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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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●    Environment Canada (public alerts)
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New Zealand | Red Cross prepares for severe weather conditions

A Red Cross Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) is being set up in Christchurch to respond to the snow forecast for the South Island.

An Incident Management Team will be in place at the EOC from 10.00am tomorrow morning and Emergency Response Teams around the country are on standby.

South Island Emergency Management Officer Stephen Manson says that final preparations are underway to ensure the EOC is in a position to respond to emergency community needs as they arise.

“Service delivery contingencies are being developed to ensure that weather conditions do not prevent the delivery of Meals on Wheels. Four wheel drive transport is being put in place to assist St John and the Canterbury District Health Board,” he says.

“We have logistics support staff and extra equipment coming down from Wellington tonight. Teams and volunteer rosters have been developed and extra volunteers have been brought in to speed up the distribution of Winter Warmer Packs”.

The Emergency Operation Centre will also be responsible for managing the response to events or demands in other parts of the South Island if needed.

New Zealand Red Cross encourages people to follow the list put out by Civil Defence of what can be done to minimise risk to people and their families. @NZRedCross facebook.com/newzealandredcross
Civil Defence list

* Avoid leaving home unless absolutely necessary when a snow warning is out.

* If you must travel ensure you have snow chains, sleeping bags, warm clothing and essential emergency items.

* At home, check fuel supplies for woodburners, gas heaters, barbeques and generators.

* Bring pets inside. Move domestic animals and stock to shelter.

* If you are caught in your car or truck in a snowstorm, stay in the vehicle. Run the engine every 10 minutes to keep warm. Drink fluids to avoid dehydration. Open the window a little to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

* Make yourself visible to rescuers by tying a bright-coloured cloth to your radio aerial or door and keeping the inside light on.

* It would be wise to have an emergency plan before the storm hit, Civil Defence said.

* Develop a Household Emergency Plan. Assemble and maintain an Emergency Survival Items for your home as well as a portable getaway kit.

* Prepare your property for high winds by securing large heavy objects, or removing items which can become deadly or damaging missiles. Get your roof checked regularly to make sure it is secure. List items that may need to be secured or moved indoors when strong winds are forecast.

* Keep materials at hand for repairing windows – tarpaulins, boards and duct tape.

* If you are renovating or building, make sure all work complies with the New Zealand building code which has specific standards to minimise storm damage.

* If farming, know which paddocks are safe to move livestock away from floodwaters, landslides and power lines.

* When a storm struck, people should listen for updates on local radio stations where authorities would be broadcasting advice. * Put your household emergency plan into action and check your getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry.

* Secure, or move indoors, all items that could get blown about and cause harm in strong winds.

* Close windows, external and internal doors. Pull curtains and drapes over unprotected glass areas to prevent injury from shattered or flying glass.

* If the wind becomes destructive, stay away from doors and windows and shelter further inside the house.

* Water supplies can be affected so store drinking water in containers and fill bathtubs and sinks with water.

* Don’t walk around outside and avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.

* Power cuts are possible in severe weather. Unplug small appliances which may be affected by electrical power surges.

* If power is lost unplug major appliances to reduce the power surge and possible damage when power is restored.

* Bring pets inside. Move stock to shelter. If you have to evacuate, take your pets with you.

Ontario | 19h flood update from Kawartha Lakes

A state of emergency is still in effect due to flooding in the Burnt River, Black River and Gull River watersheds.

The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) flood warning for the Gull River, Burnt River and Irondale River watersheds is in effect until Monday, April 22. The rate of rise on the Burnt River and Irondale River is slowing and should crest within the next 12 – 24 hours. Current level of the Burnt River is 6.276 meters.

Bexley/Laxton Rd. north of Coboconk has been reopened to traffic. An up-to-date list of road closures is available on the city’s website at www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca.

Sandbags are available at the Burnt River Depot and the Coboconk Depot. Sand and sandbags will also be available at the end of affected roads. Public Works staff continue to monitor water levels.

