Safety and preparedness – Green Mountain Ski Furniture http://greenmountainskifurniture.com/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 20:06:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-09T155438.696.png Safety and preparedness – Green Mountain Ski Furniture http://greenmountainskifurniture.com/ 32 32 Zombie camp teaches kids about safety https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/zombie-camp-teaches-kids-about-safety/ Wed, 03 Aug 2022 19:11:17 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/zombie-camp-teaches-kids-about-safety/ Through numerous scavenger hunts, visits to fire stations, and scheduled visits from law enforcement, the youngsters at Odessa College’s Zombie Preparedness Camp have gathered helpful tips on first aid and safety. The camp ends with a zombie face painting and a zombie walk. Zombie Readiness Instructor Maigen Pool speaks during Odessa College’s Zombie Camp on […]]]>

Through numerous scavenger hunts, visits to fire stations, and scheduled visits from law enforcement, the youngsters at Odessa College’s Zombie Preparedness Camp have gathered helpful tips on first aid and safety.

The camp ends with a zombie face painting and a zombie walk.

Zombie Readiness Instructor Maigen Pool speaks during Odessa College’s Zombie Camp on Wednesday at the OC Sports Center. (Michael Bauer|American Odessa)

Maigen Pool was the instructor on Wednesday. They embarked on a treasure hunt and ended up at the Atmos Energy Pantry Gardens of Odessa College.

Kristi Clemmer, Director of Student Support Services, explained how the garden is used to supply produce to the Wrangler Food Pantry.

Clemmer also showed them sunflower seeds and answered questions about the different plants.

Fourteen children were registered, but not all were there. The age range was 7 to 12 years old.

Zombie prep camp instructor Maigen Pool, center, gives instructions during a scavenger hunt during the zombie camp Wednesday at Odessa College. (Michael Bauer|American Odessa)

Pool said the youngsters were given first aid supplies. “And the fire department and the police department talk to them about emergencies and preparing and how to deal with it,” Pool said. “Thursday (August 4) we paint their faces and they walk around campus doing the zombie walk and then we also do a zombie tag,” she added.

Maigen Pool, zombie prep camp instructor, left, answers questions during zombie camp Wednesday at Odessa Middle School. (Michael Bauer|American Odessa)

Twelve-year-old Scarlett Hughes has been to zombie camp several times.

“I like going to the fire station and the police talking to the kids. It’s a lot of fun,” Hughes said.

She added that she learned a lot of “first aid stuff” that she didn’t know.

Like many other campers, the fire station was his favorite part.

Charlie Sypolt, 9, said her mum made her go to camp, but “it’s kind of fun”.

Odessa College patrol sergeant. Nick Holbrook answers questions at Zombie Camp Wednesday at Odessa College. (Michael Bauer|American Odessa)

“We do a lot of treasure hunting and learning at the same time, but I don’t pay attention to the learning,” Sypolt said. “I do sometimes, but when it comes to math and other things, I don’t.”

The scavenger hunt doesn’t include math, “so I’m fine,” she added.

Seven-year-old Arianna Lujan said the camp was very cool and she also enjoyed visiting the fire station. She learned that if you’re in trouble, you should call 911.

She was looking forward to being made up as a zombie on Thursday.

Kristi Clemmer, director of Odessa College’s student support service, talks to attendees of the zombie camp Wednesday at Odessa College. Michael Bauer|American Odessa

Clemmer told the youngsters that sunflowers are so tall because that’s the kind they are.

She said they had some in pots, but now those pots are covered in ivy.

“…Everything we pick from the garden goes into our pantry,” Clemmer said. “…Sometimes students struggle to pay for groceries because they’re in college and they’re working, or maybe they’re not working. So we have a pantry where they can come and get food help…”

Garden produce goes to the Wrangler Food Pantry.

