Wednesday, May 14, 2008

County briefs

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Sign up for emergency alerts

Montgomery County has an emergency text alerting system that will provide information about emergency incidents, severe weather threats and transportation disruptions or events.

The alerts may be sent via e-mail, cell phone, Blackberry, PDA or pager.

To sign up for the free service, go to and click on Alert Montgomery.

Nutrition hot line for seniors

For questions about diet and nutrition for the elderly, call the county’s free Senior Nutrition Hotline at 240-777-1100 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Information is available on such topics as how to lower sodium intake, how to find reliable nutrition information on the Internet and how to choose the healthiest cooking oil. Bilingual assistance is available.

Blood donors needed

The American Red Cross needs donors of all blood types, but especially Type O, for whole blood and for platelets.

Donors must be in generally good health, at least 17 (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, not have received a tattoo in the past year and not have donated whole blood in the past 56 days.

Call 800-GIVE-LIFE (800-448-3543), or visit for a listing of local blood drives and Donor Centers. Businesses and groups interested in organizing blood drives should call 800-787-9282, ext. 4680.

Friendly visitors sought

The Mental Health Association seeks warm, caring individuals to spend time with seniors and others living in Montgomery County.

These 130 seniors are frail, lonely and isolated due to physical problems and are looking for someone who will listen to their stories, share new ideas and give them something to look forward to.

Volunteers are asked to commit to visit a minimum of four hours per month for a year. Visiting times are flexible. Orientation and ongoing training are provided.

Call Carolyn Wanner at 301-424-0656, extension 107.