The Burnt River Community Centre will remain open overnight. Residents who are evacuated are encouraged to register with the Red Cross at the Community Centre even if they don’t require assistance at this time.

Seasonal residents are advised to stay away. Those who may be in the area are encouraged to return to their primary residence.

Anyone needing assistance with evacuation should contact the municipality’s After Hours Emergency line at 1-877-885-7337. If you feel in immediate danger at any time please call 911.

The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) advises that residents on well water affected by flooding should boil water for one minute at a rolling boil or obtain alternate potable water.

The Emergency Control Group will reconvene on Monday morning to assess the situation.

Ontario | Sandbagging continues in Kawartha Lakes

A state of emergency is still in effect due to flooding in the Burnt River, Black River and Gull River watersheds.

Firefighters and public works staff will resume sandbagging this morning. Sandbags are available at the Burnt River Depot and the Coboconk Depot. Sand and sandbags will also be available at the end of affected roads.

The fire department will be doing a coordinated recheck of all residents in the flood area by boat access which is expected to take most of the day. There is the possibility people may be displaced if Hydro One needs to cut power for safety reasons.

City officials are strongly recommending that residents evacuate. The Burnt River Community Centre remains open and the Red Cross is on site. Seasonal residents are advised to stay away. Those who may be in the area are encouraged to return to their primary residence.

Anyone needing assistance with evacuation should contact the municipality’s After Hours Emergency line at 1-877-885-7337. If you feel in immediate danger at any time please call 911.

The Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) advises that residents on well water affected by flooding should boil water for one minute at a rolling boil or obtain alternate potable water.

The following new roads have been closed: The Moorings Rd., Shankland Dr. and Southam Dr. An up-to-date list of road closures is available on the city’s website at www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca.

The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) flood warning remains in effect until Monday, April 22. The Trent-Severn Waterway has advised that the Burnt River has reached its flood threshold.

Rhode Island | Town of East Greenwich and Red Cross establish shelter in advance of severe winter storm

This is an important severe weather announcement by the Town of East Greenwich about the approaching storm.

The town is recommending that all residents stay off the roads. In an emergency situation, please contact police or fire for assistance or dial 911. Also a reminder to keep all pets inside.

The Red Cross has established a regional shelter for East Greenwich residents at Warwick Veterans High School. The East Greenwich Police Department community room is a staging area for residents seeking shelter, warming and who are unable to get to the regional shelter on their own.

Residents with special health issues (such as oxygen) can contact the EG Fire District at 884-4211 or the Police Department at 401-884-2244.

A Parking ban will be in effect and strictly enforced from Friday at noon through Saturday at 6pm.

Friday’s trash pick-up is still on schedule but we ask that you place your garbage cans out tonight and bring them in as early as possible on Friday, once your pick-up is complete. The Transfer station will be closed on Saturday, February 9th.

Town Hall will be closing mid-day Friday.

East Greenwich schools have been cancelled for Friday.


England | SECAmb works with Co-operative Food to install lifesaving equipment in stores across Kent

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has teamed up with the Co-operative food stores across Kent, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and the Red Cross to install a number of potentially life-saving defibrillators.

The defibrillators, which can be used to deliver a shock to restart a person’s heart if they suffer a cardiac arrest, are being installed to increase both the safety of the Co-op customers and the communities they serve.

‘The Co-operative project’ was established in Birchington by Ken Jarvis, Stephanie Reed and store manager Eric King after the tragic death of Ken’s father Stanley who suffered a cardiac arrest outside the store in the village.

This sad event led to fundraising by the store and the purchase of a lifesaving defibrillator with the help of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb).

The equipment is now ready to be used in the event of a cardiac arrest with staff from the two stores in Birchington being trained in Basic Life Support (BLS) by Paul Barnes from the Red Cross.

