Written by The Herald-News
The Town Pump Charitable Foundation celebrates its seventh year of the Adopt A Family program with $95,000 in grants awarded thus far in 2013.
Applications for the $500 Adopt A Family grants continue to be accepted until Dec. 15. The Town Pump Charitable Foundation has granted over $415,000 to Adopt A Family Programs since 2007.
“We are honored to help the amazing organizations and volunteers across Montana working so diligently to bring assistance to hundreds of people,” said Maureen Kenneally of the Town Pump Charitable Foundation. “These dedicated, hardworking Montanans show us all that together we can bring hope and make a difference in our great state.”
To apply for a $500 Adopt A Family grant, send a brief letter describing your organization and charitable program, proof of your group’s non-profit status and contact information to the following address: Town Pump Adopt A Family Program, PO Box 6000, Butte, MT 59702.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:57
Written by The Herald-News
The Red Cross of Montana released a press release that gives you tips on taking care of yourself in cold temperatures if you are spending a lot of time outdoors.
Rod Kopp, CEO of Montana Red Cross, said everyone should prepare for the worst when they venture outside.
The Montana Red Cross recommends you should have the following items during the winter season:
●A three-day supply of water, one gallon per person per day.
●A flashlight with batteries.
●Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and extra batteries.
●A fully-stocked first-aid kit.
●A seven-day supply of medications and medical items.
●Supplies for babies and pets.
If you want more information on what to do in an emergency where medical help is delayed, you can take a First Aid and CPR/AED course and by download the free American Red Cross First Aid App.
During a winter storm the Montana Red Cross suggests you do the following:
●Listen and watch for information from the National Weather Service.
●Bring pets inside and move other animals and livestock to sheltered areas.
●Stay inside. If people must go out, wear warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in layers.
●Minimize your travel. If travel is necessary, keep emergency supplies in your vehicles.
●If possible, the Red Cross also asks that everyone check in on their neighbors, especially those requiring special assistance and those living alone.
●For additional information, visit redcross.org/wintersafety.
Frostbite and hypothermia are conditions that happen during cold-related emergencies that may quickly become life or limb threatening. Some tips that can help prevent frostbite, hypothermia and other cold-related emergencies include:
●Not starting an activity in, on or around cold water unless you know you can get help quickly in an emergency.
●Be aware of the wind chill.
●Dress appropriately and avoid staying in the cold too long.
●Wear a hat and gloves when appropriate with layers of clothing.
●Drink plenty of warm fluids or warm water but avoid caffeine and alcohol.
●Stay active to maintain body heat.
●Take frequent breaks from the cold.
●Avoid unnecessary exposure of any part of the body to the cold.
●Get out of the cold immediately if the signals of hypothermia or frostbite appear.
Frostbite is the freezing of a specific body part such as fingers, toes, the nose or earlobes. Symptoms of frostbite include lack of feeling in the affected area; skin that appears waxy, is cold to the touch, or is discolored (flushed, white or gray, yellow or blue).
If you or someone you know gets frostbite, the Red Cross suggests you do the following:
●Move the person to a warm place.
●Handle the affected area gently, but never rub the affected area.
●Warm gently the affected area by soaking the area in warm water (100° to 105° F) until it appears red and feels warm.
●Loosely bandage the area with dry, sterile dressings.
●If the person’s fingers or toes are frostbitten, place dry, sterile gauze between them to keep them separated.
●Avoid breaking any blisters.
●Do not allow the affected area to refreeze.
●Seek professional medical care as soon as possible.
Hypothermia is another cold-related emergency that can be life-threatening. It is caused by the cooling of the body caused by the failure of the body’s warming. The goals of first-aid is to restore normal body temperature and to care for any conditions while waiting for emergency medical services. Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering, numbness, glassy stare; apathy, weakness, impaired judgment; loss of consciousness.
What to do for hypothermia:
1. Call 911.
2. Gently move the person to a warm place.
3. Monitor breathing and circulation.
4. Give rescue breathing and CPR if needed.
5. Remove any wet clothing and dry the person.
6. Warm the person slowly by wrapping in blankets or by putting dry clothing on the person. Hot water bottles and chemical hot packs may be used when first wrapped in a towel or blanket before applying. Do not warm the person too quickly, such as by immersing him or her in warm water as rapid warming may cause dangerous heart arrhythmias. Warm the core area first such as trunk or abdomen. Do not warm the extremities like the hands or feet first as this can cause shock.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:56
Written by The Herald-News
As of Dec. 10, four cases of pertussis have been confirmed in school-aged children in the county. The Roosevelt County Health Department is encouraging the public to make sure their pertussis vaccinations are up to date.
