How to Use 911 the Right Way in Emergency Situations

Everybody knows that if you ever find yourself in an emergency, one of the easiest ways to get help is dialing 911. However, did you know that dialing the 911 Emergency Number can result in serious consequences if it’s used to report false emergencies? In California for example, misuse of the 911 emergency number constitutes a misdemeanor crime. If you ever contemplate dialing 911 because you happen to be in a crisis, it’s important to assess whether the situation at hand is an emergency that actually requires the assistance of emergency services.

When to Call 911

911 should only be used for legitimate emergencies. This means that in order to dial 911, the crisis at hand should either be a life-threatening problem, a crime in progress, or a serious crime that has just occurred. These are examples of emergencies when 911 should be used:

  • Fire
  • Armed robbery to person, residence or business.
  • Assault with a weapon.
  • In-progress burglary to a residence or business.
  • Life-threatening medical emergencies such as; difficulty breathing, chest pains, etc.
  • Physical altercations.
  • Missing children.
  • Traffic accidents where injuries are known or suspected.
  • Airplane/train crashes.
  • Any crime where a culprit is still at the scene or has just fled.

What to Do When You Call 911

  1. Dial 9-1-1: Dial 9, then 1, then 1 again
  2. State Your Emergency & Need: Tell the dispatcher what you need and/or what the emergency is, for example; “I need an ambulance/fire truck/police officer; there’s a burglary in progress/there’s been a car accident/ someone is having a heart attack, etc.”
  3. Give Your Name & Address: Pay attention to your location. If your address is different from the location of the! crime, be sure to let the dispatcher know. Dispatchers will verify your address and telephone to ensure that the telephone company address that is sent with the call is current and accurate. People living in mobile home parks, condominiums or on private roads, often have addresses that differ from the telephone company street.
  4. Offer Additional Descriptive Info: If possible, provide additional information to the dispatcher, such as suspect description, vehicle description, etc.
  5. Be Calm: When a caller is upset or hysterical, it’s difficult to understand what they are saying or to get vital information quickly.
  6. Don’t Hang Up, Stay on the phone until told Otherwise: Do not hang up unless told to by the dispatcher.

Remember, the questions that dispatchers ask when people dial 911 are critical. These questions determine what kind of assistance will be sent to the scene, so as much as possible, stay calm enough to be articulate with the information you share. And remember, once you’ve dialed 911 in an emergency situation, don’t hang up until the dispatcher is satisfied enough to release the call. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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4 Basic Habits that Will Help You Connect With People with Disabilities

Whenever you see the word “disability,” there’s a good chance you immediately think about someone in a wheelchair. However, disability is a much more complex condition than the wheelchair stereotype suggests. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 56.7 million people in the United States who live with a disability. This number represents 19 percent of the population, or nearly 1 in 5 Americans. People who have disabilities suffer from a variety of debilitating conditions beyond physical infirmity. Disability generally includes any kind of impairment which either limits or restricts a person’s capacity to perform routine activities with ease. For example, disability can include conditions such as visual impairment, hearing impairment, mental health issues, speech impediments, and so on.

   Be an Ally:
     Depending on whether a disability is visible or easily recognizable, people who suffer from disability often feel pressure to hide their condition if they can get away with it, especially in the workplace. This is because disability tends to provoke inappropriate language or mistreatment from insensitive able-bodied people. Even though the Americans with Disabilities Act paved the way for fair treatment of the disabled, there is still a lot of societal ignorance about how to interact with the disabled respectfully. The bottom line is that people with disabilities are people. That means they deserve to be acknowledged as equals, and treated with dignity regardless of what disabilities they may have. Here are a few tips on how to socialize graciously when you encounter people with disabilities:

     1. Put Yourself in Their Shoes:
     The golden rule never fails – do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If you ever find yourself struggling over what to say or how to connect with a disabled person, imagine how you would want to be treated if you had that same disability, and extend the appropriate courtesy in kind. Relax, and remember that you’re dealing with a human being. Talk to the person, not their disability.

