Safe Travels & Good Times

Traveling Abroad – Being Well-Informed Ensures Safe Travel

They say that an informed traveler is a safe traveler. Nowadays, when the world is facing more than one kind of threats, it has become risky to travel. Does it mean that we should stop traveling? The answer is no because that conclusion does not make sense. Do you stop leaving your home when a robbery occurs in your neighborhood? Of course not; so what is the solution?

The simple solution is to be well-informed before you pack your bags and begin your travel to any of the tourist destinations. We live in a world which is threatened by terrorist attacks, extreme climate changes, political tensions, deadly diseases and the routine crimes. We can’t ensure our absolute safety but gathering up right information about the right timing and which areas to avoid can help a lot to travel safely.

Risk vs. Fear

Many people confuse risk and fear. There is a difference between the two terms. Taking risk is not equal to being scared. Moreover, being scared is an emotion and not a statistic based on which we can stop to travel. The point is to make rational decisions. Often, fear can cloud our judgements and force us to make irrational decisions. Many times, in the war between our gut and brain, the gut wins. The solution is to push your gut towards rationality by looking up the right information.

Is the Information Correct?

The increase in the number of news sources and the social media may have its advantages but we can’t deny the fact that not all sources are communicating the authentic information. Thus, it is our responsibility to filter out the right information from among the huge amount of misinformation and rumours.

How to be Well-Informed and Travel Safe?

There are many factors you might want to check out information on before you head out to your destination.

Road Safety

No matter how unlikely it may seem, but there is a significant statistic that indicates that many people die in road accidents despite the most prominent threats like terrorism and contagious germs. Therefore, make sure to check out road safety in the intended region plus you can compare road safety statistics.

Health Safety

Different germs are concentrated in different areas. Some of them are contagious. You can look up websites that put countries in the warning zone. Don’t imprison yourself to a house because you are as at risk of germs in your local town as in any other area. You can look up information on authentic websites about prevention and antidotes to different diseases. There are also websites that explain risks to specific conditions like pregnant women.

Weather Conditions

The weather keeps changing throughout the year. If you are a travel enthusiast, then you might be able to look up correct information about weather conditions in an area in specific months. Moreover, it is easy to download apps that share good estimates of potential weather changes.

In the end, the most difficult thing is to overcome your own fear.

With all of these concerns in mind that we added these new amazing features to our iUDAME app.

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*New Features:

Global coverage (app automatically identifies and pre-programs local police emergency phone numbers)

Locate nearby Hospitals, Police Stations and Fire Houses

– Get real-time travel alerts (available on pro version)

– Get real-time weather alerts (available on pro version)

– Sync Bluetooth panic button (coming soon for pro version users)

References:

NY Times

Danger Business . Com

 

Time for a Heart to Heart

Heart Disease generally refers to conditions that result in compromised heart muscles, valves, or rhythm. Any or all of these can lead to heart attack, chest pain (angina), or stroke.

Believe it or not, the World Health Organization (WHO), reported “Heart Disease is the #1 cause of death in the US, Canada, and Australia.” Some reports say the death toll is even greater than that of every type of cancer.

Now I know what you’re saying, how the heck does someone get Heart Disease? Well here are a few noted causes:

  • High amounts of fats and cholesterol in the blood
  • High amounts of sugar in the blood
  • High blood pressure
  • Blood vessel inflammation
  • Smoking
  • Family history of the illness

Over time, any of these can create toxic conditions for the heart, and lead to Heart Disease.

*This is with special exception to Congenital Heart Defects. In those unfortunate cases, someone is born with a defect that affects how the heart works.*

There is also research that suggests, “a sudden release of STRESS  hormones, may play a role in causing this disorder.”

This is the perfect Segway to the other thing I wanted to talk about, Stress.

Stress is a silent killer that takes a toll on every aspect of your well being. Namely, your mind, your spirit, your body and especially your heart, all fall victim to its undiscriminating wrath.

While we navigate the rigor of our constantly changing day, all while moving at the speed of life, we need to remember to take care of ourselves. Yeah, sure. “In the pursuit of happiness,” we all get caught up and tend to lose track of some traditional values. But ask yourself, at what cost.

My sister worked a full-time job, a part-time job, and went to school full time. She was quite driven and ambitious. She juggled all of this while simultaneously raising two beautiful young daughters. Successfully graduating with her RN license in 2010. 2 weeks later she suffered a massive heart attack at the age of 32, and died.

