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What to Do When a Loved One Is Missing

Having a loved one or a friend go missing can be one of the most chilling experiences that anyone can go through. Fear, panic and confusion are the most immediate emotions that the average person would feel upon realizing that someone dear to him or her is nowhere to be found and cannot be reached with telecommunications.

Unfortunately, these same emotions can make the problem worse. Clarity of thought, sound judgment and deliberate action have been proven to greatly increase the chances of finding a missing person safely and immediately.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where a loved one goes missing, take the following steps:

Confirm that your loved one is missing

 The first step is to determine that they are truly missing. Most adults and older kids can intentionally disappear as they have access to transportation, money, or otherwise have the ability to be independent. However, if any disappearance is uncharacteristic and there is any suspicion that the disappearance was not voluntary, then proceed to try and reestablish contact or confirm that the person is missing. Ensure that you have a pen and paper or any other method to record as much information as you can.

  • Call all known phone numbers (cell phone, home, and office) and check their social media accounts. They may have left messages or indications of their whereabouts in their online or their contacts in social media may have additional information.
  • Check with their friends, co-workers, and relatives. Ask when was the last time they saw your loved one, what they were wearing when last seen, and if they mentioned any plans for the day.
  • Check their home or room. If there are any signs of forced entry or violence, call the police immediately and do not enter. If everything looks normal, be careful with what you touch and as much as possible do not disturb anything – record whatever you touch. When opening doors, use your thumb and forefinger to open the door, do not grab the doorknob. Look for notes or calendars. Do not clean up or try to sort out your loved one’s home or room.
  • Check if their car or preferred mode of travel (bike, skateboard, etc) is missing.
  • Take note of any objects that may also be missing.
  • Call hospitals and shelters. Ask if your loved one or someone fitting their description has been checked in.

Once you have confirmed that your loved one has gone missing, time is of the essence especially if abduction is suspected or there are any concerns about the person’s safety. Loved ones that are especially vulnerable are children, elderly, or person with physical or mental disability.

Contact the Police

There is no mandatory 24 hour waiting period in order to file a missing persons report – this is a myth and a dangerous one. The police may even consider it as a sign of abuse or negligence in the family if reporting is delayed. As soon as you have determined that your loved one is missing and are concerned about their safety, contact the police.

When dealing with the police, provide them with as much information as you can.

  • Physical description and at least three recent photographs. What they were wearing, when, where, and with whom they were last seen.
  • The information you recorded to determine that your loved one is missing.
  • Known aliases.
  • Names and contact details of the missing person’s friends and coworkers.
  • Social media accounts.
  • Medical information.
  • Any other information that the police may require.

Always ask for the badge number of the police officer taking your report and for a copy of the report or it provisional case number.

After contacting the police, if the missing person is a child you can contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children . Their 24-hour hotline is 800-THE-LOST (800-843-5678). They are financed by Congress to help in finding lost children.

Register with NAMus

Your local law enforcement will update your information into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs). You can register your case information if you have the police report number. NamUs is a national repository for missing persons and can give guidance and advice on how to ensure that there are no gaps in information.

Reach out to the public, social media, and news agencies

Do not keep the disappearance a secret. The more people on the lookout and searching, the faster it can be resolved. Distribute fliers, put up posters, appeal for information using social media, and request local and national media for coverage. When dealing with the media, law enforcers recommends getting an intermediary. The intermediary can field questions and filter information that you may be too distressed to handle.

However, there is one important caveat: Do not tell all. Always ask your law enforcement or Private investigator for advice before releasing any information or correcting misreported facts. Unreported facts can help police or your private investigator in determining the veracity of information. It is a sad fact that there are some people who hinder investigations maliciously or in a mistaken belief that they are helping.

Hiring a Private investigator

If the case remains unsolved or the police advise you that they do not have the resources to make your case a priority, it may be time to consider hiring a private investigator. Take care that the private investigator is credible and ethical. In most states, private investigators are required to have licenses. We have previously posted on things to look for in a private investigator.

If you are considering hiring a private investigator, it is always a good idea to discuss this with the police officers handling your case and get their blessing. They may even have recommendations on reliable private investigators.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of cases where so called “private investigators” contact the families of missing persons and offer their services but are unskilled, unprofessional, negligent, and sometimes hinder the genuine efforts of law enforcement. When screening for the right agency to help your cause, dedicate some time to researching their track records before committing to anyone.

Asking for help

Having a loved one go missing is a nightmare. Your ties with family and friends will be tested. You will be subjected to scrutiny and stress. It is important that you maintain your relationships with family and friends so that they can support you. Visit your doctor if you find that you are unable to eat or sleep. If needed, get counseling.

There are non-profit organizations that can help you in this time of need to organize the search and gather information. They can give emotional support, advice, and help raise awareness. You do not have to go through this difficulty alone.