     2. Choose Your Words Carefully:
     Use neutral language when talking to, or about, people with disabilities. Only refer to their disability if it’s relevant to the conversation, and avoid characterizing their disability as a weakness. If you know a particular word or expression is considered controversial or demeaning to people with disabilities, then by all means, elimina! te that vocabulary from your speech.

     3. Ask First Before Offering Help:
     People with disabilities are often the targets of well-meaning good Samaritans who actually undermine dignity rather than provide beneficial assistance. Don’t automatically assume that a disabled person is vulnerable or helpless if you see them in a dilemma. If you’re compelled to offer assistance, confirm whether they actually need your help with a polite request first.

     4. No Pity Parties:
     People have a natural instinct to feel sympathy when they see others suffer. However, if this sympathy makes you show constant or disturbing amounts of pity, you’ll only end up belittling people with disabilities. Pity is insulting to any human being with self-respect, so remember not to assume the worst of people with disabilities.

Disability is not the same thing as inability. People with disabilities might do things at a different pace, or in a unique way, but they are still perfectly capable of accomplishing the same outcomes as able-bodied people. All it takes is a little accessibility and accommodation. If you ever have the opportunity to engage or work with the disabled, choose to focus on their abilities rather than disabilities. Practice the golden rule, and treat them in the exact same way you would want to be treated if you were in their shoes. The less you stigmatize disability in your own mind, the more opportunities you will have to form meaningful relationships with people of many backgrounds.

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Life is hard. Watching 10 minutes of the news is all it takes to get a tiny glimpse of the monumental suffering people endure on a daily basis. Rich or poor, young or old, average citizens in communities all over the country constantly wrestle with a myriad of seemingly insurmountable problems. If it’s not crime, it’s financial adversity. If it’s not injustice it’s political discord. Society feels like it’s permanently on the brink of collapse, and if it weren’t for the bravery of heroes such as Community! Organizers, all would be lost.

You can make a Difference:
     Community Organizers are individuals who dedicate themselves to improving the communities they reside in. They do this by coordinating the efforts and resources of local people, in order to bring about desirable outcomes for their immediate surroundings. In a perfect world, all of society’s problems could be solved by government, or other prominent public institutions. But the truth is that government falls short, and institutions aren’t always in a position to help everyone proportionately. This is why Community Organizers are indispensable members of society. Where large agencies fall short, Community Organizers step in to save lives and foster constructive change. If all of this makes you feel like it takes special skills to ! be a Community Organizer, you are mistaken. The great news about community organizing is that anyone – any person – can do it. All it takes is love for your community, and willingness to step up and serve it. Here are a few tips on how to become an active Community Organizer:

     1. Look Around:
     The first thing to do when delving into community organizing is assessment. Explore your community in order to identify problems or issues of concern which need resolution. Don’t confine yourself to addressing one specific cause because there could be more complex variables to consider when trying to help people.

     2. Learn, and Learn Some More:
     On! ce you figure out specific problems you’re passionate about solving, it’s time to educate yourself civically. Do some academic research about your local government and figure out how to harmonize your intentions with their mandate. Learn about what you can and can’t do legally as a Community Organizer.

     3. Start Small:
     Before you dive into tackling controversial or ambitious projects as a Community Organizer, try volunteering on a small scale to get a feel for what it’s like to dedicate time in service of others. This will also acquaint you with local causes you may not have paid attention to during your initial brainstorming.

     4. Get in Touch! :
     When you’re ready to take things to the next level and get organized, build a team of like-minded local people who can discuss and contribute to your goals as an organizer. This is the first step in building relationships which can turn into productive coalitions in future.

     5. Be Structured:
     As you progress towards creating a movement in service of your community, remember to assemble your team in a formal way. Keep a calendar of meetings and make sure you convene in a professional manner. Give your team a name and draft a mission statement. Depending on how serious your work becomes, you might need to register as a non-profit organization over time so the more structured you are in the beginning, the easier it is to become official in future.

     6. Advertise:
     If you expect to have an impact on your community, local residents will need to recognize and endorse who you are. Raise awareness about what you are trying to do through social media, grassroots campaigns, media ads or any other methods appropriate to your situation. Win hearts and minds, and you will establish a bedrock of strong local support.

