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Wednesday, March 18 2020

In the early hours of Tuesday, March 3rd, Middle Tennessee, including our own Wilson County, was hit hard with deadly tornadoes. The one that came through Wilson County stayed on the ground for over 60 miles.  Davidson, Wilson, Smith and Putnam Counties were devasted. Countless homes and businesses were damaged and many were completely leveled. Lives were lost, and many others were injured. It was horrific. 

Even though we were without power at our facilities, we immediately began coordinating with the Operation Blessing disaster response team to get an emergency tractor trailor full of food and supplies to meet the need. The truck and our power both came Wednesday afternoon, allowing us to start distributions early Thursday morning. We opened our doors for those who were able to come, and we sent food and supplies to other areas including Putnam County and Mt. Juliet. We worked through other local ministries with boots on the ground to distribute to those who were unable to come pickup for themselves.  We have continued to work with other agencies and organizations to receive and distribute emergency assistance.

We were still providing disaster relief from the tornadoes when the newest disaster came on the scene: Covid-19.  The coronavirus provides its own unique challenges. We have all had to change our way of life- some of us more drastically than others.  During both of these disasters, we as a ministry, and we as a community, have come together to help our fellow man.  We are asking for everyone to continue to do so.  While some people are hoarding necessities at the expense of others who may be in need, we see the best in humanity as you reach out to ask what can you do, what can you give, to help the cause. 

We expect more people than ever to need food, toiletries, diapers, and hygiene products during this unprecedented time in our history.  For those of you who can afford to do so, we still need financial contributions to cover the costs of overhead. It takes $$ to pay the large electric bills that keep the big walk-in freezers and coolers going, and to pay for freight for the big trucks or maintenance and fuel for our own old trucks, as well as the numerous other expenses to keep us going.  For others, donations of extra food or supplies you may have is always a blessing.  For the young and healthy, we still need volunteers to help with the food giveaway so that we can keep our elderly and disabled volunteers safe.  You may call us at 615-453-5777 or email us at loaejs@gmail.com for more information. Follow us on Facebook for continuous updated information. 

Just to remind everyone of the changes this month, I am reposting this here as well.

DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS, THE FOLLOWING CHANGES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED DURING THE MARCH 26th & 28th GIVEAWAYS:

We will NOT be opening the building up to the public.

We ask everyone to REMAIN IN YOUR CARS. You will be lined up in order of arrival.

Please have your JOSEPH'S STOREHOUSE CARD on your dash or in hand so that it is visible to our volunteers. You will be directed through the pickup line from there for volunteers to load your food.

Please make sure your car TRUNK IS EMPTY so that volunteers will be able to easily load them.

If you normally receive adult or baby DIAPERS,  please have your need, including size, written on a slip of paper. We will try to accommodate those needs as well, but we cannot guarantee as these supplies are low due to the recent tornadoes.

WE ASK FOR YOUR PATIENCE AS THIS IS NEW TO US ALL.

VOLUNTEERS, please arrive between 8-8:30AM for assignments. Prayer room volunteers will be reassigned to other areas. We will try to have gloves available, but if you have your own, please bring a pair.

ABOVE ALL:

If you have (or anyone near you has) been sick or exhibited symptoms associated with the flu or Covid-19 virus, PLEASE STAY HOME.

Posted by: Chris AT 08:16 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, March 15 2020

If You Are at Higher Risk

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Who is at higher risk?
Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

Get ready for COVID-19 now

Take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick
Group of senior citizens

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

  • Stock up on supplies.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
Have supplies on hand
Prescription medicines and groceries
  • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
  • If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
  • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
  • Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
 
Take everyday precautions
washing hands

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Take everyday preventive actions:

  • Clean your hands often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.

See also: Protect Yourself

 
If COVID-19 is spreading in your community
Practice social distancing and stay away from anyone who is sick

Take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your risk of being exposed to this new virus.

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks

If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.) Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.

Have a plan for if you get sick
on the phone with doctor
  • Consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
  • Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.
  • Determine who can care for you if your caregiver gets sick.
Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs
  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs*:
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

What to do if you get sick

  • Stay home and call your doctor.
  • Call your healthcare provider and let them know about your symptoms. Tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help them take care of you and keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
  • If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
  • Know when to get emergency help.
  • Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed above.

What others can do to support older adults

Community support for older adults

  • Community preparedness planning for COVID-19 should include older adults and people with disabilities, and the organizations that support them in their communities, to ensure their needs are taken into consideration.
    • Many of these individuals live in the community, and many depend on services and supports provided in their homes or in the community to maintain their health and independence.
  • Long-term care facilities should be vigilant to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19. Information for long-term care facilities can be found here.

Family and caregiver support

  • Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
  • Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan.
  • Stock up on non-perishable food to have on hand in your home to minimize trips to stores.
  • If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.
Posted by: Chris AT 08:31 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Sunday, March 15 2020

DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS, THE FOLLOWING CHANGES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED DURING THE MARCH 26th & 28th GIVEAWAYS:

We will NOT be opening the building up to the public.

We ask everyone to REMAIN IN YOUR CARS. You will be lined up in order of arrival.

Please have your JOSEPH'S STOREHOUSE CARD on your dash or in hand so that it is visible to our volunteers. You will be directed through the pickup line from there for volunteers to load your food.

Please make sure your car TRUNK IS EMPTY so that volunteers will be able to easily load them.

If you normally receive adult or baby DIAPERS,  please have your need, including size, written on a slip of paper. We will try to accommodate those needs as well, but we cannot guarantee as these supplies are low due to the recent tornadoes.

WE ASK FOR YOUR PATIENCE AS THIS IS NEW TO US ALL.

VOLUNTEERS, please arrive between 8-8:30AM for assignments. Prayer room volunteers will be reassigned to other areas. We will try to have gloves available, but if you have your own, please bring a pair.

ABOVE ALL:

If you have (or anyone near you has) been sick or exhibited symptoms associated with the flu or Covid-19 virus, PLEASE STAY HOME.

Posted by: Chris AT 06:40 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
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