesses should practice for emergencies of all kinds. See Ready Business for more information.

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Be Informed

Being prepared means staying informed. Check all types of media – Web sites, newspapers, radio, TV, mobile and land phones – for global, national and local information. During an emergency, your local Emergency Management or Emergency Services office will give you information on such things as open shelters and evacuation orders. Check community and state information to learn about resources in your community.

Get Involved

Look into taking first aid and emergency response training, participating in community exercises, and volunteering to support local first responders. Contact Citizens Corps, which coordinates activities to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to an emergency situation. Contact the Medical Reserve Corps, (MRC). MRC are community-based units and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year.

Homeland Security promotes emergency preparedness all year round via the Ready America campaign. Checklists, brochures, and videos are available in English and in Spanish online and by phone (1-800-BE-READY and 1-888-SE-LISTO).