Cat and Dog First Aid: Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Clearfield Red Cross office.$20 for the course and your choice of Cat or Dog First Aid Book and DVD. Learn to care for your pet until you can get them to a vet!
There is Disaster Action Team meetings scheduled for October 27 at 6 p.m. in Brookville and Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. in Clearfield at the Red Cross offices. Anyone interested in helping to provide services to victims of disaster or provide refreshment to firemen or disaster workers are invited to attend.
Reports of swine flu outbreaks are growing and although everyone is growing weary of hearing of it every day, it is extremely important to be aware.Whether the situation reaches pandemic status or not, we must be reminded that pandemic flu is a reality and we must be prepared.
Children have been impacted by the outbreak and need to know how to properly wash their hands to prevent spreading germs.As parents and teachers know, children have a way of picking up colds and other illnesses at school. As the number of H1N1 Flu cases increases in the U.S., it becomes even more important to teach kids how to stay healthy.
Teach Good Health Habits
Proper and consistent hand washing is one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of flu. Teach kids by example by showing them proper hand washing technique:
- Wet hands with water and apply an amount of soap recommended by the manufacturer to hands.
- Rub hands together vigorously for at least 20 seconds, covering all surfaces of the hands and giving added attention to fingernails and surfaces where jewelry is worn.
- Rinse hands with water.
- Dry thoroughly with a disposable towel.
- Use towel to turn off faucet.
For younger children who may rush their hand washing, have them sing a short song such as “Row Row Row Your Boat,” or the “Happy Birthday” song, which will ensure they wash for at least 20 seconds. Placing hand-washing reminders at children’s eye level will also help them become consistent hand washers.
Teach kids to adopt these other healthy habits in order to prevent the spread of germs:
·Avoid sharing objects such as utensils, cups, and bottles.
·Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands afterwards. If tissue-less, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper arm, not your hands.
Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth to keep germs from entering your system.
It is important to have a plan and supplies in place if families are asked to stay at home during an outbreak.The Red Cross recommends stocking extra food, water and supplies at home.
·Assemble or refresh your preparedness kit
·Store 2 week supply of food, water and household necessities(Laundry detergent, toilet paper, etc) With the water, 1 gallon per person per day in a clean, plastic container. Avoid using ones that will decompose or break (milk cartons, glass bottles)
·Insure that formula for infants and any child or older person’s special nutritional needs are part of your planning
·Extra supply of food for your pets if you have any
·Make sure you have an adequate supply of all pre scri ption medications and well as non-pre scri ption
Make a plan:
·Plan for what you would do if you have to stay at home for an extended period of time
·Talk about how to care for someone if they got sick
·Identify how to get information, whether through local radio, tv, internet or other sources
Consult a physician if you have any of the following:
·Fever, Cough, Body Aches, Sore Throat, Headache, Chills, Extreme Tiredness, Vomiting and/or diarrhea
Parents should also prepare for the potential spread of swine flu by talking with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick.
Order your Thanksgiving pies! 10″ Pies, ready to thaw and bake. Caramel Apple Walnut, Apple crisp, Peach, Cherry, Pecan, Strawberry-Rhubarb, Pineapple upside-down, and Pumpkin Roll are $8 and Blackberry, Blueberry, Very Berry and Red Raspberry are $10.00. Order deadline is Nov. 13 and delivery is Nov. 23. Look for order forms at your place of business or call the Clearfield office at 765-5516 and 849-2712 in Brookville to place your order.Support your local American Red Cross and save yourself time and effort.
Christmas is also coming quickly! We are selling decorative Wreaths; Live, long lasting 20″ Noble fir, decorated with Juniper berries, Incense Cedar, Pine cones and a bow. Order deadline is NOON on Nov. 20 and delivery date is Dec. 2.Cost is a $20 donation. Please call 765-5516 in Clearfield and 849-2712 in Brookville to order.
Health & Safety Classes:
PEDIATRIC FIRST AID FOR DAYCARE PROVIDERS: Clearfield – Oct. 24 @ 9 a.m. at the Red Cross office; Brookville office – Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. Register by going online to PA Keys or call 765-5516 for further assistance.
Adult CPR – Clearfield –Oct. 21
Brookville – Nov. 16
Punxsutawney – Nov. 2
Infant Child CPR– Clearfield – Nov. 5
First Aid – Clearfield – Oct. 22
Brookville – Nov. 17
Punxsutawney – Nov. 3
Call 765-5516 in Clearfield or 849-2712 in Brookville & Punxsutawney to register for classes or place an order.
Visit the Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter Web site at www.clearfieldjeffersonredcross.org for all the local Red Cross news.
Clearfield Bloodmobile Schedule
Oct. 20, Ridgeview Elder Care, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 21, Grampian Community Center, 1 – 6 p.m.
Oct. 28, Bigler YMCA, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Oct. 30, Fixed Site 440 Front Place, 12 – 6 p.m.
Jefferson County Bloodmobile Schedule
Oct. 20, SSCD, Punxsutawney, 12 – 6 p.m.
Nov. 6, Punxsutawney Christian School, 12 – 6 p.m.
Nov. 20, Calvary Church of Nazarene, 12 – 6 p.m.
Nov. 24, Masonic Lodge, Reynoldsville, 1 – 7 p.m.
Nov. 27 Big Run War Memorial, Big Run – 12:30 – 6 p.m.
Red Cross is a United Way and United Fund Participating Agency and RSVP Station.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org. 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, 18 Western Ave, Brookville, Pa 15825.VISA and MasterCard are accepted.