resqme, Inc. is thrilled to be celebrating their tenth anniversary this year. We have had loyal and supportive customers for over a decade and we hope to continue those relationships in the future. Not only did we recently celebrate over 1700 Likes on our Facebook fan page, but we had a Name Game contest and gave away some resqme gear! For this game, it was a resqme T-shirt!
The Name Game involved using our company name, “RESQME,” and using the letters to create your own acronym. You would pick an adjective or phrase that corresponded with each letter of the word “RESQME.” For example, one could put:
R = Rescue
E = Education
S = Safety
Q = Qualified
M = Model
E = Effective
and in French:
R = Réagir
E = Eduquer
S = Sécurité
Q = Qualifié
M = Modèle
E = Efficace
The English translation being:
By Andre Smith
Drive safely regardless of the vehicle’s age or your driving skills. Accidents happen within seconds, so gain the experience you need to drive anywhere. Research tips that will help you reach a destination safely with minimal damage to you or your car.
1. Join an Auto Club
Consider joining a car club that provides a variety of benefits for drivers. Roadside assistance is one of the most important services available. Call a mechanic who comes to your aid quickly whenever you have car problems. This type of service is available at all hours of the day. Wherever you get stranded, know that your safety is assured.
2. Maintain Your Car Regularly
Every year, check up your car at a repair shop. This step is especially important if you plan to venture on a long-distance trip. Prepare for a week before the trip in case you have to pay for repairs. Tell the mechanic to review the tires, fluids and engine. Learn basic tips like how to replace a flat tire and turn the steering wheel to avoid a skid. Keep your car well-maintained throughout the year.
3. Consider an Energy-Efficient Car
As you drive safely, make sure that you promote the safety of the environment as well. Cars release gas fumes that contain all kinds of hazardous substances. Energy-efficient cars are designed to reduce these emissions and prevent air pollution. Also, invest in these cars to save hundreds of dollars on monthly gas costs.
There are many lists of popular vehicles that are affordable and easy to operate. The Toyota Prius is not the only car that is worth a discussion. For a good overview of eco-friendly vehicles, review this post by Klosters.
4. Include Emergency Tools
Include plenty of emergency tools in your car. Have a good first aid kit nearby along with flashlights and basic repair tools. Keep a spare tire, and know how to fix one within minutes. If you are stranded on the road, you should not have to flag down strangers. Always bring a cell phone and charger with you.
5. Do Not Drive Distracted
It is evident that people cannot drive drunk without causing problems. Find ways that you can reduce distractions while driving. Whether you text or eat fast food, be more cautious, drive slower or pull over. The best tip is to drive and avoid doing anything else. Also, do not drive when you are tired or emotionally charged. Review the surrounding areas where you drive. Cruising on the highway is more dangerous than cruising on a rural road and here is a great post on how to drive on highways for beginners. If you see many streams of cars flying past you, it is definitely not suitable to drive while talking on the phone.
Driving on the road comes with a wide range of dangers. Defective brakes, slick roads and irresponsible drivers are common hazards that you should know about. Even if accidents are caused by other people, do whatever you can to protect yourself. Prevent accidents from happening to you, passengers and drivers in other vehicles.
About the Author:
Andre is a marketing consultant from Brisbane, Australia. His two great passions are cars and football. He is also a blogger and has written a number of automotive articles that you can read on his Google+ page.
It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week and parents across the nation struggle with how to address tough topics with their teens, but one of the most important topics to talk about is frequently forgotten — how to drive safely.
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killers of teens in America. In 2011, 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes – with almost half (45%) of those teen drivers being killed in those crashes.
Yet, a recent survey shows that only 25 percent of parents have had that “serious” talk with their teens about the key components of safe driving.
It’s sometimes easy to forget that teens are only children, and they still have a lot to learn. What parents teach them about driving safely and responsibly may just help save their life.
That’s why local and state highway safety and law enforcement organizations teamed up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to launch a new National Teen Driver Safety Week campaign called “5 to Drive.”
This parent education campaign is designed to challenge and encourage parents to talk it out with their teens and to regularly “set the rules before they hit the road.”
