Guest Blog: Introducing Rebecca Robinson

January 19, 2011

The majority of water safety programs reach out to older children, yet children ages 1-4 are at the highest risk of drowning. Rebecca Robinson believes that we need to have a global 'face' of water safety that engages very young children, and teaches them water safety the same way we teach children to cross the street safely. Jabari of the Water is one possible solution. She's working to make Jabari the 'Smokey Bear' of water safety.

Rebecca will be guest blogging for West Bend on a regular basis. We thought the best way to kick off her guest blogging experience would be

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3 Tips for Better Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

January 17, 2011

The Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) shared a report on their blog identifying some of the mistakes made by government agencies during the catastrophic flooding in Nashville in May 2010. The report, which was completed by the National Weather Service (NWS), identified several shortcomings and opportunities for improvement in future disaster situations.

As I was reading through the key findings, I couldn't help but think about the hundreds of

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Lifeguard Management Best Practices: Tracking Lifeguard Certifications

January 14, 2011

If you are a lifeguard supervisor or manager, this probably sounds familiar. You supervise a group of lifeguards; some stay with you all year long, while another group only works once college classes are finished. On top of keeping these schedules straight, you also have to hire new lifeguards to replace the ones that decided to move on.

Amongst all of this chaos it is easy to lose sight of one of the most important elements of lifeguarding

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