September is National Preparedness Month

In 2017, major natural disasters have reminded the nation of the importance of preparation. Community members came together to assist their neighbors after disaster struck and before first responders are able to arrive.

After Super Storm Sandy hit the Northeastern coast, one neighbor shared, “We remember the people …on the ground – dealing with the aftermath and its personal impact on their lives…They greeted the trucks, spoke with donors, guided people in their giving, and spent their days distributing all of the goods we and our fellow upstate neighbors were able to collect.” (Courtesy of public Facebook Group Sandy Disaster Relief – Upstate Neighbors Helping Our Downstate Neighbors)

National public service campaign “Ready” provides information to assist the American people to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.

Ready urges individuals to:

  • Become Informed
  • Make a Plan
    • Choose an emergency contact person who will check on you during a disaster and decide how you will communicate and reconnect if separated
    • Decide how /where you will relocate during an emergency evacuation
    • Ensure you have a 72 hour supply of food, water, basic necessities, and identification
    • Register to identify individuals who may need special assistance: https://www.smart911.com/
    • Use Center for Disease Control’s care plan template for emergency needs: https://www.cdc.gov
  • Get Involved
    • Find community based programs specializing in emergency preparedness
    • Collaborate with your friends / neighbors to create a community emergency plan

    Contact a Sourcewise Community Resource Specialist for more information about local disaster and emergency preparedness resources: (408) 350-3200, option 1.

Advocates for Long-Term Care Residents 

Living in a long-term care facility such as a nursing home may often not be the first choice for anyone. Some people have no other option but to live in a facility and for this reason, it is important that their rights are protected.   According to an article...

Recognize National Senior Citizens Day 

President Reagan declared August 21, 1988, to be the first National Senior Citizens Day. Since then, it has been celebrated on August 21 every year. This day was designated by the former president to honor the many senior citizens in the United States that have made...

Stay Safe from the Summer Heat  

Summer is here! While some people may love to have some fun in the sun, it is important to keep safety precautions in mind. Older adults, especially those with existing health problems, are at greater risk when facing high temperatures  Excessive heat can be dangerous...

Advanced Directives for Health Care Options 

An advanced directive often referred to as a “living will” or “health care power of attorney,” is a legal document providing guidance to medical professionals regarding the type of treatment one will allow in the event of a medical emergency when they may be unable to...

Respite Tips for Family Caregivers 

Being a family caregiver can be demanding and more stressful during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent article written by Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief of Today’s Caregiver, he shares tips on how to achieve one day of COVID-19 safe respite per week for the rest of the...