Although the temperatures will be reaching 83 today, which is just hot enough to make me happy, there is rain the forecast. I hate to tell ya, but it’s the truth. Even though we haven’t had rain for a few days, the water has only receeded a small amount. Roads are still closed, houses are still evacuated, and people still need help. Today, the AmeriCorps team will be going through a Red Cross training to help with disaster relief. Hope packages will be distributed soon to families who may be back in their homes but still need assistance due to water damage. If you would like to help volunteer, you can contact the local Red Cross chapter at 677-7272 or email AmeriCorps at Americorps@chail.org
- AmeriCorps: Service, Sacrifice, and Solutions (whitehouse.gov)
- Student food pantries flourish across the nation (collegian.com)
- Hank Meijer credits Simply Give program for funneling $5 million to Midwest food pantries (mlive.com)
- Serving Others in Honor of MLK Jr. (odfmchealthcorps.wordpress.com)
- Canton – (309) 647-2040
- Champaign/Danville – (217) 351-5861
- Peru – (815)223-0922
- Peoria – (309)677-7272
- Quincy – (217)222-2477
- Macomb – (309)837-1594
When a Flood is Imminent
- Be prepared! Pack a bag with important items in case you need to evacuate. Don’t forget to include needed medications.
- If advised to evacuate your home, do so immediately.
- If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.
- If possible, bring in outdoor furniture and move essential items to an upper floor.
- Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances.
During a Flood
- Do not walk through moving water. As little as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of moving water can make you fall.
- If you have to walk in water, wherever possible, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
After a Flood
- Listen for news reports to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
- Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
- Avoid moving water.
- Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
- Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power company.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
- Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
- Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.
- Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.
Source: U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency
Stay safe, everyone!
- Parts of Pekin to be evacuated due to flood waters (cinewsnow.com)
- Health official: Stay out of floodwaters (qctimes.com)
- Flood Waters Rise: Red Cross Services Expand (newsroom.redcross.org)
Not to say Natalie isn’t real, she just is the boss lady, not a member. But I am! My name is Rebecca, more commonly known as Becca, one of the babies of the AmeriCorps team. This is my first term as a member and I took on the task of 675 hours, one of the four choices of terms you can have. I am located at the Children’s Home Agency itself in one of the hottest offices upstairs. I do a handful of different things here. I either am emailing or making phone calls offering our services to local non-profits, working on a project for one of our events, making lists of things that need to be done, or building my relationship with the other members of the team.
I’m a Social Work major and have learned so much from being a member by gaining hands on experience that you can’t get from the classroom. I try to stay busy in my free time when I’m not working one of three jobs or doing homework, by coming up with ideas of what I can do to help in the community. I enjoy long walks on the beach and watching the stars…. Actually I really like taking naps and eating as much food as I can!
That about sums me up! Happy blogging!
It (finally) feels like Spring in Peoria! We’re celebrating by spending the day outside collecting materials for our seed pod making party this afternoon. Together with a local after school program, we’ll be getting our hands dirty and celebrating Earth Day by making portable seed pods (sometimes called seed balls or seed bombs) for easy, effortless gardening. Here’s a great guide to making your own seed pods. It’s easy and fun!
Happy Earth Day!
“In the Spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”