Equipment: You! Details: No prior knowledge necessary! Nothing to prepare! Lead a group of adults and children through short, hands-on sessions at Safety Day. Your main jobs are people-moving and being an enthusiastic participant.
If interested, please contact Amy Wissing 717-330-3149 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re not available on Saturday, but would like to help with preparation, setup, or cleanup, call Amy!
The destructive effects of hurricanes and tropical storms typically occur in our Mid-Atlantic region during the months of August, September, and October. “Much of the preparation for large storms in our area is good common sense,” says Safety Committee Member Ephraim Stoltzfus. “Being diligent about a few simple precautions can help avoid damage by water, trees, and wind.”
Bring in outdoor furniture, garbage cans, and other items that are not tied down
Have a tarp and 2x4s ready to temporarily fix roofs
Move valuables up out of places that are flood-prone
Clean out debris from rain gutters & downspouts
Check condition of hoses, sump pumps and generators
Check fuel supplies
Do not drive around barricades and through high water
Keep trees and bushes well trimmed to improve wind resistance
Remove dead trees & limbs before a major storm
Check chainsaws and fuel
Do not work on trees that touch electric wires
Loss of Power…
Collect a three-day food and water supply
Keep refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible
Keep battery-powered lights and radio and extra batteries on hand
There are many common-sense safeguards that each family can put into place to deal
with a pending natural disaster. It is important to prepare your home and family. But
here in Bird-in-Hand it is equally as important to be prepared so that you can help your
neighbor be safe and recover from the storm’s effects too.
In the Bird-in-Hand community, many individuals step up to the plate and do their part. That is certainly true of the results of our 2013 Spring Fund Appeal. All gifts, no matter how large or small, are appreciated because they add up quickly and help us reach our financial goals. Your generous monetary contributions show your dedication to keeping our community strong. Thank you!
Total amount of fire dues received to date is $33,600. We are on pace to exceed donations from last year by over 15%. Please use the enclosed envelope to submit a contribution if you haven’t already done so this year.
2013 YTD Expenses
Utilities & Grounds, Insurance
Equipment – New, Repair, Maint.
Office & Administrative
Building Improvements & Repairs
2013 YTD Income
Fire Dues Contributions & Donations
Carriage & Antique Auction
East Lampeter Twp
Meeting Room Rentals & Sign Lease
Interest & Miscellaneous Income
Ladies Auxiliary Income
*All income over and above expenses goes towards the new tanker purchase.
Recently a technician serviced the fire extinguishers at my day job. A coworker of mine remarked, “A number of the workers here are firefighters, and they’re picky about their fire extinguishers!”
My response was, “Fire can strike anywhere, anytime – it is common sense to be prepared.” A recent fire here in Bird-in-Hand is a prime example. A normal workday ended with a very large fire that was sparked by an electrical malfunction within a wall.
In everyday life we take many safety precautions. We wear seat belts while driving and helmets while playing baseball. We also need to take precautions in our homes, such as installing fire extinguishers and changing the batteries in our smoke detectors. Teaching our families how to call 911 and how to exit our homes safely during a fire is one of the most important safety precautions of all.
INCLUDED: Lunch & dessert • Age-appropriate activities for children and youth • Special Junior Program for toddlers & preschoolers through 2nd grade) • Goody bags
Grandparents, parents, children, and all those who care about safety in the Bird-in-Hand area – mark your calendars with a big red check for Saturday, October 19! Along with many hands-on educational experiences for children, there will be specific seminars for adults. For example, a session for grandparents and parents about the latest in car seat safety (including how to install them!)
Time for dessert and socializing from 2:00-3:00 pm will wrap up this special day that is planned for our local families and friends.
Note: This is a fun activity for grandparents and grandchildren to enjoy together!
On May 2, 2013 The Hand-in-Hand Fire Company honored two of Nathan and Martha Bange’s children, Kendall and Larisa, for submitting their family’s Escape Plan. They had read about the activity in the Children’s Corner of the Fire Company newsletter and completed the project as part of their home-school studies. Here is the photo story of their surprising prize!
Rains fell, winds blew, and tents collapsed. Everyone in the Birdin- Hand area will long remember the challenging week for our Lancaster County Carriage and Antique Auction, June 24-28, 2013. But the very best memories are of an incredible spirit that rose up out of our community as the weather swirled relentlessly and crisis after crisis demanded that we work together to save our auction.
In spite of having to prepare for the sale in drenching rain and destructive winds, Organizer Jake King summarized the 2013 auction this way. “The community effort was awesome. Even though the profits were down because of extra expenses, the event was still successful. The success came in the way the community people pulled together to do whatever it took to solve the problems caused by the weather. Attitudes were great – no complaints or long faces. The weather brought out the good, better, and best in people.”
First ever Dutch Oven meal on Thursday evening sold out in spite of having to rearrange serving lines, change cooking times and locations, and eat at tables with pools of water at everyone’s feet.
The Better… Friday, the day of the sale, dawned sunny and beautiful. A record number of 5,000 attendees, including 1,525 bidders, carefully walked over sawdust-covered mud on the auction grounds and enjoyed buying, eating, and fellowshipping.
The Best… Countless community people stepped up to do whatever was necessary, even setting up a 100′ x 160′ replacement tent in the middle of the night. And donors, such as the Robert J. Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, came forward with contributions to help cover the extra expenses. We, the Bird-in-Hand Fire Company, are very grateful for a supportive community and thank each of you for standing with us during the 2013 auction week.