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Seneca County Board of Health seeks applicants to fill two vacancies https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/seneca-county-board-of-health-seeks-applicants-to-fill-two-vacancies/ Mon, 01 Aug 2022 19:05:52 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/seneca-county-board-of-health-seeks-applicants-to-fill-two-vacancies/ Tiffin, Ohio— Candidates are currently being sought to fill two vacancies on the Seneca County Board of Health, which is the governing body of the Seneca County General Health District. A vacancy is for an unexpired term representing the City of Fostoria. The term runs until December 2024. This appointment will be made by the […]]]>
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Governor Hochul Declares State of Disaster Emergency in Response to Ongoing Monkeypox Outbreak – Cortland Voice https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/governor-hochul-declares-state-of-disaster-emergency-in-response-to-ongoing-monkeypox-outbreak-cortland-voice/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 15:03:22 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/governor-hochul-declares-state-of-disaster-emergency-in-response-to-ongoing-monkeypox-outbreak-cortland-voice/ (Photo source: governor.ny.gov). Governor.ny.gov press release Governor Kathy Hochul issued a Executive Decree declaring a state disaster emergency in response to the ongoing monkeypox outbreak. The executive order allows the state to respond more quickly to the outbreak and allows healthcare professionals to take additional steps that will help get more New Yorkers vaccinated. “After […]]]>

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Governor.ny.gov press release

Governor Kathy Hochul issued a Executive Decree declaring a state disaster emergency in response to the ongoing monkeypox outbreak. The executive order allows the state to respond more quickly to the outbreak and allows healthcare professionals to take additional steps that will help get more New Yorkers vaccinated.

“After reviewing the latest data on the monkeypox outbreak in New York State, I am declaring a state disaster emergency to bolster our ongoing aggressive efforts to deal with this outbreak,” said the Governor Hochul. “More than one in four cases of monkeypox in this country are in New York State, and we must use every tool in our arsenal to respond. It’s especially important to recognize how this outbreak currently has a disproportionate impact on some That’s why my team and I are working around the clock to secure more vaccines, expand testing capacity, and responsibly educate the public on how to stay safe during this outbreak.

The executive order specifically expands the pool of eligible people who can administer monkeypox vaccines, including emergency medical services personnel, pharmacists, and midwives; allows physicians and certified nurse practitioners to issue non-patient-specific standing prescriptions for vaccines; and requires providers to send vaccine data to the New York State Department of Health.

Today’s announcement builds on New York State’s ongoing monkeypox response efforts, including efforts to secure more vaccines, increase testing capacity, and distribute the latest information and resources to New Yorkers. Yesterday Governor Hochul announcement that the federal government had secured an additional 110,000 doses of vaccine, for a total of 170,000 doses for New Yorkers to date. Governor Hochul and the Department of Health continue their ongoing coordination with the White House, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Administration for Strategic Preparedness & Response (ASPR) to ensure that New York continues to receive its fair share of vaccine supplies as soon as they become available, especially for New Yorkers in communities with high transmission rates.

Recently, New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett declared monkeypox an imminent threat to public health (ITPH) in New York State. Earlier this month, NYSDOH launched a new SMS notification efforts to bring the latest monkeypox information directly to New Yorkers. New Yorkers can sign up to receive text messages — which will include alerts about cases, symptoms, spread and resources for testing and vaccination — by texting “MONKEYPOX” to 81336 or “MONKEYPOXESP” for texts. in Spanish. By providing a zip code, New Yorkers can also sign up for location-based messages.

NYSDOH dedicated website, which stays up to date with the latest information, offers free downloadable materials including a palm map, information map, handout and posters available in English and Spanish. NYSDOH has already distributed these resources to LGBTQ+ organizations, local county health departments, healthcare providers, and businesses. NYSDOH also engaged in a paid digital advertising campaign to provide information to communities experiencing higher rates of monkeypox cases.

In addition to public outreach, the New York State Department of Health continues to focus on delivering vaccines to communities. Local county health departments that have been supplied administer the vaccine directly and establish their own appointment processes. Working in partnership with counties, New Yorkers who sign up for location-based alerts can receive alerts about vaccine availability, clinic locations, scheduling, and other smallpox-related updates from monkey specific to their region.

Earlier this month, NYSDOH, in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH), hosted a Monkeypox Town Hall for community leaders led by State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett and City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan.

