Friday, April 18, 2014

MayDay, MayDay, MayDay....May 1, 2014 is MayDay. Institutions Be Prepared.

May 1st - MayDay: Do One Thing for Emergency Preparedness

Every year Heritage Preservation encourages libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations to set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay.
This year, make sure your institution is prepared! It's easy to take part in MayDay.
Last year's participants held fire safety sessions, inventoried emergency supply kits, and created and updated disaster plans. To find out how your organization can get involved, click here.

Free Workshop May 22, 2014 . Oak Park, IL. Public Health Emergency Preparedness

v Public Health Emergency Preparedness: A Free Workshop for Congregations and Faith-based Organizations.

This public service workshop is presented jointly by The Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) at Wheaton College, the Cook County Department of Public Health, and the Chicago Department of Public Health.

This is a FREE workshop for people from all congregations and faith-based organizations who wish to learn how to design, implement, and operate a program to promote greater public health emergency preparedness. Participants are eligible to receive individual consultation from HDI on their program following the workshop.

Date and Time: May 22, 2014. 9 AM to 4 PM (Lunch and refreshments are provided)

Location: Oak Park Temple 1235 N Harlem Ave, Oak Park, IL .
There is no fee, but registration is required. Space is limited, so please register early. You may register (before May 1, 2014) by calling (630) 752 5104, or use our online registration form at:
There is also information at:

USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Hopefully 80% of the funding provided to the States get to the local level.  Keeping my fingers crossed.


At a food security panel discussion recently I attended it was noted that 2% of the U.S. population are farmers.  That number needs to increase as with the number of local farmers supported by the community with more farmers markets, organically grown vegetables, poultry, beef, and other items.  If speculative purchasing by a community is needed to support local farmers, than out of the box thinking is needed to support them.


“How is your spring, summer garden coming along after the winter?”




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Washington, D.C.  20020

Office:   202-618-9097 



Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.   Tom Peters

…….The search is on.


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USDA Announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Historic Farm Bill Support Available through State Departments of Agriculture
WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to state departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, through research, programs to increase demand, and more.
The historic support provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill), will strengthen rural American communities by supporting local and regional markets and improving access to fresh, healthy, and nutritious high quality products for millions of Americans. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), is designed to enhance the markets for specialty crops like fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.
"Specialty crop block grants help sustain the livelihoods of American farmers while strengthening the rural economy" said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "These grants contribute to food safety improvements, increased access to healthy food, and new research to help growers increase profitability and sustainability."
As directed by the Farm Bill, the block grants are now allocated to U.S. States and territories based on a formula that takes into consideration both specialty crop acreage and production value. Nearly all states are seeing an increase in funds.
AMS encourages applicants to develop projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, sustain the livelihood of American farmers, and strengthen rural economies by:
  • Increasing nutritional knowledge and specialty crop consumption among children and adults,
  • Improving efficiency within the distribution system,
  • Promoting the development of good agricultural, handling and manufacturing practices while encouraging audit cost-sharing for small farmers, packers, and processors,
  • Supporting research through standard and green initiatives,
  • Enhancing food safety,
  • Developing new/improved seed varieties and specialty crops,
  • Controlling pests and diseases,
  • Creating organic and sustainable production practices,
  • Establishing local and regional fresh food systems,
  • Expanding access to specialty crops in underserved communities,
  • Developing school and community gardens and farm-to-school programs,
  • Enhancing the competitiveness of specialty crop farmers, including Native American and disadvantaged farmers.
Interested applicants should apply directly to their state department of agriculture. Several states have already published their requests for proposals, and the list of FY 2014 State Requests for Proposals is available on the AMS website.
For more information visit the AMS Specialty Crop Block Grant Program webpage or contact Trista Etzig via phone at (202) 690-4942 or by e-mail:
State Department of Agriculture
Available Grant Allocation FFY14
$ 483,202.15
$ 231,963.39
American Samoa
$ 262,706.87
$ 1,100,428.11
$ 350,294.21
$ 19,761,117.56
$ 835,856.92
$ 395,398.17
$ 336,755.94
District of Columbia
$ 221,328.44
$ 4,552,723.92
$ 1,393,718.92
$ 223,434.76
$ 469,614.89
$ 1,914,955.87
$ 654,970.71
$ 453,297.54
$ 307,610.17
$ 313,801.56
$ 302,121.14
$ 436,132.19
$ 600,343.41
$ 502,785.48
$ 456,716.84
$ 1,981,817.31
$ 1,389,725.01
$ 479,540.04
$ 457,798.79
$ 986,229.53
$ 597,375.99
$ 300,952.49
New Hampshire
$ 272,784.44
New Jersey
$ 809,716.73
New Mexico
$ 548,734.17
New York
$ 1,410,387.64
North Carolina
$ 1,169,378.27
North Dakota
$ 3,135,521.17
Northern Mariana Islands
$ 223,187.88
$ 653,493.18
$ 691,614.00
$ 1,949,764.89
$ 1,039,933.92
Puerto Rico
$ 522,655.00
Rhode Island
$ 255,543.19
South Carolina
$ 599,654.00
South Dakota
$ 309,899.19
$ 517,242.01
$ 1,905,015.87
U.S. Virgin Islands
$ 222,513.02
$ 339,318.30
$ 278,282.61
$ 564,828.97
$ 4,259,686.23
West Virginia
$ 269,871.84
$ 1,403,956.26
$ 290,559.83
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Emergency Preparedness: April is National Financial Capability Month

April is National Financial Capability Month


Disasters not only affect community infrastructure and public works, but they often overcome family finances, making recovery difficult and sometimes impossible. Before, during and after disasters strike, we work with a number of non-profit, voluntary and faith-based groups who specialize in getting disaster survivors financially back on their feet.


Be financially prepared for emergencies. Start by completing an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit. This document can help you keep track of important documentation, like insurance policy information, so you have clear financial records that will help maintain stability in the event of an emergency.


For more information, visit: 

April is National Minority Health Month




April Is National Minority Health Month!
April is National Minority Health Month (#NMHM14). While the U.S. has come a long way, communities of color continue to cope with health disparities, including in mental health. This year's theme----Prevention Is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity----encompasses many aspects of wellness!
There are many ways to get involved:
Is your organization or community hosting a wellness-related activity for communities of color? Email your event information to and we'll add it to the Wellness Activities Map!   

Managing and Reducing Risk. September 2019

Managing Risks Safety and Security ...

..Haiti. We will not forget.

Drink Life Beverages ....A Woman Owned Enterprise

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Drink for Life. Communities drinking and eating well.


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