The American Red Cross recommends that senior citizens create a personal support network made up of several individuals who will check in on them in an emergency to ensure their wellness and to give assistance if needed. This network can consist of friends, roommates, family members, relatives, personal attendants, co-workers and neighbors. It is suggested that a minimum of three people are identified at each location where one regularly spends a significant part of their week, for example; at work, home, school or volunteer site.
There are seven important items to discuss, give to and practice with a personal support network:
- Make arrangements, prior to an emergency, for your support network to immediately check on you after a disaster and, if needed, offer assistance.
- Exchange important keys.
- Show where you keep emergency supplies.
- Share copies of your relevant emergency documents, evacuation plans and emergency health information card.
- Agree and practice a communications system regarding how to contact each other in an emergency. Do not count on the telephones working.
- You and your personal support network should always notify each other when you are going out of town and when you will return.
- The relationship should be mutual. Learn about each other’s needs and how to help each other in an emergency. You could be responsible for food supplies and preparation, organizing neighborhood watch meetings and interpreting, among other things.
Visit www.clearfieldjeffersonredcross.org to learn more about the Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter or visit us on Facebook
The American Red Cross will hold an Auction on Friday September 24 at the Pantall Hotel in Punxsutawney. A preview and buffet will start at 5:00 pm the live auction will start at 7:00 pm. Hand-made quilt, sport tickets, paintings by local artists, prints, furniture, gift certificates, savings bonds and other special items donated by local businesses and patrons of the community. Tickets are $12.00 each and can be purchased by calling the Red Cross office at 765-5516 or 849-2712.
Health & Safety Classes
Brookville – September 21, 2010 – 6pm
Punxsutawney-October 4, 2010 – 6pm
Clearfield-October 14, 2010-6 pm
Brookville- October 19, 2010 – 6pm
Brookville – September 23, 2010-6pm
Punxsutawney- October 5, 2010 – 6pm
Brookville- October 21, 2010 – 6pm
Clearfield-October 21, 2010-6pm
Clearfield-October 7, 2010-6 pm
Pediatric First Aid and Infant and Child CPR for Child care providers is scheduled for September 22 and 29 from 6-9 p.m. at the Red Cross office in Clearfield. To register go to the PA Keys Web site at www.pakeys.org. Please mail $20.00 registration fee to the American Red Cross in advance at 1100 S. Second St., Clearfield, PA 16830
Call 765-5516 in Clearfield or 849-2712 in Brookville to register for classes or place an order.
Clearfield Bloodmobile Schedule
Friday Sept. 24 CCCTC-By Appointment 8:30-2:00
Saturday Sept. 25 Curwensville Moose 9:00-2:00
Friday Oct. 1 440 Front Street, Clearfield 12:00-6:00
Wednesday Oct. 6 Karthaus Lions Club 1:00-7:00
Monday Oct. 11 Curwensville, UM Church 12:00-6:00
Friday Oct. 15 440 Front Street Clearfield 12:00-6:00
Monday Oct. 21 Grampian Lions- Comm. BLDG 12:30-6:00
Wednesday Oct. 27 Bigler YMCA 12:00-6:00
Friday Oct. 29 440 Front Street 12:00-6:00
Jefferson County Bloodmobile Schedule
Tuesday Sept. 21 Reynoldsville American Legion 1:00-7:00
Thursday Oct. 13 EUM Church, Brookville 12:00-6:00
Thursday Oct. 13 Brockway American Legion 12:00-6:00
Tuesday Oct. 19 SSCD – Punxsutawney 12:00-6:00
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.