Thursday, March 7, 2013

Grant Opportunity. Deadline May 3, 2013. State Farm.

Feel free to share this unique State Farm grant opportunity with your community partners, educators, and parents you insure. Let me know if you have any questions.. Thanks.. Jose
To all community leaders, partners, and educators:
I’m excited to inform you that the State Farm® Youth Advisory Board (YAB) service-learning grant applications are now available from March 1, 2013 until May 3, 2013 at 5 PM CST.
The grants range from $25,000 - $100,000 and are designed to create sustainable change in local communities across the United States and Canada. Public K-12, charter, higher education institutions, and non-profit organizations are eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to impact student achievement within the public K-12 curriculum. All applicants must have a youth contact and adult administrator, as the programs must be youth-driven and youth-led.

Each grant request must fall under one of these issue areas, chosen by the board itself:
  • Community Safety
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Financial Literacy
  • Access to Higher Education
  • Health and Wellness
As of August 2012, six years after the initial launch of the YAB, the board has awarded more than $24.7 million in grants to organizations in the U.S. and Canada and impacted approximately 14.1 million lives.
To apply for the grant and to obtain additional information, please visit! You can also check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Please share this email with anyone you think might be interested and don't hesitate to email me at or call me with any questions!

Jose Soto | State Farm Insurance | Public Affairs Specialist 10451 N.W. 117th Ave Suite 300, Medley, Fl. 33178 | (: 786-394-9688 | (: 305-458-3935 (Cell)
Here’s your chance to make a positive impact in your community! 

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BEMA's Meet & Greet March 2013 at B.Smith Union Station

BEMA Network Members (All):
Mark your calendars for our March 2013 Meet & Greet to be held at B.Smith Union Station. 
Why Union Station?  Union Station is accessible by public transportation, excellent garage and on street parking, and security.  Many of our members travel by public transportation and use the Virginia or Maryland commuter trains which originate at Union Station. 
What better way to decompress.
"Hey B & Dan we're coming!"
         When:         Wednesday, March 20, 2013
         Time:           6:00 - 9:00 PM
         Location:    B. Smith Restaurant
                             Union Station                             50 Massachusetts Ave NE
                             Washington, DC 20002 
                             Phone: (202) 289-6188
         Parking:     2-hr $1.00 complementary parking inside Union Station parking garage.
                          Enough time to drink some tea, water, soda and eat a little. 
Come out enjoy the atmosphere, the upcoming events that BEMA and members will be participating, and other BEMA business items.

Looking forward to seeing as many members as possible.


Charles D. Sharp
Chief Executive
Black Emergency Managers Association  
2027 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.  S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20020
Office:   202-618-9097 
Cell:         240-750-7609 

Emergency Power: Generators

Wednesday, March 06, 2013
More generators can mean more noise

Outages prompt sales, but some can exceed decibel limits

Tropical storms, derechos and large snowstorms have led to an increase in generator sales in the region and more generators can mean more noise during power outages.
Generator sales have doubled every year for the past three or four years, said Jim Fab, owner of Fab Electric in Gaithersburg. When he first started installing generators 25 years ago, he would install perhaps one or two per year. In 2012, his company was installing 20 generators per month.
“Ninety-five percent of our sales are people tired of losing power — 5 percent is medical related,” Fab said.
The loudest generator he sells has a maximum level of 63 decibels, he said.
Montgomery County’s noise ordinance stipulates that levels must not exceed 55 decibels when measured at the property line.
Barriers can be erected to mitigate the noise, but Fab said most people don’t buy those. He said generators, which he said are quieter than lawn mowers, are used only a couple of times a year during power outages and are life-safety equipment. He said he hasn’t heard of many noise complaints because of them.
The Montgomery County Department of Environmental 

Protection received 15 complaints about generator noise in 2012, said spokeswoman Esther Bowring.
Each complaint is investigated and if no immediate resolution can be reached, a notice of violation is issued, Bowring said. Four notices were issued in 2012 for generator noise violations, but no citations have been issued for 2012 complaints.
Every time a storm has knocked out power in the past few years, Kinzie Inc. has received hundreds of inquiries about generators, said Robert Kinzie, chief marketing officer for the Bethesda company.
The Cummins generators his company installs reach 62 decibels, he said, and most customers are conscious of the noise they cause.
There are plenty of reasons people want to install a generator, from those running home offices to people with medical problems and older people who can’t be without power for long, he said.
The generators his company installs — depending on capacity — can cost from $18,000 to $80,000.
Nancy Navarro, president of the Montgomery County Council, said her family purchased a small portable generator before Tropical Storm Isabel hit in 2003 and is considering purchasing a partial home generator. Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring said she hasn’t received any complaints about noise from her neighbors.
Somerset has seen more residents applying for generator permits and Mayor Jeffrey Slavin said residents who install generators are required to mitigate the noise.
“People who have installed generators are very interested in being good neighbors,” he said. “They place them where they have the least impact as possible.”
Some Somerset residents don’t see a need for homeowners to have generators and don’t want Somerset to be known as “generator city,” while others have a real need for continuous electricity for health and safety reasons, Slavin said.
The increase of generators in Somerset started after the big snowstorms, dubbed “Snowmageddon,” in February 2010 that left thousands of people in the region without electricity.
Slavin said Pepco’s service has “marginally improved” since then, but there are still “way too many power failures. It’s unacceptable.”
Slavin said he hasn’t installed a generator for his home because he doesn’t want to deal with the expense or decide where to put it.
“I’d rather rough it for a few days, but it’s very frustrating,” he said.
Pepco is working to improve its service and began a plan in September 2010 to improve reliability both day-to-day and during storms, and that plan helped with better response times during Sandy in October, Pepco spokesman Marcus Beal said.
“If customers decide to purchase a backup generation system, we strongly recommend they have a professional install and configure it to ensure that it will operate safely,” Beal said.

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