Maximizing Your Water  Safety & Drowning  Prevention Efforts     Anna Stewart, Manager Drowning Prevention Coalition of   ...
Goal & ObjectivesGoal:  For attendees to be able to take the presented information  and enhance their water safety educati...
Drowning Prevention Coalition              Of Palm Beach CountyPBC Gov’t agency – Staff of 2 (Mgr. & Coord.)   Funded by:...
Statistics
Drowning Deaths per Year in PBC                                     1997-2012                                             ...
Drowning Deaths Per Month in PBC                                 1997-2012                      100                       ...
Drowning Deaths by Gender in PBC                 1997-2012 Female                                                         ...
Drowning Deaths by Location for PBC                      1997-2012             Pond                      Hot Tub          ...
Drowning Deaths in Palm Beach County, Rates by Age,                                                                       ...
Our Mission  To promote, develop, and support  training and community education  efforts that prevent drowning, near  drow...
How Do We Carry Out Our Mission?   Provide free, land based water safety    presentations and training to:    ANYONE WILL...
How Do We Carry Out Our Mission?    Making water safety and drowning     prevention fun to learn.    Establishing public...
Making Water Safety AndDrowning Prevention Fun To Learn       Attractive Displays
Making Water Safety And    Drowning Prevention Fun To Learn              At DisplaysUsing a Riddle Gameto Bring Kids Over
Making Water Safety And Drowning    Prevention Fun To Learn           Pre K: Stewie the Duck           Read book & play ei...
Making Water Safety And Drowning         Prevention Fun To Learn                          Teaching How To Be              ...
Making Water Safety AndDrowning Prevention Fun To Learn      Teacher Involvement                      Pre K – 5th Grade   ...
Making Water Safety And   Drowning Prevention Fun To Learn         Teacher InvolvementK – 5th Grade – They Love Our “Build...
Making Water Safety AndDrowning Prevention Fun To LearnAssembly And Classroom Programs                    1st – 5th Grade ...
Making Water Safety And      Drowning Prevention Fun To Learn            Student Involvement   K - 5th GradeAssembly Progr...
Making Water Safety AndDrowning Prevention Fun To Learn      Student Involvement                      K - 5th Grade       ...
Making Water Safety AndDrowning Prevention Fun To Learn           Visual Aids        Pre K – 5th Grade
Making Water Safety AndDrowning Prevention Fun To Learn           Visual Aids
Making Water Safety And    Drowning Prevention Fun To Learn                 GamesGreat forSummerCamps andElementarySchoolC...
Making Water Safety And  Drowning Prevention Fun To LearnGames For Middle & High School Students
Making Water Safety And   Drowning Prevention Fun To Learn                CraftsMaking Water Watcher Tags and       Rescue...
Attention Getting Videos ForHigh School and Adult Presentations
Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant       For Adults and High School    How To Escape A Sinking Vehicle• 3rd Leadin...
Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant        For Adults and Teenagers    How To Escape A Sinking Vehicle
Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant        For Adults and Teenagers    How To Escape A Sinking VehicleREMEMBERS   T...
Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant        For Adults and Teenagers    How To Escape A Sinking VehicleSTAY CALM As...
Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant         For Adults and Teenagers     How To Escape A Sinking VehicleOpen your W...
Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant        For Adults and Teenagers    How To Escape A Sinking VehicleOpen your Win...
Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant             For Adults and Teenagers         How To Escape A Sinking VehicleSea...
Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant         For Adults and Teenagers     How To Escape A Sinking VehicleSeatbelt re...
Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant        For Adults and Teenagers    How To Escape A Sinking VehicleWhat If There...
Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant        For Adults and Teenagers    How To Escape A Sinking VehiclePO GO:1st:   ...
Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant            For Adults and Teenagers        How To Escape A Sinking Vehicle     ...
Making Water Safety And       Drowning Prevention Fun To Learn        How To Escape A Sinking Vehicle If car lands upside...
Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant        For Adults and Teenagers    How To Escape A Sinking Vehicle          GO!...
Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant        For Adults and Teenagers    How To Escape A Sinking Vehicle
Establishing Public/Private   Partnerships With Key Stakeholders Area Aquatic Facilities  - 18 aquatic facilities that pa...
Establishing Public/Private Partnerships With               Key Stakeholders Local American Red Cross - Lifeguard classes...
Establishing Public/Private Partnerships With              Key Stakeholders Medical Examiner Office - Receive ME reports ...
Establishing Public/Private Partnerships With              Key Stakeholders Local Law Enforcement & Municipalities  - Dro...
Establishing Public/Private Partnerships With              Key Stakeholders   Local Media    - Help disseminate informati...
