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PEI | Govt supports Red Cross health equipment loan program

Red Cross volunteers Jan and Brad Barnes welcome Government's support for the Health Equipment Loan Program.
Red Cross volunteers Jan and Brad Barnes welcome Government’s support for the Health Equipment Loan Program.

Brad and Jan Barnes had their trip to an RV show in West Virginia all planned for September 2001.

Little did they know the fateful date they had chosen would change the course of history – and their own lives so much.

Being in the United States after the worst terrorist attack in history the Barnes were enlisted for disaster relief by the International Red Cross.

They were recruited at their campsite when the disaster team was rounding the troops.

Fast forward more than a decade later and they’re retired in Prince Edward Island where they continue to help people in need, now as volunteers for the local Red Cross health equipment loan program, which is sponsored by the Government of Prince Edward Island.

The Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP), is a national program of the Canadian Red Cross that provides health equipment to individuals dealing with illness or injury.

The Prince Edward Island government has committed $200,000 to get the program off the ground here and help empower thousands of people each year to live more independently.

The Barnes are happy to be able to give their time to help.

“It doesn’t take a lot of your time and it is the right thing to do,” Jan Barnes said.

The former Ontario residents who have retired to St. Peter’s Bay spend about four hours a week doing everything from fixing and cleaning the equipment to marketing the program.

“We aren’t that far – God forbid – from needing some of that equipment,” Jan said.

The program assists seniors with mobility issues, allows people to return home from hospital earlier, and supports those in palliative care who wish to spend their final days in the comfort of their own home.

For anyone who needs medical equipment to live safely at home, the Red Cross provides aids such as:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Walkers
  • Bath seats and benches
  • Commodes and toilet seats
  • Crutches and canes
  • Bed handles
  • Other durable medical equipment

For more information visit the Red Cross Website and learn about the Health Equipment Loan Program.

NB | Tropical Storm Arthur / Update – Monday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The following storm update was issued at 7:30 p.m. today by the Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Measures Organization:

Post Tropical Storm Arthur has resulted in unprecedented power and telecommunications outages throughout the province. Government and key stakeholders are committing all available resources to restoring services. Restoration work is being done with a strategic, priority-based approach. The priorities are health and safety, telecommunications, securing food, fuel and cash distribution, and getting industry back to work.

The Emergency Measures Organization is asking for the public to remain calm, patient and understanding as unprecedented restoration work continues, which will take an extended period of time.


Power line and tree trimming crews continue to make progress restoring power to critical infrastructure. For information on outages residents should visit the NB Power website.


Telecommunications crews are also out doing repairs to cellular and telecommunications networks. Because of outages some areas of the province are experiencing a lack of cellular and landline services. Because most telecom services are power-dependent, residents can anticipate restoration of services as power is turned on. Residents who do not have the use of a phone and feel unsafe, are advised to temporarily move to a safer location.

Prevent Heat Related Illness

Hot humid conditions are forecast for Tuesday and the Department of Health is advising residents to take the following precautions:

  • drink plenty of fluids, especially water, before feeling thirsty;
  • plan outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day;
  • avoid exposure to the sun. If you must be outside, use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 or higher, wear light-coloured clothing and a wide-brimmed hat;
  • limit physical activity and pace yourself carefully;
  • never leave someone or a pet inside a parked car or in direct sunlight;
  • spend a few hours in a cool place (mall, library, shaded park or a pool);
  • electric fans alone may not provide enough cooling to prevent heat illness when the temperature and humidity are high – a cool bath or shower is a more effective way to cool off;
  • keep windows closed as much as possible if the temperature outside is higher than it is inside; and
  • keep sun out with curtains or blinds.

More information about heat illness and dangers to your health is available online.