Each day during teen safety week, NHTSA features tips for parents to help keep their teens safe behind the wheel. Set the rules before they hit the road:
1. No Cell Phones While Driving.
Teens texting or dialing while driving have proven to be recipes for disaster. In 2011, 270 people were killed in crashes involving distracted teen drivers. REMEMBER, One Text or Call Could Wreck It All.
2. No Extra Passengers.
Research shows that the risk of a fatal crash goes up in direct relation to the number of teens in the car. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behavior when traveling with multiple passengers increased to three times. REMEMBER, No extra passengers in the car.
3. No Speeding.
4. No Alcohol.
Although all States have zero tolerance laws for drinking and driving under 21, 505 people died in crashes in which 14- to 18-year-old drivers had alcohol in their systems. Nationally in 2011, 27 percent of teen drivers killed had some level of alcohol in their systems. Parents should show zero tolerance for any sign of impaired driving. Teens need to hear this again and again: REMEMBER, No Drinking and Driving.
5. No Driving or Riding Without a Seat Belt.
Teenage belt use is not what it should be. In 2011, over half of the teen occupants of passenger vehicles who died were unrestrained. Teens, and all adults for that matter, need to buckle up every trip, every time, day and night, no matter the distance. REMEMBER, Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time – Front-Seat and Back.
If you are a parent, you’ve tried to protect your kids their entire lives. So don’t hand them the keys to a 2-ton machine and expect them to know what to do.
Please talk to your kids—this week and every week—about how to be smart and safe behind the wheel.
Remember, the “5 to Drive” – Always Set the Rules Before Your Teens Hit the Road. For more information about national Teen Driver Safety Week and the new “5 to Drive” campaign, please visit www.safercar.gov/parents/teendriving.htm.
Article via: Traffic Safety Marketing
Last weekend resqme, Inc. President and Founder, Laurent Colasse, traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to take part in an interview with WISH TV Channel 8 and Troy Kehoe. He later participated in a live demonstration alongside the Indiana State Police Underwater Search and Rescue team, the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, and Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht, an Associate Dean at the University of Manitoba and an expert on submerged vehicles.
As per Fox 59, they “helped teach dozens Saturday how to escape if their car ever was submerged in water” and “the proper steps for escaping a car that has crashed into water. Groups gathered for a classroom seminar that included an actual car submerged into a retention pond during the demonstration.” The event was in conjunction with the World Aquatic Health Conference in Indianapolis that went on from October 16-18, 2013.
Other guests and participants included law enforcement, fire fighters, paramedics, advocate Mary Kay Kidwell and Detective Bob May.
Watch the WISH TV segment and interview with Laurent here.
Also check out this video with reporter Chris Proffitt and his RTV6 Team who were invited by Indiana State Police troopers to learn what you should do if your car hits the water and how to get yourself and your passengers out safely.
Special thanks to Mary Kay Kidwell for photos and captions.
Learn more about car entrapment and our innovative resqme tool at: www.resqme.com
-The resqme team
This week marks National Teen Driver Safety Week from October 20-26. According to teendriversource.org, “Motor vehicle crashes are the No.1 cause of death for adolescents.” This year’s theme is “It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving,” and focuses on ways that parents and their teens can work together to increase safety on the road.
resqme, Inc. believes in safety for all drivers and that new drivers need special help as they start their journey on becoming good motorists and fellow drivers. resqme, Inc. encourages parents to talk to their kids about safety and set rules about driving. You can support your teenagers by educating them about motorist safety and being available to them as a resource.
Below is a PDF to help parents get started on talking with their teens as new drivers. Learn more at: www.teendriversource.org.
You can download the PDF directly to share here.
-The resqme team
resqme, Inc. is a firm believer in safety both on and off the road. Breast cancer awareness and education, especially for the month of October, is a cause close to our hearts. We’d like to share Eldine’s story after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and how she addressed it and hope it will educate women and men about breast health and the importance of early detection. Eldine has been a Family Practitioner for nearly 20 years specializing in comprehensive health care and lives in Hacienda Heights, CA. She is married and has two children. Eldine tells her story regarding breast cancer in her own words.
