NOAA Hurricanes

NOAA Hurricanes

Hurricane Preparedness Week 2006 took place last month (May 21-27) – like sands of the hourglass, so are the days leading to the next tropical storm. Recent history has confirmed what we already knew about hurricanes: that hurricane hazards do come in many forms – storm, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. Do you have an adequate plan that includes all of these hazards?

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) teamed up with the U.S. Department of Commerce to bring you timely, accurate storm information, forecasting, as well as images, a history of previous hurricanes, dangers during a hurricane, and how a prepare. Let’s try a couple of searches:

Search #1

  • Logon to the ‘Hurricanes’ website at http://hurricanes.noaa.gov.
  • Click Search on the top menu bar.
  • Type your search term – “hurricane preparedness”; click Search.
  • You’ll retrieve many results; to shorten this list, click Hurricane Preparedness Week on the left-hand menu.
  • Click the result – Hurricane Preparedness Week on the right-hand list.
  • Voila! – feast your eyes on how you can secure your home, create a family disaster plan, pet plan, and compile a disaster supply kit.

Search #2 – En Español

  • On the ‘NOAA’ search page (URL: http://www.noaa.gov/search.html), click Advanced Search.
  • To find information in Spanish on the Saffir-Simpson Hurrican Scale, type the phrase “saffir-simpson” under ‘This exact phrase’; choose Spanish from the language drop-down menu; click Search.
  • Click the result – La Escala Saffir/Simpson para Huracanes to read the description of a categoria cinco.

Note, to a specific phrase, use quotation marks around the phrase. For example: “atlantic hurricane tracking chart”. Notice also that NOAA search ignores capital letters. Saffir-Simpson produces the same result as saffir-simpson or SafFir-SimpSOn.

FEMA Emergency Preparedness Training Course

http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/downloads/IS22/Unit1.pdf

FEMA, for all its failings, does provide good information to the public about emergency preparedness. If you’re anxious about this year’s hurricane season and feel you were woefully unprepared for last year’s, here’s an online class you can take to get you, and your family, up to speed.

Taking this test will get you prepared for any emergency and teach you how to:

  • Get informed about hazards and emergencies that may affect you and your family
  • Develop an emergency plan
  • Collect and assemble disaster supplies kit
  • Learn where to seek shelter from all types of hazards
  • Identify the community warning systems and evacuation routes
  • Include in your plan required information from community and school plans
  • Learn what to do for specific hazards
  • Practice and maintain your plan

Take the course in your spare time and at your own speed. It may save your life!

Hurricane and Tropical Storm Information Pathfinder

 

Hurricane and Tropical Storms Pathfinder

http://www.ebr.lib.la.us/reference/pathfinder/hurricanes.htm 

It’s hurricane season again!! Don’t get caught unprepared this year — bookmark this pathfinder in your browser, or print it out, and have the best local hurricane information pathfinder at your fingertips.

This pathfinder lists a number of books available at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library that define the nature and danger of hurricanes and tropical storms. It also identifies web sites containing current advisories, forecasts, storm tracks, checklists of storm preparedness procedures, and places to contact in the event a hurricane or severe weather affects this area.

The Hurricane & Tropical Storm Information Pathfinder is a must-have resource for hurricane season, so make sure you have it on hand!!


Starting a New Business

Business establishments that serve food, beverages, and/or alcohol must file certain documents with local government agencies in East Baton Rouge Parish. Some of the frequently asked questions when opening a new business that sells food or alcohol are:

Where do I pay local and state sales taxes?

Who do I contact for occupational license information?

Which office do I contact for information on zoning?

Where can I get a license to serve alcohol?

The Baton Rouge Parish Government Website’s “Checklist for Starting a New Business” has the answers to these questions and more. The list is a directory of federal, state and local government agency contacts that collect required fees for licenses, permits, sales taxes and unemployment compensations taxes. Along with address, phone and fax number, a useful “What You Will Need” list is provided for each agency listing.

How do I find this useful checklist?

Point your Internet browser to the following link: http://brgov.com/Dept/finance/checklist.htm

Novelist Database

Novelist Database

Got barbeque? While many of us see barbeque as an emblem of Southern history, some archaeologists regard it as the most ancient cooking technique on earth, citing evidence of barbeque pits found at sites dating back to 25,000 B.C. Throughout the U.S. it is considered a mainstay at church picnics, political rallies and private parties. Hundreds of thousands of variations on an authentic recipe are cleverly clipped for keeps or encrypted on index cards and tucked away in virtually every American kitchen. Survey the 50 states and you’ll soon discover a cornucopia of finger-licking festivals, each boasting its own local, no-nonsense competition aiming to pin a ribbon on the ideal expression of what has become an American art form.

Want to know how you can add an item to your May reading list that features barbeque in the plot? Check out Novelist — a fiction database that provides subject heading access, reviews, annotations, and much more for over 135,000 fiction titles. Here’s how it works:

  • From the EBR Library home page (URL: http://www.ebr.lib.la.us), click Online Databases on the left navigation menu.
  • Click Enter on the next screen (Patrons outside the library must enter your full library card number first.).
  • Under My Library’s Databases, click Novelist.
  • On the Novelist home page, notice the various tabs; click Search our Database.
  • Scan the list that appears; click Describe a Plot.
  • In the blank text box, type Barbeque.
  • Check the box labeled Adult; then type publication date: 2001 – 2006.
  • Click Search; this search yields 19 results.
  • Click Item #1, “Secrets of the wholly grill: a novel about cravings, barbeque, and software” (2002).
  • Read the reviews provided for this title to decide if this is one you’ll add to your reading list!

