Emergency Preparedness – UNITED SIKHS Blog https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog Recognize The Human Race As One Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:31:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 HURRICANE JOAQUIN: U.S. East Coast Braces for Heavy Rain, High Winds https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2015/10/hurricane-joaquin-u-s-east-coast-braces-for-heavy-rain-high-winds/ Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:11:50 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=2199  Photo: The Weather Channel

“Extremely dangerous” Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin is moving through the Bahamas, where warnings are in effect for wind, storm surges, rainfall, and surf swells. As of this morning, forecasters do not deem it likely that the storm will make landfall in the United States. However, the U.S. East Coast including New York City is bracing for high winds, heavy rainfall, and flooding, as well as other potential hazards currently being assessed by state officials as the weekend progresses.

 

 Photo: The Weather Channel

In a statement yesterday evening, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stated, “While it is still early to predict the path and impact of Hurricane Joaquin, New York City is ready to weather the storm. Our emergency preparedness and resiliency plans are much stronger today than they were during Sandy. More than 30 city agencies are working together and at a high state of alert and readiness (…) Now is the time for New Yorkers to review their emergency plans with their families. We want people to find out whether they live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone and stay informed by signing up for Notify NYC.”

The New York City evacuation map can be viewed here.

South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and New Jersey have declared states of emergencies in preparation for the effects of the storm. While this information includes the most recent updates on Hurricane Joaquin, UNITED SIKHS urges all East Coast residents to be attentive to their local news updates and aware of extreme weather warnings and watches in their areas.

To track Hurricane Joaquin’s location, visit the National Hurricane Center website. Like UNITED SIKHS on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and follow our Disaster Watch blog page to stay updated on the progress of Hurricane Joaquin.

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UNITED SIKHS Remembers and Prays for the Lives Lost on 9/11/01 https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/09/united-sikhs-remembers-and-prays-for-the-lives-lost-on-91101/ Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:55:51 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=2026

The day has come again… the day we never saw coming…the day that changed the nation forever… the day that impacted the lives of everyone who lives in America.

Americans will never forget the tragic event that took place on September 11, 2001. A tragedy that changed the New York Skyline, took innocent lives, and brought America even closer together.

A day of great loss and sorrow has birth a nation’s love, compassion, solidarity and bravery among brothers and sisters of all races.

UNITED SIKHS remembers those innocent lives lost on this unforgettable day. We continue to pray and hold vigils for the departed and their families. UNITED SIKHS is proactively working with the United States Department of Justice to make sure events like this never happen again.

Life of the Post 9/11 Victims

While our country remembers the lives of those lost on 9/11, let us not forget those who have become a target because of the tragedy that occurred on the unforgettable day.

Being misidentified in America since 9/11 has been harmful and disheartening to those Sikhs that call America their home. Many incidents have occurred in the past twelve years that leave many Sikhs wondering when this will end. Organizations like UNITED SIKHS will continue its fight to empower and educate all about the principles and beliefs of Sikhism.

The lack of education of who Sikhs are have caused much confusion worldwide. Many see the turban as a sign of terrorism but this is not true. Since September 11, the world has been gripped by fear such that many minority communities, including the Sikh community, have suffered a backlash through misinformation and ignorance. The first reprisal killing after Sept 11 was of a Turban wearing Sikh in Arizona, who was mistaken as belonging to the group which perpetrated the 9/11 incident. Sikhs due to their unique appearance have since been a target of hate and bias crime and discrimination. Every week, UNITED SIKHS receives reports from Sikh adults and children who are victims of race/biased/hate crimes and from those being denied their rights to practice their religion. A Sikh’s right to wear his articles of faith has been challenged in schools, the workplace, prisons and other public places. Sikhs suffer increased harassment at airports because they wear the Turban.

Below you can find a list of a few of the incidents that have a occurred:

Sept. 15, 2001 — Mesa, Ariz.: Four days after the infamous attacks of 9/11, Balbir Singh Sodhi, a 49-year-old Sikh, is shot and killed outside the gas station he owned by Frank Silva Roque. When police approached to arrest him, Roque says, “I’m a patriot and an American. I’m American. I’m a damn American.”

