SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2012
Volunteer opportunities topic of public meeting PENINSULA DAILY NEWS
â€œCommunity members of all backgrounds and skills are invaluable volunteers who will make the difference in our resiliency and recovery.â€?
SEKIU â€” Emergency volunteer opportunities will be the focus of a public meeting in Sekiu on Monday. The West Olympic Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Coalition will host the meeting at the Clallam Bay-Sekiu Community Center, 42 Rice St., from 10 a.m. to noon. Volunteer opportunities with the Community Emergency Response Team, Medical Reserve Corps, American Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team and Map Your Neighborhood pro-
JAMYE WISECUP Clallam County Emergency Management Division
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Jefferson counties representing health care, emergency medical services, emergency management, social services and other sectors.
Collaboration key grams will be highlighted. â€œCommunity members of all backgrounds and skills are invaluable volunteers who will make the difference in our resiliency and recovery,â€? said Jamye Wisecup of the Clallam County Emergency Management Division. The programs are seeking volunteers for search-
and-rescue, nursing, education/training, data entry, response operations, neighborhood organizing and more. All community members are welcome. The West Olympic Peninsula Emergency Preparedness Coalition is made up of various organizations in west Clallam and
The coalition strives to collaborate to be ready to effectively respond to emergencies that impact the health and safety of communities. For more information about the meeting or coalition, phone Clallam County Fire District No. 5 Chief Patricia English at 360-6400420.
Vet challenges docs to keep minds open for diagnostics Q. As a veterinarian, I am dismayed that some â€œhuman doctorsâ€? scoff at the idea of home remedies. Just because it wasnâ€™t taught in medical school (or vet school) does not make it untrue. An explanation that canâ€™t be seen isnâ€™t necessarily imaginary. People doubted â€œinvisibleâ€? causes of disease before learning about bacteria and viruses. We know pheromones can affect behavior; these canâ€™t be seen either. Would the doctors also scoff at dogs that can detect when a person will have a seizure or low blood sugar? What is hard to believe about molecules off-gassing from soap affecting our bodies? Many scientists are studying volatile compounds believed to be harmful. Please, doctors, think like the diagnosticians you were trained to be. Keep an open mind, and listen to your patients. Youâ€™re lucky: Yours can talk!
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A. Like many readers, we have been puzzled by the observation that a bar of soap under the bottom sheet might prevent nighttime leg cramps. Although we had no explanation, we found this remedy helpful.
Reducing scars Q. I have scars on my arms and legs after a bad outbreak of poison ivy. Are there any natural remedies for scars?
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