Firefighter George Tabeek of the FDNY's Fire Education Unit told seniors to replace batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on November 4 - when we turn the clocks back an hour. "The most important place for them [the detectors] is near the bedroom, because most fires happen at night," he said. In recognition of National Preparedness Month, Beth Abraham's Adult Day Care Program and Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation presented an emergency preparedness workshop for its clients and guests last week.
The September 27 program, featuring the American Red Cross, the Department of Emergency Management and the FDNY's Fire Education Unit, was a means to educate seniors in the Rockaway area in the event of fires, hurricanes, and other disasters.
"Hope for the best, prepare for the worst," said Yesha Naik, a community preparedness coordinator for the American Red Cross. "Learn how to [be ready]. The better you react, the more you can help yourself."
To get copies of "Ready New York" booklets (including one geared toward seniors) and a booklet from the FDNY about fire safety for older adults and caregivers, call 311.
|Naik is joined by Reynaldo Lugo, Ready New York assistant coordinator from the New York City Office of Emergency Management, to talk about what to have in a 'go bag.' The FDNY's Hazard House Fire Safety Simulator shows ways to prevent fires and things to do in case you are in one. Yesha Naik of the Red Cross told Beth Abraham's clients and guests to have a plan of action in case of an emergency; have a 'go bag' with essentials such as keys, medicine and important documents; and make sure there are enough supplies in your home to help you survive for at least three days. Clients and guests listen to the lectures from the Red Cross, the OEM and the FDNY. |