Nov. 18, 2001 — Palermo, N.Y.: Three teens burn down Gobind Sadan, a gurdwara (Sikh temple) in New York, because they thought it was named for Osama bin Laden.

Dec. 12, 2001 — Los Angeles, Calif.: Surinder Singh Sidhi, a liquor store owner in Los Angeles who took to wearing an American flag turban after 9/11 out of fear of being attacked, is beaten in his store by two men who accused him of being Osama bin Laden.

Aug. 6, 2002 — Daly City, Calif.: Sukhpal Singh, brother of Balbir Singh Sodhi, who was the first Sikh murdered following 9/11, is shot while driving his cab.

May 20, 2003 — Phoenix, Ariz.: Fifty-two-year-old Sikh immigrant and truck driver Avtar Singh is shot in his 18-wheeler while waiting for his son to pick him up. As he is being shot, he hears someone say: “Go back to where you belong.”

Aug. 5, 2003 — Queens, N.Y.: Members of a Sikh family are beaten outside of their home by drunk individuals yelling, “Go back to your country, Bin Laden.”

Sept. 25, 2003 — Tempe, Ariz.: Sukhvir Singh, a 33-year-old convenience store owner, is stabbed to death by Bruce Phillip Reed. It is not labeled as a hate crime. Representatives of the Phoenix Sikh community issue a statement that says, in part, “Together we can help others to evolve past hate and fear by continuing to organize to reach out to others with increased understanding, respect, and support. May our collective prayer be that God preserve and protect the honor of all people, our nation, and our world.”

March 13, 2004 — Fresno, Calif.: Gurdwara Sahib, a local Sikh temple, is vandalized with graffiti messages: “Rags Go Home” and “It’s Not Your Country.

July 12, 2004 — New York, N.Y.: Rajinder Singh Khalsa and Gurcharan Singh, cousins on their way to dinner at a restaurant, are beaten by two drunk white twenty something men. The attackers describe Gurcharan’s turban as a “curtain.” When Rajinder tries to intervene, saying that Sikhs are peaceful, he is beaten unconscious and suffers a fractured eye socket, among other injuries.

May 24, 2007 — Queens, N.Y.: A 15-year-old student has his hair forcibly cut by an older student at his high school. The scissor-wielding 17-year-old showed the Sikh a ring inscribed with Arabic, saying, “This ring is Allah. If you don’t let me cut your hair, I will punch you with this ring.” Afterward, he cuts the younger boy’s hair. A main pillar of the Sikh faith compels followers to keep their hair uncut.

May 30, 2007 — Joliet, Ill.: A decorated U.S. Navy veteran of the Gulf War, Kuldip Singh Nag is approached by a police officer outside of his home for an expired vehicle registration tag. The officer reportedly assaults Nag with pepper spray while hurling expletive-laced anti-immigrant statements. ]

Jan. 14, 2008 — New Hyde Park, N.Y.: A 63-year-old Sikh, Baljeet Singh, has his jaw and nose broken when attacked outside his temple by a man who lived next-door. David Wood, the attacker, had apparently disturbed members of the Gurdwara in the past.

Feb. 28, 2008 — Bryan, Texas: A Sikh man is assaulted in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Though the assailant called him a terrorist, punched him in the face and head and knocked his turban off, the Sikh man does not suffer major injuries.

June 5, 2008 — Queens, N.Y.: A ninth grade Sikh is attacked by another student, who tried to remove his patka, or under-turban, and had a history of bullying the boy.

June 5, 2008 — Albuquerque, N.M.: A vehicle belonging to a Sikh family is defaced with the message “F*** Allah!” and a picture of male genitalia.

Aug. 4, 2008 — Phoenix, Ariz.: Inderjit Singh Jassal is shot and killed while working at a 7-Eleven. No clear motive is found.

Oct. 29, 2008 — Carteret, N.J.: A Sikh man, Ajit Singh Chima, goes for a walk in his neighborhood. He is attacked by a man who casually leaves the scene afterward. Nothing is stolen.