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, can be a very serious disease, particularly for infants less than one year of age. Whooping cough is spread by direct contact with respiratory, oral or nasal secretions from a symptomatic patient, direct face to face contact with a symptomatic case patient or by sharing confined space in close proximity for a prolonged period of time with a symptomatic case patient.
Pertussis symptoms can present differently depending on your age and vaccination history. The illness starts with symptoms similar to a common cold. Children suffering from whooping cough often develop coughing fits, especially at night, giving a high-pitched “whoop” sound. The “whoop” is a sign that the person is struggling to breathe between coughs. The disease can be very severe and, although deaths are rare, they do occur, especially in infants less than one year of age. Adults and children seven years and older usually develop a much milder form of pertussis.
Anyone who is suspected of having whooping cough or who is exposed to a person with the disease should be seen by their physician for evaluation. It is especially important that parents monitor their children for cough-like illness and withhold them from school until it has been determined that they do not have whooping cough.
Making sure that children receive all immunizations on time and are up-to-date on their vaccinations is the best way to control this disease in the future. Children should receive four doses of DTaP vaccine by 15 months of age and another dose of DTaP before starting school. In addition, a (Tdap) booster is highly recommended before entry into the seventh- grade.
Parents are urged to check his/her child’s immunization records to be sure they are fully immunized. If you are unsure that your child is completely immunized, you need to contact your family physician or the health department. Roosevelt County Health Department offers Tdap vaccine throughout the year and walk-ins are welcome.
Roosevelt County expressed their appreciation to school personnel, parents and health care providers who are working diligently to decrease and stop the spread of pertussis.
For more information, contact the Roosevelt County Health Department at 653-6223.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:50
Written by The Herald-News
The Roosevelt County DUI Task Force will hold a meeting at the Public Health Building, 124 Custer St., Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m.
The task force is looking for support and participating in planning and enforcing strategies and activities to help reduce alcohol-involved traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities. One of the goals of the task force is to increase its memberships and partnerships.
Montana has one of the highest alcohol-fatality rates in the nation with alcohol/drug-related driving being a factor in 10 percent of all traffic crashes, 20 percent of all injuries and almost 50 percent of deaths on Montana roads.
One of the factors in the success of making the roads safer in the next year is a view that represents the community. Being a member of the task force gives community members an opportunity to do something in the public interest and make a difference by reducing traffic crashes, saving lives, preventing injuries and enhancing safety on the roads.
Some of the desired skills include ability to communicate, problem solve, organize, analyze date, write, stuff envelopes, hang posters, distribute brochures, staff a display booth at a safety fair, work with media, facility groups and do long term planning. Citizens do not need to be an officer or alcohol counselor to be a member of the DUI task force.
Members are needed to represent the following sectors of the community:
•Community Residents (parents, daycare providers, students, seniors and crash victims)
•Businesses (AAA, chamber of commerce members, insurance agents, morticians, tavern owners)
•Education (student councilors, school resource officers, principals, PTA presidents)
•Faith-Based (pastoral leaders, campus ministries, chaplains)
•Civic Groups (Elks, Lions, American Legion, VFW, Exchange Clubs)
•Health Care (addiction counselors, nurses, physicians, trauma coordinators)
•EMS (ambulance and fire department)
•Law Enforcement (police, sheriff, highway patrol, campus security, probation and parole)
Anyone wanting more information can contact Mary Vine, DUI task force coordinator, at 653-6228.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:39
Written by Al Stover
Roosevelt County Commissioners Gary Macdonald, Jim Shanks and Duane Nygaard held a public meeting, Dec. 5, at the courthouse to discuss several matters.
The commissioners began the meeting by approving the minutes for the Nov. 22 public meeting and the minutes of all the meetings that took place in November.
In administrative issues, the commissioners approved the hire of Nancy Hamilton as the safety coordinator for Daniels, Sheridan, Valley and Roosevelt counties.
Hamilton’s duties as safety coordinator will include putting together safety seminars, communicating with the road department and bringing in the state staff to do inspections in all of the buildings. Hamilton’s headquarters will be in Valley County. The commissioners approved the hire of Hamilton and agreed that she will do a good job in her position.
The commissioners approved Brian Nelson’s annual pay raise. Nelson will go from G1R7 to G1R8.
In new business, the commissioners approved Leona Colvin’s request to be appointed to Roosevelt County Library board. They also approved Mike Leinen’s and Shelly Thompson’s requests to be on fair board. Macdonald mentioned that Thompson has been attending the meetings and the board has requested her to be placed on it.
The commissioners once again tabled the discussion of Regan Hick’s request for Nemont to use the tower. They also tabled the planning fees. Macdonald said he wanted to wait until the planning board meets to discuss the planning fees.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:22