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Where our relief clinic is located, near Ramona FEMA assistance center

Nov 01, 2007 - 0 comments
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Tomorrow and Saturday, we'll be operating free medical relief clinics from 9am - 5pm with
Christ in Action - Denny and Sandy Nissley are the founders, who partnered with this local church as host:
Mountain View Community Church
1191 Meadowlark Way
Ramona, CA  92065

We'll be close to the Ramona FEMA assistance center:
Ramona Community School at 1710 Montecito Road, Ramona.
The assistance center's hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

A list of all of the assistance centers is here:
http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=41540

At the assistance centers, returnees can receive free masks donated by Cardinal Health, delivered by UPS:

According to http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=41558
"State and public health officials recommend that anyone cleaning up ash from around their home or spending time in ash-covered areas wear at a minimum a well-fitted paper mask or bandana to protect their nose and mouth. Keeping skin covered by wearing long sleeves, full length pants and gloves is also recommended. Special protections such as N95 or P100 respirators are recommended to help protect the lungs from ash and soot if spending long periods of time sifting through a site."

I can tell you from my experience post-Katrina, that masks could have helped many people.  The thing to remember is that a mask with an exhalation valve helps let moist breath excape and let your mask last longer.  When it's wet, it doesn't fliter anymore and you're just breathing contaminated air around the edges of the mask.  This applies to work in pandemic flu as well, and a properly fitted N95 rated mask is important to filter out particles that small.  It's not easy to find one that fits properly, and the process for fitting involves putting the mask on and seeing if you can taste a bitter spray that is at a particle size as small as the viruses.

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