4 Ways to Help Prevent the Spread of the Enterovirus D68

Cases of a respiratory illness known as Enterovirus D68 have been reported in a growing number of states, with infants, children and teenagers most likely to become ill from the virus. As of September 16, the virus has been confirmed in 12 states, including New Jersey.

Enterovirus D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Other symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and muscle and body aches. The virus can be found in an infected person’s saliva, nasal mucus or sputum. It spreads from person to person when someone who is infected coughs, sneezes or when someone touches a contaminated surface.

People experiencing difficulty breathing should see their health care provider. Those with known respiratory illnesses such as asthma are reminded to take their medications and seek care if they experience any problems.

By taking simple steps people can help prevent the spread of the Enterovirus D68.

1. Wash your hands frequently. 

Use soap and water and wash vigorously for at least 20 seconds. If you are in a public restroom, turn off the faucet with a paper towel. Use another paper towel to dry your hands and to open the door as you exit. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are unavailable.

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2. Always cough or sneeze into a tissue.

Use the crook of your elbow or upper arm if you don’t have one. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands to prevent spreading germs.

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3. Disinfect commonly touched surfaces.

Disinfecting items, such as phones, computers, doorknobs, switches and toys will help prevent the virus from spreading. Avoid contact and sharing utensils, cups and bottles with people who are sick.

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4. If you are sick, stay home from school or work to avoid spreading the virus.

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FLU SEASON IS AROUND THE CORNER

While flu vaccinations do not prevent the Enterovirus D68, flu season is fast approaching and now is a good time to get your annual flu shot

Learn how to care for loved ones who are ill by taking Red Cross training courses. Our online Family First Aid and Pediatric CPR course includes lessons on how to respond to respiratory and cardiac emergencies. For more information and for register visit www.redcross.org/take-a-class. Flu prevention tips can be found in the free Red Cross First Aid App and at redcross.org.

My Summer with the Red Cross

By Veronica Danko │Intern, American Red Cross North Jersey Region

This summer, I volunteered with the American Red Cross North Jersey Region at its Princeton location. I began volunteering to fulfill my school’s community service requirement. Although after roughly a week and a half, I had completed the hours I needed for school I was excited about an archiving project I was working on and decided to continue volunteering.

I spent many days sifting through an abundance of Red Cross historical items, some dating back to World War II, from offices across the North Jersey region. As I sorted and cataloged the items, I uncovered some that were particularly interesting. 

DSC00993One collection of items that stood out to me was a set of ten dolls.  I was able to identify a date on one of them, which indicated they were from the World War II era.  Each doll was dressed impeccably in replicas of Red Cross volunteer uniforms that were used during the war.  Uniforms included were those worn by nurse’s aides, junior Red Cross volunteers and blood services.

In addition to the dolls, I cataloged items including uniforms, pins, paintings and propaganda posters among other Red Cross paraphernalia. It was a fun and interesting experience to find and handle these historical objects.

I enjoyed my experience volunteering at the Red Cross.  I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to see how the administrative side of the organization works, and to help out in any way that I could, while working with a fantastic group of people.  I look forward to hopefully doing more work with the Red Cross soon!

 

National Preparedness Month Events Calendar

???????????????????????????????September is National Preparedness Month and it’s a great time to create or review your emergency plan to ensure you and your family are prepared for potential disasters and emergencies. From house fires to hurricanes, the American Red Cross has information and resources to help keep you safe.

WE’RE HERE TO HELP!

Join us and learn about preparedness at the following free public events being held this month in the northern half of the state:

September 2 –  Be Red Cross Ready Preparedness Presentation (SOMERSET COUNTY)

Red Cross preparedness presenters will show how getting a kit, making a plan and being informed can make a difference during a disaster from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy –Classroom D at 402 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough. For more information please contact Kevin Anderson at Kevin.Anderson2@redcross.org.

September 7 - Netcong Day (MORRIS COUNTY)

Our volunteers will be on hand with preparedness information during Netcong Day from 11 a.m  to 5 p.m. at the corner of Maple Avenue and Main Street in Netcong. Don’t forget to check out our Fire Safety Trailer and Emergency Response Vehicle.

September 11 – Be Red Cross Ready Preparedness Presentation (SOMERSET COUNTY)

kitRed Cross preparedness presenters will show how getting a kit, making a plan and being informed can make a difference during a disaster from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy –Classroom D at 402 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough. For more information please contact Kevin Anderson at Kevin.Anderson2@redcross.org.

September 13 – Paterson Disaster Preparedness & Health Fair (PASSAIC COUNTY)

Red Cross volunteers will be on hand at JFK High School at 61-127 Preakness Ave, Paterson, offering preparedness information from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a tour of a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) and learn how the Red Cross assists after a disaster.

September 16 – Be Red Cross Ready Preparedness Presentation (SOMERSET COUNTY)

Red Cross preparedness presenters will show how getting a kit, making a plan and being informed can make a difference during a disaster from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy –Classroom D at 402 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough. For more information please contact Kevin Anderson at Kevin.Anderson2@redcross.org.

