Emergency Preparedness Committee

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There are many disasters through out our lives in which we can be prepared for if we will take the proper precautions. This committee focuses on providing information relating to these disasters.

This information can be obtained from news papers, radio and tv, the internet, but personal involvment is one of the best sources. Ideas from anyone are welcome and appreciated.

Please contact me with any helpful ideas or suggestions.  I will be looking forward to hearing from you. Bunny, Chairman.

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Emergency Preparedness :: September 2012

By Bunny Maginnis, Chairman

We are all in the middle of a major heat wave and extreme drought conditions. As a result, corn, soybeans, cotton and many other crops will be very limited for the year. What does this mean for you and me? It means that prices will increase for every aspect of our lives; no matter what it is we have to purchase.

Perhaps now is the time to stock up on the staples we will need for the winter. If the drought continues as it is now, water may be restricted to cooking and drinking purposes only. Now is the time to stock up on bottled water. Fresh fruit and vegetables will be affected by the heat and drought so stock up on as many canned and frozen items as possible. Food for animals will cost the farmers more this coming year. Fill your freezer with meat while the prices are still reasonable.

I am not trying to preach gloom and doom I am just trying to help you prepare for a hard winter that many people feel we will experience this year. As the old saying goes, a bird in hand is better than two in a bush.

I will be attending a seminar in September offered to instruct people with all disabilities on emergency preparedness. I am looking forward to learning more ways to help keep you safe. Your safety and well-being is always foremost on my mind. I will write a full report on all the information I have attained in the next issue of the chronicle. Remember, don't be scared. Be prepared.

Emergency Preparedness :: June 2012

By Bunny Maginnis, Chairman

This year is one of the worst years I can remember for allergy problems. People who have never experienced sneezing, itchy eyes, stuffy heads, coughing and other allergy hazards are miserable this season. There are several medicines you can try to help relieve some of the symptoms but I find this year they are wanting in providing complete satisfaction. My best advice in this case is to keep your house clean, completely free from any kind of dust or dander. Keep your windows closed and the air conditioner on. If you know what foods, drinks, lotions, or soaps you are allergic to, discontinue them.

Have you ever thought about how you would protect yourself in case of an earth quake and tornado happening simultaneously? I tried to ask FEMA about that and couldn't find any suggestions. If you have any thoughts on this possibility please don't hesitate to make them known. It could happen.

The insects are going wild this year due to a wonderful mild winter. The media warns that ticks are abroad in huge numbers. Among other diseases, lime disease is one of the most notable. Be sure to cover your arms and legs if you are going to be in tall grass or woods.

Have a wonderful and safe summer, and, be prepared for anything.

Emergency Preparedness Committee :: March 2012

By Bunny Maginnis, Chairman

The disaster trail has been light and easy going in our neck of the woods so far this year.

By the time you are reading this it will be nearly spring and those pesky storms will appear from nowhere and try to blow us away. Just be sure to pay close attention to weather forecasts and instructions given by the media broadcasters.

Pedestrian safety is becoming a real problem. During the past year I know of several visually impaired people who have been hit by cars. They all suffered serious injuries. Although we are protected by law it doesn't stop the pain and suffering once it happens.

Whether we like it or not we must make it known to drivers that we are blind. Even if it is not necessary for you to use a cane in most places, please take it with you when you are traveling alone. I remember when I could see well enough to travel without a cane I didn't always want to advertise the fact that I couldn't see well. I always took it with me though and it saved me from being hurt many times.

In the spring when everything is green, lush, and beautiful there are little horrors hovering mostly unseen just waiting to attack. Because spring usually brings lots of rain, mold and mildew like to hide in dark wet places. Beware of them. They can make you very sick. Maybe next time I'll have more disasters to write about. I hope not. See you in June.

Emergency Preparedness :: December 2011

By Bunny Maginnis

Although we have had a glorious autumn, soon the leaves will start to fall and we have to turn those furnaces on again. Now is a good time to have that furnace checked out to make sure you will stay cozy and warm this winter. Now is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. We want to stay warm, but, not hot. Another way to prepare for the coming snow and ice, and, cold winds is to stock up on furnace filters. A smooth running furnace can save a lot of on your heat bill. .

You may also want to check your water pipes just to be sure they don't have cracks and are wrapped properly.

Another thing to do is prepare your family car for the coming weather. Have the tires rotated. Have the antifreeze checked. Have the battery checked. Don't forget to change the oil. Of course, always make sure your insurance is up to date.

And of course, one of the most important ways to prepare for winter is to make sure you have given your home a good cleaning. Use Lysol to clean door knobs and light switches. These are things that everyone touches several times a day, and although we wash our hands thoroughly when using the bathroom, we often forget to wash them frequently.

These are just a few reminders to remember in preparing for the coming winter. I realize we still have a few weeks before bad weather really sets in, but, the weather is rather unpredictable at times so it is always be better to be prepared. Remember our slogan, "Don’t be scared. Be prepared."

Emergency Preparedness :: September 2011

By Bunny Maginnis

As you all know we are in the middle of an extensive heat wave. I sincerely hope that you have taken every precaution to protect yourself from of the heat related illnesses. It is extremely important to stay hydrated. If you must be outside make sure that you drink plenty of cool water. Water is the best drink you can partake of in weather such we are having.

If you don't have air conditioning in your home be sure to keep your house or apartment well ventilated with fans. You might try sitting with a pan of ice in front of you with a fan blowing across it. Go to a movie, shopping or whatever you have to do to get into an air conditioned place for awhile to give your body a break from the heat.

Wear loose fitting clothes of light color.

If you start to feel dizzy, nauseous, weak or if you developed a headache, don't hesitate to get help. Those are some of the symptoms of heat strokes. Heat strokes are an emergency. Get help.

If you live alone please be sure to stay in contact with a relative or neighbor daily. You are part of the MCB family and we don't want to lose you. Always remember, don't be scared. Be prepared.

Emergency Preparedness :: June 2011

By Bunny Maginnis

Summer time is a wonderful time of the year. Time to spend a lot of time outdoors for barbeques with family and friends. However, there are many things we need to prepare for. Let me mention a few of them here. I don't mean to paint a picture of gloom and doom, I just want you to be healthy and safe.

Swimming: Whether you are swimming in a pool, river, creek or the ocean, never go in alone. Do not swim in swiftly flowing water. Work out a signal with your partner to let them know if you are getting a cramp. Stay away from water if it is storming. Lightening and water do not mix.

Sun tanning: The best time to sun bathe is early in the morning or just a few minutes before the sun sets. Sun strokes can cause a lot of physical damage, sometimes death. If you must be in the hot sun for a period of time be sure to drink plenty of water and wear something on your head. Enjoy the sun, but, respect it.

Please remember to lather yourself with plenty of adequate sun screen. Too much sun can cause cancer. But you know that, right?

Some of us are totally blind. It is not hard for us to know when the sun goes behind a cloud because the air has changed and we don't feel the burning sun. But if lightening is in the area we won't know it until we hear the thunder. When you hear it get inside. More deaths are caused by lightening than any other weather related incident.

Picnics: Picnics are fun and we have the opportunity to fellowship and gossip with family and friends. However, there are some things we need to be cautious about. Be sure that all food is kept in a cooler if it needs refrigeration. If the day is really hot, drink lots of nonalcoholic - beverages.

Have a wonderful summer and please stay safe. We want to see you in October.

Remember, don't be scared. Be prepared.