Jan. 30, 2009 — Queens, N.Y.: Three men attack Jasmir Singh outside of a grocery store. Racial slurs are heard. A broken glass bottle is used. Singh loses vision in his left eye.

Nov. 29, 2010 — Sacramento, Calif.: Harbhajan Singh, a cab driver, is a attacked by passengers, who call him Osama bin Laden.

March 6, 2011 — Elk Grove, Calif.: Two elderly Sikh men in traditional garb, out for a daily afternoon walk, are shot and killed. The perpetrator is not found.

May 30, 2011 — New York, N.Y.: Jiwan Singh, an MTA worker and the father of Jasmir Singh, who was assaulted in early 2009 in Queens, is attacked on the A train and accused of being related to Osama bin Laden.

Feb. 6, 2012 — Sterling Heights, Mich.: A gurdwara (Sikh temple) is defaced with graffiti that includes a gun and references to 9/11.

Aug. 5, 2012 — Oak Creek, Wis.: A gunman is shot dead by police after he opened fire in a Gurdwara during Sikh prayer services, killing six.

May 5, 2013 — Fresno, Cal.: 81 year old Piara Singh was beaten with a steel pipe outside a Fresno Gurdwara in what police have determined to be a hate crime.

July, 30, 2013– Riverside, Cal.: Riverside Gurdwara near Los Angeles, California reported  the words “Terrorist” and “Terrist!” scrawled on the brick walls surrounding the Gurdwara and parking lot.

Terrorist, we are NOT. Terrorism, we DO NOT promote. America IS our home too. Help us to continue to bring awareness to Sikhs and Sikhism. Help us so we can make sure events like these including the massiveness of 9/11 never occur again.

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Hurricane Irene Update: Fema to open State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers in Kings, Queens, Bronx, and Richmond Counties of New York https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/hurricane-irene-update-fema-to-open-state-and-federal-disaster-recovery-centers-in-kings-queens-bronx-and-richmond-counties-of-new-york/ https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/hurricane-irene-update-fema-to-open-state-and-federal-disaster-recovery-centers-in-kings-queens-bronx-and-richmond-counties-of-new-york/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:30:45 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1116

Sep 22, 2011, New York, NY: Fema to open State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers in Kings, Queens, Bronx, and Richmond Counties of New York.  Attached below is a Press Release released by FEMA which provides this information. These centers, which will be open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read below for more information-

NEW YORK, N.Y. – State and federal Disaster Recovery Centers are set to open in four of the city’s five boroughs on Monday September 26, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials. The state and FEMA have already opened similar facilities throughout the areas of New York state hit by Hurricane Irene to assist individuals, households and businesses of any size affected by the storm.

 

The centers, which will be open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will operate at the following locations from September 26 through October 7:

 

Kings County

Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Bronx County

Bronx Borough Hall, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY

Queens County

Dept. of Finance-Financial Business Center, 144-06 94th Street, Jamaica, NY

Richmond County

Staten Island Armory, 321 Manor Road, Staten Island, NY

 

The centers will be staffed with disaster-recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about hurricane-related assistance, according to FEMA and state officials.

“Before visiting a recovery center, I strongly recommend people seeking assistance, to register with FEMA ,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Philip E. Parr. “Having spoken with or contacted state or local officials does not count. You must first register with FEMA in order to apply for help.”

Registration is quick and simple, Parr said. By phone, call the FEMA registration line at

800-621-3362. For those with speech or hearing disabilities, use the TTY number,

800-462-7585. Applicants can also register online at http://globalmessaging2.prnewswire.com/clickthrough/servlet/clickthrough?msg_id=6996392&adr_order=3&url=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5EaXNhc3RlckFzc2lzdGFuY2UuZ292“>www.DisasterAssistance.gov or with any

web-enabled mobile device or smartphone at m.fema.gov. Follow the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”


Information needed when registering with FEMA includes the address of the damaged property, names of those living in the household, a general description of the damage, the Social Security Account number of any family member living in the home, the extent of insurance coverage and  other information needed to expedite the process.