     7. Don’t Ignore the Big Fish:
     In some cases, community organizing simply cannot happen absent of coordination with the government. Depending on the problem you’re trying to solve, it might even be mandatory to liaise with t! he government. So if necessary, always be prepared to reach out and engage with government representatives.

When John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States on January 20th, 1961, he delivered a speech with one of the most infamous quotes of all time, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” If you spend every day frustrated by the problems that plague the community you call home, the last thing you should ever feel is helpless. Sometimes all it takes is for someone who cares to take a stand. Educate yourself about the problems you see, build a thought-out strategy to solve these problems, and reach out to others for help to carry out your vision. There is no problem so big that it can’t be solved by a united effort. However, an effort has to exist in the first place for anything to improve. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative! workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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The holiday season can feel like such a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand, everybody’s looking forward to kicking back and celebrating in all the good cheer. After all, what’s not to like about hopping from one party to the next as you enjoy good food and even better company. It’s the perfect time to unplug, unwind and laugh. But that’s just the problem… as much as you may expect to make merry memories, the holidays are never completely perfect. Mishaps and mistakes happen. People argue at the dinner table. Something always happens out of nowhere to throw a wet blanket on festivities. To be honest, it’s impossible to have a totally stress-free holiday season, but that doesn’t mean you’re helpless to avoid some of the traps that usually ruin every! body’s fun. Here are eight common mistakes to avoid if you want to make the most out of the holidays:

     1. Last-Minute Shopping:
Whether or not you intend to host guests for the holidays, the closer you shop to the actual date of a holiday, the more crowds and shortages you’ll have to deal with. Make life easier and shop early.

     2. Dodging Chores:
There are two types of people during the holidays: the planners who prepare and clean everything up afterwards, and the slackers who only show up when dinner is served. Don’t be a slacker. Doing your part to pitch in is a great way to show your family and friends that you love them.

     3. Wingin’ It:
The only thing worse than shopping at the last minute is hosting parties or events without a plan. No matter how you intend to spend your time, if you’re going to share it with others, make a calculated effort to ensure their comfort and safety.

     4. Pigging Out:
Junk food reigns supreme during the holidays. However, just because you’re surrounded by delicacies doesn’t mean that’s the only food you should consume. Drink plenty of water, serve fresh fruits and vegetables as well. Keep the option to eat healthy open.

     5. Showing Off:
Sometimes it’s with decorations, and sometimes it’s with gifts, but the temptation to splurge money and impress people gets really intense over the holidays. Don’t spend! a fortune to prove a point that everyone will probably forget by New Year’s.

     6. Being Selfish:
You have all-year to be egocentric. When the holiday season arrives, try at least once to do something selfless for other people. Donate your time and resources to philanthropy. Volunteer. Do something to make this world a better place besides shopping for loved ones.

     7. Falling on Your Sword:
If you happen to be a control freak, don’t turn yourself into a martyr by taking over the holidays and molding them in your own image. Invite everyone around you to participate, and let your planning be a team effort. The party’s always more fun when every person is given a chance to contribute to a shared experience. 
     8. Talking Politics
Politics is poison, especially during the holidays. Even if you’re surrounded by like-minded people, be considerate and put away all political discourse. The last thing anyone wants to think about during a party is government.

Yes, bad things can happen unexpectedly during the holidays, but if you have it within your power to prevent chaos, then by all means do so. As you gather with friends and family this holiday season, always remember that the reason why we go through all the fuss of cooking turkeys and congregating together is because of one word – love. So as much as possible, do everything you can to ensure that the time you spend with others throughout what’s left of the year is filled with love, and packed with positivity. Be safe, and Happy Thanksgiving.

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Innocent families in California are in mourning yet again because of gun violence. On Nov. 7, 2018, 12 people were fatally shot by a gunman at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA. The shooting happened at 11:20 p.m. as the bar’s patrons were dancing and socializing. Authorities identified the shooter as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old Marine Corps veteran with a suspected history of mental health issues. Long used a .45 caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine to shoot a security guard before entering the building, deploying a smoke bomb, and opening fire on everyone inside. Law enforcement arrived at the scene within minutes of the first emergency-calls and began exchanging fire with Long as hundreds of civilians fled the shooting. When the gunfight was over, Long himself was found dead from bullet-wounds in an! office within the bar.