Barbecue’n on the Internet

http://www.barbecuen.com

New to barbeque? Looking for new equipment or recipes? Just a fan of this All-American cuisine? Barbecue’n on the Internet is the website for you! This site is an encyclopedia of barbeque knowledge and information. It’s full of hints and tips, info on grills, smokers and woods, as well as recipes and techniques.

Novice BBQers can learn the best methods for using their new grills in the “Beginner Lessons” section. Whether you want a gas grill, or a classic charcoal kettle, this site will tell you how to use your new cooker to get the best results. For the experienced griller, there are recipes and articles on charcoals and woods. There is a discussion of cuts of meat, optimum temperatures, a long list of quick tips, and a whole lot more.

With tons of recipes and even more useful BBQ information, Barbecue’n on the Internet is a one-stop shop for BBQ lovers!

Newsbank

Reading Louisiana’s major newspapers online is easy using Newsbank. The Newsbank database provides users with full text access to eight daily Louisiana newspapers. including, The Advocate (Baton Rouge), Times Picayune (New Orleans), Daily Advertiser (Lafayette), and The Times (Shreveport).

Two New Orleans area business publications have been added to the Newsbank title list; they are, CityBusiness North Shore Report, coverage starts with April 2002 – current, and New Orleans CityBusiness, March 2001 – current.

Newsbank offers basic keyword and advanced searching. The advanced search feature permits users to search publications such as The Advocate by headline, lead paragraph, author/byline, or all text. Additional options for searching a publication by date include selecting a specific date, a range of dates or all years of availability. Users can also browse a specific issue by selecting the date from the short display list or, entering a specific date in the available search box.

Access to Newsbank is available at all branches of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library or, by linking to Newsbank from the Business & Career Connection page and then authenticating with your East Baton Rouge Parish library card.

Business Person of the Month: John Schneider

John Schneider
President

Cyntreniks, LLC.

406 N. 4th St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
225.346.5080
www.cyntreniks.com

John Schneider - President of Cyntreniks LLCJohn Schneider is the president of Cyntreniks LLC, an organization providing strategic consulting for business and government.

Schneider has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana, Lafayette) and a Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University Law School.

He keeps up-to-date in the business world by reading the book The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene, Forbes magazine, and the New York Times. In his leisure time, Schneider enjoys browsing the Men’s Journal.

Schneider’s vision for the future of East Baton Rouge Parish is:

  • A vibrant, eclectic, pedestrian downtown that capitalized on its riverfront locale and is the focal point of the capital area and the daily gathering point for citizens and tourists alike.
  • A progressive leadership hub that is the voice of good government and fiscal responsibility local, regionally and statewide.
  • An economic development magnet for nationally and internationally, leading-edge technological, health and service-oriented businesses that has transformed the entire capital area into a thriving mecca.
  • A public education system that is an example for not only the rest of the state but nationally and interanationally.
  • A higher education environment that is the home of two nationally and internationally – recognized centers for academic excellence hub – Southern and L.S.U.
  • A compassionate, understanding, proactive parish that has recognized, responded, and addressed that needs of its less fortunate residents.

He was the treasurer of the Patrons of the Public Library, the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s friends group, in 2005.

His favorite quote is “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high acheivement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory or defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt – “Citizenship in the Republic” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910.

Business Person of the Month Archive

EBSCO Database

According to LSU Ag Center Family Economics Professor Dr. Jeannette Tucker, in 2004 teens worked 15 hours per week at $5.70 per hour for a weekly paycheck of more than $80, yet they spent $104 each week. Furthermore, Louisiana teens scored only 47.3 percent on a nationwide test of financial literacy…pair that figure with the notion that one in three teenagers carries a credit card, and even more have an ATM card.

Whether you’ve just signed your name onto your first piece of plastic or claim to have never left home without it, do you consider yourself to be financially literate? A Google search on “financial literacy” would yield results just as overwhelming as wading through the Library of Congress wherein all the books had been dumped onto the floor with random pages ripped out and peppered throughout the stacks. That’s why there’s EBSCO.

  • From the EBR Library home page (URL: http://www.ebr.lib.la.us), click Online Databases on the left navigation menu.
  • Click Enter on the next screen (Patrons outside the library must enter your full library card number first.).
  • Under Statewide Databases, click EBSCO; select EBSCOHost Web.
  • Let’s begin with a search for full-text articles about financial literacy.
  • In the blank text box, type “financial literacy” (place phrase in quotes).
  • Under Limit Your Results, click the check box next to Full Text.
  • Click Search.
  • Notice that there are 313 pages of results Let’s narrow this a bit more:
    • Under See all click “Periodicals” (reduces results to 247).
    • Under Narrow results, click FINANCE, Personal (reduces results to 61)
  • Scroll down to record #8 – “Improving the Financial Literacy and Practices of Youth” – click on this title.
  • This will display a brief record, including an article summary.
  • To view the full text of the article, click PDF Full Text.
  • If you want to read the article later, you may email it to yourself or a friend by clicking the E-mail link while you have the article opened.

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy

http://www.360financialliteracy.org

The 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy web site offers general information for managing personal finances. It was created by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and provides financial information ranging from the basic “how to balance your checkbook” and “how to manage your credit cards” to more advanced retirement/estate planning and investment topics.

Not only does this site address the financial information needs of people throughout their life spans, it also provides financial information and direction for those who were impacted by the recent hurricanes. Special features include “Ask the Money Doctor” and the “Financial Guidance Book“.

Use this site to increase your financial literacy or show it to your children to help them understand the importance of money and finances in their lives.