Wolf Administration Reminds License, ID Card Holders That Organ Donation Can Save Lives

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA –  With April marking National Donate Life Month, today Governor Tom Wolf reminded driver’s license and identification card holders that they can easily help another person live a fuller, longer life by registering online as an organ donor.“Potential donors considering adding the organ donor designation to their driver’s license or identification card do not have to wait for their renewal notices to take action,” said Governor Tom Wolf.  “There are steps that you can take today to become an organ donor and potentially save a life.”To add the organ donor designation to an existing driver’s license or identification card today, visit www.dmv.pa.gov and select the “Donate Life Pennsylvania” icon. Once the designation is added, individuals will receive a designation card that they must carry with them to affirm organ donor status until they renew or replace their driver’s license or identification card. There is no charge for adding the designation to your driver’s license or identification card.More than 47 percent of driver’s license and identification card holders are registered organ donors – that’s more than 4.7 million Pennsylvanians. Nearly 8,000 Pennsylvanians currently await organ transplants.Driver’s license and identification card holders, as well as registered vehicle owners, can also support organ donation programs by donating $1 to the Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund at the time of application and/or renewal. Proceeds from the fund are used to educate and promote awareness of the organ donor program through non-profit organizations like the Center for Organ Recovery and Education and the Gift of Life Donor Program. Pennsylvanians have generously donated nearly $14 million to the fund to date.Additionally, Governor Wolf called on the General Assembly to take up proposed comprehensive reforms to the Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Program (OTDAP) to bring the program in line with best-practices. Pennsylvania was among the first states in the nation to establish an organ donation program in 1994 and the program remains a national example of effective government leadership to promote organ and tissue donation and save lives. However, the law has not been updated in more than twenty-years to keep pace with developments and best practices in the field.Last year, modernization bills were debated in both chambers of the General Assembly, but no agreement on a comprehensive update was reached. The governor looks forward to working with the General Assembly on a bill to modernize OTDAP so that it can continue to effectively serve the more than 8,000 Pennsylvanians waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.“There are some badly-needed changes that almost every other state has adopted that would modernize the donation process, potentially saving many lives,” said Governor Wolf.More information on organ and tissue donation in Pennsylvania can be found at http://www.donatelifepa.org/. April 04, 2017center_img Wolf Administration Reminds License, ID Card Holders That Organ Donation Can Save Liveslast_img read more

Foreign couples leap at chance for same-sex vows

first_imgStuff.co 20 Sept 2013It might not be the flood of bookings some may have expected, but gay and lesbian couples are taking New Zealand up on its offer to legally bind them in marriage.Eighty-two same-sex couples have married since the Marriage Amendment Act came into force on August 19 – more than a quarter from overseas – and just under half made the change from a civil union.Births, Deaths and Marriages registrar-general Jeff Montgomery said the office expected the number of applications for same-sex marriage to increase in spring.Marriage celebrant Helen White said she had three weddings booked in for the coming months, including a couple who wanted to celebrate their 50th anniversary together by tying the knot, but she had not had a rush of inquiries.“I think it will probably be about as many booked as civil unions, nobody has been rushing me off my feet . . . I was expecting more, really.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9187779/Foreign-couples-leap-at-chance-for-same-sex-vowslast_img read more

Storm Emma: Emergency Group launches plans for disruptive weather event

first_imgThe National Emergency Co-ordination Group met today to prepare for the incoming cold weather blast that has been named ‘Storm Emma’. The severely cold Siberian weather system is set to being below freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall over several days, causing widespread travel disruption.According to the latest forecasts, Donegal is expected to escape the worst of the ‘Beast from the East’, as a lower-grade Status Yellow warning is placed for all counties. Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Wicklow and Meath are under a Status Orange Alert with snow accumulations of 4-6cm forecast with widespread frost and icy conditions. Strong winds are forecast for Thursday evening too, possibly reaching gale force to create blizzard-like conditions with snowfall. This is predicted to be a disruptive weather event impacting multiple sectors.Minister Eoghan Murphy has today said the storm has the potential to become a Status Red warning on Thursday or Friday in the south and east of the country.  The situation will be kept under review and updated daily as the co-ordination group monitors the storm.While the snow is expected to disrupt school transport, no notice of school closures has yet been issued. The Department of Education & Skills is continuing to monitor the developing weather situation and said decisions regarding school closures schools will be made locally.Bus Eireann have confirmed that school transport will operate unless a red weather warning is issued. The public is advised to visit the website www.winterready.ie for advice on preparing for the oncoming weather and is advised also to check on vulnerable and isolated neighbours over the next couple of days.Local plans have been activated and winter road maintenance programmes are ongoing with salting being conducted twice daily on prioritised routes.Donegal County Council deployed gritters at 4pm today (Monday) and will be out again on Tuesday morning from 6am.Defence Forces personnel are ready to assist local authorities upon request.Irish Water has mobilised its Crisis Management arrangements to deal with operational impacts of the expected severe weather nationwide. ESB Networks have said they are on full levels of preparedness for extreme weather. All planned ESB maintenance outages have been cancelled for this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and will be rescheduled at a later date.Additional capacity has been put in place in cities to provide additional bed places for rough sleepers.People are advised to monitor national and local media, including social media, over the coming days to keep up to date with information regarding the developing weather situation.Storm Emma: Emergency Group launches plans for disruptive weather event was last modified: February 27th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:storm emmalast_img read more