Returning Snowbirds MUST Self Quarantine for 14 Days

We are still getting questions about the self isolation of returning snow birds. When you are in self isolation you must stay in your home at all time.

You DO NOT go out for groceries, you DO NOT visit with neighbours, you DO NOT walk your dog and you DO NOT go to the mail room.

This is for the protection of everyone in Halcyon as well as the community in general. There is no exceptions made. This is not a suggestion put forward by the Board of Directors, this is the law. We must all work together if we are going to “flatten the curve”.

Respectfully submitted by the Halcyon Board of Directors.

Choosing sources of COVID-19 information carefully …

Choosing sources of information carefully during COVID-19 is critical to mental well-being. (provided by the Mental Health Commission of Canada)

In the midst of COVID-19, it is increasingly difficult to avoid the bleak headlines and bright-red news banners. Staying informed is, after all, one way many of us try to win back a semblance of control. But while it’s natural to seek information about this unfolding public health crisis, we must also take steps to protect our mental health.

With guidance from Dr. Keith Dobson, clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Calgary, the Mental Health Commission of Canada has compiled the following tips to help Canadians protect their mental health as they strive to safeguard their physical well-being and that of their loved ones.

1. Understand the fight-or-flight response
It’s normal to feel anxious in the face of a threat. Our body’s fight-or-flight response is designed to keep us safe by heightening our response to perceived danger. Part of that response is the release of stress hormones, which increase heart rate, blood pressure, and overall alertness.

The brain is continuously seeking new informational cues to re-assess the threat level. Unfortunately, if we bombard ourselves with COVID-19 details, headlines, and images, we reinforce the threat signal and perpetuate the stress response. Remember, the information we allow in will affect how we feel ? and we should monitor that intake with care.

Because of the impact stress has on our body’s immune system, managing it during a pandemic is critical to the success of strategies designed to reduce contagion or the severity of the illness.

2. Be selective about news sources
Where we seek information matters! Credible sources, such as the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization give us plain facts to counteract the sensationalism and fear-provoking imagery found in the news media. Updates from neighbours or other kinds of hearsay are more likely to include selective attention to fearful cases and stories.

Carefully choosing our sources is the best way to ensure accuracy. While there is plenty of fact-based content on social media, because of the way it works it is also much more likely to turn hearsay into misinformation. The facts ? as fluid as they may be ? are essential to facing the situation appropriately.

3. Consider the practical value of the information
Not all information is created equal. When we see images of workers in hazmat suits, empty streets, and armed guards, our brains detect a threat and react accordingly. Unfortunately, these images don’t have a lot of value, as they convey very little meaningful or useful information. Where possible, focus on the facts in the story, not the extraneous details or peripheral images.

4. Don’t discount the power of language
When the media reports that rates of infection are “skyrocketing,” for example, it can trigger more anxious feelings than if they’d said “increasing.” Although it may be difficult, it’s important to see through the sensationalistic language and focus on the message and the practical takeaways. If a particular news source uses a lot of alarmist language, consider avoiding that outlet altogether.

5. Set boundaries on news consumption
With such a rapidly evolving situation, it can feel like even a few hours without an update will leave us in the dark. But while the information about COVID-19 is constant, it is also highly repetitive. The more often we receive information, the more it will play on our minds, and the more difficult it will be to disengage.

ALSO ….

Check out this Covid-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool developed by the BC Ministry of Health … click to view. It should be helpful and help us to stay focused as we strive as united complex in overcoming this virus. We are getting there but just not yet.

Take Care and Stay Healthy

Angus Haggarty, Unit 222
HM Emergency Preparedness Team Leader

Emergency Preparedness

“It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret”

 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS UPDATE – Nov 2019

  1. NEIGHBOURS HELPING NEIGHBOURS is the best and most efficient way to help each other in the case of an emergency. There are a number of new residents over the last few months so it is important to know your next door neighbours to help in an emergency.
  2. Since emergencies can occur any day or time prepare for a worst case scenario (e.g.- winter, no power, wind & snow or flood waters; fire etc). Please be sure you have an emergency kit close at hand with your immediate necessities. Emergency kits are available by ordering through Red Cross Canada
  3. In the case of an officially declared evacuation this will be done with the police or fire hall officials using a loudspeaker or going door to door.
  4. In addition to the main in/out gate there is an padlocked emergency pedestrian gate between units 13 & 15 wide enough for a wheelchair – A key is available from units 13, 15, 16 & 222.
  5. Fire within the complex please follow the direction of on scene police or fire officials
  6. EARTHQUAKE – Take cover during the shaking & if it happens during the early morning hours sleep hours please place a pair of hard soled footwear under the bed as there will likely be some debris on the floor and you need to protect your feet as a first step before trying to help someone else. Depending on the severity it is suggested we stay within the complex and muster at the nearest roundabout to your unit.

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An emergency can be a fire, flood, earthquake, air pollution etc. Not all will require us to be evacuated but we must be ready to face whatever happens … AND be willing and ready to assist any of our neighbours in whatever way way be can. First take care of your own household before offering help to others.

Possible scenario’s:

  1. Fire – the trees behind our complex is a possible situation. Our Fire fighters will be on scene may ask us to evacuate. An order to evacuate will be done by the RCMP or the Fire fighters going door to door or via a loudspeaker Make sure you have an emergency kit to take with you.
  2. Earthquake – Drop, Cover &Hold on is the drill given by the province emergency preparation training. Depending on how severe the recommendation is to stay withing the complex and assemble an the nearest roundabount.
  3. Flood- We are on the high end of the city and a flood alert may not affect us since the Fairfield island may be the first to evacuate. However if we are ordered to evacuate it will be issued as in #1
  4. Air pollution – this may lead to an evacuation call as the result of a forest fire in the area of a train derailment causing dangerous goods to spill
  5. Tsunami – The general consensus from the Fire officials is it is unlikely a tsunami on the coast will travel this far into the eastern Fraser Valley.

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If you don’t have an Emergency/Survival kit and are considering purchasing one … click to view some kits.

While you can purchase ready-made emergency kits, it’s easy to make your own. All of the supplies you need are available at most grocery and camping supply stores.

Here are some links to information on emergency preparedness:

Red Cross – how to prepare for an emergency
Canada Gov – make an emergency plan

Help Your Neighbours …
The last questionnaire about 2 months ago there were some 30 residents who indicated they will need some assistance in the case of an emergency. The response thus far has not been to well supported so we need to ask again if any resident can offer assistance to please contact:

Angus Haggarty
shah@telus.net
Unit 222

The main concern is if an evacuation order is given we need helpers; in the case of an earthquake we probably would be best to stay within the complex. Any other suggestions will be welcome

For those who already offered to help a great big thank you & residents needing help will be assigned to your kind offer to help.

Many thanks
Emergency Preparedness Team