Establishing Public/Private Partnerships With              Key Stakeholders Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Volunteer Batta...
Establishing Public/Private Partnerships With              Key Stakeholders US Army Corps of Engineers  - Bobber the Wate...
Establishing A Core Of Dedicated VolunteersPeople Who Have Been Personally Effected By A Drowning/Near Drowning Incident•...
Jordan’s Story
Establishing A Core Of Dedicated Volunteers Parks & Recreation Dept Staff & Other Aquatic Facility Staff (i.e. YMCA, Citi...
Establishing A Core Of Dedicated Volunteers Junior League - Improves communities through the effective action and   leade...
Don’t Reinvent the Wheel!• Poolsafely.gov - a plethora of free, water  safety materials• pbcgov.org/dpc• usla.org• safekid...
THANK YOU     ANNA STEWART     405 PIKE ROADWEST PALM BEACH, FL 33411      561-616-7068 ASTEWART@PBCGOV.ORG
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Maximizing your Water Safety & Drowning Prevention Efforts

  1. 1. Maximizing Your Water Safety & Drowning Prevention Efforts Anna Stewart, Manager Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County 17th International Boating and Water Safety Summit March 26, 2013
  2. 2. Goal & ObjectivesGoal: For attendees to be able to take the presented information and enhance their water safety education efforts at home.After completing this training, attendees should beable to: Implement specific water safety and drowning prevention education ideas for all age groups (kindergarten to adults) within own community. Cultivate partnerships with key stakeholders. Ideas on how to establish a volunteer base.
  3. 3. Drowning Prevention Coalition Of Palm Beach CountyPBC Gov’t agency – Staff of 2 (Mgr. & Coord.) Funded by: Housed and directly managed by: Though we have a completely separate budget!Responsible for educating 1.3 million PBCresidents on the importance of watersafety and drowning prevention.
  4. 4. Statistics
  5. 5. Drowning Deaths per Year in PBC 1997-2012 Prepared By: Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach 70 62 63 62 60 58* 56 56 53 51 50 50 50 49 48 46 43 42 41Number of Drownings 40 30 20 10 0 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012Data Source: Office of the Medical Examiner, District 15; Data Notes: Immediate Cause ofDeath: Drowning; *Data Includes Resident and Non Resident Drowning Deaths Year *Of the 58 drowning deaths, 9 were as a result of a capsized boat from Haiti
  6. 6. Drowning Deaths Per Month in PBC 1997-2012 100 92 88 90 78 80 75 73 71 71 68 70Number of Drownings 57 57 60 51 49 50 40 30 20 10 0 Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Prepared By: Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County Data Source: Office of the Medical Examiner, District 15; Data Notes: Immediate Cause of Death: Drowning; Data includes Resident and Non Resident Drowning Deaths Month
  7. 7. Drowning Deaths by Gender in PBC 1997-2012 Female 207 Gender Male 624 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 Number of Drownings PData Source: Office of the Medical Examiner, District 15; Data Notes: Immediate Prepared By: Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach CountyCause of Death: Drowning; Data includes Resident and Non Resident DrowningDeaths
  8. 8. Drowning Deaths by Location for PBC 1997-2012 Pond Hot Tub Other Lake MVA 3% 3% 2% 1% Pond MVA 0% 1% Bathtub 4% PoolIntracoastal 23% 7%Lake 7% Canal MVA 16% Ocean 17% Canal 16%Data Source: Office of the Medical Examiner, District 15; Data Notes: Immediate Cause of Prepared By: Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach CountyDeath: Drowning; Data includes Resident and Non Resident Drowning Deaths
  9. 9. Drowning Deaths in Palm Beach County, Rates by Age, 1997-2012 Prepared by: Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County 9 Drowning Rate* per 100,000 Resident Population 8.0 8 6.4 7 5.6 6 4.7 5 4.5 4 4.3 4.3 3.9 3 2.9 2.9 2 1.7 1 1.4 0 AgeData Source: Office of the Medical Examiner, District 15 and Department of Health, Office of Health Statistics and Assessment in consultation withthe Florida Legislature Office of Economic and Demographic Research; Data Notes: Immediate Cause of Death: Drowning *Estimated Rate Basedon Resident Population Only, Visitor Population Unknown
  10. 10. Our Mission To promote, develop, and support training and community education efforts that prevent drowning, near drowning and other water related incidents in Palm Beach County. Not Easy Limited Staff Limited Funding
  11. 11. How Do We Carry Out Our Mission? Provide free, land based water safety presentations and training to: ANYONE WILLING TO LISTEN TO US TALK! Provide free, water safety lessons to both underprivileged and special needs children ages 3-12 (on an individual level) as well as offer lessons for groups . Provide water safety/drowning prevention materials at health and safety fairs.