“I was excited to be 60 years old and feeling strong and in ‘good health.’ I had gotten hooked into hiking and loved it. I am not a very compliant patient and not into regular health maintenance even though I have a strong family history of breast cancer. My previous mammogram was normal 18 months prior so I had been confident about my health. When I had my mammogram in May 2012 the result was not a surprise, but something I did not want to have. The radiologist was very nice to me and did further mammogram views and an ultrasound that same day. I also had a biopsy that same day- sometimes you get special treatment if you are a doctor!
After the Diagnosis
I kept the news from my husband because I wanted to tell it to him personally. I did share the diagnosis to my two sisters first because I knew they wold be able to understand my feelings as they too had been diagnosed with breast cancer. I was not scared to die, I did not want to – but I figured my children are old enough and I know they will survive on their own. I am happy with my life and career that if life ended that soon I am fulfilled. I told my children not to change their plans in life – like marrying sooner. I will not miss anything that I have not met – meaning future grandchildren.
The next few days went by in a blur. I kept the news to my immediate family. I did not want friends to ask me a lot of questions and I hated repeating the story. I told a few close friends the night before my surgery. For treatment, I opted for a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction for these reasons: I did not want to worry about the other breast and I did not want to be ‘lopsided.’ Today, I am very happy with my decision. I strongly recommend reconstruction–boosts your confidence!
I am one of the fortunate ones who did not need chemotherapy and /or radiation. I am taking an oral medication for the next five years. My recovery went well, but I believe it was because I was also physically fit before my surgery.
Support and Advice
Going through this experience was easy because of my support group. My husband who did not worry about my appearance, but continued to tell me I am pretty. My two children were shaken with the diagnosis and especially my daughter because she can get it too, but they treated me well like I wasn’t sick. Prayers from my families, friends, church and patients were overwhelming. I accepted prayers from anyone no matter what their religious convictions were. That was very enlightening to me! I learned life is fragile and should be cherished. The experience helped me better understand my patients too and I can tell them what I went through.
My advice to everyone is to choose a healthy life style, follow regular health maintenance and stay positive. I thought of having a tattoo about my cancer, but when I was told I was free of the disease I did not need any permanent reminder. I am thankful daily that I am well.
We’d like to thank Eldine for sharing her story and hope our readers educate themselves on breast health. To learn more about early detection and breast cancer, please visit: National Breast Cancer Foundation
To learn more about resqme, Inc.’s work, visit: resqme Pink
Car entrapment is a serious threat on the road. Whether it’s due to flood, fire, or car accident, seconds count when it comes to escaping your vehicle. For Donna Uzzi, the tragic death of her son, Anthony, in a car accident that flipped the vehicle he was in into a canal was a wake-up call to the threat of getting trapped in a car. Wanting to honor her son and prevent another parent from ever experiencing her same pain, Donna started Think First For Safety Corp. She hopes to use Think First for Safety Corp. to spread awareness about car entrapment and driver safety. Donna promotes the resqme tool as a necessary aspect of driver preparation and education.
Donna Remembers Anthony
Donna remembers Anthony with a mother’s fondness. Of him, she says, “Anthony was a very outgoing young boy with a large circle of friends. When he wasn’t at school, he was with his friends at the beach or playing sports at the park. Growing up he played all sorts of sports, but it was basketball that he lived for. He would always be at the park playing basketball. Anthony was even practicing with the Coral Springs Travel Basketball Team hoping he would get on. He knew the coach for many years and he was training him. Unfortunately, Anthony passed before he could be told that he made the team, the team agreed to put him on anyway, gave him the No. 1 and played with one less player. The team won State Champion for his division. When they won it was wonderful and very emotional for all of us.”
As Donna Uzzi recalls, “The day started out as a typical Saturday.” It was Homecoming night in Coral Springs, Florida. Donna’s son, Anthony Almonte, was out with friends celebrating. That fall day in 2009, Donna remembers that she, “went about [her] errands and Anthony stayed in all day. It was homecoming and due to the cost he wasn’t able to go. Anthony told me that him and his friends were just going to hang out with other kids that weren’t going to homecoming. I didn’t worry as he was turning 17, I wasnt having curfew problems and he was with good kids.”
