Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 19, 2004 · Page 5
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 5

Ukiah, California
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Friday, March 19, 2004
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COMMUNITY FRIDAY. MARCH 19. 2004 - A-5 udjfeatures(o) Red Cross Continued from Page A-3 trains almost 12 million people in lifesaving skills and exchanges more than a million emergency messages for U.S. military service personnel and their families. The Red Cross is the largest supplier of blood and blood products to more than 3,000 hospitals across the nation and assists victims of international disasters and conflicts at locations worldwide. "Being prepared for disaster is no longer an option; it is a must," said Evans. Americans must prepare .for emerging threats and disasters before they happen. The preparedness program challenges Americans to take five proactive steps: 1. MAKE A PLAN where to meet after a disaster, including arrangements for your pets. Due to California health laws, pets need to be situated somewhere other than in the disaster service area, except for seeing-eye dogs. Choose two places to gather right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency such as a fire, and outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate your neighborhood. Determine the best escape routes from your home and out of your community (two ways out of each location). Ask an out-of-town friend to become your "family contact." After a disaster, it's easier to call long distance. Other family members should call this person and tell them where they are. Everyone must know your contact's number. Practice your emergency plan. Conduct fire drills and practice evacuating your home. Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes on a map in case main roads are impassible or gridlocked. Practice earthquake drills. Review your plan with all family members and your family contact. 2. BUILD A KIT that contains items people may need (1) if confined to their home or place of business for an extended period or (2) if they are told to evacuate on short notice. You only need 45 minutes to assemble enough supplies in your home (hi one place) to meet your needs for at least three days. Build a disaster supplies kit to take with you in an evacuation, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the first March Is Red Cross Month proclamation in 1943. The organization, which again is being honored this month, is dedicated to making people safer at home and around the world. don't forget to include ones for your pets. THE BASIC KIT INCLUDES water, food, first aid supplies, a change of clothing and blanket or sleeping bag, emergency tools (like flashlights, radio, batteries), and special items for infants, elderly or people with disabilities. Keep these items in an easy-to carry container - such as a covered trash container, a large backpack, or a duffel bag. On the Mendocino Red Cross web site there is more information on how to protect you, your family, pets and livestock. 3. GET TRAINED in lifesaving skills. Take a Red Cross course in how to save a life at a Red Cross chapter in your community. Red Cross offers classes year round to individuals and businesses on first aid, CPR, defibrillator use, preparedness and much more. This is the upcoming schedule for Health and Safety events at the Mendocino Red Cross Office, 419-L Talmage Road in Ukiah: Saturday, March 20: 1st day California Child Care (Training for baby sitters) - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 21: 2nd day of California Child Care 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 27: Community First Aid & Safety - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 28: Recertjfication for First Aid & CPR - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10: Community First Aid & Safety - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 21: 1st half of community CPR 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 22: 2nd half of community CPR - 5:30 to 9 p.m. More classes are scheduled for May onward. 4. VOLUNTEER. Give of yourself. Supporting the Red Cross mission - whether sharing your time or money means that they will be there to respond immediately whenever the need arises. There are many volunteer opportunities at Red Cross chapters for people of all ages, skills and interests. Our special needs for Mendocino County are volunteers for fund raising, public relations, instructors for training, and trained people who will go out on disaster calls to help those whose homes have burned, flooded, etc. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. 5. DONATE BLOOD by contacting Blood Bank of the Redwoods at 463-1844, and they will tell you when their mobile unit is in your area. In a world where the forces of nature and man too often collide, the Red Cross is a beacon showing people the way to safety. Please, help us make the light shine brighter. To volunteer or donate, contact Mendocino American Red Cross at 463-0112 or 994-0640. E-mail to Lcoredcross_ED@mchsi.- com, or go to the Chapter office in Ukiah at 419 Talmage Rd. Suite L. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Donations can also be mailed to Mendocino American Red Cross, P.O. Box 953, Ukiah, CA 95482. The emergency, 24-hour number is 466-2379 or 1 (800) 660-4272. For more information, log onto www.pacificsites.- com/~arcmc/. Redwood Valley restaurant is the site of Special Olympics dinner, fund raiser Special for the Journal On the warm, spring-like evening of Wednesday, March 10, in Redwood Valley, cars lining the parking area at Mario's Ristorante as a successful dining experience was under way. This was the night of the Second Annual Special Benefit Dinner for Mendocino County Special Olympics. Mario and Chris Scaturro, along with their staff and a full reservation list, generously donated all of their receipts and time from the dinner hour to this county's sports program for special athletes, says event information. In the spirit of goodwill," said Mario Scaturro, " we are the hands that pass it on (to Special Olympics). It is very exciting." He also stated that he enjoyed working with Sharon Shaw, director of MCSO, and that this event was originally organized by Sharon and Kelsey Dent, a service expert at Mario's and a volunteer basketball coach for Special Olympics. Their great efforts inspired the benefit, he continued. Contributions raised at the event help to fund the costs of the sports programs that MCSO offers and provides opportunities for exercise and ! social interaction to its athletes. Currently, there are five basketball teams from Mendocino County that are actively competing. Upcoming Spring and Summer sports include bocce ball, swimming, and softball. "Heartfelt thanks goes to Mario and Chris Scaturro and their staff," says event information, "and the members, of this community, who supported this successful, and very enjoyable, fund raiser." For any information or questions about MCSO, call Sharon Shaw at 468-1282. The Ukiah URNAL Classifieds That Work! Plowshares working to match grant The Daily Journal The Plowshares Community Dining Room has received a $25,000 matching grant offer from the T. E. Eriksen Foundation, says Plowshares information. This means that it must raise an equal amount between now and the end of April. The money will go toward construction of a new facility for Plowshares, it continues, which is expected to begin this year. Plowshares provides free hot meals at lunchtime each weekday at its facility at 150 Luce Ave. in Ukiah. It also provides Meals-on-Wheels to disabled, homebound seniors, and various services for the homeless. The hew facility will allow Plowshares to serve meals in the evening, it says, when more people will be able to attend. At this time, no evening meal is available in the Ukiah area to the fastest-growing local hunger Volunteers at Plowshares make corn bread recently at the local soup kitchen, which is raising money to build a new facility to better meet the needs of the community, says Plowshares information. It needs to raise $25,000 by the end of April to get matching funds from an Eriksen Foundation Grant. need - schoolchildren and low-income working adults. Plowshares expects to be able to provide services to at least twice as many of these individuals in need, organization information says, when its new facility opens next year. Last summer, Plowshares purchased land at 1346 S. State St. - across from the Ukiah Airport and a short distance north of the Beacon Restaurant. People who would like to make a donation that will be doubled by the matching grant may send contributions to: Plowshares, P. O. Box 475. Ukiah, CA 95482. All donations are tax- deductible as allowed by law. Giving Continued from Page A-3 ment plan. What we do is provide information and support to enable people to be informed participants in their own healing process." Family and friends, as well as cancer patients are welcome. "We give decisional support between diagnosis and treatment," said Sara. Consultation planning is part of the process. Trained counselors focus on the individual to ascertain his or her priorities, issues and concerns and help the patient "find their voice" in making decisions about treatment. "In our offices, cancer patients will find hope," Sara told us. The Cancer Resource Center is funded by donations, grants and fund raisers. Their annual Big River Run/Walk takes place Sept. 18. Later in the fall, the CRC will host the second annual "Seat at the Table" auction, which will be in Hopland this year. One-of-a-kind chairs that are created, crafted, and decorated by Mendocino County artists will be on the auction block. The CRC Ukiah office is located at 530 S. 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