HHS offers tools to promote local pandemic preparedness

first_img Jun 14 CIDRAP News story “HHS hears community leaders’ ideas on pandemic readiness” He said the gap between what public health experts know and what the public knows about pandemic planning is still very large, and more work is needed, particularly on community mitigation efforts that may be needed in a severe pandemic, such as school closures and student dismissals. See also: One component that seems to be missing from the HHS toolkit is a plan for distributing it to community leaders who are well positioned to use the materials, Dworkin said. “As of right now, they are available online, but who knows about them? How will community leaders, school boards, and others learn about their existence?” he asked. Greg Dworkin, MD, founding editor of the Flu Wiki Web site and chief of pediatric pulmonology at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn., told CIDRAP News the materials have been well received. “Interestingly, long-time flu preppers have already used them to discuss the idea with relatives and others who respond to the HHS stamp of legitimacy,” he said. Stephanie Marshall, HHS director of pandemic communications, told CIDRAP News via e-mail that the agency launched a “trade advertising campaign” for the toolkit on Dec 1, the same day the materials were posted on the government’s pandemic planning Web site. She said the ads appear on the toolkit Web site. “Government alone can’t prepare the nation for pandemic flu; this challenge requires your help,” HHS says in its online introduction to the toolkit. “As a leader in your community, you can playa powerful role in encouraging your employees, patients, and members and others whom you represent to prepare by providing information and guidance and by preparing yourself.” The toolkit is an outgrowth of earlier HHS efforts to engage community leaders’ help in preparing the nation for an influenza pandemic. In May the agency hosted a 5-week blog series that was designed to engage community leaders in online discussions about personal preparedness. In June, HHS held a leadership forum in Washington, DC, that drew about 100 leaders from various sectors.center_img Dworkin was one of 13 experts who led the HHS blog discussions and also took part in the agency’s leadership summit. HHS has identified nine communities that it will target with more intensive communication efforts regarding pandemic planning, Marshall said, adding that the agency hopes to introduce that campaign early next year. Titled “Take the Lead: Working Together to Prepare Now,” the 21-item toolkit is aimed at groups such as churches and business, healthcare, and civic organizations. The package of materials, posted on the HHS’ pandemic planning Web site Dec 1, includes several components that groups can adapt to meet their needs, including talking points, checklists, fact sheets, sample e-mails, and sample newsletter articles. The toolkit includes a template that groups can use to publicize campaigns to stockpile food as a community pandemic preparation activity. The package also includes ideas about incentives leaders can use to motivate community members to attend pandemic planning information meetings and related activities. Toolkit materials reflect the input from community leaders, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS said on the Web site. Dec 4, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a toolkit to help community leaders educate their constituents about steps they can take to prepare for an influenza pandemic.last_img read more

Catch the cool breezes and

first_imgThe home at 33 Reeve St, Clayfield.THIS Clayfield home was built to be a spacious retreat suited to modern family living.Owner Scott Kitching had the property at 33 Reeve St constructed in 2004.“When I built the home I was divorced with kids so I made the main bedroom like a hotel suite that I could live in Monday to Friday,” he said.“When the children came over on the weekends we could use the whole house.”Mr Kitching said he chose the block for its proximity to schools and amenities. The home at 33 Reeve St, Clayfield.“There are also two entertaining decks — one close to the house for winter and a second for summer.”Set across two levels, the home has an open plan living, dining and kitchen area opening to the deck.The kitchen has stone benchtops, Miele appliances and plenty of storage space.There is also a separate living room, a media room, a study and a second alfresco area, all on the ground floor.Upstairs, the master bedroom includes a walk-through robe, parent’s retreat and ensuite. The home at 33 Reeve St, Clayfield.“I tried to put as much house on the land as possible and I wanted it to be secure as well,” he said.“It had to have European appliances, large rooms and a large office.”Mr Kitching said the home was also designed for entertaining.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“The kitchen is a central point and the house can be opened up through several sets of bi-fold doors so a breeze can go through from north and south,” he said.center_img The home at 33 Reeve St, Clayfield.The remaining three bedrooms have built-in robes and there is a private balcony off the second bedroom.There is also a family bathroom.Mr Kitching said the home was wired to be a smart home and just needed to be connected.The property is close to shops, parks, schools and public transport.last_img read more