Recently the pilot project was extended to seven other rural Co-op stores in the East Kent area (St Peters, Minster (petrol), Sandwich, Deal Park Street, Shepherdswell, Aylesham and Herne Bay) with each store holding fundraising events to support the purchase of the defibrillators and the Red Cross once again delivering the training.

South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) Community Resuscitation Project Manager and British Heart Foundation Healthcare Practitioner Mike Dadd helped initiate several of the projects.

He said “This is a very exciting project and has been received extremely well received by the communities the Co-operative serves.

We’ve also had help from a number of local community groups. We hope to extend the project across Kent, Sussex and Surrey in the near future. Every minute someone is in cardiac arrest their chances of survival decrease by 14% (BHF data) so early intervention with CPR and a defibrillator is critical”

Paul Barnes said “the important message that the British Red Cross want to stress is that defibrillators are not hard to use. They do not need any specialist in depth training. We want the general public to be able to pick them up from a high street location such as their local Co-operative and follow the simple instructions in the event of a person nearby having a cardiac arrest which could save a life.”

Co-op Birchington store manager, Eric King added: “By installing these lifesaving defibrillators in our stores, and training our staff on how to use them, we could make a real difference to someone’s life.”

The next stage of the project which is already under way will see five defibrillators placed in the Sheppey and Isle of Grain area of Kent ensuring vital life-saving treatment cab be provided in the vital minutes before ambulance clinicians arrive at the scene.

Anyone interested in purchasing a defibrillator or setting up a community project can contact Mike Dadd on 07833 047 850 or michael.dadd@secamb.nhs.uk

Tasmania | More than 100 property sites destroyed or damaged by fires

About 65 personnel have conducted preliminary screening searches of 557 residential properties in the fire affected area, with no deceased people discovered at this stage.

Of those, 110 property sites were destroyed or damaged (a site may contain more than one dwelling or building).

It’s hoped the initial phase of these searches will be completed today before stage two (more comprehensive searches) is conducted.

Police continue to hold concerns for about 100 people who have not made contact with friends or family, and encourage people to register their details with the Red Cross on 1800 727 077 or www.redcross.org.au to assist police in reconciling concerns for welfare and eliminate the possibility these people may have come to harm.

“It’s vitally important that all people who were in the area at the time, and are ok, self-register their details with the National Registration and Inquiry Service operated by the Red Cross,” said Acting Deputy Commissioner Donna Adams.

“This will enable us to put the minds of concerned family and friends at ease, and enable us to prioritise our search activities.”

A team from Victoria Police is expected to arrive today to assist in the search operation.

An escort of non-emergency vehicles out of the Nubeena area, in convoys, has begun. Five convoys, involving a total of 395 vehicles and about 750 people have been conducted over the past 24 hours. A further two resupply convoys of essential supplies were escorted to Nubeena yesterday and last night.

It’s estimated about 500 vehicles and 1500 people remain at Nubeena, and further escorts out of the area are planned today, subject to fire conditions and if deemed safe.

A priority for police is to open the Arthur Highway as soon as possible. It must be remembered that the fire in the area remains active and uncontrolled.

Police understand the frustrations of property owners who have been unable to return to their properties and are working to expedite their return to residences that are intact. This will be subject to safety clearance by search teams and under certain circumstances. Further detail will be provided when available.

Tasmania Police would like to advise members of the public that the convoys for essential supplies only are not for escort onto the Peninsula, or for the delivery of goods donated by individuals. Police reiterate the convoys are not for general members of the public, but for ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES approved by emergency services.

For more information on the fire situation and support services, contact 1800 567 567. Up-to-date information on the fires can also be found at the Tasmania Fire Service website www.fire.tas.gov.au. Police information is also available at www.police.tas.gov.au. Information on grants and other support available to those affected by fires can be found at www.dpac.tas.gov.au/bushfires

There are many people who remain unaccounted for, and police urge
people to register their details with the National Registration and Inquiry
Service on 1800 727 077 or via www.redcross.org.au.