Every Mass Shooting is One Too Many:

To describe gun violence in America as a tragedy would be an understatement. According to research conducted by the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 307 verified mass shooting incidents in 2018 – and counting. Just twelve days prior to Long’s attack, 11 worshipers were killed and six others were injured when a gunman opened fire in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. Arguably the year’s most devastating shooting happened in February, when an active shooter took the lives of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, FL. Every time a catastrophe like this happens, there’s an endless circular debate about one basic question. Why? Why must mass shootings keep happening again and again?

Something Needs to be Done:

Most people want a clear-cut answer to this question. They want to be able to blame one specific element as the root cause of gun violence, assuming that having a clear scapegoat will make the problem easier to fix. But the truth is, gun violence is complex. It doesn’t have just one root cause. Rather, it’s the outcome of a cocktail of ignored problems and lapses in judgement. As complicated as gun violence may be, society no longer has the luxury of standing by while inaction allows innocent lives to get cut short in plain sight. Something needs to be done to address the fact that tens of thousands of people are either injured or killed every year because of preventable gun violence. Whether or not you are a proponent of the constitutional right to bear arms, it’s time to put aside hardline political positions and make compromises in order to make our communities safer. Shootings are no longer crimes that only happen in bad neighborhoods or dark alleyways. They happen in schools and places of worship. They happen at concerts and bars. If people no longer have the freedom to feel safe at places like these, then society is broken. Nobody expects you to have all the answers to the pandemic of gun violence, but here are some steps that would make a good start to solving this horrific problem:

1.       Alert Your Elected Officials:

Congress has the means and opportunity to implement transformational change in gun safety laws. You can provide the motive. Making a phone call or writing to your elected officials lets them know that this is an urgent issue, and it can incentivize them to explore ways in which to protect everyone from gun violence.

2.      Support Gun Safety Groups/Community Leaders:

Not everyone is standing by while gun violence claims lives. There are numerous existing organizations and community leaders who work ever day to keep neighborhoods safe from guns. Do some research on effective groups you can support, and enquire about how to help. You can opt to donate funds, or you can volunteer a helping hand personally. It may surprise you how much of a difference you can make by taking the time to get involved in your own community.

3.      Depoliticize the Gun Safety Debate:

Thanks to years of aggressive lobbying by advocacy groups like the National Rifle Association (NRA), the debate on gun safety has turned into a polarized partisan screaming match. Considering the fact that mass shooters don’t pause to ask victims about politics before pulling the trigger, you shouldn’t be looking for solutions based on political bias as well. If you hear a good idea – support it, no matter where it comes from. If you have to express your own opinions, keep them apolitical. Civility will do more to fix this mess than stubborn grandstanding

Safety isn’t a privilege, it’s a human right. For that matter, it’s a human right that should be guaranteed to everyone regardless of politics. The more people react to mass shootings with skepticism and apathy, the more we normalize what should be regarded by everyone as a heinous atrocity. It’s time to stop avoiding the menace of gun violence, and start coming up with lasting solutions to eliminate it. The only thing preventing this is our own willingness to try.

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On June 2, 2017 the president formally announced that the United States would withdraw from participation in the Paris Climate Agreement. Because the US ranks as the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, some argue that American withdrawal from this global effort could sabotage the agreement’s overall goal of reducing pollution that directly contributes to global warming. These developments stirred a whirlwind of debate about environmental conservation and social responsibility, prompting numerous public figures to pledge support for the Paris Climate Agreement in protest of the Trump administration’s withdrawal.