‘Life-Changing’ Improvement Comes to Rt. 537 & 34 Intersection

first_imgThis article was first published in the Oct. 19-26, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. COLTS NECK – It’s taken nearly two decades of pushing for federal dollars and working with state entities, but construction to widen and reconstruct Monmouth County’s busiest, most trafficked intersection will soon start.Over 37,000 cars travel through the CR-537 and Route 34 intersection every day in the heart of Colts Neck. The large-scale project starting on Oct. 23 will continue until its anticipated completion date of December 2019.“This makes a tremendous improvement in Monmouth County,” state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11), said at an Oct. 13 groundbreaking ceremony. “Much of our traffic that goes east and west on a daily basis, as part of their lives, uses this roadway. And we have to fix it.”Beck even described it as a “life-changing project.”Traffic backs up along CR-537 West on Friday morning as cars wait in line. New improvements would ease flow from CR-537 and Route 34.Monmouth County officials secured a $21.3 million agreement with the Federal Highway Administration in June to cover repair costs for the perpetually congested intersection.In August, the Monmouth County Freeholders authorized a $17.5 million contract bid by Rencor, Inc. of Somerville for the work. Monmouth County is expected to spend $172,000 for staffing police officers and traffic maintenance during the work. The Transportation Trust Fund is expected to wholly cover that cost, according to county officials.Monmouth County Engineer Joe Ettore said when construction begins on Oct. 23, work hours will span from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during weekdays, depending on activity. Some days those hours could be extended.“Traffic will be maintained at all times,” Ettore said. “There may be delays and lane closures, but they’re going to be sporadic depending on the work requirement.”Weekend construction is not planned now, and the construction company would need permits from Colts Neck and Monmouth County for that. Ettore said both governing bodies would consider allowing weekend work.The project will be completed in a number of phases, and Ettore said the first one will be a widening of CR-537 at the southwest corner of the intersection.During the project design the county ran into environmental and acquisition roadblocks. Ettore said strips of five to 10 feet of property along the project limits were acquired to allow for the roadway widening. Mine Brook, a tributary of the Swimming River Reservoir that travels underneath CR-537, was carefully studied by the state.“This is one of the largest projects that a county government undertakes,” Ettore said. “It’s unusual that the county would take the lead on a project that includes an intersection of a county road and a state road.”Surrounded by local, state and federal elected officials, Monmouth County Freeholder Director and former Colts Neck Mayor Lillian Burry said the road reconstruction is a long time coming, and a championing moment of her political career.“I’m absolutely elated,” Burry said, “and I can assure you there are a lot of other people that share my elation.”“This is an important project not only from the standpoint of easing traffic, but perhaps even more importantly, from a safety point-of-view,” said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-04).The engineering plan for the redesigned intersection.The intersection serves as the main artery for travel into the township’s business district, added Sue Fitzpatrick, president of the Colts Neck Business Association.A number of businesses operate within one square mile of the project scope. North of the intersection is an Investor’s Bank and Brock Farms gardening center. On the eastern and western ends are two restaurants: the newly built Huddy’s Inn and the Colts Neck Inn Steak and Chop House, respectively. Just south is the Orchards at Colts Neck shopping center and slightly farther down the road is the seasonal go-to, Delicious Orchards.Fitzpatrick said businesses have been receptive to the roadwork, but want the open, rural feel of Colts Neck to remain.“We don’t want a super highway in what’s a rural district here,” she said. “We work hard to keep it that way.”According to the County, the following is a breakdown of the intersection improvements.Widening of Route 34 to accommodate six lanes along each intersection approach, including an exclusive left turn lane, two through lanes, an exclusive right turn lane, and two receiving lanes.Widening of CR-537 to accommodate five lanes along each intersection approach, including an exclusive left turn lane, a through lane, a through/right turn lane, and two receiving lanes.Replacement of the existing traffic signal, including pedestrian improvements.Replacing the CR-537 bridge located approximately 120 feet west of the intersection.Replacing the Route 34 bridge located approximately 400 feet north of the intersection.Adherence to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Stormwater Management Rules. A bio-retention basin is proposed for the northeast and southeast quadrants.last_img read more

Hunt bound for another Saskatchewan winter, earns spot with Pats

first_imgIt appears Nelson’s Dryden Hunt is going to spend another winter in Saskatchewan.The soon-to-be 16-year-old earned a roster spot with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League.Hunt, the son of Karla and Jeff Hunt Nelson, had expected to attend the weekend session before whisking his way back to B.C. in time to attend training camp of the Westside Warriors of the BCHL.However, some impressive play during camp earned the 15-year-old Nelson Minor Hockey grad a spot on the Pats.Hunt, who came to Nelson from Kimberley, two seasons ago played in Saskatchewan in Wilcox at Notre Dame.Last season with the Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Major Midget League, Hunt finished the season scoring 19 goals and 28 assists in 40 games.The 5’10”, 181-pound forward suits up for his first WHL exhibition game Friday at home against provincial rival, Moose Jaw Warriors. Regina, entering a rebuilding phase, finished last season fifth in the East Division and 10th in the Eastern Conference with a 22-39-7 record.WHL teams are allowed a maximum of two 16 year-old players on the roster. Each 16 year old must play in a minimum of 40 regular season games. Hunt is not the only players from the Kootenay Ice to make the WHL grade. Jesse Knowler of Castlegar decided to forgo a chance to play for Trail of the BCHL, instead heading to Prince Albert Raiders.The Raiders are coached by former Nelson Leaf skipper Bruno Campese.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more