Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Scoop on Pets - Be Ready- Pet First Aid Kit

The Scoop on Pets
By Denise Cassidy-Dietsch

Be Ready- Pet First Aid Kit
As pet lovers, we like to take our pets with us, whenever we can.  Whether we are on vacation, on a long hike or walk, or out for a simple car ride, accidents and injuries can happen.  You have a first aid kit for your family. Why not for your pets?  Although there are many ready-made pet first aid kits available at your local pet stores, you can also make your own.  I keep one in my vehicle, in the event that we run into an emergency while travelling.  It can be made very light-weight, to pack in your back pack, for hiking with your dog.
Lightweight, foam, zippered containers (shown in the picture) can be purchased at your local pharmacy.  Some even offer the container for free, if you purchase a few of the items on the list below.  The following items should be included in any pet first aid kit:
*     Copies of your pet’s current rabies vaccine certificate.  The tag is not adequate proof, if something were to happen
·         Copies of your dog’s current county license.  Again, the tag is not adequate proof, if something were to happen
·         Instruction card for pet CPR
·         Your veterinarian’s emergency contact info and phone number
·         Latex, or latex free surgical gloves
·         Antiseptic wipes to clean your hands before and after treatment
·         Sterile pads
·         Vet Wrap
·         Compression pads or a maxi pad, to apply pressure when required
·         Stretchy gauze
·         Diphenhydramine (such as Benadryl), for allergic reactions
·         Diphenhydramine spray or cream
·         Adhesive tape
·         Stethoscope, to locate a pulse
·         Styptic stick or powder, to stop the bleeding of cracked toenails
·         First Aid Cream
·         Iodine
·         Hydrocortisone cream
·         Tweezers, to remove ticks or splinters
·         Scissors, preferably with a rounded tip
·         Cotton swabs
·         Eye wash
·         Ace bandage
Most of the items on this list can be purchased in small quantities, to keep your kit light-weight.  The purpose of having a pet first aid kit is to provide minor treatment to your pet, or to stabilize him before transporting him to your veterinarian for professional, medical treatment.  It is not to replace proper, medical treatment.  For major injuries, pick up your cell phone, and call your vet’s emergency number for guidance.

, Doodie Calls

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board- Do you like stats?

Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director
Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.

Our objective at the LVWDB is to not only build a workforce delivery system for the Lehigh Valley but provide valuable labor market information and data.  This information and ensures an employer demand-driven world class workforce system aligned with economic development, education and the community focusing on targeted industry clusters.

If you like stats... then you will enjoy the PA Department of Labor PA Monthly Workstats report. This document offers labor market highlights for PA and Lehigh Valley specific information.


To view the entire report please visit The Chamber website

For more information please contact the PA CareerLink Lehigh Valley Business Engagement Services Team (BEST) at 610-841-1006.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Bridging the Workforce Gap -Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board

Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board

A comprehensive new study assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the Lehigh Valley’s workforce, provides key strategies for how to improve upon them, and lays the foundation for a new council linking local educational institutions and economic development agencies in a way that has never been done before.

The study, commissioned by LVEDC and the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board (LVWDB), finds the overall forecast for the Lehigh Valley is very good. A total of 22,150 new jobs are expected to be created over the next five years, and the report found the region’s workforce and talent development system is generally well-aligned to meet the needs of employers.

But, like any region, there is always room for improvement, and the study’s skills gap analysis identified several occupation and career areas that were either underserved or overserved by the existing current education and talent system. These findings will inform the creation of the Education and Talent Supply Council, which will take action on some of the study’s recommended strategies.

“Our partnership is serving as a model for workforce and economic development, not just in the state of Pennsylvania, but for the entire nation,” Cunningham said. “The quality of a region’s workforce and talent supply has quickly become the leading factor in attracting and retaining companies and growing jobs. This requires that we understand both supply and demand.”

The study was conducted by Oxford Economics, a New York City-based economic consultant, and is entitled “Bridging the Workforce Gap: Lehigh Valley Workforce & Economic Development Strategy.”

Oxford Economics gathered empirical data on the skills and training gaps and strengths of the current Lehigh Valley workforce. Among the goals of the strategic plan were to examine the pipeline of training providers and workforce supply, catalog the region’s workforce support service providers, assess resource efficiency, and recommend implementation strategies and best practices.

“This is not a once-and-done effort; the workforce strategic plan was just the beginning,” said Nancy Dischinat, LVWDB executive director. “This council will ensure that economic development is working closely together with the region’s producers of talent, and that the pipeline of skilled workers in the Lehigh Valley is strong.”

The study was funded by a Pennsylvania JOBS1st grant that LVEDC and LVWDB jointly applied for and received. While LVEDC and LVWDB have always enjoyed strong collaboration and a common vision for a thriving Lehigh Valley, it is an unusual occurrence for an economic development organization and workforce entity to work together to gather substantial data about a region’s workforce gap.