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The biggest disaster threat to an American family isn’t floods, hurricanes, or tornadoes; it’s fire. On average the American Red Cross responds to over 63,000 house fires per year, that’s one fire every nine seconds.
House fires can happen quickly and unexpectedly so it is important for families to take the appropriate safety measures to prevent these disasters.
The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to preventing house fires: get a fire alarm and create a fire escape plan.
Place smoke alarms on every level of the house and be sure to test/replace batteries at least once a year.
Home fire plans should have at least two escape routes from every room in your house. Your family members should also select a safe meeting spot away from your home where your family can reunite after the fire. Be sure to discuss this plan with your family and practice it at least twice a year.
Post By: Samantha Slappey, Public Relations Intern
Volunteers: Did you have a birthday or anniversary in September? The Red Cross East Georgia Chapter appreciates all of your hard work and hopes you had a great one!
Chrstine O’Neal 1-Sep
Dawn Holm 8-Sep
Ronald Dickson 13-Sep
Edward Rollor 14-Sep
MaryJane Phillips 17-Sep
Charles Grubbs 19-Sep
Timm Brown 2-Sep, 2009 3 years served
Roland Matson 5-Sep, 2000 12 years served
Frank Hilton 20-Sep, 2006 6 years served
Victoria Young 20-Sep, 2006 6 years served
Troy Douglas 26-Sep 1997 15 years served
With colder weather coming up right around the corner, everyone should take the proper steps to prevent themselves and their loved ones from being infected by the flu.
Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious disease caused by different strains of viruses. Flu viruses can be spread from person to person through various types of contact. Adults have the potential to infect others one day before getting symptoms and as long as five days after symptoms has appeared.
Different Types of Flu Outbreaks
- Seasonal Flu- A contagious respiratory infection caused by flu viruses ever year. It affects 5-20 percent of Americans every year causing mild to extreme illness. In some rare cases the seasonal flu can lead to death.
- Epidemic- The rapid spread of disease that affects many people at the same time in a certain region.
- Pandemic- An outbreak of disease that affects large numbers of people throughout the world and spreads rapidly.
How to Avoid Getting Sick
- Always practice good health habits
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Exercise daily.
- Manage stress.
- Get enough rest and sleep.
- Wash hands frequently.
- Avoid or minimize contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with tissues when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, use the crook of your elbow.
- Stay away from others as much as possible when you are sick.
- Anyone with a fever or flu symptoms should stay home from work or school for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone.
- Get a flu shot every year. Flu shots are typically available at your physician’s office or your local pharmacy.
Written by: Samantha Slappey
Many natural events– as well as some man-made ones–can cause sudden power outages. Outages at any length can be frustrating and bothersome, and prolonged ones can sometimes be dangerous. When your refrigerator goes out, special food safety measures must be taken.
Perishable foods such as milk, meats, and eggs should not be stored above 40 degrees for longer than 2 hours. If the outage is shorter than 2 hours, there is no need for concern. However, if the outage lasts for a longer period of time, you should be prepared to save your food. By planning ahead, you can keep your family’s health safe.
Things you will need
- One or more coolers (can be Styrofoam).
- Non-perishable goods such as canned goods and powdered milk. These foods can be easily prepared and eaten.
- A digital quick-response thermometer that can quickly test the temperatures of food for saftey. safely
What to do
- Do not open the refrigerator or freezer. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods colder for a few hours. A freezer will keep foods cold from 24-48 hours.
- If the outage lasts for more than 2-4 hours, pack the important foods in your refrigerator (meats, fish, eggs, milk, leftovers) into a cooler with ice. Be sure to keep the temperature under 40 degrees. Throw any items away that have been exposed to a higher temperature for more than two hours.
- Refresh the ice in the cooler as needed.
Posted by Samantha Slappey
Written by Samantha Slappey
In the event of an emergency, it is important to make sure your entire family is prepared. You may not always be together when these events happen so you should have a plan that allows you to contact on another.
The American Red Cross suggests meeting with your family in order to discuss how to prepare and respond to potential emergencies. You should identify the responsibilities of each member in your household and plan to work together as a team.