From what was explained to Donna by Anthony’s friends, “they were at a friend’s house with another group of friends they knew from school. The driver decided to go for a quick ride to pick up another friend. [She] was told that when he came back he planned on driving Anthony and his other two friends home. Anthony asked if he could go along with them and proceeded to get in the car with the other three boys.”
While on the main road, the boys were involved in a car accident and hit a guard rail causing the posts to collapse and act as a ramp, which in turn, helped flip the car into the water of the canal. The car wound up upside down in the water. Only one of the boys was able to get out. The other three, including Anthony, were not saved in time. Anthony did not sustain serious injuries from the crash, but his death was a result of being submerged underwater inside the vehicle.
Before Anthony’s tragic accident, car entrapment wasn’t a major cause of concern for Donna. “Before this accident, it never occurred to me that it would be so difficult to get out of your car when it’s under water. I am amazed how little people think of the possibility when it happens so often. Now I notice so many canals that are not properly protected by guard rails.” According to witness reports regarding the accident, “They ended up having to break the windows. I know they ended up having to call for knives to cut the seatbelts. I know they popped the tires as well…they had to roll the car. I’m not sure exactly why they had to roll the car but I know they had to roll the car while it was in the water to get it to be right side up. He was speaking about the police rolling the car. What he didn’t know is that they had to roll the car to get my son out.”
Donna and the resqme tool
Donna believes the resqme tool can help with her cause. “I like and promote the resqme key chain tool for various reasons:
1) It’s affordable
2) It’s easily accessible anywhere when it’s on your key chain
3) If everyone in the car has one on their keychain, everyone is prepared. If only the driver has one, every one else can easily find the steering wheel for the keys. They don’t have to look under seats or in the glove compartment and waste precious time.
4) Having a resqme on your keychain is a constant reminder of what happened to Anthony and therefore I hope a constant reminder of what to do to protect yourself.”
Think First for Safety Corp.
When you ask Donna Uzzi how Anthony’s death has changed her, she responds, “Too many ways to list, however, I do have faith in God and I believe that everything happens for a reason. I feel this would not have happened to my son if there wasn’t something we all didn’t need to learn.” Donna wanted to do more than just remember Anthony. She wanted to help educate her community. Donna started Think First for Safety Corp to get involved with driver education, safety events, and teen driving safety awareness. “My job now is to bring awareness that what happened to Anthony, could happen to anyone. We all need to THINK, Together we can Help Inspire Necessary Knowledge. Educate ourselves and save our loved ones. It is now my personal mission to make sure everyone has a resqme and knows what to do if they should ever find themselves trapped in a car.”
You can get a resqme tool through Think First for Safety here.
Some years ago, if someone you knew was diagnosed with breast cancer you likely had no words to soothe them. At best, you sent a friendship or loving cards along with sympathy gifts such as a plant or flowers. Back then a breast cancer diagnosis often meant that following an aggressive course of treatment your survival chances were not very good.
However, women organized to a degree seldom seen in combating disease. Numerous organizations and foundations started or shifted their focus to the early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – an event that occurred each October for the past 25 years under the auspices of the American Cancer Association. This event has been very helpful towards women doing self-examinations and seeing professionals if they feel anything out of the ordinary. Early diagnosis is the single most important factor in a good result from treatment.
This year, there is much good news to learn about breast cancer. Four top stories that you may not have heard yet follow.
About Double Mastectomy
Recently, Angelina Jolie made news when she revealed that she had a double mastectomy performed on her. She was only 38 years old when this occurred. Jolie had unusual reasons for making her decision. According to genetic studies that she had done, she was extremely high risk for developing breast cancer.