Be Careful With Your Car Bumper Stickers

We put bumper stickers to our cars for many reasons. For one, most of these stickers are colourful. They add pizzaz to our vehicles. They convey the owner’s unique personality. They add to the design. And they can can be a conversation piece. However, much as our intention is as innocent as the bumper stickers that we have displayed in our car, some of these bumper stickers can be very dangerous and leading.

I remember having a conversation with my husband one fine day while we were out shopping. We happened to pass by a stall that created unique vinyl stickers and one of them are cute stick figures to put on the rear of your car. My husband didn’t buy the idea because he said it would call so much attention and would give off unwarranted information to strangers. I didn’t get his logic that time until I saw this photo in FB.

So, let me just remind you about the potential danger of some stickers you place on your vehicle. They can give information about your family even if you don’t mean to shout it out to the universe. The photo below clearly illustrates the danger of certain bumper stickers in your car. Just be cautious and don’t give unscrupulous people the chance to put you and your loved ones in harm’s way.

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(Photo credit: credit to the owner / taken from FB wall post)

 

Home Safety: Protect Your Family from Radon Risks

Like every homeowner, your family’s health and safety is a one of your top priorities. You’ve installed smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms in every room, and have invested in many safety features, but have you considered the threat possible radon in your home can threaten your family’s health?

Lung cancer caused by radon is the leading cause of non-smoker lung cancer deaths in the United States, claiming approximately 21,000 lives per year. Radon exposure is a preventable health risk – eliminating unnecessary exposure by testing radon levels and mitigation is relatively easy.

What is radon?

Radon is a natural radioactive gas, produced by uranium decaying in soil, rock and water. It is in the air you read and when it’s trapped inside your home or other building, the gas can build up to dangerous levels. Because it is invisible, tasteless and has no odor, there may be dangerous levels of it in your home without your knowledge.

What can I do about radon?

There are actions you can take to ensure your family’s safety and health, according to the EPA:

Test your home. The U.S. Surgeon General and the EPA recommend radon testing for all homes in the U.S.
Attend a radon awareness event. January has been designated National Radon Action Month by the EPA– look for radon awareness events in your community, or view free EPA radon publications at their website.
Purchase a radon-resistant home. When buying a new home, look for radon-resistant building construction.

Radon testing

The only way to find out if your home or business has dangerous radon levels is to test for it. In fact, both the U.S. Surgeon General and the EPA recommends that all Americans test their homes and other buildings for radon to protect their health. If high radon levels are detected there are simple steps you can take to fix the problem. Radon testing kits and radon monitors are offered by several organizations and are available at local hardware stores. A radon test will show the current radar levels present, while a radon monitor allows you to monitor levels throughout the year.

What if my indoor radon levels are high?

If testing shows that the radon levels in your home or water are too high, don’t panic. Professional residential and commercial radon mitigation specialists such as S.W.A.T. Environmental provide services and installation of systems to reduce your indoor radon gas levels and keep your family healthy and safe.

New Types of Pet Barriers

Most pet owners have experienced it at least once: they’re on a nice, peaceful drive and their trusty, furry companion is with them. Everything may be hunky-dory at first, but suddenly, without warning, the dog goes wild. Refusing to stay in the back seat, he tries repeatedly to climb into the front of the car. This is not only frustrating for the driver, but also downright dangerous. How can anyone fully concentrate on steering their vehicle properly with Fido trying desperately to climb into their lap or to start licking their face?

photo credit: doggiegoride.com

photo credit: doggiegoride.com

Naturally, this is why pet barriers came into being. But many of the types available do very little to deter the animals from pursuing their very unacceptable behavior. A dog can easily move the solid type that can’t be seen through and isn’t even properly secured. He can lean through netting or even bite right through it. While there are metal barriers, many are spring-loaded and can sproing out of place or damage the interior of the car. If there’s so many cons with what’s available, though, what’s left?

Some people end up creating their own pet barriers that bypass these problems. While some leave it at that, others decide to try to patent and sell their creations to other worried, frustrated pet owners. One such invention is available at http://doggiegoride.com. It’s a unique metal vehicle pet barrier that looks like a cage door, with levels of thin bars that enable a perfect view from either side. It’s adjustable to three different heights, so that dogs of many sizes and breeds can join the fun of a car ride. It’s also designed to protect the interior of the car, so there aren’t any spring-loaded devices that can bounce free if there’s trouble with the installation.

There are other unique pet barriers on the market as well. Finding them just takes an Internet search or two. If you’re an exasperated or frightened pet owner worried about the damage your dog could cause, getting a barrier that’s right for you is a good idea.

Tips To Keep Your Pets Safe From The Fireworks

Tomorrow is July 4 and it is Independence Day. Many Americans will celebrate this momentous occasion with tons of merriment that involves great fireworks that will spook the living daylights from our pets.

Here is a diagram of tips to ensure your pets are safe and secured when you decided to celebrate with fireworks to honour the American Independence Day.

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