Northwest Arkansas Preparedness Fair

Plan to attend the 2010 Preparedness Fair Saturday, Aug. 21 to learn how to prepare your family, your home and your pocket book for emergency situations. The 2010 Northwest Arkansas Preparedness Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1101 McCollum Drive, Bentonville, Ark. This free event includes lunch, 72-hour kit items, smoke detectors, walk-in blood drive and presentations on preparedness topics. There will also be fun activities for the kids, free child IDs and various emergency vehicles to explore. In addition there will be more than 75 booths hosted by local organizations such as emergency response teams, emergency training personnel, the Red Cross and other community service groups. For more information click www.nwapreparednessfair.com or call Melanie Christensen at 479-553-7078....
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Sheep Dog National Office Plans to Relocate

During our annual Board of Directors meeting held on July 28th, one of our primary topics for discussion was the opportunity to relocate our national Sheep Dog office to the Center for Nonprofits at St Mary’s in Rogers, Arkansas. Opening an office at the Center for Nonprofits will drastically reduce our overhead expenses and provide us with the opportunity to learn from some of the most successful non-profit organizations in Northwest Arkansas. Also, we will have access to conference rooms and class rooms that will enable us to expand our ability to train and educate Sheep Dog members and volunteers. We expect to be in our new office Sept 1st. We will keep everyone posted as we move forward....
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“Non-traditional” Sheepdog!

Heroic Mailman Saves 3 Lives While on the Job Published July 20, 2010 | Associated Press AKRON, Ohio — Keith McVey is no ordinary mailman. He finished his afternoon deliveries, betraying no sign that anything out of the ordinary had occurred save for the blood on his uniform and the cut on his lip. Back at the post office, he was greeted with cries of disbelief: “Did you hear? Keith saved another life today.” McVey now can’t walk down the street without being honked at by passing cars filled with admirers — or, apparently, without saving a life. “He’s a rock star in our eyes,” says Tina Starosto, a receptionist at King Apartments, where a sign declaring “Keith Our Hero” is on the office wall. Over the years, McVey, 53, has helped saved three people while on his mail route, earning a reputation as the plainclothes superhero. Last week, he threw aside his bundle of mail to perform CPR on an unconscious man on the side...
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LAPD Teach Marines How to Train Afghan Police

JULIE WATSON | Associated Press/AP Online July 12, 2010 LOS ANGELES – A tough-talking, muscular Los Angeles police sergeant steadily rattled off tips to a young Marine riding shotgun as they raced in a patrol car to a drug bust: Be aware of your surroundings. Watch people’s body language. Build rapport. Marine Lt. Andrew Abbott, 23, took it all in as he peered out at the graffiti-covered buildings, knowing that the lessons he learned recently in one of the city’s toughest neighborhoods could help him soon in the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan. “People are the center of gravity and if you do everything you can to protect them, then they’ll protect you,” he said. “That’s something true here and pretty much everywhere.” Abbott was among 70 Camp Pendleton Marines in a training exercise that aims to adapt the investigative techniques the LAPD has used for decades against violent street gangs to take on the Taliban more as a powerful drug-trafficking mob than an...
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501c3 Approved!

The process has been a little long, but well worth the wait. As of July 2nd, 2010, Sheep Dog – Impact Assistance is officially a 501c3 Non-Profit Approved Organization. Our primary focus is helping people, plain and simple. Having an approved non-profit status will enable us to raise the support needed to truly make a positive impact in the lives of those we intend to help. We are excited about the future of Sheep Dog IA and missions that lay before us....
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Weekly Survival Tips

Starting tomorrow, July 1st, we will begin posting a weekly survival tip. This first tip will post on a Thursday, but all subsequent tips will post on Wednesdays. This is a fun and useful way to share many of our tips on basic survival techniques. You never know when a little information might go a long way towards preventing you from becoming a statistic. Our hope is that you will enjoy our weekly survival tips enough to share them with friends and family. Do not hesitate to share comments or information on how a tip impacted your life, and please share some of your unique tips on survival. Our Facebook and Twitter pages are great ways for you to share....
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FDNY firefighter promoted to Marine Corps Major in firehouse

NEW YORK — When FDNY Firefighter Jason Brezler was to be promoted to Major in the Marine Corps Reserves, he was told he could choose where the ceremony would take place. He said he immediately knew where he wanted it, but it wasn’t the Iwo Jima Memorial, his unit in Washington D.C. or even where he was stationed in Afghanistan. He chose his firehouse, Engine 45 and Ladder 58 in the Bronx. “Why do this [ceremony] in a garage in the Bronx?” Firefighter Brezler said following the June 18 ceremony. “I’m proud to be part of two of the greatest organizations in this country – the FDNY and the USMC. Some of my best friends are here. For me, it made perfect sense.” Dozens of family and friends attended the ceremony, where Firefighter Walter Powers, who also works at Ladder 58 and is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, officiated. “I’ve been in the Marine Corps for 22 years, and I can...
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Lance Returns, Sheep Dog Expands

As the members of any new organization will tell you, having the Founder and CEO out-of-pocket for several days puts a strain on day-to-day business activities. Having the Founder and CEO deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom gives “out-of-pocket” a whole new meaning. As of June 4th Lance and his Marines & Sailors ended a 13 month deployment that began May 1st of 2009. Saying that we are happy to have Lance home is an understatement! We are extremely proud of the sacrifices made by all our brave men and women serving around the world, especially our men and women serving on the front lines of the war on terror. Please keep in mind these sacrifices, just like the men and women serving on the home front in Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services, societies Sheepdog’s are continuously on call and making the ultimate sacrifice. In Lance’s absence Sheep Dog IA has continued moving forward...
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