Questions and Answers about Ebola
Ebola outbreak centers on four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia,
Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, although further spread could occur to neighboring
African countries. CDC is sending staff to the affected areas to help bring the
outbreak under control. Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the
U.S. public, because of how the disease spreads.
What is Ebola?
· Ebola is a
severe, often fatal disease caused by the Ebola virus. Symptoms appear within
21 days of exposure.
· People exposed
to Ebola are not contagious unless they have symptoms of Ebola:
severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or
unexplained bleeding or bruising.
How does Ebola spread?
through direct contact with
· an infected
symptomatic person’s blood or body fluids (such as saliva or urine).
objects (such as needles) contaminated with
infected animal, or by eating infected bushmeat.
Can Ebola be
transmitted through the air?
No. Ebola is not a respiratory disease like the flu, so it is not transmitted
through the air.
Can I get Ebola from
contaminated food or water?
No. Ebola does not spread through food, EXCEPT through infected
No. Ebola does not spread through water.
Can I get Ebola from a
person who is infected but doesn’t have any symptoms?
No. People who do not have symptoms are not contagious. For
Ebola to be transmitted, a person must have direct contact with a sick person
with symptoms of Ebola.
What is being done to
prevent ill passengers in West Africa from getting on a plane?
CDC is assisting with active screening and education efforts in West
Africa to prevent sick travelers from getting on planes. Also, airports in Guinea,
Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone are screening all outbound passengers for
Ebola symptoms. Passengers are required to respond to a health questionnaire. CDC
is sending staff to the affected areas to help build capacity of local health
care workers and to help bring the outbreak under control.
What is CDC doing in
the United States?
CDC has protocols, professional staff, and a strong network of partners
to protect against further spread of disease. Airlines report to CDC any sick
passengers before arrival, and we work with partners at ports of entry to
isolate sick travelers.
CDC provided guidance to airlines for managing ill passengers/crew and
for disinfecting aircraft, and issued health alert notices for travelers and U.S.
health care workers on the importance of taking steps to prevent the spread of
this virus, how to test and isolate suspected patients, and how they can
protect themselves from infection.
Ebola updates: www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/
Airline guidance: www.cdc.gov/quarantine/air/managing-sick-travelers/ebola-guidance-airlines.html
Friday, August 15, 2014
This years Valley City Street Fair is turning out to be another great success. Thank you to all the community members who have come down to support the fire department.If you have not attended there is still time. We will be open from 12:00-11:00 Saturday and 12:00-10:00 Sunday. The 5K race and 1 mile walk will start Saturday at 5:00.If you have any questions call the fire station at (330) 483-3811For more Street Fair pictures click HERE
On May 28, 2014 VCFD was dispatched to 6188 Myrtle Hill Road
for a fully involved residential structure fire. Fire suppression was conducted defensively, as
the structure was fully involved upon arrival. Assistance was provided via
mutual aid from fire departments including Brunswick, Brunswick Hills,
Erhart/York, and Columbia Township. Additional
assistance was provided by the Medina County Sheriff’s Office and Medina Life
Support Team. An investigation of the
fire scene was conducted by the Medina County Fire Investigation Task Force. VCFD would like to thank all mutual aid
companies for their assistance with this fire.medinagazette.northcoastnow.com/2014/05/29/house-fire-liverpool-twp-causes-250k-damages/
As the summer is now upon us here are a few tips to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable summer.Firework Safety:• Handle and discharge trick and novelty devices only under adult supervision.• Appoint one adult to be in charge. This person should know the hazards of each type of ﬁrework being used.• Carefully read and follow the label directions on the trick and novelty device packaging.• Light only one sparkler at a time and hold it away from your body and others.• Sparkler wires, which can burn up to 1800 degrees, should immediately be placed in a bucket of water to void injury as they remain hot for a few minutes after burnout.• If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for two or three minutes and seek medical attention when necessary.Grilling Safety:• All propane and charcoal barbecue grills must be used outdoors to avoid ﬁre hazards and toxic gases such as carbon monoxide. • Keep grills clear from overhanging branches, house siding and deck edges and railings. Also, position the grill far from foot traffic .• Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line. • Wear well-ﬁtted clothing when barbecuing. Loose articles and ﬂammable material, such as nylon, should be avoided. • Be careful when using lighter ﬂuid. Do not add ﬂuid to an already lit ﬁre - the ﬂame can ﬂashback into the container and explode. • Supervise children around outdoor grills. Announcing a three-foot ‘safety zone’ around the grill is an effective way to keep both children and pets at a distance. • Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately. • Dispose of hot coals properly - douse all of them, not just the red ones, with plenty of water and stir them to ensure that the ﬁre is out. Never place them in plastic, paper or wooden containers. Campﬁre Safety: • Build campﬁres where they will not spread, away from dry grass and leaves and never under overhanging trees.• Keep campﬁres small, and don't let them get out of hand. • Keep plenty of water and a shovel around to douse the fire when you're done. Stir it and douse it again with water.• Never leave campﬁres unattended.• It is important to follow the park's rules for the use and extinguishing of campﬁres
Ohio Homeland Security has released the Safer Ohio App. The Safer Ohio App is a free application for Apple and Android phones. The app allows users to take a photo and report suspicious activity. The app also allows users to contact the Ohio State Patrol and emergency responders. The Safer Ohio App is a part of the "See Something? Send Something" campaign designed to encourage the public to report suspicious activity to law enforcement officials. All communications under this app are secured and the users privacy is protected. The "See Something? Send Something" campaign was derived from the incidents of the Boston Marathon bombing. Law enforcement officials relied on the tips and information from the public to locate the suspects.
