Coming soon this
(RFID) Radio Frequency
Identification Micro-chip Wristbands.
Emergency workers who tended injured victims at the chaotic scene of a
school bus crash have proposed that children on field trips wear
wristbands with identifying information. School officials in
Michigan and northwest Ohio said that sounds like a good idea.
At least 48 children and adults were injured Oct. 10 when the bus collided
with a tractor-trailer loaded with 38 tons of steel coils in Erie
Twp., Mich., about 10 miles north of Toledo.
But firefighters and paramedics had only a list of children on the bus, and
there weren't enough uninjured adults to accompany each child to a
‘‘We didn't know who they were or where they went,’’ said Larry Merkle,
chief of the Monroe Charter Twp. Fire Department. ‘‘It was just a
So the department's fire inspector, Lt. Calvin Schmitt, presented the
wristband idea last week to superintendents of Monroe County's 10
School officials will discuss the wristband idea further.
Man tries to snatch child
at health club - Child-care worker noticed immediately something was
BELLEVUE -- Police fear a man tried to abduct a 5-year-old girl from the
child-care area of Bally Total Fitness in Bellevue on Tuesday night.
The child's mother left her daughter
with a child-care supervisor while she worked out at the fitness center at 3235
148th Ave. S.E. -- between Bellevue Community College and Interstate 90.
`A bunch of red flags'
Shortly after 7 p.m. a man
approached the child-care supervisor and said he wanted to pick up his daughter.
The girl was the only child under
supervision at the time. The man didn't use the girl's name, and the supervisor
is acquainted with her parents, so she was immediately suspicious.
When the supervisor asked to see the
man's wristband parents are supposed to wear, ``He said `I'm sorry' and walked
away nervously,'' Bellevue police spokeswoman Marcia Harnden said.
``There were a whole bunch of red
flags,'' Harnden said.
The suspect is described by police
as an Asian man in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-4 and 150 pounds with
spiked bleached hair and brown teeth. The girl's parents told police they don't
know who the man was.
Bally uses wristbands as a safeguard
against children being kidnapped. Both the parent who is exercising and the
child being taken care of are given matching wristbands so child-care workers
can confirm the child is going home with the right person.
The child-care supervisor
immediately called police, but employees did not follow the man and do not know
if he drove or walked off the Bally property.
``Our employees are well-trained and
made sure this was a non-incident,'' said Dave Southern, spokesman for Bally
Total Fitness. He declined to discuss details of the case.
But police are treating this as a
serious incident as they search for the suspect and try to prevent him from
attempting another kidnapping.
Police don't know yet how the man
got inside the fitness center or whether he is a member at Bally.
ATTEMPTED CHILD KIDNAPPING EASTSIDE
DAY CARE CHILDREN SAFETY
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probably seen the ubiquitous yellow wristbands thousands of people
are wearing right now. It's a tribute to Lance Armstrong and other
Lance Armstrong Foundation
believes that when battling cancer, “knowledge is power and attitude
is banding together to raise money for the foundation by purchasing
a yellow wristband with a powerful message inscribed on it, “Live
News 8 Austin's Paul Brown spoke with Britney Puryear, project
manager for the Lance Armstrong Foundation about Living Strong.
Q: Tell us about the wristband and what it signifies.
A: This is such an exciting time for us. People all over the
country are wanting these wristbands. I think the significance is to
Lance Armstrong, the color yellow is so great for him. It’s a symbol
of courage, inspiration and perseverance and we found that cancer
survivors across the country identify with yellow in the same way.
So it was just kind of natural that we made these wristbands yellow,
and on it is Lance’s mantra, “Live Strong.” That’s just kind of how
the foundation feels about cancer survivorship, that knowledge is
power and attitude is everything, and that there should be life
How many wristbands have been sold so far and how much money has
We’ve done so well with the campaign. To date we’ve sold a little
over 2.2 million, just on the Web site alone. We’ve sent out 4
million more to retail sites across the country. Those are just
flying off the shelves as well. . Plenty of people in the local
Austin area have been calling wanting to know where they can get
Where can people purchase a wristband if they would like to buy one?
A: Unfortunately, a lot of stores in Austin are sold out.
Some of them have ordered more and should be getting them in, but
many are sold out. There is another opportunity at our tour watching
party on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Fox and Hound. We’ve
reserved a few wristbands to sell at this party since hopefully
we’ll be celebrating the sixth win for Lance.
Event Planner's Best Friend
you're planning an event for 100 or 10,000, wristbands are an
invaluable tool in making sure your event runs smoothly. In fact,
whether you choose Tyvek wristbands, paper wristbands, custom
wristbands, plastic wristbands, or vinyl wristbands, simply using
these simple identifiers can alleviate a number of potential
problems during your event. The versatility of wristbands means that
you can use them anytime you need a visual identifier. Here are some
examples of the myriad of ways you can use wristbands:
Age or height identifier: Wristbands can be used at venues to
identify minors in order to prevent them from purchasing alcoholic
beverages. They can also be used in amusement parks when there are
height restrictions to certain rides. Tyvek wristbands have the
advantage of being waterproof, and so can be used for water parks.
Admissions: When you use wristbands, you can sell day passes for
events or amusements. Guests will appreciate not having to fumble
for tickets, and workers will save time by easily identifying those
who have paid for a pass. If you are holding a conference that spans
several days, you can use wristbands of a different color each day
so that registrars can tell at a glance whether the attendee is
registered for a given day's events.
Child-Parent Protection: Twin wristbands are ideal for situations
where it's necessary to identify parents of children. Daycare
centers, preschools, and amusement venues for small children all
need to ensure that a child is leaving with an adult who is his or
her parent or guardian.
Group Day Trips: Whether it's a school field trip or a day trip to a
casino, it's important to be able to identify those with your group.
Being able to check wristbands ensure that the proper individuals
are boarding the proper busses, and allow for an easy head count to
make sure no one is left behind.
Commemoration: If you're planning Red Ribbon Week at a school, you
can issue wristbands to those students who pledge to participate.
Likewise, you can use wristbands as a way for people who have
committed to a cause or an ideal to self-identify.
Wristbands are made from a number of different materials, such as
Tyvek wristbands, paper wristbands, plastic wristbands, and vinyl
wristbands. Which material you choose depends upon your budget and
the type of event you're planning.
Best of all, wristbands can be easily customized. Although there are
a number of preprinted wristbands on the market, you can order
custom wristbands with the name of your company or event. Custom
wristbands can also include bar codes, logos, and other special
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