Her short-lived “Pomp and Circumstance became her Veteran waltz to “Taps.”The official autopsy report stated the cause of death as “Stress.”

 

Heart Attacks occur when the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a section of the heart muscle suddenly becomes blocked and the heart can’t get oxygen. If blood flow isn’t restored quickly, that section of the heart muscle begins to die. Just imagine your heart being strangled. Well that’s kind of the idea.

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Would you know if you or someone you know were actively having a heart attack? We often ignore physical discomforts, just assuming it will pass. If you knew you were having a heart attack, would you react so nonchalantly? Here are a few signs to look for just in case.

  • Chest Discomfort (Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. )
  • Discomfort to other areas of the body (Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.)
  • Shortness of Breath (with or without chest discomfort.)
  • Other signs (can range in breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.)

The American Heart Association recommends that heart disease prevention begin early in life. Assess your risk factors and work to keep them low.

A healthy diet and active lifestyle are key. Now I know often when we see the words Active Lifestyle, there is an assumption that you have to be in the gym 5 days a week. That’s not necessarily the case. All things, including lifestyle changes should be done gradually and at first, in moderation.

Here are some of my simple tips. See if they work for you.

  • Try walking 10 minutes more each day than usual. Each week afterward add 5 more minutes. Before you know it, you’ll be in the swing of things.
  • Stop lying down less than 30 minutes after you eat. The food needs to move. If you are lying down, where is it going to go? It stays right there, where it shouldn’t be. A lot of illness result from that very behavior. (Look it up) Get up and walk around a bit. And don’t be afraid to stretch a bit. (It helps)
  • Drink lots of water. I mean there are just too many benefits to list. Some research says it can reduce your risk of Heart Attack by 50%.

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  • Add more greens and beans to your diet. They help regulate your metabolism.
  • Just as a backup, it’s a good idea to carry chew-able Aspirin in your bag. If worst comes to worst, chew two and get to an emergency room immediately.

First time victims of heart attacks or strokes suffer fatal or disabling effects, so prevention is critical. The sooner you begin reducing your exposure to things that may damage your heart, the longer and stronger your heart will beat.

It doesn’t take much to just get started, but it will totally be worth it.

Your family, your friends, your body and especially your Heart will thank you.

 

Thanks for listening.

Now go get your life together.

 

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iUDAME: Busy Saving Lives

When we launched iUDAME last year, we fully expected it to transform the way people reacted to all kinds of life-threatening events and emergencies. Over the past few months, however, the response to our iUDAME app has been overwhelming, with individuals and families across the United States showing a great deal of gratitude for the app’s simplicity and effectiveness.

Emergency Contact List App Registration Home Page

 

These reactions have translated into numerous opportunities for the true power of iUDAME to be highlighted in the press. And similar to the feedback we’ve received from those downloading the iUDAME app in iTunes and GooglePlay, highly regarded publications such as the New York Times and Argentinian news site Infobae have followed suit, providing the public with in-depth interviews and glowing reviews.

In the New York Times article specifically, writer Jonah Bromwich wrote on Twitter about his experience interviewing iUDAME’s founder, neuroscientist Michael Nelson, saying:

(T)he app I wrote about this week has one of the more heart-wrenching backstories of any I’ve yet written about.

In the Tweet, Mr. Bromwich referred to how the iUDAME app came into being after the founder’s sister succumbed to a heart attack in 2010. Prior to her passing, Mr. Nelson’s sister was encouraged to call 911 after experiencing a profound health emergency, which she put off in order to call her husband first. A call that never went through.

Had the app been available at the time, Mr. Nelson is convinced his sister could have been assisted by emergency personnel, as well as friends and family members who would have responded right away. In fact, the couple lived just feet away from a neighbor who is a trained emergency medical technician, and is someone who would have likely been included in his sister’s Top 5 emergency contacts.

Yet, in addition to its value as a way to respond quickly to critical health emergencies, other publications also recognized the app’s usefulness as a self-protection device. On news and information site I’m No June Cleaver, single mom and safety advocate Julie Wohlberg spoke to the app’s ability of protecting both women and children:

Women: Whether you live alone, with roommates, or with a spouse, you’re statistically more likely to be the victim of a crime when you’re alone. This app lets you alert your contacts to a problem – even when you aren’t able to speak. This can mean the difference between getting quick help in an emergency – from a home invasion to a sexual assault – and a much nastier outcome.

