Wednesday, October 9, 2002
Laurie DeCrow of Hood River has been named as a new independent agent for Child Shield, U.S.A., a national organization dedicated to the safety of America’s children.
DeCrow shares with Child Shield, U.S.A. its goal of helping to prevent and recover lost, missing, abducted, and runaway children throughout America.
According to the United States Department of Justice, these situations befall about one-half million children each year.
Unfortunately, far too many American parents have an “It can’t happen to my kid” attitude. According to the Vanished Children’s Alliance, every 40 seconds another child is missing or abducted.
“We are not doing our children any favors by pretending that these things don’t happen,” said Ellen Slockbower who, with her husband David, co-founded the Pennsylvania-based Child Shield, U.S.A. in 1990.
“By keping our children ignorant of these dangers, we are also keeping them vulnerabnle. To educate them is empower them,” she says.
The primary goal of Child Shield, U.S.A. is to reduce the numbers of lost, missing, abducted, and runaway children in America.
Their child safety package provides an easy to follow educational program designed to empower parents and children with important knowledge that can help to prevent an unfortunate occurance.
In additon, the educational part of the Child Shield, U.S.A. service includes the unique Safety Seven poster and their Play It Safe coloring and activity book. These materials provide ongoing reenforcement and help children retain the important safety informaiton they’ve learned.
This unique database contains hundreds of law enforcement agencies, missing children’s organizations, and national news media contacts.
For more information on how to protect your children with Child Shield, U.S.A., contact Laurie DeCrow at 387-5819.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge