| Jan 24, 2014
| 6:37 AM
Long story short, my husband, Paul, and I had a miscommuncation while skiing in Vermont last weekend with the boys. At a crossroads of many paths, I skied off with our 10 year old, thinking Paul was following behind with our 8 year old. But, all of a sudden, Paul appeared at the top of our chosen trail, with no Ben. "I thought he was with you," he said. "I thought he was with you," I replied, feeling huge amounts of fear. All I could think was: what if he veered onto a Black Diamond and had fallen, and was stuck somewhere alone, scared? There were so many choices as to where he could've gone...how long would it take to find him? He knows our home phone number but not our cell phone numbers. My cell phone wasn't even charged. I started to panic. My husband thought he might have gone ahead of us, so, Sam and I skied down a bit and waited while Paul ran back up to the crossroads. Thankfully, Ben was there, talking to a mountain employee, doing exactly what he should have done, in that situation. The whole episode lasted only about 10 minutes but it rattled me to the core. The boys are getting bigger now. There is more risk for this happening. And, we hadn't prepared for it at all. We headed back to our hotel room and made a plan. First, we charged our phones and made sure all were working properly. Then, we put notes in the boys' pockets with all cell phone numbers and instructed them to, just as Ben had, find an employee in a blue jacket and call us. We also devised a meeting point.
| Dec 7, 2011
| 7:54 AM
By Jim Gorzelany
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| Mar 19, 2014
| 2:35 PM
Last year there were four incidents statewide involving police mistaking epileptic seizures for aggressive behavior by individuals.
Since then the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia has sent a complete law enforcement training guide, including a manual,...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 9:22 AM
INFO BOX 1:
Pool safety requirements
The Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act (Chapter 515, Florida Statutes) requires one of the following pool safety measures for pools built after Oct. 1, 2000:
- A fence with self-closing, self-latching gate...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 6:00 AM
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