New York state agencies will join FEMA to provide services to the public at the centers. These include, but are not limited to: information about state disaster aid and help for unemployed persons and displaced workers as the result of the hurricane; information for senior citizens about state-funded programs; access to forms and services pertaining to motor-vehicle issues; coordination and assistance with any needs for daycare services; and access to MyBenefits pre-screening tool. Representatives of these and other agencies will participate as determined by need.

Also on hand at the Disaster Recovery Centers will be specialists from the Small Business Administration (SBA) who can explain the low-interest loan packages available to individuals, nonprofits and businesses of any size. These loans are for the repair or replacement of real estate and/or personal property damaged by the storm and related flooding, officials said.  People who register with FEMA may be sent a loan application from the SBA.

FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for transportation, medical and dental, and funeral expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. Applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for FEMA assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement and moving and storage expenses.

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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.


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The above update is provided by UNITED SIKHS AID project.

For more information, please contact-
Gurvinder Singh|Sikh AID Director|1-469-222-6288|gurvinder.singh@unitedsikhs.org

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Thinking About Volunteering in Haiti? Get Your Vaccinations Now. https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2010/01/thinking-about-volunteering-in-haiti-get-your-vaccinations-now/ Wed, 20 Jan 2010 18:13:15 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=681 Before volunteers leave for Haiti, you should already be up to date on
your regular vaccinations such as MMR, DPT, polio, etc., and at
minimum, get vaccinations for:
Tetanus
Hepatitis A
H1N1

All of these vaccinations are normally available from your State for
FREE, and all you have to do is walk into a clinic.

You also should have malaria prophylactics, and if at all possible
typhoid vaccination, which may or may not be available.

For New York, call the New York City Department of Health and Mental
Hygiene’s Immunization Hotline at (212) 676-2323. They’ll give you
your closest clinic. If you say you’re going to Haiti, they’ll say we
don’t do travel vaccinations. Just tell them clearly that you need
these above, and they should tell you where to go.

And also ReliefWeb’s guidance for relief workers:
http://reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/DKAN-7ZRPHT?OpenDocument

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Volunteers Needed:September National Preparedness Month-Message from Homeland Security https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/09/september-national-preparedness-month-message-from-homeland-security/ https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/09/september-national-preparedness-month-message-from-homeland-security/#comments Tue, 08 Sep 2009 19:03:41 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=476 homelandsecurity  8th Sept, 2009, New York: Volunteers are needed to inform the members of the community of the National Preparedness efforts by the Homeland Security and how one can participate.  Please call 888-243-1690, if you want to volunteer, in the National Preparedness Month with the Homeland Security.

Message from Homeland Security
“This month, we ask all Americans to visit Ready.gov to learn what they can do to help their families, businesses and communities stay safe during an emergency—whether it be hurricanes like Katrina, the fires we are fighting in California or pandemic influenza.”
 

 Ready.gov includes a link to    www.flu.gov: Know What To Do About The Flu

On this website you will find important resources to help your communities prepare for, respond to and recover from pandemic flu.Please check out the following resources that can be displayed and distributed in your community.Cover Your Cough

 Display the poster in congregate areas

 Buttons and Badges

(Add a button to your website):

 Flyers and posters http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm

STOP, Do You Feel Sick?

http://www.cdc.gov/SocialMedia/Campaigns/H1N1/#Buttons.

Let your Web site visitors know how to stop the spread of novel H1N1 flu and where to get more information about novel H1N1 flu.

For the most up-to-date information, visit  www.flu.gov. 

 

Answer President Obama’s Call to Serve!
United We Serve at serve.gov

 

As the US Department of Health & Human Services Centers for Disease Control publishes more information, we will send it out to our stakeholders. 