As disappointing as it was to watch the government choose against cooperating internationally to rectify climate change, the fact still remains that the ultimate power to end pollution doesn’t lie with large institutions. It depends more on the collective will and individual initiative that ordinary citizens take to practice environmental conservation on a daily basis. Posting outrage on social media all day may create awareness, but awareness without action does nothing to reverse pollution. Only through recycling, reusing, and reducing consumption of natural resources can the detrimental culture of pollution be eliminated. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what you do for a living, everybody can play a constructive part to tackle pollution by:


1.       Recycling:

Recycling refers to the process of converting waste and garbage into new products rather than disposing of it in landfills, incinerators and water bodies. Outside of outlawing irresponsible manufacturing practices, recycling is the most effective measure people can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that precipitate climate change. The most beneficial way to recycle as an individual is as follows:

·         Don’t just throw out garbage. Dispose of it in a categorized manner. Collect recyclable waste in separate bins and then send it to facilities that can process the waste further into new products. Every city has recycling centers that are ready and equipped to receive materials from the public.

·         Never dispose of electronics or potentially hazardous items in open dumpsters. Always seek out special collection events, or permanent collection centers, that cater specifically to proper disposal of sensitive materials such as: Electronics, Batteries, Used Oil, Paints, Cleaners, Pesticides, Glass, and Tires.


2.       Reusing Waste:

Recycling is a process that demands manufacturing new items from scratch. There are however ways that people can make use of waste without having to generate new products, and that’s through reusing. Reusing refers to the process of cleaning and refurbishing waste so as to reduce the volume of materials being channeled into garbage disposal facilities. It may sound unsavory, but the majority of what people throw out is actually still viable for some form of daily application or another. Reusing waste helps conserve the environment by easing the burden of activity on disposal facilities and ensuring that products are consumed to their maximum possible functionality. Simple ways to reuse include:

·         Donating used items to charity. Before getting rid of clothes, vehicles, furniture, toys or other such durable items, try and find a charity or thrift store that’s willing to repurpose them in some way.

·         Avoid disposable products. If you have a choice to use long-lasting consumer items, it is much more ecological to purchase such goods than ones that quickly end up in the trash. For instance, paper plates and Styrofoam cups require far more natural and financial resources to use than permanent tableware.

·         Purchase goods made from recyclable materials. Creating demand for recycled products encourages manufacturers to invest more in environmental protection.


3.       Reducing Consumption:

By far the most effortless way to make a difference in terms of being environmentally conscious is through efficient consumption of resources. Ironically, when people have ready access to a supply-chain, they tend to use goods and services neglectfully by either using too much, or throwing things away gratuitously. The basic act of consuming resources efficiently is environmentally conscious because it decreases the volume of waste generated. Practical ways to reduce consumption include:

·         Use of power-save settings on electronic devices and switching them off when not operational.

·         Use of energy-efficient technology.

·         Going Paperless: as much as practically possible, opt to maintain digital records instead of filing all records in hardcopy.

·         Performing basic repairs on items with minor damage instead of throwing them out entirely. For instance just because an outfit loses a button doesn’t mean it’s obsolete.

·         Brainstorming how to re-use plastic goods before disposing of them. Plastics can often be refurbished as containers in a variety of ways.

·         Purchasing products with minimal packaging.

It’s certainly true that making your voice heard on this issue can make a statement. But it’s more important to realize that only continuous actions can make an impact. The survival of our planet doesn’t exist on social media. It exists in our decisions to stop typing and start recycling, reusing, and reducing what we consume. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your dai! ly struggles and start soaring in success.

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“WATER WELL” Project

Give a better life! Be a part of this wonderful opportunity to change the lives of thousands of people by donating $10 or $20 to the “Water Well” project where RISE Africa joins forces to make an expedition to Kenya, Africa. The people there have put their heart and hope in knowing that the project will bring purified water to drink, without exposing them to more deadly diseases. They currently drink water that has not only been stagnant, but that comes from the same place where elephants, giraffes, zebras and other animals drink their water. For Kenyans, there is no alternative but for us there is; please donate today and help us on our journey to complete the Water Well Project.

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RISE International Programs seeks to make a great impact in this world through our powerful programs. RISE does not only serves local needs but also worries about crossing borders, support and meet the needs of other nations in an emotional, spiritual and material level.

RISE International for Children
RISE Programs has developed a comprehensive program for children and youth in Kenya, Africa. Providing a safe and productive learning environment for children to learn beyond of what a traditional school day has to offer.

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