Plan family meeting spots in case you are separated during an emergency. For sudden emergencies, like fires, plan to meet outside of your house. For emergencies where you need to evacuate your home, plan to meet somewhere safe outside of your neighborhood.
Families should also choose an out-of-area contact person just in case local phone lines are out of service.
that you and your family need to evacuate, choose a destination and the route you would take to get there. You should practice your evacuation route twice a year. Be sure to know alternate routes that will take you there in case there is a road blockage. If you have pets, keep a list of pet friendly hotels/motels and animal shelters that are along your evacuation route. If you get separated from your family, you can always let them know you’re ok with the ‘I’m Safe’ button on the Red Cross Hurricane App. The app is free to download on iTunes and Google Play. Visit RedCross.org for more details.
Hurricane Isaac has affected several communities along the Gulf Coast and the Red Cross is responding across multiple states by providing thousands of people with food and shelter.
The Red Cross is prepared to meet people’s emergency needs and is starting to move more volunteers, equipment and supplies into communities as the storm passes.
The Red Cross has served more than 22,000 meals and snacks as of Wednesday night and has 311,000 more ready-to-eat meals and kitchen support trailers in the area. The Southern Baptist Convention also has mobile kitchens capable of producing thousands of meals a day.
Before Isaac struck, the Red Cross prepared 197 emergency response vehicles, additional volunteers and trailers of relief supplies just outside the impact area, and is now starting to move assistance into the affected communities.
In the days ahead, trailers of relief supplies will distribute things like clean-up and personal hygiene items, cots, blankets, coolers, shovels, rakes, tarps, gloves and masks.
About 3,000 trained Red Cross disaster workers from all over the United States have also been deployed to the Gulf region to help. So far, the East Georgia Red Cross has deployed two volunteers to Florida and one to Mississippi to help with relief efforts.
By Samantha Slappey
With National Preparedness Month rapidly approaching, we all need to assure that we are staying disaster-ready not only in our homes, but also in our workplaces.
For many businesses and organizations, figuring out how to prepare for an emergency can feel both confusing and time-consuming. However, with the help of the American Red Cross Ready Rating program, you can learn the best tips and practices that can easily prepare your business for any emergency.
The Ready Rating Program is a free membership program designed to help organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. The program includes a 123 Assessment that measures your organization’s level of preparedness, customized emergency plans for your organization, a resource center for preparedness information and a shop where you can purchase preparedness supplies.
Companies that participate will receive a Ready Rating Seal that serves as a visible statement that you as an organization are committed to improving your level of preparedness for your employees and company as a whole.
For more information or to register your company please visit www.readyrating.org. You can never be too prepared when disaster strikes!
Volunteers: Did you have a birthday or anniversary in August? The Red Cross East Georgia Chapter appreciates all of your hard work and hopes you had a great one!
Volunteer Birthdays for August
|Rachel Moss Smith||11-Aug|
Volunteer Anniversaries for August
Years with Red Cross as of June 2012
By Rachel McDaniel
Clara Barton answered the sharp cries of war long before founding the American Red Cross. She
coordinated military hospitals on the frontlines and earned the nickname “Angel of the Battlefield.” Her
efforts carried over into the services of the American Red Cross.
The Service to Armed Forces helps community-based military members and their families
handle the separation and other special needs related to military service.
The SAF provides a medium of communication between military personnel and their families. The
Red Cross communicates news like the birth of a child or a death to those away from home. The Red
Cross also advocates on behalf of military families for financial assistance from military aid societies in
addition to negotiating emergency leave with military authorities.
Across the nation and around the world, the Red Cross provides a way for military and their families to
stay connected and to cope with the struggles the military lifestyle can bring. However, the Red Cross
can do more than assist today’s military families.
The Red Cross still responds to the hurt of battles fought half a century ago. With recently acquired
documents from World War II, the Red Cross is able to reunite families torn apart by the Nazi regime.
It all starts with contacting the Red Cross.
Visit the East Georgia Chapter website for more information on getting involved or to establish a
relationship with the Red Cross before the difficulties of military life hit the hardest and you need us.