Thursday, January 30, 2014

CERT Training in March

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The CERT team in Pine Valley is active and improving in our preparations to be useful in an emergency.  When a disaster happens, it may take a good deal of time for help to arrive from out of the Valley.  Join us in being part of the solution!

Gene Phillips is the CERT director for Pine Valley.  He is working with Pete Kuhlman of Washington County to plan a time for our next CERT training, which usually is in eight 3 hour blocks of time.  Sometime in March is the probable date of that training.  If we can gather at least 12 people to take the classes, it is possible that the classes may be held in Pine Valley.  

If you need to finish your classes or testing, please come.  If you are excited about helping your community, please come.  

Call or email Gene to let him know which dates would be best for your schedule at:


Thank you!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Baby doing Well

Many people in the valley got to know Adam and Tori Naylor while they were living in Pine Valley. When they moved, Tori was expecting a baby that was due in early March. Shortly after they moved, however, she had the baby very early. He was really small--just over two pounds, but has done amazingly well in the neonatal center of an Intermountain Health Center near Salt Lake. We stopped to see them on the way to the MTC and took a picture of little DeWayn, who on that day, already weighed four pounds four onces--almost twice his birth weight. Adam and Tori said that it was OK to post this picture; I know a lot of people wanted to know how the baby was doing.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Home Break-ins in Pine Valley

The police investigated 2 burglaries in Pine Valley that occurred very recently.  Both were in the Lloyd Canyon area.  

According to Fire Chief Gerald Schiefer,  installing motion detector lights to homes in the valley will help deter burglaries.  Neighbors will be able to see the lights go on and investigate whether anything is out of order.  

Get to know your block captains and neighbors.  Watch out for each other's property.  Be sure you have submitted up-to-date information on your CERT questionnaire so that if there is a problem at your home, you can be contacted.  Let's make it so difficult for those who would break into our homes that they won't consider us a target.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

10 Essential over-the-counter Meds to Store

For under $50.00 a good supply of all of the below listed items can be purchased and stockpiled to be used in case of pandemic quarantine or other medical emergency.  Thanks to Dr. Brad Root for our 2nd Pandemic Class today!
  1. Ibuprofen
  2. Acetaminophen
  3. Diphenhydramine
  4. Loperamide (Imodium)
  5. Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed)
  6. Meclizine (Dramamine)
  7. Ranitadine
  8. Hydrocortisone cream 
  9. Bacitracin ointment
  10. Clotrimazole antifungal

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Remember Summer?

Perhaps what most moves us in winter is some remembrance of far-off summer. For we are hunters pursuing the summer on snow-shoes and skates, all winter long. There is really but one season in our hearts.
                                    --From Reflections at Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pandemic Information

First Aid & Fever in Adults 

Call 911 if the person is:

  • Unresponsive
  • Wheezing or has difficulty breathing
  • Appearing blue in the lips
  • Having convulsions or seizures
  • Speaking in a confused or altered way

1. Take Temperature

  • Temperature can be taken orally, rectally, or under the armpit.
  • A person is considered feverish if oral temperature is above 100º F (37.8 C) or rectal temperature is above 100.7º F (38.2 C). Temperatures measured under the armpit are not considered as accurate and can be as much as 1º F lower than an oral measurement.
  • A temperature below 100.4º (38 C) is considered a low-grade or mild fever. It means that the body is responding to an infection.

2. Treat Fever, if Necessary

No treatment is necessary for a mild fever unless the person is uncomfortable. If the fever is 102º or higher:
  • Give an over-the-counter medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) as directed on the label. Warning: Do NOT give aspirin to anyone age 18 or younger unless directed to do so by a doctor.
  • Bathing or sponging in lukewarm water may bring the temperature down. Do not use cold water or alcohol.
  • Have the person wear light clothing and use a light cover or sheet -- overdressing can make body temperature go up. If the person gets chills, use an extra blanket until they go away.

3. Give Liquids

  • Have the person drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

4. When to Contact a Doctor

Seek medical help immediately if the person has:
  • A history of serious illness such as AIDS, heart disease, cancer, or diabetes, or if the person is taking immunosuppressant drugs
  • A high fever that doesn't respond to fever-reducing medicine
  • Been exposed to extremely hot weather and feels hot but is not sweating
  • A stiff neck, is confused, or has trouble staying awake
  • Severe pain in the lower abdomen
  • Severe stomach pain, vomits repeatedly, or has severe diarrhea
  • Skin rashes, blisters, or a red streak on an arm or leg
  • A severe sore throat, severe swelling of the throat, or a persistent earache
  • Pain with urination, back pain, or shaking chills.
  • A severe cough, coughs up blood, or has trouble breathing

5. Follow Up

Contact a doctor if the high body temperature lasts for more than three days or gets worse.