Growing up in Salt Lake City, Utah preparing for natural disasters was part of daily life. My high school, East High School, (you may remember it from such movies as High School Musical) was actually built on a fault line. During my Freshman year the SLC school district tore down the school and built a new one that would be able to “roll” with an earthquake if one occurred. As a young person growing up in Salt Lake I remember participating in as many earthquake drills as fire drills. I remember being in 2nd grade and when the fire alarm would sound, the school made it sound different from a typical fire alarm so we would know it was an earthquake drill. We would then calmly huddle under our desks during the drill, wait for our teacher to tell us it was safe to leave and then leave in an orderly fashion to a designated spot in the field outside the school.
Why did I mention the above stories? Mostly because I enjoy reliving my childhood as far as public safety prevention is concerned (next blog post should be on my love of D.A.R.E), but also because I think DC should be excited about the Great SouthEast ShakeOut Tomorrow! Please see details below:
Good afternoon Jana,
On October 18, 2012 at 10:18 a.m. EDT, more than 890,000 people across five states and the District of Columbia are scheduled to take part in the first ever Great SouthEast ShakeOut. The ShakeOut is a regional earthquake drill in which participants simultaneously practice the recommended action during an earthquake. This action is known as “Drop, Cover, and Hold On”, which means:
- DROP to the ground
- Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
- HOLD-ON to it until the shaking stops
The states of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are encouraging their schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, communities, and households to participate in this historic event. These states are being supported by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC, www.cusec.org), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, www.fema.gov), and many other local, state, federal and volunteer partners.
Last week I received a mass e-mail from DC Mayor Vincent Gray’s Office of Community Engagement about a Department of Health sponsored event to reduce stigma on Mental health titled “She’s Not Crazy.” I was wondering what your opinions were on the title of the workshop before I share mine. Speak up DC you know I am listening.
Please see my recent post on the LeDroit Park Civic Association Blog:
LeDroit Park neighbor Martha Jenkins has organized a 5K team, “On the Lam” to run at the Annual National Law Enforcement Ride and Run. The race will take place on October 14th at 8:00 am beginning and ending at the National Law Enforcement and Officer Memorial located on E Street between 4th & 5th Streets, NW. We will be running (or walking) to remember 3D Ofc. Oscar Pedrozo who recently passed away on August 25th. Anyone who frequented U street corridor and 14th street will remember Ofc. Pedrozo on his segway. I miss joking with him and knowing that he was just around the corner if I needed him. Please read about his life and his heroic policing in 3D in an article published in the Post today, “Family grieves for Officer Oscar Pedrozo.”
Please join “On the Lam,” here or feel free to donate to the NLEOMF. If you have any further questions about how to donate directly to Ofc. Pedrozo’s family please contact Commander Jacob Kishter in 3D at Jacob.Kishter@dc.gov and he will direct you to the appropriate MPD representative.
Finding web development training with no budget or a limited budget in DC is nearly non-existent.
As a current job seeker in the District I have found that aside from mastering networking and having a master’s degree, that your skill set is the single most important tool in obtaining a job. Did you know that the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) does not offer any web design/development courses? Personally I know that I need classroom training for technology-based training because for many “teaching myself online” is not a style of learning that works for me. DOES offers training based on the direction of the Mayors Workforce Investment Council who bases training on Department of Labor statistics.
According to ONET, the Department of Labor’s database for occupational labor information web design describes salaries for web design here. ONET also describes that the District does not have any web design jobs in DC, however, ONET cites DOES as their source here. A quick Google search will show that there are in fact many web design jobs in the District with comfortable salaries for the DMV region. I hope the correct data for web designers will reflect the current market in DC so that job seekers will be able to access training. Recently the Washington Post published an article “Job seekers find it difficult to keep up with innovations in their field” that sums up the issue that many job seekers across the country are facing.
I am grateful to organizations like DiversiTech and DC Web Women that offer tech development to youth and adults in the District that are affordable and FREE. Which means I hope the community continues to support tech organizations!
Here is a running list of my “Tech skills wish list:”
- SEO optimization
- HTML 5
- iMovie/Final Cut
- Java script
- Ruby on Rails
- Razor’s edge
Thank you to Juan Camilo Barragan, the Ward 1 Liaison for the Mayor’s Office of Community Engagement for sending me the following training information:
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Do you know Susie Cambria? Well, if you don’t you should. She is a super advocate for DC and a fabulous baker! I finally had the pleasure of meeting Susie a couple of weeks ago in person, after following on twitter for months, when we decided to act an idea we had about conference bling and sustainable DC.
Susie asked me to post the following information, which of course I agreed because it solicits #1. community feedback and #2. input about mobile phone use. Please take time to fill out both surveys listed below and check out Susie!
Residents and stakeholders should jump on these three opportunities for input into District government programs and practices.
The DC government has two surveys open. The first is about improving the utility of the annual Children’s Budget report. The second is about your experience calling 211 on a cell phone (available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Amharic, and Vietnamese).
There’s also a survey inquiring about what residents and stakeholders want to know about the city’s budget process.
The surveys close by mid-September so be sure to participate soon.