June 7 Clearfield-Jefferson American Red Cross Notes

CLEARFIELD – The thunderstorms are horrific this season and everyone needs to know what to do and be prepared!

Before Lightning Strikes…
• Keep an eye on the sky. Look for darkening skies, flashes of light, or increasing wind. Listen for the sound of thunder.
• If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Go to safe shelter immediately.
• Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for the latest weather forecasts.

When a Storm Approaches…
• Find shelter in a building or car. Keep car windows closed and avoid convertibles.
• Telephone lines and metal pipes can conduct electricity. Unplug appliances. Avoid using the telephone or any electrical appliances. (Leaving electric lights on, however, does not increase the chances of your home being struck by lightning.)
• Avoid taking a bath or shower, or running water for any other purpose.
• Turn off the air conditioner. Power surges from lightning can overload the compressor, resulting in a costly repair job!
• Draw blinds and shades over windows. If windows break due to objects blown by the wind, the shades will prevent glass from shattering into your home.

If Caught Outside…
• If you are in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees.
• If you are boating or swimming, get to land and find shelter immediately!

Protecting Yourself Outside…
• Go to a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles, or metal objects. Make sure the place you pick is not subject to flooding.
• Be a very small target! Squat low to the ground. Place your hands on your knees with your head between them. Make yourself the smallest target possible.
• Do not lie flat on the ground–this will make you a larger target!

The Clearfield Office is in need of Registered nurses with at least one year of experience in long term care to administer testing of Nurse Aids for certification.
This can be a paid or volunteer position and is sporadic in nature, possibly once a month for 5-8 hrs. Anyone interested and qualified, please call the office at 765-5516 for more information.

Clearfield-Jefferson Red Cross is holding a 50-50 raffle to be drawn on August 2 at 10 p.m. at the Clearfield County Fair. Tickets are a $1.00 donation and will be available at the Red Cross offices or from board members and volunteers.

Disaster training classes:
• June 26- Mass Care Overview at the Brookville Office 5:30-8 p.m.
• June 28- Mass Casualty Disasters at the Brookville Office 10am-4:30 p.m.

If you or any one you know is interested in attending any of these disaster classes, please call the office or email esd@clearfieldjeffersonredcross.org to register. There is no charge for disaster classes.

Babysitter Training will be held on June 21 at 9 a.m. at the Red Cross office. Students must be 11- 15 years of age and will receive a manual, first aid kit, wall and wallet certificates. They will learn Basic care, problem solving, safety related measures, basic breathing and first aid emergencies, safe play and more. Call 765-5516 to register.

Health & Safety Classes:

Adult CPR – Clearfield – July 2
Brookville – July 9
Punxsutawney – July 7
Infant Child CPR – July 3
First Aid – Clearfield – July 17
Brookville – July 10
Punxsutawney – July 8

All of the above Health & Safety classes begin at 6 p.m.

Call 765-5516 to register for classes in Clearfield or 849-2712 to register in Brookville & Punxsutawney. Visit the Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter Web site for all the local Red Cross news.

Clearfield Bloodmobile Schedule

June 9 Curwensville VFW 12:00 – 6:00
June 13 Clearfield Starz Gym – Lawrence Twp. Police Station 12:00-6:00
June 14 Goshen Township Social Hall 10:00-3:30
June 16 Clearfield Bank & Trust 10:00-3:00
June 19 Penn Dot  9:00 – 3:00
June 19 BigerYMCA 12:00-6:00
June 19 Board of Assistance 9:00-2:00
June 20 Fixed Site- 440 Front Place 12:00 – 6:00
June 20 Appalachian Wood Products 12:00-6:00
June 25 St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Frenchville 1:00 – 7:00

Jefferson Bloodmobile Schedule

May 13 Brockway Presbyterian church Noon-6 p.m.
May 16 Brookville Borough Complex Noon-6 p.m.
May 16 First Church of God- Punxsutawney Noon-6 p.m.
May 27 St Mary’s Church-Reynoldsville 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

When an emergency strikes or a disaster hits, your compassion is turned into action. Your money becomes blankets wrapped around a family who has lost everything. Your blood flows through the veins of a person whose life depended on it! Support your American Red Cross! Checks may be sent to Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter, 1100 S. Second St. Suite 2, Clearfield, Pa 16830, or Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter, 275 Main St., Brookville, Pa 15825.

VISA and MasterCard are accepted.

Red Cross is a United Way and United Fund Participating Agency and an RSVP Station.

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