Upcoming March Programs from the Health & Safety Resource Committee: BOTH CANCELLED

The Health & Safety Resource Committee is planning two new events for March:
  • Diabetes and Hypertension Screenings will be offered by the Brunswick County Wellness Coalition at the Pink Palace on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 9:00 AM until 12 PM
  • A follow-up nutrition talk entitled ‘Eat Well to Be Well’ will be presented by Sandy Fagin, RD, MPH on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 from 1:30 – 3:00 PM at the Pink Palace.  The presentation will provide helpful nutrition information including the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the best diets for the prevention of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, and will include practical information on working a healthy eating plan into your lifestyle. Sandy has over 40 years of experience in nutrition in a variety of consulting, education and training areas.
  • Both of these events require a reservation for attendance.  You may attend either one or both.  Please visit the Health & Safety Resource Committee page to complete and submit the sign up form found on their page.
  • For questions please email Sandy Fagin at sandyseal0@gmail.com


Long Term Care – The Silent Stalker – Exclusive Webinar

The Health & Safety Resource Committee had scheduled a presentation on wills, taxes, trusts, etc. on January 28, at the Pink Palace. This event has been cancelled because of Covid-19 restrictions. This program was offered a year ago and it was well received by the residents.  The program is being held in an upcoming Webinar.  The presenters have been offering these for other Brunswick County Communities during the lock-down.  Below is the information regarding the webinar and a link to register.

Long Term Care – The Silent Stalker – Exclusive Webinar
Back by popular demand: Join us with special guest Barbara Franklin, nationally recognized long-term care planning expert, for a replay of this important event:

– What is long-term care?
– What are the costs of care?
– What are the odds of needing care?
– What are your options?

All attendees receive complimentary Family Planning Guide.

Date/Time:  Jan 6, 2021 9:00 AM (Eastern Time)

Register HERE

Flu Symptoms vs COVID-19 Symptoms

Please read COVID-19 Symptoms vs. Flu, Cold & Allergies as a reminder of the differences between the Flu Symptoms and the COVID Symptoms – print it out and post it at home & work.  Also, just assume everyone is positive and protect yourselves.  A Covid test is only as good as when it is actually taken, and the research is showing the majority of people do NOT show symptoms.  Some new research is also showing rinsing your mouth with Listerine (Original or mint) or Crest mouthwash breaks down the outer shell of the COVID virus allowing it to be inactive.  Since much of the virus is carried in the oral cavity, it is suggested rinsing for 30 seconds twice a day.
Another reminder, get all of your vaccines:  Flu, Pneumoccal, Prevnar 13 and the new Shingles vaccine (Shingrix – 2 shots & it is 95% effective).

Vacation Disaster Preparation Safety Guide For Travel Abroad

Vacation Disaster Preparation Safety Guide

This guide contains plenty of helpful information that many residents that travel abroad might find helpful.  The guide could be a great addition to your planning such as:

  • Helpful and actionable tips and advice about travel emergencies and disaster awareness whilst travelling or vacationing abroad and what travelers can do to prepare for and stay safe in case of an emergency.
  • Key stats and figures about travel safety and natural disasters across the world, including the countries most and least at risk to calamities, different types of natural disasters, the risk of terrorism and political unrest, and examples of major and personal emergencies to prepare for.
  • Practical and useful travel safety information such as emergency hotline numbers across the world, what to do in case disaster strikes, advice if you are injured or hospitalized abroad, when to contact your embassy for assistance and other helpful advice.
  • A travel safety checklist to help you prepare for emergencies and links to other useful resources and information online about overseas travel safety and disaster preparedness.

Click HERE for the entire guide.  Click HERE for the Useful Information page where the guide can also be found.

Brunswick County Recycling Services

Brunswick County residents and property owners can dispose of the following year around.

Electronics, fluorescent bulbs & CFL’s, single stream recycling, scrap metal, appliances, propane tanks, oyster shells, tires (limit 5 per resident), used cooking oil, latex paint & cans, textiles, corrugated cardboard, household & automotive batteries, used oil, oil filters, antifreeze, fuel, smoke detectors and cellphones.

Electronics, fluorescent bulbs (4 foot or smaller) & CFL’s, single stream recycling, corrugated cardboard, scrap metal, household batteries, appliances, oyster shells (all locations except Leland), tires (Southport and Leland only, limit 5 per resident), used cooking oil, smoke detectors, textiles and cellphones.

Single-stream recycling and textiles (coming soon).

For location and hours, please visit the Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling website at https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/solid-waste-and-recycling/.

Hospital Safety Grade Available for All Hospitals

From the Health and Safety Resource Committee:

Hospital Safety Grade: this is a score for hospitals in the United States on how safe the hospital keeps their patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.  Click on this link http://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and check the safety score of any hospital in the United States. On the right side of the home page, enter a City and State.  If you put in Supply, NC you get a list of all the hospitals in this area.

Break the Grip of the Rip

Rip currents account for 80% of beach rescues, and can be dangerous or deadly if you don’t know what to do.
If you do happen to be caught in a rip current, stay calm. It won’t pull you under – it’ll just pull you away from shore. If you try to fight the rip current and swim against it, you’ll just get worn out. Instead – float!
If you can, wave and yell to get the attention of lifeguards and people on shore to let them know you need help.
If you’re a good swimmer, swim parallel to shore until you’ve cleared the pull of the rip current. Swim with the waves, allowing them to push you to shore.
If you’re on shore and see someone in trouble in a rip current do not go in after them. Instead – call for help! If a lifeguard is not available, throw in something that floats or extend a reaching object, but don’t try to be a hero and make the rescue yourself. Even trained lifeguards only attempt a rescue using a flotation device.  Click HERE for additional information.


Good Tips to Know to Help Avoid Shark Bites

During The Months from 5 to 9 (May to Sept.)  Swim the Hours of 9:00 to 5:00 pm

To decrease your already small chance of becoming a victim of a shark bite, observe the following rules:

  1. Always swim in a group.  Sharks most often attack lone individuals.
  2. Don’t wander too far from shore.  Doing so isolates you and places you away from assistance.
  3. Avoid the water at night, dawn, or dusk.  Many sharks are most active at these times and are better able to find you than you are to see them. 
  4. Don’t enter the water if bleeding.  Sharks can smell and taste blood, and trace it back to its source.
  5. Don’t wear shiny jewelry.  The reflected light looks like shining fish scales.
  6. Don’t go into waters containing sewage.  Sewage attracts bait fishes, which in turn attract sharks.
  7. Avoid waters being fished and those with lots of bait fishes.  Diving seabirds are good indicators of such activities. 
  8. Don’t enter the water if sharks are present.  Leave immediately if sharks are seen.
  9. Avoid brightly colored clothing.  Sharks see contrast particularly well, so use extra caution when waters are cloudy. 
  10. Don’t splash a lot.  Also, keep pets out of the water. Erratic movements can attract sharks.
  11. Use care near sandbars or steep drop-offs.  These are favorite hangouts for sharks.
  12. Don’t relax just because porpoises are nearby.  Sightings of porpoises do not indicate the absence of sharks. Both often eat the same foods. 
  13. If attacked by a shark, the general rule is “Do whatever it takes to get away!”  Some people have successfully chosen to be aggressive, others passive. Some yelled underwater, others blew bubbles.  

Information provided by the Health and Safety Resource Committee