New Yorkers can learn more about New York State first allocation of vaccines from the federal government here and the second attribution here.

For more information on monkeypox, including case counts by county, treatment, and care, visit: health.ny.gov/monkeypox.

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Monthly Message from City Manager Ken Striplin Be Prepared for Wildfires https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/monthly-message-from-city-manager-ken-striplin-be-prepared-for-wildfires/ Fri, 29 Jul 2022 03:19:38 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/monthly-message-from-city-manager-ken-striplin-be-prepared-for-wildfires/ Unfortunately, our beautiful city is no stranger to the threat of wildfires. We have had several devastating fires that have destroyed homes and property. This summer we face an additional threat as Southern California and much of the western United States remain in severe drought. This means that the golden brush that covers our hillsides […]]]>

Unfortunately, our beautiful city is no stranger to the threat of wildfires. We have had several devastating fires that have destroyed homes and property. This summer we face an additional threat as Southern California and much of the western United States remain in severe drought. This means that the golden brush that covers our hillsides is drier and more flammable than ever.
Make sure you and your family are prepared for possible wildfires by knowing what to do in the event of a bushfire. The first crucial step in preparedness is making sure you are alerted in case of an emergency. You can sign up for the City’s emergency messaging service by texting SCEMERGENCY to 888777. Also be sure to follow the City and our public safety partners on social media. The feeds are regularly updated with the information you will need during emergencies.
It is important to prepare yourself and your family in case of an emergency. Tell your children about escape routes and have an emergency kit readily available. This kit should be filled with essential medications, photo IDs, important documents and personal computer backups. Don’t forget your four-legged family members. Make sure pet supplies are part of your family’s emergency kit and if you need to evacuate, load your pets as soon as possible.
If you receive the evacuation call, you and your family must leave as quickly as possible. This will protect you and your family and also keep the roads clear for first responders who need to get into the area to protect homes and property.
You can learn more about fire safety tips by visiting the City’s Emergency Preparedness website at www.santa-clarita.com/emergency. By being prepared, we can help protect our family and our community.

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Mayor Tishaura O. Jones declares a state of emergency in the city of St. Louis following record rainfall and flooding https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/mayor-tishaura-o-jones-declares-a-state-of-emergency-in-the-city-of-st-louis-following-record-rainfall-and-flooding/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 22:45:32 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/mayor-tishaura-o-jones-declares-a-state-of-emergency-in-the-city-of-st-louis-following-record-rainfall-and-flooding/ ST. LOUIS – This afternoon, Mayor Tishaura O. Jones declared a state of emergency in the city of St. Louis following historic rains and flash flooding in the city. The disaster declaration will allow the state of Missouri, if granted, to apply for federal support to help residents and small businesses. “Communities in our area […]]]>

ST. LOUIS – This afternoon, Mayor Tishaura O. Jones declared a state of emergency in the city of St. Louis following historic rains and flash flooding in the city. The disaster declaration will allow the state of Missouri, if granted, to apply for federal support to help residents and small businesses.

“Communities in our area were devastated by last night’s record rainfall and flooding,” said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “My heart goes out to all of the families who have been affected and I remain in constant communication with our county, state and federal government partners. This declaration of emergency will help us get the resources we need to begin our city’s recovery.

The City and County of St. Louis, with support from the Red Cross, has set up a Regional Evacuation Shelter at the Richmond Heights Community Center, 8001 Dale, Richmond Heights, MO 63117. Residents can call the 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information.

Senior public safety officials offered a press conference earlier in the day, urging residents to avoid crossing standing water if they encountered it. Officials also discussed preparedness efforts and work throughout the week, and the city’s Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) is reminding residents to keep an eye out for local forecasts, have radios weather close at hand and, if necessary, to evacuate when first responders tell them to.

The signed decree is attached.