  12. 12. How Do We Carry Out Our Mission? Making water safety and drowning prevention fun to learn. Establishing public/private partnerships with key stakeholders. Establishing a core of dedicated volunteers.
  13. 13. Making Water Safety AndDrowning Prevention Fun To Learn Attractive Displays
  14. 14. Making Water Safety And Drowning Prevention Fun To Learn At DisplaysUsing a Riddle Gameto Bring Kids Over
  15. 15. Making Water Safety And Drowning Prevention Fun To Learn Pre K: Stewie the Duck Read book & play either an instrument or the provided DVD
  16. 16. Making Water Safety And Drowning Prevention Fun To Learn Teaching How To Be Safe at The BeachPre K-1st Grade:They Love Sandy & BuddyOur Build-A-Bears
  17. 17. Making Water Safety AndDrowning Prevention Fun To Learn Teacher Involvement Pre K – 5th Grade Adult Supervision: WATER WATCHER
  18. 18. Making Water Safety And Drowning Prevention Fun To Learn Teacher InvolvementK – 5th Grade – They Love Our “Build-A-Teacher”
  19. 19. Making Water Safety AndDrowning Prevention Fun To LearnAssembly And Classroom Programs 1st – 5th Grade  Make volunteer cards.  Hand them to students randomly as they arrive to your presentation.  Call your volunteer when ready.
  20. 20. Making Water Safety And Drowning Prevention Fun To Learn Student Involvement K - 5th GradeAssembly Program: Getting The Kids Involved Boating Safety Beach Safety
  21. 21. Making Water Safety AndDrowning Prevention Fun To Learn Student Involvement K - 5th Grade Reach or Throw Don’t GO!!!!
  22. 22. Making Water Safety AndDrowning Prevention Fun To Learn Visual Aids Pre K – 5th Grade
  23. 23. Making Water Safety AndDrowning Prevention Fun To Learn Visual Aids
  24. 24. Making Water Safety And Drowning Prevention Fun To Learn GamesGreat forSummerCamps andElementarySchoolChildren
  25. 25. Making Water Safety And Drowning Prevention Fun To LearnGames For Middle & High School Students
  26. 26. Making Water Safety And Drowning Prevention Fun To Learn CraftsMaking Water Watcher Tags and Rescue Devices
  27. 27. Attention Getting Videos ForHigh School and Adult Presentations
  28. 28. Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant For Adults and High School How To Escape A Sinking Vehicle• 3rd Leading Cause Of Drowning In PBC Float time at water’s surface can range from 1 minute to 4 minutes. Vehicle will assume an angled nose down position in the water. Electric power may stay on for few minutes or not at all. If water depth is less than 14’, vehicle will usually rest on bottom on all 4 wheels. If more than 14’, vehicle will usually land on its roof.
  29. 29. Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant For Adults and Teenagers How To Escape A Sinking Vehicle
  30. 30. Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant For Adults and Teenagers How To Escape A Sinking VehicleREMEMBERS TAY CALM Push Seatbelt ReleaseO pen window(s) or O pen window(s) or Door(s) Door(s)Seatbelt Release GO!!!!!!!
  31. 31. Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant For Adults and Teenagers How To Escape A Sinking VehicleSTAY CALM Assess the situation Slow your breathing Panicking Wastes Energy And Time
  32. 32. Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant For Adults and Teenagers How To Escape A Sinking VehicleOpen your Window(s) or Door(s) Due to water pressure from the outside, opening the door will be difficult or impossible. Locate door latch, window crank or electric window switch (electric windows may still work but don’t rely on them). A rescue/escape tool should be immediately available for breaking out the window. Tool should be mounted on the sidewall of the driver’s side compartment, attached to key ring or other location that is easily accessible.
  33. 33. Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant For Adults and Teenagers How To Escape A Sinking VehicleOpen your Window(s) or Door(s)  Smash window using rescue/escape tool or lower window using crank or switch.  If there is no rescue/escape tool, vehicle must completely fill with water for there to be an equalization of pressure.
  34. 34. Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant For Adults and Teenagers How To Escape A Sinking VehicleSeatbelt release Keep seatbelt on until ready to exit the vehicle. If taken off, occupant can be pushed away from the drivers side window. Place your hand on the window frame to make sure you stay by the exit.
  35. 35. Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant For Adults and Teenagers How To Escape A Sinking VehicleSeatbelt release Use escape/rescue tool to cut the seatbelt and exit through an open window. If you must wait until the car completely fills with water, place your hand on the on the door handle, cut your seatbelt with escape/rescue tool and open the door once the vehicle’s interior has pressurized.