April 26, 2014 10 A.M.- 2 P.M. is the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Medina County Residents can get rid of unused medications at designated locations throughout the county. For information regarding the proper disposal of prescription medications, please click on the links below. Also included in the links are the locations that prescription medications can be dropped off. www.medinahealth.org/Inspections/Prescription_Drug_Disposalhttps://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/NTBI/ntbi-pub.pub?_flowExecutionKey=_c05663A2D-0AA0-1D65-D246-9ECCE1C041F9_k368B9D14-15AE-7C78-A104-E0C49E584A44
On March 19th, 2014, the Valley City Fire
Department in Valley City, Ohio received a donation of 960 roll of Charmin
toilet paper from the Charmin Relief fund. Proctor & Gamble, the parent
company of Charmin, set out on a mission to bring relief to firefighters around
the country after learning of the hardship at the Detroit Fire Department. The
firefighters in Detroit were using their own money to buy toilet paper for their
station. The Charmin Relief Project donated 70,752 rolls of toilet paper to the
Detroit Fire Department.Charmin posted an ad on
Facebook looking for fire departments in need of toilet paper. The Valley City
Fire Department was one of the departments named on the social media network.
Soon after, a representative of the Charmin Relief Project contacted the fire
department looking to make a donation. Charmin donated enough toilet paper to
last 20 members 1 year. Charmin made a donation of 960 rolls of toilet paper to
50 fire departments in 50 states in one day.The officers and
members of the Valley City Fire Department would like to thank Proctor & Gamble
and the Charmin Relief Project for the generous donation. This is one
department that will definitely “Enjoy the Go"!
Currently, the Charmin
Relief Project has donated over 652,000 rolls of toilet paper to people in
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On February 9th, 2014 VCFD was dispatched to 294
Marks Rd. for a fully involved barn fire. VCFD was assisted by mutual aid from
Brunswick Fire Department, Brunswick Hill Fire Department, Erhart/York Fire
Department, Grafton Township Fire Department, Columbia Township Fire
Department, Medina Life Support Team, Strongsville Fire Department, and the Medina
County Sheriff’s Office. The Medina County Fire Investigation Task Force Unit
came to the scene to conduct an investigation of the fire. VCFD would like to
thank our mutual aid companies for their assistance at this fire. Click HERE to view more images.
During a winter storm, the Medina County Sheriff can issue an Snow Emergency. There are three classifications of snow emergencies: LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Drive carefully.LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one else should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.For more information regarding Snow Emergencies visit:http://www.ema.co.medina.oh.us/Snow%20Emergency.html
Driving in winter can be dangerous, especially with rapid changes in road conditions as the weather changes. With this in mind here are a few safety tips for driving on snow covered or icy roads:1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.2. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake.3. Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists.4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.5. Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills.6. Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.7. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.8. Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.9. Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.For more tips on winter driving visit: http://www.weather.com/activities/driving/drivingsafety/drivingsafetytips/snow.htmlFEMA recommends that motorists should keep an Emergency Kit in the vehicle. This kit should include:1. a shovel2. windshield scrapper and small broom3. flashlight and spare batteries4. battery powered radio and extra batteries5. water6. snack foods7. matches8. extra hats, socks and mittens9. a first aid kit with a pocket knife10. necessary medications11. blankets12. tow chain or rope13. road salt or sand14. booster cables15. emergency flares16. fluorescent distress flagFor more information on Winter tips visit:http://m.fema.gov/before-winter-storms-extreme-cold
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