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106 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 24 - June 27, 2005 Red Cross facing budget constraints on Delmarva Over the course of 100 years, the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula has evolved to meet the emergency needs of the day. And, they remain committed to all our local communities in the nine counties they serve, .before,. during and after disaster strikes, and to helping families and busi- nesses prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. At the present time, due to sig- nificant budget constraints, the Red Cross must undertake a major re-organization. Like other Red Cross chapters around the United States, they have been going through difficult financial situa- tions during the past few years. Since the American Red Cross is not a government agency, they rely on donations from the American people to fund the serv- ices they provide. However, large scale national and international disasters such as the 2004 Florida hurricanes and the South East Asia Tsunami affect our local Red Cross fundraising; often donors consider that their" gift to one of these unusual disasters means they have already given to the "Red Cross". They may not real- ize that their generous contribu- tions to these large disasters help in those areas and do not support local efforts. These situations, combined with a difficult econo- my, an increase in responsibility in the post Sept. 11, 2001 world, and increased geographical responsibilities, have contributed to a multi-year deficit situation. As a consequence, they are fac- ing the fact that they can no longer use reserves to fund opera- tional deficits. This requires major cuts to their budget, includ- ing a significant reorganization - a reduction in paid staff, consoli- dating our Milford and Easton, Md. offices into new space more centrally located in 'the southern counties of our jurisdiction, the discontinuation of their Medical Transportation program, reducing the space they use in the Wilmington, offices and deploy- ing more of the remaining staff to the Elkton, Md. office, which is rent free. These actions begin taking effect June 30 and will continue through the cessation of the Medical Transportation services August 5 and the sale of their offices as soon as possible.The Red Cross is working with the community partners to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for our clients, volunteers and other partners. They are committed to their 'responsibility, and donors' expec- tations, fo spend donated dollars wisely and to demonstrate good stewardship and accountability. And, they remain committed to all local communities in the nine counties they serve, before, dur- ing and after disaster strikes, and to helping families and businesses prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. They hope you will continue your support of the Red Cross through donations of your time and money. There is much to do and we need you now more than ever! Remember, together, we can save a life and make the Delmarva Peninsula one of the safest places to live and work. Family-friendly plans help children th'0ugt With hurricane season approaching, and children seeing forecasts of storms to come and recalling gales of the past, parents should waste no time in making family-friendly preparations in the event a bearing-down hurri- cane forces an evacuation. LifeEra Parenting Specialist Ellen Lane says the first step in dealing with potential hurricanes as the stormy season looms is to -plan ahead. That way parents don't panic if it becomes neces- sary to evacuate - and children will be less worried if they see that their parents are acting cool, calm and collected. "Children react to stressful situ- ations in large part by how they see their parents reacting," said Lane, who has a master's degree in education and specializes in helping families balance the demands of work and family life. "A few simple steps now can ease families' minds in the event of a hurricane on the horizon and help show children that they don't have to worry because their par- ents have things under control." A related step to ensuring a smooth evacuation is to perform the planning process with rela- tives or close family friends. That way, children have the comfort of familiar people in the event of an approaching hurricane and evacu- ation, and there are more adults Advice Continued from page 103 Identify an evacuation route ahead of time; discuss with fami- ly members If advised to evacuate, do so immediately In case of evacuation to an American Red Cross shelter, be sure to bnhg tile cf/saster supplies kit, medications, extra clothing, pillows and blankets and other hygiene and comfort supplies Make advance preparations for pets so you can bring them with you when you leave, but hurricane season available to help care for young ones. When parents discuss hurricane preparation with their children and what will occur if an evacua- tion is necessary, they should stress the planning that is going into the situation, not the potential dangers of a hurricane. Involving children in the planning process, such as having them pack a bag with their clothes and personal belongings such as a teddy bear or book, and then putting the belong- ings aside for the future, is anoth- er way to make sure children real- ize that the family is prepared and can deal with whatever arises. And at the least, making a list of what a child would want to take and putting that aside can accom- plish the same purpose. If an evacuation actually becomes necessary, parents should make sure to take at least one "security blanket" for each child, whether that is a real blan- ket, stuffed animal or even a much loved, thread-worn t-shirt. Having such a possession on hand in the midst of upheaval can enable a child to deal with a stressful situa- tion. Another component to planning ahead should involve setting aside at least one new item, a cool toy, travel game or book - that can occupy a child's time and mind during the evacuation period. remember, due to health depart- ment regulations, pets aren't allowed in public shelters Prepare for High Winds Measure windows and obtain shutters or cut plywood to cover each one Remove diseased and dam- aged tree limbs well before a storm strikes Strengthen garage doors with vertical support beams made from two-by-fours and "L" brackets. Get professional help if needed. For more information concern- ing the key to preparing for hurri- cane season 2005, visit son, UnitedHealth Group "opened ..... a public hotline for disaster relief in the Florida area staffed by " LifeEra Specialists. The number was publicized in the local media and received more than 900 calls for assistance. 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