|Hercules slaying the Hydra|
This Eruystheus fellow, well, he didn't particularly like Hercules, so, he assigned him nearly impossible tasks to accomplish in order to trip him up. Slay the Hydra? Check. Capture the Cretan Bull? Check. Go on a mythic panty raid and steal the girdle of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons? Check.
|Clean that stable!|
In the world of public information, sometimes it may feel as if it will take a Herculean effort to educate our public about the many dangers they face. How much time and energy is put into hand washing education as we enter the flu season? How many times do firefighters remind people to change their smoke detector batteries when the clocks fall back in October? And, here in Florida, we have to constantly remind our residents that yes, every single year, there is the threat that a hurricane may affect where we live, and they should have a survival kit packed with the essentials.
|Public education starts early|
The truth is, however, that this kind of public education isn't an impossible task, and with repetition, it can save lives. The number of deaths due to home fires has dropped steadily since smoke detectors have become more common. Driving deaths have dropped significantly with seatbelt use and strict DUI enforcement. Extreme weather events are claiming fewer lives every year.
|Staying up to date as Hurricane Sandy approaches the New York metro area|
So, this weekend, if you are not on duty, sit back, kick your feet up and relax, knowing that the hard work you are doing is making a difference, and that's important for all of us.
Tom Iovino, Public Information Specialist
Pinellas County, Florida