February 2011 MRC Newsletter

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February 2011 edition of the Medical Reserve Corp newsletter. Topics covered in the issue include: the 2010 Dietary Guidelines and American Heart Health month

February 2011 edition of the Medical Reserve Corp newsletter. Topics covered in the issue include: the 2010 Dietary Guidelines and American Heart Health month

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  • 1. Somerville Health Department NewsletterFebruary 2011 Volume 2, Number 2In This Issue Hello• Disaster Preparedness The snow just keeps mounting! I hope everyone is safe and for the Disabled staying warm through this difficult winter. Is the worst over? Hopefully! I’m sure all of you have heard an abundance of safety tips• 2010 Dietary Guidelines on winter weather from the news. In an attempt to now bore and tell• American Heart Month you what you already know, this month’s issue focuses on emergency preparedness for the disabled, the newly released Dietary Guidelines, News Corner and and heart health. Enjoy! Upcoming Events• MRC Mental Health First Disaster Preparedness for the Disabled Aid Training To help people with visual, physical, auditory, and cognitive• Somerville’s Commission disabilities prepare for for Women events emergencies the American Red Cross developed some guidelines. Here are 10 key steps the Red Cross outlines to help prepare people with disabilities for natural disasters and other emergencies. 1. Environment Know your environment and what kind of disasters can occur in your area. What will your area look like after a natural disaster or major storm? How will this change your access to important resources or utilities that might hinder your independence? 2. Personal Assessment Based on your environment, capabilities, and limitations decide what kind of help you may need before, during, and after a disaster. Will you need some assistance? Who can help you? 3. Support Network Build a support network of friends, family, co-workers, neighbors or roommates that could help you during an emergency. Discuss with them your special needs, evacuation plan, and medical information. 4. Emergency Information Make a list of emergency information. Have this available for others