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5 Actions To Take Before Hurricane Season Heads to Your Town

Weather watchers may be getting better each year at forecasting a hurricane, but that does not stop these severe storms from doing serious damage. Homes and businesses close to ocean coastlines are still at risk, no matter how far in advance the weather professionals tell you that there is a storm coming. As with most things in life, being prepared for the worst case scenario is always the best option if you are in an area that is threatened by the possibility of hurricanes and tropical storms. As hurricane season approaches, you can help protect the safety of your citizens and their property with the following tips: 1. Have Clearly Designated Evacuation Routes Designate your largest and most easily accessible roads as evacuation routes, just in case a large storm is heading your way. Keep the tree line on these streets 5 or 10 feet back to avoid a fallen

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6 Survival Tips for Teaching Summer School

  While most teachers take the summer off to enjoy a well deserved break, there are those who brave the heat and disgruntled students. For these daring teachers, trips to the beach are only for the weekends, as their weekdays continue to be filled with lesson plans. If this is your first summer taking on desk duty, try these tips to help you survive:   1) Remain Upbeat While it may be difficult to roll out of bed to an alarm clock knowing that your colleagues are still sleeping in, it is important that you keep a positive attitude when teaching summer school. Your students are likely to be more distracted than usual, but if you enter the class each day with a big smile and bursting with energy, that attitude will soon become infectious, making it a more positive experience for everyone.   2) Plan Lessons that Take Advantage

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A 4-Step Guide to Running an Enjoyable and Safe Retirement Community

  The population of the United States continues to get older as the average life expectancy continues to rise. It is estimated that in just 15 years, senior citizens will make up 20% of the total population. Overseeing a senior housing or retirement community puts you in a unique position of being able to help these seniors continue to enjoy a high quality of life, surrounded by their peers. Now out of the work force, seniors have adjustments to make in their daily lifestyle, and you have the power to help make that adjustment a pleasant one. By following these top four management tips, the seniors inside of your retirement community can enjoy their golden years in a healthy and fulfilling environment: 1. Provide Comfortable Housing Choices Senior housing needs differ from the rest of the population in subtle ways, and you can be subtle in accommodating them. Avoid stairs

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Five Simple Tips on How to Be an Amazing Teacher

  Being a good teacher goes far beyond providing students with knowledge and skills. Good teaching is about attitude and the way in which you influence your students. If you are in doubt about your teaching style, look past what and focus more on how you are delivering your knowledge. 1) Show Respect for Your Students A good teacher values the input and opinions of their students. If students are free to offer ideas and express feelings they will learn how to show respect for others. Be approachable and a great listener and your students will be more likely to pay close attention to everything you have to share with them. 2) Treat Your Classroom Like a Little Community A student should feel secure the second they enter your classroom, knowing that there are rules to follow, yet in a supportive environment. Make sure that each student understands their role

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4 Tips for Scoutmasters on How to Run a Great Boy Scout Troop

  Being a successful scoutmaster is not an easy undertaking. You must possess a strong commitment to scouting and the fundamental principles it preserves. This, on top of a love for children, spending quality time with them, and performing fulfilling activities makes for a good scout leader. If you possess those qualities, then you are ready for tips on how to make your Boy Scout troop a success: 1) Participate in the Training Programs You may have been a scout, but that is quite a different experience from being a Scoutmaster. Start your mission by attending the various adult training programs offered by the Boy Scouts*. There is a Fast Start Training program that gets you started with understanding your role, followed by Adult Basic Training and Youth Protection Training. These Boy Scout sponsored programs will give you the skills needed to run a good Boy Scout troop. 2) Build

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6 Tips For Tackling the Job of a Youth Football Coach

Summer sports leagues are getting ready to kick into high gear, including youth football. Whether you have several seasons under your belt or this is your first time coaching youth football, we have some tips on how you can make the experience an enjoyable one both for your team and yourself. Stick to the Basics Hang up the dreams of your team executing perfect plays 100% of the time, and stick with the basics of the game when coaching youth football. Instead of pulling out the playbook with overly complicated formations, make sure the kids understand the difference between offense and defense, the various positions of the game, and how to block, catch, throw, and tackle. Involve the Parents You will have a much easier time of keeping things positive if you involve the parents right from the start. Get a list of phone numbers for each parent that has

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Six Helpful Tips To Make Your Summer Camp Memorable

  If you have taken on the responsibility of running a summer camp program, you are to be commended. Summer camps impart skills and values onto children that are not always emphasized at school. This is a special time for kids that will be remembered for their lifetime. Follow these tips to ensure that you create experiences that are looked back on fondly: 1) Choose Your Staff Wisely Staffing your summer camp should not be taken lightly. When working with children, it is of utmost importance that you check the background of all potential staff members before offering them a position. As you screen applicants, look for attributes that will enhance the camping experience for kids, such as artistic or sports backgrounds. During interviews watch for signs of high energy, enthusiasm and a love for being around children. Summer camp is about having fun, and the kids won't have any

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Important Tips For Creating A Successful Emergency Notification System

  Leaders of communities both large and small depend on some sort of alert system to deal with a crisis. Whether you are in charge of a small college campus or a major municipality you have the responsibility of protecting that community in the event of an emergency. This is a multi-faceted project that starts with your emergency notification system. There are more effective and convenient ways today than radio or television broadcasts to relay emergency information, even to groups of thousands. With a mobile device in practically everyone's pocket, this is your best tool to focus on for a successful emergency notification system. Choose The Right System Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes calling for an alert system that is versatile. You don't want to create the same type of reaction for a scheduled interruption of water service as you would for an impending tornado. A flexible alert

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Uploading Contacts Just Got a Whole Lot Easier!

  We have added a queue system to our "Upload Contacts" option that helps you manage your phone numbers more efficiently. Customers that are using version 2.0 of DialMyCalls no longer have to worry about being timed out when uploading large contact lists. Our development team implemented a new feature that will now utilize an upload queue when adding contacts to your account.  A pop-up window will be displayed as soon as you begin to upload a contact list into your account. You will see the name of the file that is being uploaded as well as a real-time status bar that will let you know when your entire list has been successfully added to your account. The main benefit of our brand new uploading queue system is that you no longer have to remain logged into your account, waiting for the list to upload. Customers with large lists can

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How Pivoting Took Our Company From 4 Figures To 7 Figures A Year

Everywhere you turn these days in the startup / business community you hear about pivoting your business, it has become one of the most overused buzz words of the past couple years. However as overused as it is, it can play a pretty important part of your companies toolkit. Pivoting is what eventually brought DialMyCalls to fruition after years of running a wake up call service I had started back in the year 2000 which was aptly named WakeUpLand. Here's a quick story about how our little pivot was an entire game changer. AND SO IT BEGINS It all started when I created WakeUpLand out of my dorm room as a side project to better my web design skills. At the time there were no other wake up call services online, so it seemed like an interesting niche to target. After a couple weeks of getting the site up and

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