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Coronavirus-19 What to do...

Illness Prevention: Promote and practice illness prevention strategies. The best way to prevent ANY illness is
to avoid being exposed to a virus. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of
respiratory viruses including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading your illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home and isolate from others in the house until:
  • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (That is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
  • Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
  • At least days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Volunteer Opportunities

Iowa Department of Public Health's secure online registry for individuals wishing to volunteer in the event of a large scale disaster or public health emergency.   i-SERV is part of a federal effort to coordinate and assemble volunteers for all types of emergencies.

https://www.iaserv.org/

PPE

           

 

 MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

 

Date:             3-24-2020

Contact:         Danielle Rogers, Public Information Officer – Jasper County Emergency Operations Center

641-521-9328

danieller@newtongov.org

 

JASPER COUNTY EMA ACCEPTING PPE DONATIONS

 NEWTON – Jasper County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is currently seeking donations of personal protective equipment (PPE).

If your business and/or facility is not operating or seeing patients and clients at a reduced schedule please consider donating any available PPE. Specific PPE items that Jasper County EMA is looking for includes:

  • Eye protection
  • Facemasks
  • N95 masks
  • Medical gloves
  • Hand sanitzer
  • Isopropyl alcohol at 70% concentration
  • Isolation gowns

If your facility has PPE to donate please call 641-841-1180 to schedule a drop off at the Jasper County EMA (1030 W 2nd St S; Newton, Iowa). Drop offs will be held weekdays between 8 A.M. and 4 P.M. by appointment only.

The Jasper County Emergency Management Agency has created a county-wide landing page with information, resources and updates for COVID-19 at www.jasperma-hls.org/jasper-disaster.

Disaster Assistance

In addition to the self-help efforts of individuals and families and the efforts of local government, voluntary agencies are a key part of the effective response to and recovery from a disaster.

Voluntary agencies such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and other Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) are an essential part of any disaster relief effort, providing critical assistance with food, shelter, clothing, household items, medical expenses, clean-up, repairs, and rebuilding.

Some voluntary agencies are available to assist in emergencies in all communities; others may only be able to assist in disasters that affect specific regional areas. Voluntary agencies assist whether or not there has been a presidential disaster declaration, coordinating with each other and with government officials to meet a community’s disaster needs. If you have had a disaster, contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross or other social service agencies. You can obtain the numbers of these agencies by looking in your local phone book.

Some public assistance recipients may be eligible for assistance from the Iowa Department of Human Services. If you are a public assistance recipient who has been through a disaster, contact your case worker for additional information.

If a disaster is of sufficient magnitude to warrant a presidential disaster or emergency declaration, federal disaster assistance programs may be made available to help individuals, families, homeowners, renters, businesses, and units of government recover from the disaster. The programs that may be available are Individual Assistance, Public Assistance, and Hazard Mitigation.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offers an American Sign Language video with answers to frequently asked questions about Federal Disaster Assistance.

Individual Assistance Programs

Individual Assistance Programs include grant programs administered by the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and a loan program administered by the Small Business Administration. These programs provide assistance to individuals, families, homeowners, renters, and businesses. If these programs are included in a presidential declaration, the public will be notified of the declaration through the local media. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) - Apply for Assistance web page provides detailed information on the Individual Assistance Programs.

Public Assistance Programs

The Public Assistance Program makes grants available to state agencies, local government organizations, and certain private non-profit organizations that incurred costs or damage as a result of the disaster. Units of government and eligible private non-profit organizations within the area declared a disaster will be contacted by state and local officials so that they may apply for grants. Detailed information on the Public Assistance Program may be found on the web at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Public Assistance Program.

For Additional Information

DisasterAssistance.gov (FEMA)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Financial Planning: A Guide for Disaster Preparedness - American Red Cross

 

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