According to the latest scientific research, patients were tracked who developed early-stage breast cancer for four years following a procedure — lumpectomy, mastectomy, and double mastectomy — found that many women who had a double mastectomy did not need it and had a very low risk of developing cancer in their healthy breast. Women with a genetic pre-disposition, such as Angelina Jolie do better taking the offensive position of having both breasts removed before breast cancer develops. Without a strong family history of breast cancer or testing positive for mutations in the BRCA1 Or BRCA2 gene most likely does not need to remove their healthy breast. This decision should follow a thorough discussion with your health care provider.
In the past, physicians prescribed Tamoxifen, an estrogen-blocking drug, for up to five years for women who were treated for breast cancer. The drug, scientists believed, wards off new malignancies in the breast.
Research now shows that by continuing Tamoxifen treatment for 10 years significantly reduced risk of the return of breast cancer and death. These benefits apply mostly to women who started Tamoxifen before menopause began as post-menopausal women are treated with a different class of medications. Additional research is needed to discover how a ten-year course of treatment would affect post-menopausal women.
Use of Mastectomy Can be Reduced
Most women believe that even early stage breast cancer is best treated by mastectomy. This belief contradicts research that concluded that lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy has the best outcomes. A study of 112,000 patients diagnosed with Stage 1 or Stage 2 breast cancer followed patients for an average time of 9.2 years. The conclusion was that women who a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy had survival as good or better than women who had a mastectomy.
Targeted Breast Cancer Therapies Saves Lives
Through the 1970s, women had few choices in which breast treatment protocol they followed. Generally, all patients had a radical mastectomy and radiation therapy along with hormone therapy.
Today, medical advances using DNA-based test give physicians the ability to give patients customized treatment based on tumor biology. Tumor biology helps determine the likelihood of a particular treatment’s success as well as the risk for the patient to have a recurrence. By using these modern techniques, thousands of women may avoid unneeded and dangerous chemotherapy.
About the Author: Martin Carpenter
Martin is a paralegal focusing in the medical field.
To learn more about resqme, Inc.’s work with breast cancer, please visit: www.resqme.com/pink
resqme, Inc. is proud to work with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) this October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Part of the NBCF’s mission is to increase awareness through “education, providing diagnostic breast care services for those in need, and providing nurturing support services.”
According to the NBCF, “When breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%*” One major aspect of the NBCF is encouraging women to create an Early Detection Plan. Part of that plan is to understand the following:
resqme, Inc. encourages you to develop your own Early Detection Plan and encourage your friends, coworkers, and loved ones to do the same. Saving lives starts with preparation. To make your own, visit: http://www.earlydetectionplan.org/
To learn more about resqme, Inc.’s work with breast cancer, visit: resqme.com/pink
*National Cancer Institute
resqme, Inc. believes in safety both on and off the road. We are always proud to support organizations dedicated to spreading safety awareness in their community. This past weekend, the Blake Sutor Water Safety Foundation (BSWSF) put on an event to spread awareness about water safety for families in their hometown. According to the CDC, “Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from an unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning.” The BSWSF is headed by Trina Hadley and Eric Sutor and water safety, especially regarding children, is an important cause to them.
Blake Sutor Water Safety Foundation was founded in 2011 after the near drowning accident of the founders’ child, Blake. Blake Sutor’s accident occurred on April 27, 2010. He was two years and two months old. He has had a long road of recovery. He is currently walking with a walker; far from the child brought home that couldn’t hold his head up or swallow. Trina Hadley and Eric Sutor’s greatest vision is to never have another family go through what they have.
As related by Trina Hadley, “Another foundation actually came out and teamed up with our efforts to educate the community on water safety. That foundation was Just Against Children Drowning, founded by Paul DeMello. We set up a table right next to the kids’ workshop that was going on at Home Depot. While they were in line or passing by we spoke to the families. We asked them if they had a pool, if their children knew how to swim and various water safety elements. We gave them brochures and water watcher tags and they had a chance to win a resqme tool at our drawing. We stressed how important such a simple tool is to have with them and how it could save their life and the lives of those that are with them if they ended up in a car being submerged. We appreciate the work of Trina and Eric and wish Blake the best of luck on his road to recovery. See the slideshow below for more pictures of the event.
To learn more, visit the Blake Sutor Water Safety Foundation Facebook page.
-The resqme team