006September 20 – Emergency Preparedness Fair (MORRIS COUNTY)

Red Cross volunteers will be on hand at Headquarter’s Plaza on Speedwell Avenue in Morristown offering preparedness information from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

September 20 - Bedminster Township Fall Fest  (SOMERSET COUNTY)

Bring the kids for a day of family fun featuring live music, a rock climbing wall, hay rides, a petting zoo and so much more at River Road Park in Bedminster Township from noon to 5 p.m. Stop by and visit our volunteers for information on how to prepare you and your family for disasters.

September 21 – The Great Shofar Blowout (MORRIS COUNTY)

Red Cross volunteers will be on hand at The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life at 901 Route 10 East, Whippany, offering preparedness information from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

September 23 – Be Red Cross Ready Preparedness Presentation (SOMERSET COUNTY)

20140407_111913Red Cross preparedness presenters will show how getting a kit, making a plan and being informed can make a difference during a disaster from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy –Classroom D at 402 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough. For more information please contact Kevin Anderson at Kevin.Anderson2@redcross.org.

September 27 -  Branchburg Country Fair (SOMERSET COUNTY)

Stop by and visit our volunteers to learn about preparedness during the Branchburg Country Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at White Oak Park on Stony Brook Road in Branchburg.

September 28 - Civic Pride Day (ESSEX COUNTY)

Volunteers will be helping families learn how to be better prepared for emergencies from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Civic Pride Day at 1 William Street in Nutley.

September 28 - Union Township Community Day (UNION COUNTY)

Featuring great activities for the whole family including music, a petting zoo, fishing derby, and so much more from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse located at 88 Route 173 West, in Hampton. Our volunteers will be on hand providing preparedness information to help keep your family safe during a disaster.

For more preparedness information visit redcross.org/prepare.

Watch “Life After Sandy” this Labor Day

Updated September 4 to include links to video. Please see below.

Programming includes Mathieu Nelessen,
American Red Cross regional CEO

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Host Jim Hooker (left) discusses Superstorm Sandy with Keith Adams, Cathy McCann and Mathieu Nelessen.

Princeton Community Television brings you three hours of compelling programming hosted by Jim Hooker, veteran journalist and former senior anchor and managing editor of NJN News on NJN Public Television. In October, it will be two years since Superstorm Sandy swept across the Garden State leaving behind tens of billions of dollars in property damage, businesses destroyed and thousands left homeless. Progress has been made, yet two years later work related to clean-up, rebuilding and relocation remains. “Life After Sandy” is a look at New Jersey after Sandy and what can be learned for future storms. This special broadcast can be seen throughout Labor Day, Monday, September 1.

The final hour of the broadcast explores the cooperative response and recovery efforts of organizations following disasters. Watch as our own Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region, along with Cathy McCann, chair of the New Jersey Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster and chief operating officer of the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and Keith Adams, disaster recovery coordinator for the Episcopal Dioceses of New Jersey and Newark discuss how all disasters start local and end local and what can be done to prepare for the next storm.

Check Your Local Listings

“Life After Sandy” can be seen on Princeton Community TV throughout Monday, September 1. Princeton Community TV broadcasts on cable television on Comcast CH 30 (Princeton), Verizon FiOS CH 45 (Greater Princeton Area).  The special broadcast will also be carried on METV in Metuchen; OPTV in Bergen County; and Montclair TV34.

In addition the programs are being offered to the 60 Public Access stations in New Jersey to air on Labor Day or at another point prior to the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy that fits a station’s schedule.

Check your local listing for an airing in your area or watch “Life After Sandy” here.

UPDATED: Watch“Life After Sandy” Online

View “Life After Sandy: Resiliency: Lessons Learned” Part 1

View “Life After Sandy: Resiliency: Lessons Learned” Part 2

New Laws Aim to Prepare New Jersey Students for Emergencies

By Axel Miranda
Director, NJ State Government Affairs, American Red Cross

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Peter Baker and Tyler Williams

Here in New Jersey, I have seen the lifesaving potential of CPR/AED training in the hands of young people.

When 76-year-old Peter Baker collapsed during his workout at a Closter, N.J. gym where 17-year-old Tyler Williams worked, the Northern Valley Regional High School student called 911 and performed CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived.

By administering CPR, Tyler gave Peter a fighting chance for survival and he was able to recover.

Thanks to two new laws being implemented at the start of this school year, many more New Jersey residents will have that same fighting chance should they have an unexpected cardiac emergency.

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A student practices how to operate an automatic external defibrillator during a Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED training.

On September 1, New Jersey schools will implement Janet’s Law. Janet’s Law was written and signed to commemorate Janet Zilinski, an 11-year-old cheerleader from Warren who died in 2006 after suffering sudden cardiac arrest at her school. Unfortunately, no one at the school had access to an automatic external defibrillator (AED) or knew how to perform CPR.

Under Janet’s Law, every New Jersey school, both public and private, will be required to have an AED on site in a clearly marked place and staff members certified on how to use it. In addition, the schools must have at least five staff members certified in CPR and an action plan in case a student or staff member has a cardiac event.