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Madhya Pradesh. Incessant rains force administration to rethink emergency preparedness | Indore News https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/madhya-pradesh-incessant-rains-force-administration-to-rethink-emergency-preparedness-indore-news/ Mon, 25 Jul 2022 02:27:00 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/madhya-pradesh-incessant-rains-force-administration-to-rethink-emergency-preparedness-indore-news/ INDORE: Relentless rains over the past 48 hours in various districts of Malwa and Nimar region have forced the administrative authorities to review their emergency preparedness and issue an alert in low lying areas with increased levels of water in most water bodies and rivers in Khandwa, Khargone, Barwani, Dewas, Shajapur and adjoining districts. According […]]]>
INDORE: Relentless rains over the past 48 hours in various districts of Malwa and Nimar region have forced the administrative authorities to review their emergency preparedness and issue an alert in low lying areas with increased levels of water in most water bodies and rivers in Khandwa, Khargone, Barwani, Dewas, Shajapur and adjoining districts.
According to the meteorological department, Shajapur recorded a maximum of 72mm of rain (over 5 inches) in the past 24 hours, followed by Khandwa and Ujjain districts recording 13mm and 10.6mm of rain respectively till Sunday evening. An orange alert was triggered by the state weather service with a warning of heavy to extremely heavy rains in some districts of Ujjain division including Agar and Shajapur within the next 24 hours.
While a yellow alert was announced in Neemuch, Khandwa, Mandsaur and neighboring districts. For Indore and Ujjain districts, light rain and lightning is expected in the next couple of days. Department officials said there is an area of ​​low pressure with an associated cyclonic circulation extending up to 18 km in northern MP. “There would be moderate to heavy rainfall in some districts of Ujjain division in the next 24 hours,” they said.
The rains also forced the administrative authorities to issue an alert in the areas downstream of the districts with heavy rainfall to prevent any unfortunate incident. Indore Divisional Commissioner Dr. Pawan Sharma held a meeting with District Collectors in Indore Division on Sunday and reviewed the preparedness of districts witnessing heavy rains or coming downriver from Narmada River. Commissioner Sharma has ordered collectors to monitor water levels at major water bodies and dams, including Khandwa’s Indira Sagar and Omkareshvar roadblocks and deploy force accordingly. Sharma also spearheaded special arrangements made to ensure the safety of pilgrims and worshipers during the Kanwar procession, and the deployment of emergency or medical vehicles every 20 km distance. TNN
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National Aviation Preparedness Plan One Step Further with Legislation Approved https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/national-aviation-preparedness-plan-one-step-further-with-legislation-approved/ Sat, 23 Jul 2022 11:58:29 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/national-aviation-preparedness-plan-one-step-further-with-legislation-approved/ The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved legislation this would require the development of a national strategy to ensure the safety of airline passengers and the aviation workforce during future pandemics. Introduced by Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rick Larsen (D-WA), the bill would direct the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), in conjunction with the Department of […]]]>

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved legislation this would require the development of a national strategy to ensure the safety of airline passengers and the aviation workforce during future pandemics.

Introduced by Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Rick Larsen (D-WA), the bill would direct the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to develop a National Aviation Preparedness Plan. The bill also calls for better coordination among federal agencies, identification of strategies to stop the spread of communicable disease outbreaks, and increased collaboration among U.S. air carriers, airports, aviation workers, DOT. and other federal agencies to ensure a more effective response to future pandemics. It would take into account the latest peer-reviewed scientific studies on communicable diseases in the context of air transport.

COVID-19 is the latest disease to raise concerns about contagions spread through air travel, but the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been calling for an aviation preparedness plan for several years. As early as 2015, during the Ebola outbreak, the GAO recommended that DOT develop a comprehensive national aviation preparedness plan for communicable disease outbreaks. The GAO said in June 2020 that such a plan could have improved coordination between the public health and aviation sectors during COVID-19 to address issues such as passenger screening.

Not only could such a plan provide a mechanism for the public health and aviation sectors to coordinate to more effectively prevent and control a communicable disease threat, but it could also help minimize disruption to the national aviation system. A piecemeal approach to adopting standards during the COVID-19 response, such as various airline and airport policies around face masks, has demonstrated the need for a more coordinated response. The existence of a national plan could have reduced some of the confusion among aviation stakeholders and passengers.

