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E24 SafeyCast 24 A Cry For Help

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Meaghan, Leslie, and George follow up on their last episode with information about what to do after a mass shooting. The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-days-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990.

Articles:

The Key to Stopping Mass Shootings
How Do You Survive A Mass Shooting

Resources

The Mass Attacks Defense Toolkit
Mass Shootings-The Issues

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E23 SafetyCast 23 Aiming for a Plan That Works for All

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Headlines about active shooters and mass killings have been prevalent in the media over the last few months. On this episode, George, Leslie, and Meaghan take a look at active shooter protocols for businesses and schools and how they affect people with disabilities.

Resources for this episode:

Active shooter resources from the FBI Run, Hide, Fight
Article: “Schools Aren’t Preparing Students With Disabilities for Active Shooter Scenarios”
From Los Angeles Valley College Guidelines for People With Disabilities in Emergencies
Special Education Legal Resources and Relief Society IEPs & Active Shooter Training

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E22 SafetyCast 22 Police Interactions

Leslie, George, and Meaghan welcome Sergeant Matthew Floyd, of the Hultton Regional Police in Ontario. Matt joins the team to provide information and tips on how to know if someone claiming to be a police officer is legitimate,what kind of information emergency operators need in order to get the correct assistance to you as quickly as possible, and what kind of information you can give the police when reporting a crime that will help their investigation. Other topics discussed on the show were; why a person with a disability might want to register with the police, and the type of training the police go through to help them provide better service to people with disabilities.

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SafetyCast 21 SEED Continues to Grow

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Meaghan, George, and Leslie welcome Amy Wilson back to the show. Amy is the director of the SEED program and stops by to give the team an update. SEED, which stands for, Safety Education and Empowering Defense, aims to bring safety education courses and self defense classes to the blind community through peer to peer training. Seed is one of three programs which will be offered by the STRIVE organization. For more information on Seed and the other programs offered through STRIVE, check out their website.

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SafetyCast 20 Safe on a Plane

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To kick off the new year, George and Leslie (yep, you read that right, Meaghan couldn’t make it this time), recount their experiences with air travel, their thoughts about safety with each aspect of a trip, and the products they like to use to make flying easier and safer.

PRODUCTS

511 Tactical cargo pants
Scottevest jacket

OTHER RESOURCES

Delta Accessibility Services
Article “The Ultimate Guide to Air Travel with a Disability
Department of Transportation
Passenger Support from Transportation Security Administration
Accessibility with Air Canada
Blog Post “Useful Travel Tips for the Blind and Visually Impaired”

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SafetyCast 19 Is That A Weapon In Your Pocket?

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Following a webinar George gave to the Lighthouse for the Blind in San Fransisco on the same subject, Meaghan, George, and Leslie discuss the pros and cons of carrying personal safety devices.
The team will not be recording in December, so look for the next episode on the first Saturday in February. From all of us at Hands on Safety, we hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season.

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SafetyCast 18 Movement Is Living

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On this episode, George, Leslie, and Meaghan were excited to welcome Steve Baskis to the show. Steve is, among other things, an adventurer, author, speaker, and the host of his own podcast, Baskis360. Steve shared his adventures with the team and discussed some of the safety measures he employs while mountaineering, white water rafting, and participating in other sports. To learn more about Steve’s adventures and endeavors, check out his website.

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SafetyCast 17 There’s No Place Like Home

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There’s no place like home, so of course that’s where we want to feel safe. On this episode, Meaghan, George, and Leslie talk about home security from its most basic forms to more expensive options.

Some of the products discussed on the show were:

Video Doorbells

Allow you to see and talk to people at your door and records any activity that triggers them.
Ring Video Doorbell
Ufy video doorbell

Smart Locks

Allow you to open the door by touching your phone to a sensor and provide entry codes to trusted people.
Yale smart lock
August smart lock

Other Devices

The Amazon Echo can be set to guard mode so it will alert you when it hears the sound of breaking glass or the smoke alarm.
Smart bulbs and smart plugs. Leslie likes the Kasa smart bulbs and Kasa smart plugs from TP Link.
Smart thermostats, such as Nest allow you to monitor your home’s temperature and adjust settings from afar.
Smart leak detector’s that notify you when a leak is detected. This product was new to the team, so here are some reviews that may be useful.

Home security systems

This was a hot topic, and the accessibility of each system was discussed.
Ring Alarm
ADT
SimpliSafe
Brinks
Guardian
Front Point
Vivent

Other resources discussed on the show:

Article: “Benefits of Smart Devices for People Living with Disabilities”
Article: “Smart Home Technology Enhancements for the Visually Impaired”
Publication: “Smart Homes Made Simple”

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SafetyCast 16 The Best of Us

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We’ve enjoyed bringing this show to you over the last year and a half. In that time, we have all had episodes that meant more to us than others. On this episode, George, Leslie, and Meaghan recap their favorite episodes and tell us why those shows were special to them. All the episodes mentioned below are in order of how they were discussed in the show. All the links below are from Spotify, but Hands on Safety can also be found on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts as well.

Meaghans’s picks

E2 – calling for Help
E9 – Shop Til You Drop
E4 – Calm Before the Storm

George’s picks

E14 – Make Good Choices
E13 – On the Road Again

Leslie’s picks

E6 – College Rules
E11 -It’s the Most Taxable Time of the Year
E10 – Do You Consent

Other people’s picks

Jim, our gues co-host picked the show he was on.
E15 – Have Gun, Might Travel
Jason, our theme composer picked every episode with the theme song as his favorite.

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SafetyCast 15 Have Gun, Might Travel

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Do you own a gun? Can you own a gun if you are blind? Can you get a concealed carry permit? On this episode, Leslie, George, Meaghan, and Jim welcome TJ Meloy, to tell us about the processes and challenges he went through to buy a gun and get his concealed carry permit as some one who is blind. The team also provides information on how to find both open carry and concealed carry laws for each state and briefly discuss the process for military veterans and retired police officers.

Gun permits are handled by each state’s Department of Public Safety. To get information about your state’s laws check out the links below. These may not be up-to-date so contacting the DPS in your state is advisable.
USA Carry – for each state’s gun laws
US Concealed Carry Association – for information specific to getting a concealed carry permit
Federal Hand Gun Laws – for federal laws and history

And of course, we can’t leave out our Canadian friends
How to Get a Gun in Canada

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