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Traveling With Pets For many of us, our four legged friends are a part of our family, and no family vacation would be complete without them! If this is how you feel, you are not alone! According to Lisa Marshall, communications director for the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, traveling with pets is becoming a “nationwide trend.” She states, “Personally, I think the pet-friendly travel trend reflects a bigger trend in pet ownership and how dogs are treated like family members.” According to a survey by the American Pet Products Association, 37% of pet owners travel with their animals, which a large...

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The Role of Wildland Firefighters Wildland firefighters go by many names, including forest firefighters, woodland firefighters, and wildfire prevention specialists. No matter what you call them, though, no one can deny the importance of the role they play in today's society.  Wildland firefighters usually work as part of a firefighting team or crew. They work hard to prevent fires and remain ready in case of emergencies. When there is a wildfire, wildland firefighters typically parachute down near the fire, retrieve dropped equipment, and begin fighting the blaze. Not only do they prevent, contain, and battle to extinguish wildfires, they also rescue hikers and other...

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There are so many activities to do and adventures to have in our home state, and this upcoming long weekend is the perfect time to get out and explore! So, as we continue with our GO-KOT weekend getaway series, we will be highlighting an option right here in Alabama: Cheaha State Park.  Cheaha Pulpit Rock, Photo from Alapark About Cheaha State Park Cheaha State Park is located in the Talladega National Forest, just 1 hour and 20 minutes outside Birmingham. This park is centered on the top of the state’s highest mountain at 2,407 feet above sea level, which allows for 360 degree views found no...

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The Importance of Preparedness Being prepared for emergencies, natural disasters, or any other unforeseen event is essential for both you and your family's safety. To ensure you are properly prepared, follow this tips: Have a Plan: Ready.gov is a great resource to use when making your emergency plan. Keep in mind that your family may not be together when a disaster strikes, so decide how you will contact each other and where you will meet up if you are separated. In addition, it's important to research which types of disasters could affect your area, whether it's hurricanes, tornados, floods, earthquakes, etc. Your...

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Outdoor Adventures Whether it's camping, hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or any other outdoor adventure, it is easy to get up in all the fun and excitement and forget to take the proper safety precautions. To ensure you continue to have a fun and enjoyable experience in the great outdoors, we have collected a number of important safety tips to remember for your next outing.  Pack Safety Essentials: No matter what your outdoor adventure of choice is, it is always a good idea to bring a first aid kit, a map, a compass, waterproof matches, a fire starter, a flashlight with extra batteries,...

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