EPA recommends radon testing in January

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as national Radon Action Month, a perfect time for you to protect your family by testing your home for radon.

Radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, so testing is the only way to know if radon is present in your home or school. Test kits are available in home improvement centers, hardware stores and online. They cost approximately $20. The kits are simple to use with easy testing and mailing instructions.

“Testing for radon is an easy and important step in protecting the health of your family,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Region Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. “By reducing radon exposure, we can make our homes, schools and communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play.”

Winter is an especially good time to test because windows and doors are closed and families tend to spend more time inside where radon can be trapped.

Buying or building a new home? EPA recommends including radon testing as part of any real estate transactions and consider having your newly constructed home built with radon resistant features.

Unsafe levels of radon can lead to serious illness. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States with an estimated 21,000 deaths a year. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. By making simple fixes in a home or building people can lower their health risks from radon.

The mid-Atlantic region had a reminder earlier this year about just how important it is to get homes tested for radon when a home in Lehigh County, Pa. recorded the highest radon level ever in Pennsylvania. The concentration measured was 3,715 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). Several other homes in the area have had measured concentrations over 1,000 pCi/L. EPA recommends that any dwelling or structure with a radon concentration of more than 4 pCi/L be remediated to lower the radon concentration.

For more information about radon and radon testing see: http://www.epa.gov/radon/

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ShickshinnyForward Executive Board Meeting Cancelled for December 21, 2015

Due to the holiday period – there will be no ShickshinnyForward Executive Board meeting on Dec 21, 2015. Next Executive Board meeting will be January 18, 2016, 630PM in the Borough Building, 35 West Union St, Shickshinny, PA

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Susquehanna Greenway Partnership’s 2014 Progress Report

Susquehanna Greenways, an important partner of ShickshinnyForward, has released their 2014 Progress Report, which highlights the ways they work to make it possible to walk, bike, or paddle from river town to river town.

Inside, you’ll learn about:

  • New trails
  • New public river access
  • And many local projects along the Susquehanna Greenway!

We hope the progress illustrated here is informative and inspires you to get involved, volunteer, or donate to become a member.
Every day is an adventure along the Susquehanna River, and we look forward to accomplishing great things together in the future.

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Engaging Small Businesses in Disaster Preparedness

WHAT IS BUSINESS CONTINUITY?

Business Continuity is planning for future crises and equipping businesses with the defenses needed to survive threats, emergencies and disasters. It centers on establishing recovery strategies for critical business functions and making contingency plans to continue operations under different types of disasters.

Why Engage Small Businesses in Business Continuity?

Small businesses play a critical role in the local economy as they provide needed services and products to both residents and major employers. Following a major disaster, their absence is keenly felt when gas stations and groceries stay closed, local supply chains are disrupted, and residents can’t get access to needed services for their quality of life. Small businesses fail to prepare for a major disaster for three reasons: 1) they lack the financial resources and 2) they lack the knowledge for how to prepare and 3) they tend to underestimate the impact an incident will have on their business. Impacts such as:

+ One in four small businesses do not reopen following a large-scale disaster.

+ At least 60 percent of small businesses fail to make preparations before an emergency.

+ Of those businesses without a plan, 43 percent won’t re-open and 75 percent will fail within three years of a major event.

+ Companies that aren’t able to resume operations within ten days of event are not likely to survive.

ENGAGING SMALL BUSINESSES IN DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Read more in the attached guide.

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National Weather Service – Severe Thunderstorm Risk Categories

As the spring storm season winds up, the National Weather Service has modified the way it categorizes the anticipated risk of severe storms.  Under the new definitions, “enhanced risk” means “numerous severe storms” are possible, which could be more widespread and persistent.  Details / descriptions in the image.

National Weather Service - Severe Thunderstorm Risk Categories

National Weather Service – Severe Thunderstorm Risk Categories

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