Category Archives: Podcast

Podcast: Parking Lot Safety Tips, Part 2

Here’s the second part of our car safety tips podcast with Greg Reston, Director of Asset Protection at Heartland Corporate Security in MN (You can listen to the first part here.) He has great stories and tips from his experience as a security expert for several shopping centers and companies across the U.S.

If you’re running errands this weekend, first have a quick listen to his top tips on how to be safe when returning to your car after an errand:

Thanks Greg!

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Podcast: Parking Lot Safety Tips

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We spoke with Greg Reston, Director of Asset Protection at Heartland Corporate Security in MN. He has great stories and tips from his experience as a security expert for several shopping centers and companies across the U.S.

If you’re running errands this weekend, first have a quick listen to his top parking lot safety tips:

Thanks Greg! Next week, we’ll post the second part of his interview – how to be safe when returning to your car after an errand.

Have a comment or idea for a podcast? Post your feedback in the Comments section below!!

Podcast:What to Do With New and Old Tax Forms

It’s tax time! This is the time of year when W-2s and all those fun forms start pouring into your mailbox.

If you’re expecting information-sensitive documents or are carrying important forms around, be careful! You certainly don’t want that information falling into the wrong hands.

In our latest podcast, Beth Givens, the director of the Prviacy Rights Clearinghouse offers tips on how to keep safe watch over your older and currents personal and financila documents:

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Podcast: Tax Time Safety Tips

The podcasts are back!!

Our latest podcast highlights tax time – yes, it’s that time of year! So if you’re thinking of jumping the gun and getting started on your taxes this weekend: wait!

Have a quick listen to these top tax time safety tips from Beth Givens, the director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse:

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Podcast: CERT (Part Two)

Here is the second part of my interview with J.J. Surbeck, President of the CERT program in Encinitas, California. A former employee of the International Red Cross and the American Red Cross, here J.J. explains how the American Red Cross classes are complementary to the CERT training program and how you can begin to prepare for any emergency.

Missed the first part? Click here to learn more and listen…

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Podcast: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Emergency preparedness skills can include a lot more than just basic first aid and CPR.

The national Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, for instance, educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their local community and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

By completing the CERT program, you’ll not only learn skills to help yourself and your family, you’ll also learn how to help your neighbors and community.

For example, J.J. Surbeck, President of the CERT program in Encinitas, California, got involved with CERT due to his current geographical location (potential earthquakes). Below is my interview with J.J. from earlier in the week: he explains what CERT is, how he got involved and the lifesaving skills you can learn through the CERT program.

Check back next week to listen to the second part of this interview. Have any questions or comments? Post them in the Comments section below!

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Podcast: What is an AED? How Do I Use One?

ambulance.jpgEver seen a little red and white square box in a hallway with red letters that spell AED?

AED stands for automated external defibrillator – a device that helps restart the heart after it stops. Like CPR, using an AED device could help save a life in an emergency situation.

Along with first aid and CPR classes, the Red Cross offers courses in AED training. Here Courtney Johnson from the Twin Cities Area Chapter of the American Red Cross talks about the skills one can learn through their emergency training programs:

This month is American Red Cross Month and one of their goals this year is to have at least one member in every household trained in first aid and CPR. If you’re interested in signing up for a class, contact your local Red Cross chapter.

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Podcast: Skills Every Babysitter Should Have

first-aid.JPGMy first babysitting job was when I was 11 for the neighbors across the street – I had to keep an eye on a infant while she napped. I remember feeling very “adult” yet very nervous, because I didn’t really have any knowledge on how to babysit!

Thankfully (for everyone involved!), I decided to take a Red Cross babysitting course at the local hospital. I remember doing CPR on a tiny plastic baby and learning about the best way to stop a nosebleed.

Luckily, for all those inexperienced (and experienced) young adult babysitters, those classes are still being offered today. Here Courtney Johnson from the Twin Cities Area Chapter of the American Red Cross talks about the skills young adult babysitters can learn through their babysitting training program:

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Podcast: Describing a Suspect to the Police

Tall, male, dark hair, jeans and a T-shirt…
Think about how many people you know who could fit that description.

Exactly.

Being a witness is one of the hardest jobs around, especially if you’re also the victim: your heart is racing, your head is spinning and your body is so full of adrenaline you could probably lift an elephant.

I actually had to describe a suspect once after my home was broken into one Sunday afternoon: he was skinny, short, wore red shorts and a white T-shirt and had black curly hair. I only saw him for about 5 seconds so it was hard to remember every detail!

But there are a few things that would help you and the police, should you find yourself in this situation, either as a victim or witness. Here Minneapolis Police Dept.’s Officer Ron Reier offers helpful tips on how to describe a suspect to the police after a crime:

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UPDATE: Can’t listen to the podcast? Read the full transcript…

Podcast: What to Do After a Car Accident

accident.jpgOver 6 million car accidents happen each and every year. Chances are – at some point in your life – you’ll probably be involved in one.

Once again, here’s our brilliant expert, Minneapolis Police Dept.’s Officer Ron Reier, with steps on what to do immediately after a car accident:

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Tell us what you think of the podcast. E-mail me or write your thoughts in the comments section below!