August - September 2020
Welcome! I apologize for not updating this website for several months.It's been a busy summer and challenging times for many as we all try to get used to the 'new normal' of masks, hand sanitizers and social distancing, to say the least. You can find up-to-date info on COVID-19 on the CDC's website. I pray we all stay well.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases (like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV, and pneumonia) with vaccines. As your children head back to school (hopefully) this fall, make sure vaccinations are at the top of your check list. Talk to your doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider to ensure that you and your family are up to date on recommended vaccines. You are encouraged to visit CDC's Interactive Vaccine Guide, which provides information on the vaccines recommended during pregnancy and throughout your child's life. Use CDC's Adult Vaccine Assessment Tool to see which vaccines might be right for you.
National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. Here are just a few tips they recommend:
What important documents should you have for an emergency? Download the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit, which will walk you through the planning process: https://go.usa.gov/xypkQ .
Keep some cash on hand in case of emergencies, since ATMs and credit card readers won't always be available.
Make an Emergency Plan: https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan .
Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area: https://www.ready.gov/alerts .
Learn your evacuation zone https://www.ready.gov/evacuation and have a plan.
Learn how to turn off utilities like natural gas https://www.ready.gov/safety-skills in your home.
Be prepared for a power outage by having enough food, water and meds for at least 72 hours.
Teach children what to do in an emergency if they are at home or away from home: http://www.ready.gov/kids .
Help your kids know how to communicate during an emergency. Review with them sending text messages, emergency contact numbers, dialing 911 for help.
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) train volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters their community may face.
Take classes in life saving skills, such as CPR/AED and first aid, or CERT. They may have to be done 'virtually' at this time.
Check with your neighbors to see how you can help each other before/after a storm.
Helping Hands is a volunteer group created in this area since COVID-19 who help people in need, mostly with food supplies. They can be reached at #802-242-1574.
If you have a disability, contact your city or county government's emergency management agency so they can keep you on their list to be helped if needed.
God willing, these measures won't be needed, but it is always good to be prepared.
Wishing you health in mind, body and spirit.
~Lyn Florio, RN