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IGIC Receive National Honor from Library Journal
Congratulations are in order for the Indiana Geographic Information Council. Its service, IndianaMap.org, was honored nationally in June as a 2012 ALA Notable Government Document by the Library Journal and the American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table. For more information, see the Indiana GIS news.
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Help Spread Ovarian Cancer Awareness in September
September has been named National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month by Presidential Proclamation. This month, we recognize those who have died and give support to women who are fighting for their lives. Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly of women’s cancers. Each year, approximately 22,000 women will be diagnosed with the illness. It is the fifth leading cause of cancer death for women. About half of the women who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 63 years or older. It is more common in white women than African-American women. Symptoms include: bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and urinary symptoms (urgency or frequency).
About 20% of ovarian cancers are found at an early stage. When ovarian cancer is found early at a localized stage, about 94% of patients live longer than five years after diagnosis. Some large studies are in progress to learn the best ways to find ovarian cancer in its earliest stage. There are a few ways to find ovarian cancer early: regular women’s health exams; seeing a doctor if you have symptoms; and screening tests for ovarian cancer. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance has valuable information about ovarian cancer. The American Cancer Society also has resources to help with diagnosis and treatment and information about families and caregivers, insurance, and financial issues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has information and a fact sheet that can be printed and given to family, friends, and patrons to help spread the word about this disease. Reliable information can be your greatest ally in this fight to win ovarian cancer.
Month Dedicated to Promote Disaster Preparedness
Hoosiers can take some simple and inexpensive steps now to be more prepared, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS).September is National Preparedness Month and officials from IDHS recommend Hoosiers turn awareness into action and adopt the goal of being self-reliant for at least three days, in the event of a disaster or other type of emergency.
A disaster or emergency -- such as a winter storm, tornado or flooding -- may leave households without electricity, heat, or even clean running water, and cut off from local groceries and services or even from immediate response from police, fire or rescue personnel.
“Being ready for a major disaster or emergency is very important. The basics of a kit can be put together without a lot of effort or money,” said IDHS Senior Public Information Officer John Erickson.
Getting prepared doesn’t have to cost a lot of money if you incorporate some of these easy emergency preparedness tips:
Don’t Forget About Pets
Pets are important members of most households so, while preparing for possible emergencies, don’t overlook the needs of pets. That means having certain things available for the well-being of pets.
“If an emergency or disaster dictates people must evacuate their homes, it’s important they do not leave pets behind if at all possible,” said Denise Derrer with BOAH. “Pets most likely cannot survive alone, so we suggest keeping in mind that what’s best for a person is typically what’s best for pets.”
During a disaster, sometimes staying put is the safest place for families and their pets. Sometimes evacuation is necessary.
Here are three simple tips to prepare:
If families must leave pets behind, it’s imperative to bring them inside and place them in areas that are easy to clean and preferably are without windows. Keep dogs and cats separated, even if they normally get along. Never leave pets tied outdoors. Leave only dry food and put the food and fresh water in non-spill containers. If possible, leave a faucet dripping into a container or partially fill a bathtub. And try to set up a buddy system to check on each other’s pets. Leave a note on the outside of the room(s) where pets are to warn responders who may be doing welfare checks or searching for people who need help.
App Helps Visually Impaired Identify US Currency
The United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing has an app to help the visually impaired identify denominations of Federal Reserve Notes. The EyeNote app was developed for the blind and visually impaired to increase accessibility to Federal Reserve Notes. The application contains some of the following features: one touch, hand-held operation; face or back of note to camera; partial note recognition (note can be handheld); any circular orientation; no equipment modification, special background materials or special lighting required; and camera flash is not required. One word of caution… EyeNote does not authenticate a note as being either genuine or counterfeit. For more information or to download this free app, please visit the Apple App Store.
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