When the GAO reiterated its call for a national aviation preparedness plan two years ago, the DOT agreed it was needed, but the agency suggested that HHS and DHS be responsible for the response. communicable disease and preparedness planning. So, with each agency believing that it should be someone else’s job to take the bull by the horns, the aviation industry has come through the current pandemic – and continues to do so – without a national plan.

New legislation approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on July 20 calls for an adaptable and scalable framework for airports and airlines to align plans, including emergency response plans , of these airports and air carriers and to provide guidance with respect to each individual plan . It would also improve coordination among airports, air carriers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other appropriate federal entities, state and local governments, and law enforcement agencies. health in relation to preparedness and response to communicable disease outbreaks.

The legislation proposes to create a process to identify appropriate personal protective equipment, if any, for covered employees to reduce the likelihood of exposure to a covered communicable disease*, and to issue recommendations for equipment of these employees. It would also create a process to identify appropriate protective techniques, strategies, and infrastructure for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfection of aircraft and closed aviation facilities and issue recommendations related to those protective techniques, strategies, and infrastructure.

The plan would identify and assign the roles of federal agencies in deploying emerging and existing technologies and solutions to reduce covered communicable diseases in the aviation ecosystem.

Assuming the legislation is passed, the Transport Secretary will consult with the aviation industry and labor stakeholders when developing the plan.

*The term “covered communicable disease” means a communicable disease that has the potential to cause a future infectious disease epidemic or pandemic that would constitute a public health emergency of international concern.

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Employers could do more to protect workers from bad weather: new survey https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/employers-could-do-more-to-protect-workers-from-bad-weather-new-survey/ Thu, 21 Jul 2022 10:40:29 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/employers-could-do-more-to-protect-workers-from-bad-weather-new-survey/ MAYFIELD, KENTUCKY – DECEMBER 12: Homes and businesses are reduced to rubble after a tornado rips through … [+] through the area two days prior, Dec. 12, 2021 in Mayfield, Kentucky. Multiple tornadoes touched down in several Midwestern states late in the evening of December 10, causing widespread destruction and killing more than 80 people. […]]]>

As a record-breaking heat wave continues across the United States, new survey results have revealed that many employees believe their company could do more to help protect them from harsh weather and natural disasters.

That’s according to communications and collaboration platform Rave Mobile Safety’s 2022 Natural Disaster and Weather Preparedness Report that was released on Wednesday.

“In 2021, the United States experienced some of the worst natural disasters and extreme weather on record, including 18 weather disasters that cost more than $1 billion in damage and response,” according to a Rave press release. .

“With the first half of 2022 already delivering record heat and storms, residents, public safety agencies, state and local governments, workplaces and many others should prepare for these events of increasingly common,” the company warned.

bad news/good news

Unfortunately, only 27% of respondents said they felt very or extremely prepared for severe weather.

The best news for business leaders is that most employees (73%) said they know the procedures or protocols to follow during a natural disaster, including a severe weather event. And the majority of respondents (85%) said they generally believe their workplace is ready to protect them in the event of a natural disaster or severe weather event.

“This high vote of confidence could come from good communication practices – most workplaces communicate with their employees via text (51%) or email (30%) during a severe weather event,” according to Rave Mobile Safety.

How to make employees feel safer

But there’s no such thing as being too prepared for a weather-related crisis. That’s why, according to employees surveyed, there are additional steps companies can take to make them feel comfortable. safer at work. Steps include holding training sessions (47%), scanning safety plans (40%) and offering a workplace safety app (33%).

Provide safe havens

Workplaces rank third on a list of where people feel safest from natural disasters and bad weather. Colleges and universities ranked first, and concerts and festivals came last.

About the survey

The survey was conducted in June 2022 by independent research firm Researchscape. Respondents included 1,071 people aged 18 and over living in the United States. Responses were weighted to represent the overall population, according to Rave Mobile Safety.

“Business leaders need to focus on proactive measures”

“When it comes to security preparedness for severe weather and natural disasters, business leaders need to focus on proactive measures, rapid communication and real-time response,” said Todd Piett, CEO of Rave Mobile. Safety, by e-mail.

