By Jennifer Simmons Special to GUIDONSummer is here. Children are out of school. Families are taking vacations and thoughts are focused on spending that quality time together.While preparing for those summertime activities, oftentimes our routines typically change. We welcome the changes as we “get away” from the structured normal schedules of daily life; however, it is important to … [Read more...] about Safety: You can prevent vehicular heatstroke deaths
By Susan Lawson Special to GUIDONThis week, American flags will be displayed across the nation in celebration of the Independence Day holiday. Following a few guidelines can ensure we are displaying Old Glory properly.In 1923, the U.S. National Flag Code was created and distributed nationwide. The code became Public Law in 1942 and became the U.S. Flag Code we know today. The U.S. … [Read more...] about Commentary: Old Glory deserves to be displayed the right way
By Humane Society of Missouri Special to GUIDONIndependence Day celebrations would not be the same without the scorching sun and fireworks lighting up the night sky.For pets, however, heat and sudden loud noises can be more harmful and frightening than fun.The Humane Society of Missouri encourages pet parents to keep their furry friends’ safety in mind as they celebrate the stars … [Read more...] about Protecting your pets while celebrating the Fourth of July
“My favorite activity is trap shooting — the excitement, the adrenaline you get out of it. It’s a good way to relieve some stress.(After) being cooped up for eight hours inside, it’s nice to go outside. We have skeet and trap (shooting) here.”“(My favorite outdoor activity is) probably float trips. It gets me out of the house. It gets my mind off of everything in real life —getting out … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What is your favorite outdoor activity and why?
By Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jeremy Stone Special to GUIDONThere are many things in the desert that can hurt you. Having a battle buddy can help mitigate those risks.I often thought adults should be responsible for themselves and didn’t need another Soldier with them at all times to make sure they’re behaving. As my time in the Army has progressed, my thinking changed. The following … [Read more...] about Mitigating risks and wildlife hazards with battle buddies
Special to GUIDONExtreme heat often results in the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards.In most of the United States, extreme heat is defined as a period of two to three days of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees. In extreme heat, evaporation is slowed, and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.Extreme heat … [Read more...] about Preparing for extreme summer heat
“Anything in your workplace that may cause you short-term or long- term health effects, we try to mitigate that and come up with a solution to keep it from affecting you.We have a diverse (team), but all of us work in industrial hygiene. We have people from different parts of the nation; we have a person who’s efficient in chemistry, we have some in environmental science, we have some in … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What effect does your team have on readiness?
By Secretary of the Army Mark Esper Special to GUIDONThe 2019 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, or FEVS, is available to all eligible Army civilians through June 25.The FEVS enables Army civilians to share with the Army both what is working well and potential areas for improvement within their work units, organizations and commands. I urge all Army civilians who receive an invitation to … [Read more...] about There is still time to complete the FEVS
“My favorite period of Army history is the Civil War. I have a Master’s degree in American History with an emphasis on the Civil War. Today, I get to take noncommissioned officers and officers to Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield on Staff Rides, so I get to use a Civil War battlefield as an outdoor classroom for today’s Soldiers.”“The Mexican ‘Punitive’ Expedition, 1916 to 1917 after Pancho … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What is your favorite period of Army history and why?
By Missouri Department of Transportation Special to GUIDONWhether driving a vehicle, walking or biking, keep your head up and be alert — you don’t want to miss what matters.The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is announcing a week-long campaign Monday through June 16 focusing on pedestrian safety.The campaign will be geared toward pedestrians and drivers, educating both about … [Read more...] about MoDOT: Don’t miss what matters
“I would say working with the kids and being able to help them with the things they have weaknesses in, and in being able to compliment them and encourage them on the things they have strengths in, whether it’s sports or arts and crafts.The best part is the mentoring program we have here.”“We get to go actually have fun with the kids and watch them grow.We have kids that start in 6th … [Read more...] about Viewpoint: What is the best part about working with Child and Youth Services?
By Environmental Protection Agency Special to GUIDONLike humans, pests need three critical elements to survive: food, water, and shelter. Before using pesticides, try these three simple steps to control or kill pests:Starve them outPests will eat just about anything, but they might leave you alone if they don’t have easy access to food:— Seal up boxes and bags of food. Roaches … [Read more...] about EPA: Do you really need to use a pesticide?
By Chief Warrant Officer 3 James McDevitt Special to GUIDONI remember it like it was yesterday — the day I nearly killed myself and my best friend while driving to a favorite turkey-hunting spot.We worked for a concrete construction company that usually gave us the day off during bad weather.On this particular day during the height of Missouri’s turkey season, it was pouring rain. … [Read more...] about The dangers of low-water crossings