  36. 36. Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant For Adults and Teenagers How To Escape A Sinking VehicleWhat If There Are Multiple Occupants? Once escape route has opened, each occupant should hold hands in a human chain and escape from same route. If young children are secured in car seats or by a seatbelt, remember: PO GO
  37. 37. Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant For Adults and Teenagers How To Escape A Sinking VehiclePO GO:1st: Push Seatbelt Release and head to the back of vehicle.2nd: Release child(ren) from their car seat/seatbelt using the seatbelt cutter on the rescue/escape tool.3rd: Open your escape route, and4th: GO, get Out!
  38. 38. Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant For Adults and Teenagers How To Escape A Sinking Vehicle Other Information Once you have escaped the vehicle be prepared for the water to be dark and murky. Blow bubbles out of your nose to determine which way is to the surface of the water.
  39. 39. Making Water Safety And Drowning Prevention Fun To Learn How To Escape A Sinking Vehicle If car lands upside down in the water: a) Don’t take off your seatbelt until you have a firm grasp of the door handle. b) Once you take off your seatbelt, you must wait until the car fills with water until you can open the door or you can use a rescue tool to punch or smash the window to escape.
  40. 40. Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant For Adults and Teenagers How To Escape A Sinking Vehicle GO! GET OUTAS FAST AS YOU CAN
  41. 41. Making Water Safety Interesting & Relevant For Adults and Teenagers How To Escape A Sinking Vehicle
  42. 42. Establishing Public/Private Partnerships With Key Stakeholders Area Aquatic Facilities - 18 aquatic facilities that participate in our Water Safety Swim Program - Staff assists us with water safety presentations. - “Schools and Pools” program.
  43. 43. Establishing Public/Private Partnerships With Key Stakeholders Local American Red Cross - Lifeguard classes, water safety instructor classes, CPR classes. Safe Kids Coalition - Water safety is part of their injury prevention program. Department of Children & Families - Access to most vulnerable. - Investigates all Drowning/Near Drowning incidents. Children’s Services Council - Provide funding to programs that serve underprivileged.
  44. 44. Establishing Public/Private Partnerships With Key Stakeholders Medical Examiner Office - Receive ME reports where the cause of death is drowning. Or ask to read reports where the cause of death is drowning. School District - Work with physical education teachers/drivers ed. - “Schools and Pools” Program. Health Department - Health clinics, health fairs. Florida Swimming Pool Association - Members have direct access to customers. - Funded our “Car in Canal” brochure.
  45. 45. Establishing Public/Private Partnerships With Key Stakeholders Local Law Enforcement & Municipalities - Drowning prevention campaign - Pool safety cling
  46. 46. Establishing Public/Private Partnerships With Key Stakeholders Local Media - Help disseminate information (i.e. PSA, Radio, Article). - Read every drowning article and contact writer. Area Hospitals - Provide water safety information for parent classes. Area Pediatrician Offices - Provide water safety information. Center for Autism & Related Disabilities/Special Needs - Provide support and resources for families. United States Coast Guard Auxiliary - Boating safety, awesome volunteers.
  47. 47. Establishing Public/Private Partnerships With Key Stakeholders Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Volunteer Battalion - Our 501(c)3 Partner - Boating safety - Fundraise together - Grants
  48. 48. Establishing Public/Private Partnerships With Key Stakeholders US Army Corps of Engineers - Bobber the Water Safety Dog. - Provides water safety coloring books and other materials. - Staff can help with water safety/boating safety events.
  49. 49. Establishing A Core Of Dedicated VolunteersPeople Who Have Been Personally Effected By A Drowning/Near Drowning Incident• Most Poignant.• Email reporters who cover a drowning story to see if you can get in touch with the family. Contact the law enforcement agency who handled the call.
  50. 50. Jordan’s Story
  51. 51. Establishing A Core Of Dedicated Volunteers Parks & Recreation Dept Staff & Other Aquatic Facility Staff (i.e. YMCA, Cities) Area High School Students - Mandatory service hours. Retired Senior Volunteer Program - Wealth of experience and knowledge. Volunteermatch.org - Interested volunteers Come To You!!!
  52. 52. Establishing A Core Of Dedicated Volunteers Junior League - Improves communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. United Way - Interested volunteers via their website Come To You!!!! Just Ask! - Health and safety fairs. - When giving Presentations. Area University Students - Internship Programs.
  53. 53. Don’t Reinvent the Wheel!• Poolsafely.gov - a plethora of free, water safety materials• pbcgov.org/dpc• usla.org• safekids.org• bobber.info• Me!!!!
  54. 54. THANK YOU ANNA STEWART 405 PIKE ROADWEST PALM BEACH, FL 33411 561-616-7068 ASTEWART@PBCGOV.ORG

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