Burholme discusses emergency response; Eagle Scout soars

Chad Thomas, of the city De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health, offered tips to mem­bers of Burholme Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation on plan­ning for a bi­o­ter­ror­ism at­tack or wide­spread health emer­gency.

Thomas, a pub­lic health com­mu­nic­a­tions out­reach co­ordin­at­or, said Phil­adelphia of­fi­cials are de­term­ined to pre­pare cit­izens for any emer­gency. He cited the fail­ure of New Or­leans res­id­ents to re­act prop­erly after Hur­ricane Kat­rina in 2005.

Thomas told res­id­ents that the best place to be dur­ing an earth­quake is un­der a heavy table or desk. He urged folks to keep com­fort­able shoes at their work desks, re­call­ing how many wo­men in high heels had trouble go­ing down the steps of the World Trade Cen­ter after the 2001 ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

All fam­il­ies should have an emer­gency kit, he said, point­ing to Nov. 4 as a good day to com­pile es­sen­tials. That’s when day­light-sav­ing time began, when Phil­adelphi­ans and oth­ers turned their clocks back by an hour.

To make such a ser­i­ous top­ic more fun, Thomas con­duc­ted a game of “Emer­gency Plan­ning Jeop­ardy.”

Thomas en­cour­aged people to sign up for ReadyNo­ti­fyPA to get alerts about emer­gen­cies, severe weath­er and road clos­ures. The in­form­a­tion will be sent as a text mes­sage or e-mail to cell phones. Sign up at www.readyno­ti­fypa.org

For more in­form­a­tion on the health de­part­ment’s bi­o­ter­ror­ism and emer­gency pre­pared­ness present­a­tions, call 215-685-6459 or e-mail chad.thomas@phila.gov

In oth­er news from the Oct. 11 meet­ing:

• Nick Koz­anky­wycz, who lives on Shelmire Av­en­ue, ex­plained his Eagle Scout pro­ject. The Cent­ral High School sopho­more and a mem­ber of Boy Scout Troop 321 is col­lect­ing items for the 19th an­nu­al Rubye’s Kids hol­i­day party.

The teen­ager will ac­cept toys and cash dona­tions through Sunday after Mass at Present­a­tion BVM and St. Joseph, both in Chel­ten­ham. The Mass sched­ule is Sat­urday at 5:15 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Present­a­tion and Sunday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph.

Dona­tions can also be dropped off on Sunday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. dur­ing a Troop 321 pan­cake break­fast at Present­a­tion’s church hall.

Write to Nick at nkoz­anky­wycz@ya­hoo.com

• A couple of people told Mark Mroz, 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict com­munity re­la­tions of­ficer, that they are see­ing more po­lice pres­ence than ever.

Also, res­id­ents said they were happy with the pres­ence of a po­lice of­ficer on horse­back, ex­cept for one little — ac­tu­ally, big — messy prob­lem left in the street by the horse.

“The of­ficer is not go­ing to stop and clean it up,” Mroz said.

Mroz said the horse drop­pings wash away easi­er than dog dirt when it rains. The of­ficer thought of a quick­er cleanup op­tion when he spot­ted the Boy Scouts in the crowd.

“I have a per­fect idea. I just thought of it. Don’t you guys have to do com­munity ser­vice?” he asked.

• Breen’s Tav­ern, at 704 Hunt­ing­don Pike in Rockledge, of­fers an IQ Chal­lenge on the third Thursday of the month. Signups will be taken from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Twenty-sev­en par­ti­cipants will be chosen at 8:45, and the games be­gin at 9 o’clock. Each weekly win­ner re­ceives $50 in gift cer­ti­fic­ates.

For more in­form­a­tion, call Jim­mie Stew­art at 215-326-9226.

• Burholme Com­munity Town Watch and Civic As­so­ci­ation will meet on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., at United Meth­od­ist Church of the Re­deem­er. The guest will be City Coun­cil­wo­man Maria Quinones-Sanc­hez (D-7th dist.). The meet­ing on Dec. 13 will fea­ture Tim Hinch­cliff, man­aging dir­ect­or of Burholme Emer­gency Med­ic­al Ser­vices. On Jan. 10, the guest will be an of­fi­cial from the city Of­fice of Emer­gency Man­age­ment. ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­ing@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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