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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it. NOAA's mission of science, service and stewardship is to: understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

Review Date: March 30, 2012

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U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division

The Office of Boating Safety oversees the program for the prevention of recreational boat casualties. Activities of the Office include enforcement of Federal laws and regulations, establishment of pleasure craft safety standards, administration of public education and training programs, and maintenance of liaison with others concerned with boating safety. The Program Development and Implementation Division develops and administers a public information program, which includes distribution of literature to the general public and public service announcements for radio and television. The Office maintains a toll-free customer infoline, which provides access to safety information.

Review Date: February 18, 2009

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent federal regulatory agency that was created in 1972 by Congress in the Consumer Product Safety Act. CPSC has jurisdiction over about 15,000 types of consumer products, from automatic-drip coffee makers to toys to lawn mowers. Some types of products, however, are covered by other federal agencies. For example, cars, trucks and motorcycles are covered by the Department of Transportation; drugs and cosmetics are covered by the Food and Drug Administration; alcohol, tobacco and firearms are covered by the Department of the Treasury. CPSC works to reduce the risk of injuries and deaths from consumer products by: developing voluntary standards with industry; issuing and enforcing mandatory standards: banning consumer products if no feasible standard would adequately protect the public; obtaining the recall of products or arranging for their repair; conducting research on potential product hazards; informing and educating consumers through the media, state and local governments, private organizations, and by responding to consumer inquiries.

Review Date: February 20, 2009

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American Red Cross, National Headquarters

The American Red Cross has prepared people to save lives through health and safety education and training. From first aid and CPR training to swimming and life guarding, disaster education, HIV/AIDS education and Babysitter's Training, American Red Cross Preparedness programs help people lead safer and healthier lives. The Red Cross constantly strives to respond to the preparedness concerns of Americans at home, in school and in the workplace. Innovative programs also include teaching lay persons and professionals how to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to save victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

Review Date: December 20, 2011

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California Department of Boating and Waterways

The mission of the California Department of Boating and Waterways is to provide safe and convenient public access to California's waterways and leadership in promoting the public's right to safe, enjoyable, and environmentally sound recreational boating. Since the 1950's,acquatic recreational trends have become topics of interest, from water-skiing to fishing to windsurfing to personal watercraft operation.The Department of Boating and Waterways (or "DBW" for short) was created to help develop convenient public access to the waterways and promote on-the-water safety. Funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars, and boating facility construction loan payments, DBW's programs include: officer training, financial aid and equipment grants for the more than 100 local and state agencies that provide boating law enforcement; voluntary education for boaters in kindergarten through college and non-students; loans for the construction of marina and grants to build boat launching ramps; aquatic pest control in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; coastal beach erosion control; vessel sewage pumpout stations grants; and helping local agencies pay for abandoned vessel removal.

Review Date: March 26, 2012

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National Safe Boating Council

The National Safe Boating Council, Inc. (NSBC) was organized in September 1958 under the name National Safe Boating Committee. The NSBC presently has a membership of over 330 U.S. and Canadian organizations, all with an interest in boating safety and education. The NSBC membership is diverse, with approximately 65% of the membership being nonprofit organizations and 35% being for-profit organizations. The NSBC is the foremost coalition for the advancement and promotion of safer boating through education. The National Safe Boating Council accomplishes this mission by conducting a series of on-going National Campaigns to promote safe boating, providing opportunities to work directly with national and international leaders in boating education, improving the professional development of boating safety educators, distributing safe boating information, developing and recognizing outstanding boating safety programs, and supporting research initiatives that strengthen boating education and safety awareness.

Review Date: December 16, 2010

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National Safety Council

The National Safety Council saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy. From OSHA compliance and workplace safety, to motor vehicle safety and first aid, NSC offers products and training to educate your employees, their families and your community on preventing and responding to emergency situations.

Review Date: December 27, 2010

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National Water Safety Congress

The National Water Safety Congress (NWSC) was founded in 1951 to help curb the rate of drownings resulting from water recreation through national coordination of the educational and safety programs of affiliated organizations. NWSC develops and distributes water safety courses and materials, compiles water accident statistics, promotes water safety programs, conducts conferences and safety training, and promotes water safety through the mass media. The membership of the Congress includes water safety specialists from federal, state, and local governments, water/flood control authorities, water oriented utility companies, public safety agencies, water safety councils, and private individuals.

Review Date: May 17, 2011

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Safe Kids Worldwide

Safe Kids Worldwide (formerly the National SAFE KIDS Campaign) is the first and only national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the prevention of unintentional childhood injury--the number one killer of children ages 14 and under. We offer many educational materials for caregivers and children, including brochures, videos and posters, in both English and Spanish. Our complete resource catalog is available online at www.safekids.org or by calling (800) 289-0117.

Review Date: August 04, 2010

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