Children: iUDAME also gives parents the ability to activate the iUDAME app on their children’s phones in the event that they are unable to locate them, if they don’t come home  after a night out, or if they believe their children are in danger – making it a key safety app for parents. With an out-of-state stepchild in college, this app seems like a perfect tool for getting help quickly if something happened.

Though iUDAME may not have been available to assist Ms. Nelson with her heart attack in 2010, today it represents a new era of communicating emergencies by anyone coping with allergies and illnesses, as well as single women, parents, business owners and those traveling within the U.S.

As Modern Tips’ first choice for life-saving smartphone apps, there’s never been a better time to download the iUDAME app and begin your free 30-day trial. You could very well save your life, or the life of a loved one.

In Case of Emergency: Who’s in Your Top 5?

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In 2004, British paramedic Bob Brotchie devised a solution to help first responders make contact with friends and family members of those involved in an accident or other type of emergency. The solution, which launched as the “In Case of Emergency (ICE) Program” in 2005, encouraged people to include ICE in front of their cellphone contacts as a way of designating who emergency workers should reach out to when the phone’s owner was unable to call or speak.

Over the past 10 years, many people across the United States have made this simple addition to important members of their contact list. Yet, while the program does address a fundamental issue, it doesn’t provide a truly comprehensive solution in the event of an emergency. Namely, it relies on responders already being on the scene of your emergency, having unrestricted access to your phone (meaning no passwords or locks), and being trained to use your phone for this purpose.

What the program did, however, was spark a conversation about who would be the best people to contact during an emergency. And now with the iUDAME app becoming available, this conversation is more important than ever before. Not only does the app get police, ambulance and fire & rescue on their way to your exact location, but iUDAME also reaches out to 5 people who matter to you most – friends, family or contacts who you trust to make critical decisions.

With that in mind, here are a few suggestions on who to add to your top 5:
Allergies & Medical Conditions
When paramedics and other responders arrive on a scene, they often have no way of knowing if a chronic medical condition might be contributing to the situation. The same could be said about allergies, as some drugs or drug combinations that might otherwise save another patient’s life, could very well make your health emergency worse.
While you may have been fully alert when you used the iUDAME app, any number of circumstances might arise which make it impossible to communicate effectively. This is why it’s important to have at least one contact on your list who will respond quickly by letting medical personnel know about these issues and conflicts if the need arises.
Choose: Your partner, close relative/friend or family doctor are ideal.

Local, Reliable & Proactive
One of the advantages of the iUDAME app is its ability to reach out immediately to 5 people who care deeply about your well being. Doing so also ensures at least one of your contacts will be available to meet you at a nearby hospital, connect with other friends and family members, or provide assistance in other ways.
At iUDAME, we recommend your top 5 list contains someone who lives close to your home, or at the very least, is proactive enough to communicate your situation to nearby relatives and loved ones. In addition, it’s equally important to have someone you can count on during a time of emergency – for example, a person who answers their phone, text messages and emails quickly, and will speak to others on your behalf without hesitation.
Choose: Again, your partner or a close relative/friend who lives in the same area is likely your best choice.

Who Can Handle an Emergency?
Take a moment to think critically about the personality types contained within your contact list. Who among them is best suited for handling any type of emergency? It’s likely you have one person at a minimum who is well-equipped to tackle every situation, including significant crises that involve someone they care about deeply.
If an accident or injury occurs, having someone who is level-headed and won’t be overly emotional about the situation is often a great person to add to your list. Ideally, this person can answer questions posed by medical personnel or help you sort things out calmly.
Choose: In this case, we recommend a friend/family member with a military, medical or strong leadership background.

Important Business & Family Contacts
If you are a single parent who works away from home, there’s a good chance you already know someone on your contact list who will take care of your child in the event of an emergency. This might include a babysitter, a neighbor or a nearby relative who can respond quickly when contacted through the iUDAME app.

Other options for you to consider adding to your top 5 is your lawyer, who can make your wishes known to medical staff and loved ones, or business partners and coworkers, who may be able to make arrangements for work, take care of your home or provide other kinds of assistance.
Regardless of who you choose, be sure to let those you add know why you chose them to be an important part of your top 5. After all, iUDAME is more powerful and meaningful than any emergency contact list ever designed, and it could very well save your life.