“Companies should seek to strengthen extreme weather response protocols by investing in communication before, during and after a crisis to minimize anxiety and provide practical advice. A solid foundation for communication and the tools to reach employees where they are can greatly improve business continuity and employee safety,” he advised.

Put comments into action

“The survey results clearly show that respondents want more training to better understand companies’ protocol in the event of severe weather and natural disasters, and it is essential that business leaders put this feedback into action in their businesses.

“Training and communication not only help staff members feel more empowered when chaos ensues, but it demonstrates that business leaders have the best interests of their employees at heart,” observed Piett.

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PG&E Video Prep Series – GuruFocus.com https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/pge-video-prep-series-gurufocus-com/ Tue, 19 Jul 2022 20:00:41 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/pge-video-prep-series-gurufocus-com/ In the latest bonus episode of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) “7 Saturdays for a more fire-resistant home (7 Saturdays)”, viewers will learn how “Get Set and Go!” should there be a wildfire in their community. Taking simple steps to prepare for an evacuation helps Californians practice how to evacuate their community safely and […]]]>

In the latest bonus episode of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) “7 Saturdays for a more fire-resistant home (7 Saturdays)”, viewers will learn how “Get Set and Go!” should there be a wildfire in their community. Taking simple steps to prepare for an evacuation helps Californians practice how to evacuate their community safely and smoothly if a wildfire develops.

“During fire season, conditions can change quickly,” says PG&E Senior Public Safety Specialist David Hawks. In the video series available at safetyactioncenter.pge.com, Hawks outlines additional steps that can be taken to ensure California families are “ready” for evacuation and can “leave” at any time.

“The more actions we take now to follow the ‘Ready, Set, Go!’ game plan, the more prepared our family and homes will be for wildfires,” he said.

The third part of the new bonus episode shows viewers:

  1. What items to put in an emergency bug out kit for their car.

  2. What steps to take when a forest fire develops nearby.

  3. How to stay alert and informed before and during an emergency.

You can now watch all bonus episodes on the Safety Action Center (safetyactioncenter.pge.com), PG&E’s online preparedness resource that provides information to help customers keep their families, homes and communities safe. their business during natural disasters and other emergencies.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG%26amp%3BE+Corporation (New York Stock Exchange: PCG, Financial), is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square miles in northern and central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com%2Fnews.

See the source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20220719006087/en/

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Camp organizers have a security role to play | Journal-news https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/camp-organizers-have-a-security-role-to-play-journal-news/ Mon, 18 Jul 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://greenmountainskifurniture.com/camp-organizers-have-a-security-role-to-play-journal-news/ There are just over five weeks left until we resume another school year, but for most families attention remains focused on more pressing matters – holidays and summer camp. While the Department of Health and Human Resources may have its hands tied on the extent to which holiday travel could continue to spread COVID-19 and […]]]>

There are just over five weeks left until we resume another school year, but for most families attention remains focused on more pressing matters – holidays and summer camp.

While the Department of Health and Human Resources may have its hands tied on the extent to which holiday travel could continue to spread COVID-19 and its variants, it can still take action when it comes to summer camps. ‘summer. Through its Threat Preparedness Center and the Office of the State Epidemiologist, DHHR is offering free COVID-19 antigen test kits to summer camps across the state this year. So far, it has distributed 18,246 kits to 32 camps.

“The response from the camps has been exceptional,” said Timothy Priddy, director of the Center for Threat Preparedness. “Camp administrators have shown their willingness to put health and safety first and provide a worry-free experience for their participants.”

The easy availability of testing kits can mean a safer camp experience and a greater chance that campers won’t unknowingly spread the virus when they return home.

But the camp organizers must be on board. In addition to asking for the tests, they should issue constant reminders about hand washing and sanitizing, keeping an appropriate distance, staying outside if possible – and self-isolating and seeking testing immediately if one feels sick.

DHHR says those who want kits at an upcoming camp should contact their local health departments to get them. Local camp organizers should consider doing this immediately.

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