At the same time, a new law signed in August will go into effect and require all high school students to take a CPR class as requirement for graduation. I am proud that Governor Chris Christie invited the Red Cross to participate in the signing ceremony to recognize the lead role the Red Cross has played in ensuring that school districts are prepared to implement the laws when the school year starts.

On August 20 Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, on behalf of Governor Chris Christie, signs a bill that requires all graduating high school students to pass a course in CPR.

On August 20 Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, on behalf of Governor Chris Christie, signs a bill that requires all graduating high school students to learn CPR.

These laws take two small, but important, steps that will make New Jersey a safer state as more young people, and those who educate them, are prepared for emergencies.

I encourage you to be ready for the start of this school year.  Find a Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED class near you. Group training can be scheduled by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Red Cross Holds Summer Youth Leadership Conferences

Students learn about the mission of the Red Cross from Regional CEO Mathieu Nelessen.

Students learn about the mission of the Red Cross from Regional CEO Mathieu Nelessen.

More than 80 high school students attended Red Cross North Jersey Region Youth Leadership Conferences this summer with the final conference wrapping up today in Princeton. Students participated in four days of activities to develop leadership skills and learn about emergency preparedness at conferences held in Summit, Netcong, Montclair and Princeton.

Students at the Youth Leadership Conferences learned life-saving skills. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, the Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED course trained

A student practices using an AED during the Youth Leadership Conference in Netcong.

A student practices using an AED during the Youth Leadership Conference in Netcong.

students how to properly administer CPR and utilize an AED to provide immediate care during a cardiac or breathing emergency until medical personal arrive. Students also learned how to respond to common first aid emergencies including cuts; burns; head, neck and spinal injuries.

“In addition to CPR training, the conferences offer students the opportunity to develop skills in effective leadership, communication, project planning and diversity awareness through a variety of activities during the week,” said Michelle Esposito, director of volunteer services with the American Red Cross North Jersey Region.

 

Each conference included the following courses:

Government Relations and Civic Responsibility provided students with the tools to make effective change within their communities.

Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia speaks with students in Montclair about government.

Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia speaks with students in Montclair about government.

Be Red Cross Ready taught students how to prepare for disasters.

Exploring Humanitarian Law during which students learned about the Geneva Conventions by engaging in hands-on activities, thought provoking discussions and exploring the powerful and fundamental concept of human dignity in wartime.

Exploring Cultural Diversity helped students build critical thinking skills as they analyzed complex questions.

Summit participants during a creative-thinking exercise.

Summit participants during a creative-thinking exercise.

Students also learned how to start a Red Cross Club at their schools by developing a Constitution and learning how to run meetings. Additionally, they were trained in programs that they can use to become Red Cross ambassadors in their communities.

 

VIEW PHOTOS from the Youth Leadership Conferences.

Urgent Need for Blood and Platelet Donors

American Red Cross intern Alyssa Duffy donating blood during Staff and Volunteer Donation Day at the Red Cross Blood Center Northern New Jersey in Fairfield on July 29, 2014.
Red Cross intern Alyssa Duffy donating in Fairfield.

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to donate. Donations were down 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected.

Chief Programs Officer Carol Chang donating blood in Princeton on July 29th.
Red Crosser Carol Chang donating in Princeton.

In an effort to help maintain the blood supply, Red Crossers in the North Jersey Region rolled up their sleeves during Staff & Volunteer Donation Day on July 29 at the Red Cross Central New Jersey Donation Center in Princeton and the Red Cross Blood Center Northern New Jersey in Fairfield.

American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey board member Ed Susco donating blood during Staff and Volunteer Donation Day at the Red Cross Blood Center Northern New Jersey in Fairfield on July 29, 2014.
Red Cross board member Ed Susco donating in Fairfield.

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Share your good health! Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.

With schools out of session and many regular donors busy or on vacation, it’s important to remember that patients don’t get a break from needing blood — the need is constant.

Red Crosser Barbara Reiff donating in Princeton on July 29th.
Red Crosser Barbara Reiff donating in Princeton.

Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. July 13 marked the half-way point for the Red Cross campaign “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.”

Blood and platelet donations are needed now and for the rest of the summer. Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may now be eligible to donate again and help patients such as accident victims, heart surgery patients and children with blood disorders.

American Red Cross intern Patrick Charvza donating blood during Staff and Volunteer Donation Day at the Red Cross Blood Center Northern New Jersey in Fairfield on July 29, 2014.
Red Cross intern Patrick Charuza donating in Fairfield.

Many people say they don’t give blood or platelets because they were never asked. Consider yourself asked! Please roll up a sleeve and give blood for patients in need and help prevent an emergency shortage.

HOW TO DONATE BLOOD 

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to find a nearby donation opportunity, make an appointment or for more information. In addition to Red Cross blood drives hosted throughout the region, donors can make an appointment to give blood at the region’s donor centers.

American Red Cross Central New Jersey Donor Center

707 Alexander Road
Suite 701
Princeton, NJ 08540

Donation Types: whole blood and platelet pheresis

Monday: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (platelet pheresis)

Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (whole blood)

American Red Cross Blood Center Northern New Jersey

209 Fairfield Road
Fairfield, NJ 07004

Donation Types: whole blood

Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

First and third Saturday of each month: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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