Safety Information

  • Residents are encouraged to check on their neighbours, especially the elderly to make sure they are healthy and safe.
  • If you have no power, do not open your freezer or fridge unless it is absolutely necessary. If the door remains closed, a full freezer will keep food frozen for 24 to 36 hours without electricity. These products can be refrozen if ice crystals are still present. All perishable food in a refrigerator without electricity for more than 24 hours should be discarded.
  • For emergency situations call 911. New Brunswick 911 centres are answering too many calls that are not emergency related. Residents are asked to only call 911 for emergencies. If you have a storm-related problem that is not an emergency, please contact your local municipal Emergency Operations Centre.
  • Residents are urged to stay clear of downed lines. Do not attempt to clear broken branches or trees from roadways or property as they could contain hidden power lines.
  • Never run generators inside a home or cook with an open flame, as these activities create carbon monoxide which can become dangerous.
  • Be cautious while driving, there are still many roads covered or blocked by damaged trees and debris. Residents should not cross washed out or water covered roads.
  • Residents are advised to carry cash when going out to purchase supplies. Power outages are affecting many debit/credit card terminals and may not be functional.

Reception Centres

Reception centres have been opened to allow residents a chance to charge their phones and electronic devices. These centres are located at:

  • City of Fredericton – Grant Harvey and Willie O’Ree Rec Centres from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Bulk water is available at both locations.
  • Oromocto – Town of Oromocto Municipal Building Centre – from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. today.
  • Town of Meductic Fire Hall (24/7)
  • Town of Belledune open until 8 p.m. today. Reopens 8 a.m. Tuesday if required.
  • Town of Miramichi – Golden Hawk Recreation Centre – 12-10 p.m.
  • Town of Woodstock Firehall – open 24/7
  • Town of Centreville Firehall – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Perth-Andover Civic Centre – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Town of Bath Firehall – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Plaster Rock Tobique Plex – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to monitor Public Alerts for further updates. For information on what to do during and immediately after a power outage, visit the Get Prepared website.

Red Cross

The Red Cross has activated a toll-free emergency social services number. If you have social services needs please call 1-800-222-9597.


New Brunswick | Ice storm update – Dec 26 2013

The Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Measures Organization issued the following update for the recent ice storm today.

“The Red Cross, Salvation Army, municipal officials and first responders continue to assist those people affected by the storm,” said EMO Director Greg MacCallum. “Emergency centres remain open in southern parts of the province and people should continue to use them to stay safe and warm until their power can be restored.”

The following list includes warming centres that are now open to the public:

●    Saint Andrews: 531 Marine Science Dr.
●    St. Stephen: St Croix Christian Centre, 444 Milltown Blvd.
●    Oromocto: Hazen Park Centre, 994 Onondaga St.
●    Sussex: Sussex Middle School, 49 Bryant Dr.
●    St. George: Magaguadavic Place, 11 J.O. Spinney Dr.
●    Harvey Station: Harvey Health Centre, 2019, Route 3.

For more information on the emergency centres, please call the Red Cross, 1-800-222-9597.

NB Power crews continue to work hard restoring power throughout affected areas to have people’s power restored as soon as possible. For updates on power outages, visit the NB Power website.

EMO are warning people, still without power, to never use charcoal or gas barbeques, camping equipment or home generators inside their homes because they give carbon monoxide which can be life-threatening.

After your power is restored you should give the electrical system some time to stabilize before reconnecting tools and appliances. Turn on your heating system first, followed in a couple of minutes by reconnecting your fridge and freezer. Wait 10 to 15 minutes before reconnecting everything else.

For more safety advice during and after a power outage visit the Government of Canada’s Get Prepared website.

EMO is also advising people to pay close attention to the weather as a potential winter storm could affect southern New Brunswick Thursday night, Dec. 26 and Friday Morning, Dec. 27. This could lead to more power outages and travel disruptions.

New Brunswickers are reminded to prepare to have everything they need for at least 72 hours following a storm. This includes preparing an emergency kit for home and car, knowing what to do during power outages, and knowing how to stay safe during outages.

An emergency kit should include food, water, batteries, battery-powered radio, first-aid supplies and any special items such as prescriptions, infant formula and equipment for people with disabilities.

A list of weather warnings is available from Environment Canada online.

Travel should be restricted during and after a winter storm. Residents should check road conditions before travelling.


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