Thanks,
US Department of Homeland Security
Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
infofbci@dhs.gov

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United Sikhs appeals for urgent relief aid for displaced Pakistanis https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/06/united-sikhs-appeals-for-urgent-relief-aid-for-displaced-pakistanis/ Tue, 30 Jun 2009 10:08:25 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=306 United Sikhs appeals for urgent relief aid for displaced Pakistanis   PDF Print E-mail

NEW YORK, June 27 (APP): A US‑based international organization, United Sikh, has issued an urgent appeal for donations to provide humanitarian relief to Pakistani internally displaced persons from Swat and other adjacent valleys. “United Sikhs needs to raise  $117,514 USD to provide immediate humanitarian relief to IDPs from the Swat Valley who are living in poor conditions. We request the public to donate generously to provide the most vulnerable children and women IDPs with immediate life‑saving humanitarian and advocacy support,” Kuldip Singh, President of the US organization said Saturday.

The organization said the IDPs in the 19 camps and at the Sikh shrine, Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hassan Abdal, are in urgent need of help for better food, medical care and protection from the sweltering heat.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has reported that over 2.5 million people are displaced by the anti‑Taliban offensive, which has stretched the much needed humanitarian resources in Pakistan, the organization said.

An aid team surveyed the immediate needs of the Pakistan IDPs and identified urgent requirements at the 19 IDP camps and the Gurdwara IDP sites at Panja Sahib, Hasan Abdal and Baba Joga Singh Gurdwara in Peshawar.

 http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=80201&Itemid=2

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Sikh Aid: A Guide for Parents on “Flu” by CDC https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/04/sikh-aid-a-guide-for-parents-on-flu/ Wed, 29 Apr 2009 21:27:51 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=229
29th April 2009:  Below is an essential guide recommended for parents by the Center For Disease Control. 
We advise the readers to
1) Print the Guide for Parents and place it in the local Gurdwaras

2) Address the sangat on what this and what precautions need to be taken by parents.

Prabhjit Singh
UNITED SIKHS
Sikh-Aid Coordinator, Southern Region

prabhjit.singh@unitedsikhs.org

A Guide For Parents
The flu (influenza) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs that is caused by influenza virus. The flu can spread from person to person. Most people with flu are sick for about a week, but then feel better. However, some people (especially young children, pregnant women, older people, and people with chronic health problems) can get very sick and some can die.

What is the flu?
What are the symptoms of the flu?

Most people with the flu feel tired and have fever (usually high), headache, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and sore muscles. Some people, especially children, may also have stomach problems and diarrhea. Cough can last two or more weeks.
People that have the flu usually cough, sneeze, and have a runny nose. This makes droplets with virus in them. Other people can get the flu by breathing in these droplets, getting them in their nose or mouth, or touching contaminated surfaces.

How does the flu spread?
How long can a sick person spread the flu to others?
Healthy adults may be able to spread the flu from 1 day before getting sick to up to 5 days after getting sick. This can be longer in children and in people who don’t fight disease as well (people with weakened immune systems).
A flu vaccine is the best way to protect against the flu. CDC recommends that all children from the ages of 6 months up to their 19th birthday get a flu vaccine every fall or winter (children getting a vaccine for the first time need two doses).
•Flu shots can be given to children 6 months and older.
• A nasal-spray vaccine can be given to healthy children 2 years and older (children under 5 years old who have had wheezing in the past year or any child with chronic health problems should get the flu shot).
You can protect your child by getting a flu vaccine for yourself too. Also encourage your child’s close contacts to get a flu vaccine. This is very important if your child is younger than 5 or has a chronic health problem like asthma (breathing disease) or diabetes (high blood sugar levels).

How can I protect my child from the flu? Is there medicine to treat the flu?
There are antiviral drugs for children 1 year and older that can make your child feel better and get better sooner. But these drugs need to be approved by a doctor. They should be started during the first 2 days that your child is sick for them to work best. Your doctor can discuss with you if these drugs are right for your child.
What Can YOU Do?
1. Take time to get a flu vaccine and get your child vaccinated too.
2. Take everyday steps to prevent the spread of germs. This includes:
•Clean your hands often and cover your coughs and sneezes
•Tell your child to:
– Stay away from people who are sick
– Clean hands often
– Keep hands away from face
– Cover coughs and sneezes to protect others (it’s best to use a tissue andthrow it away).

