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Saturday, October 23, 2010
Poughkeepsie, NY, Barnes and Noble Local Author Event Today
Whoopee! Local Authors booksigning today at Barnes and Noble, South
Road, Poughkeepsie, NY. Very exciting! Can't wait to meet all the other writers! Some fifteen or more are expected!
3:26 am edt
As for Jolt: a rural noir, it should become available sometime in the morning, but I'll be there from
1:00 to 4:00 p.m. So do stop by. I'd love to chat with you about my high action, information filled book of
love and post event survival--Jolt: a rural noir.
Roberta in Po-Town, Chompin' at the Bit
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps to Staff Evening 2010 Flu Vaccine Clinic
9:28 am edt
Recently I have been encouraging people to consider becoming
part of the Emergency Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps in the county where they live. Generally it is a low keyed learning
experience with real and practice POD events. PODs, as you may be well aware, are Points of Distribution. They can be
put into place any place, any time, to respond to mass emergencies or broad community needs.
Now that flu season
is approaching, one such need is for the mass distribution and administration of the 2010 Flu Vaccine. Generally this has
been a task carried out by the County Health Department and private and community supported local clinics.
In Dutchess County over the next two months, the Department of Health will sponsor six flu vaccine clinics, five of
which will be day time clinics between the hours of 10:00 AM to 12 Noon. In those clinics, two or three MRC medical and
non medical personnel will be involved. The clinic to be held on November 30 from 3:00 to 7:30 is a closed POD for use
only by first responders which include the MRC members.
Of particular interest for this POD is that between
the hours of 5:00-8:30 PM the Dutchess Medical Reserve Volunteer Corps (MRC) will staff the entire POD. So as you can see,
the POD structure and the role of the MRC in delivery of emergency response is both important and practical.
Further, the Dutchess County MRC will provide vaccine administration
skill verification or re-verification at all clinics to MRC medical personnel. According to the MRC guidelines, vaccine administration
skill verification is required yearly to maintain competency and immediate availability of MRC medical personnel to staff
a POD. But, according to the MRC newsletter, non medical personnel are also always needed to assist with 'movement,
setup and breakdown of equipment' at all the clinics. That's where I and, quite possibly, you come in as important.
Regarding training, the MRC suggests that although there are
many ways to receive MRC training, for required classes, a web based approach can be most efficient and works well.
As such, as a first responder, you can take the Incident Command System (ICS) 100 & 700 link is http://training.fema.gov/is/. Both ICS 100 & 700 are free of charge and certificated.
Also recommended for first responders is the Psychological First Aid course, available online at http://learn.nctsn.org/course/category.php?id=11.
Practicing POD response is a key to preparedness
for mass emergencies. This would apply whether the emergency were chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive.
It would also apply in the event of natural emergencies such as floods, hurricanes, or earthquakes.
PODS are central
to effective community-based emergency response. Learning more about them and joining your local MRC volunteer team are key
to being safe should any such event occur.
Be good to yourself. Be good to your family. Become an MRC volunteer
Please note: Although Medical Reserve Corps is how the Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps is named in
Dutchess County, it is my understanding that EMR is also used in some places to stand for Emergency Medical
Response or Responder. But given the many meanings for MRC and EMR, bottom line is that as long as it is understood
these terms are at times use interchangeably, please use the one with which you are most comfortable wherever
Roberta in Po-Town, Takin' the long view
Friday, October 8, 2010
If you are in Dutchess County, NY, Do stop by!
11:27 pm edt
Saturday, October 9: Booksigning by Roberta M. Roy of Jolt:
a rural noir at The Rug Garden - "around the corner from
the Beekman Arms" - Columbus Day Weekend Event in Rhinebeck, New York, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
stop by for some wine and cheese.
Roberta in Po-Town, Almost ready
P.S. Jolt: a rural noir
is now available through Amazon.com. If you do purchase it there, it would really help if you were also to comment
there. And thanks so much for thinking of me!
Roberta M. Roy incorporated Alva Press www.alvapressinc.com on October 5, 2004. The express purpose of Alva Press, Inc., was to ensure a safe venue for
the publication of her works and those with similar focus. As such, upon the completion of the science
fiction novel Jolt: a rural noir, Alva would immediately publish it. Further Alva Press, Inc., would offer a
venue for Roy to publish her children's books, including Yell'n'Tell. (At this point Yell'n'Tell needs
only design as the watercolor illustrations by Dan Dyen are complete and the text fully edited. But then there is also Wedding
Ready, complete, but in need of an illustrator talented in the art of drawing forest animals. But all that anon.)
Currently, until the soft cover version of Jolt's Library of Congress Number
is in, Jolt waits to go to press. Usually the LCN takes but a few days after which will become available in hard cover
at $24.95 and Trade paper at $14.95 (plus $5.50 mailing).
was some five years in the writing; its research took longer. It's scientific basis for nuclear survival has been
carefully reviewed by oncologists and experts in the effects of ionizing radiation for accuracy of representation. Jolt
is a fast-paced novel that spans two years in the lives of a group of diverse urban, suburban, and rural residents brought
together in an imaginary part of the northern United States. There in Locklee, the small town to which those who are forced
emigrants flee, they become mutually caught up in the necessities associated with post-nuclear survival.
Check www.alvapressinc.com for a more thorough review of Jolt as well as the most recent updates on its publication
and availability. And should you be so inclined and care to help defray the last payment of its first printing, a check
in the mail to Alva Press for your very own pre-publication autographed copy of Jolt: a rural noir would be a
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1) If you walk out uninjured from a nuclear event, you probably will survive.
bywords to survival from
a nuclear event are TDS: Time,
3) Use regular soap and water to decontaminate from fallout.Strip and shower or cleanse as best you can. Use bread.
4) Nuclear fallout contaminates open water and plants.If there is fallout (ashes),use bottled water and canned goods.
5) Babies as well as adults can take Potassium Iodide (KI) to protectthe thyroid against ionizing radiation.
6) There is no plume with a nuclear power plant meltdown.
7) A large event may seem ‘over there’ if you can’t define its impact.Ionizing radiation is invisible.
8) A family needs an escape plan.
9) A community can respond as a team to mass events.
10) After a mass event, a communitymay heal changed but well.
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