Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Donating money to organizations that help victims is quick and easy.
Americans across the country are reacting with shock to the devastation caused by a 2-mile wide Tornado in Oklahoma. Dozens have died and President Obama has declared the path of the tornado a major disaster area. If you would like to help, you can do so from your computer or mobile device right now: Patch will be posting stories of locals who are working to help victims from afar. If you know of someone local was affected by the tornado or who is working to help the victims, please contact Editor Grahame Turner.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Hand washing is one of the ways to keep kids healthy.
The following information is from the Red Cross: Health officials are reporting widespread influenza outbreaks in 47 of 50 states, up from just a week ago. One age group hit particularly hard is children, and the American Red Cross has some steps parents can teach their kids to help them avoid getting sick. WASHING HANDS Kids have a way of picking up colds and other illnesses. Parents should teach children proper hand washing techniques and how to correctly cover coughs or sneezes. Wash hands withsoap and warm water. When using soap and water: If using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer: SAFETY STEPS The most important thing parents can do is get children six months of age or oldera flu vaccine as recommended by the Centers for Disease …
Monday, January 7, 2013
As temperatures drop, people start looking for creative ways to heat their homes – and we see a spike in house and apartment fires.
Monday, January 7
The following information is from the Red Cross: Winter is one of the busiest times of the year for American Red Cross disaster volunteers, and we want to make sure you’re safe during the cold months. As temperatures drop, people start looking for creative ways to heat their homes – and we see a spike in house and apartment fires. Alternative heat sources can carry greater risks than traditional methods, and can lead to a disastrous blaze. We want you to stay warm and safe. Below are suggestions to achieve both. Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. In the event of a fire, working smoke alarms and a practiced fire escape plan can save lives. For more fire safety tips, visit www.redcross.org…