How else can I protect my child against flu?
What should I use for hand cleaning?
Washing hands with soap and water (for as long as it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song twice) will help protect your child from many different germs. When soap and water are not available, wipes or gels with alcohol in them can be used (the gels should be rubbed into your hands until they are dry).
Consult your doctor and make sure your child gets plenty of rest and drinks a lot of fluids. If your child is older than 2 years, you can buy medicine (over-the-counter) without a prescription that might make your child feel better. Be careful with these medicines and follow the instructions on the package. But never give aspirin or medicine that has aspirin in it to children or teenagers who may have the flu.

What can I do if my child gets sick?
Call or take your child to a doctor right away if your child:
•has a high fever or fever that lasts a long time
•has trouble breathing or breathes fast
•has skin that looks blue
•is not drinking enough
• seems confused, will not wake up, does not want to be held, or has seizures (uncontrolled shaking)
•gets better but then worse again
•has other conditions (like heart or lung disease, diabetes) that get worse
What if my child seems very sick? Can my child go to school if he or she is sick?

No. Your child should stay home to rest and to avoid giving the flu to other children.

Should my child go to school if other children are sick?
It is not unusual for some children in school to get sick during the winter months. If many children get sick, it is up to you to decide whether to send your child to school. You might want to check with your doctor, especially if your child has other health problems.

When can my child go back to school after having the flu?
Keep your child home from school until his or her temperature has been normal for 24 hours. Remind your child to cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing, to protect others (you may want to send some tissue and wipes or gels with alcohol in them to school with your child).
Courtesy: Center for Disease and Control: www.cdc.gov/flu

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Action Alert: Update on Swine Flue https://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/04/action-alert-updates-on-swine-flue/ Mon, 27 Apr 2009 17:59:13 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=160 26th April, 2009:  Answers to questions on what, where and how, the Swine Flue impacts us are answered below by the City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for Principals.
By Dr Jogesh Kaur Syalee

NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE
Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH
Commissioner

Swine Influenza: Information for Principals
What is swine influenza?
Swine flu is a respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses that regularly cause outbreaks in pigs. There have been reports of serious illness and deaths due to swine flu in Mexico, but the recently confirmed cases in the United States have been mild.

What are the symptoms of swine influenza?
Swine flu symptoms are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, lethargy, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu
If parents ask whether it is safe for their child to attend school, what should I say?
So far only one school, St. Francis Preparatory in Queens, is closed. There is no reason for anyone else to keep healthy children at home. If a child has fever or a respiratory illness they should be kept home from school until they have recovered.

What should I do if a student is sick?
The student should be evaluated by the nurse. If the nurse believes that the student may have influenza, the child should be separated from other students and sent home. The student should not take the school bus. Students with symptoms of flu should not return to school until they have been symptom-free for 1 to 2 days.

What should I do if a school employee has flu symptoms?
The person should go home and not return to school until 1-2 days after they become symptom free.

What cleaning measures are needed if a child or staff member is ill?
Hard surfaces that may have been contaminated by the ill child should be cleaned with disinfectant. If a child is ill, there is no need to clean the entire school.
Is swine influenza treatable?
Yes. Antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms). It is particularly important for people who have severe illness and for those with underlying illness (such as diabetes, heart, or lung disease) to be treated.

How does swine influenza spread?
Swine flu viruses can be directly transmitted from pigs to people and from people to pigs. Human-to-human transmission is also possible, and appears to be occurring with this outbreak. Spread is mainly through coughing or sneezing. People may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
How can I protect myself from swine influenza?
Here are the best ways to avoid getting or spreading swine influenza:
Encourage all people to cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze.
Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people
If you get sick, limit contact with others to avoid infecting them.
These are the same protections as those for seasonal flu and many other respiratory infections.
Whom should I call if I have a question?
Speak to your school nurse or nursing supervisor. If needed, the nurse will call the central School Health office for additional advice.
April 26, 2009

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