Emergency Preparedness Fair at Bassett, Sept. 18

September 1, 2015

Mark your calendars for Sept. 18 and plan to attend Bassett Medical Center’s annual Emergency Preparedness Fair, which offers staff and the public an opportunity to learn more about preparing for times of crisis. The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bassett Clinic Building on River Street, Cooperstown, will be capped this year by a special presentation on New York State’s Citizens Preparedness Corps from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Bassett Medical Center’s Clark Auditorium. The presentation will be given by the American Red Cross and provide a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for and recover from any natural, man-made or technological disasters that could occur.

The theme of the 2015 emergency preparedness fair is senior citizen preparedness. In addition to the Red Cross, other vendors who will be on hand throughout the day are the New York State Police, Office for the Aging, Donate Life Otsego County, social security representatives, utility companies, a home care agency and medical supply company.

Network emergency preparedness manager Brinton Muller says, “Each of us needs to assure we have care plans in place so that we know children and pets will be safe if the emergency occurs while we are away, but times of crisis can be especially challenging for our older population. Planning ahead, assuring adequate supplies of important medications and having contact numbers readily available are all things that need to be considered.”

Bassett Medical Center hosts this fair each year to provide the public with information on emergency preparations at home. Attendees come away with simple steps they can take to improve their safety in the event of an emergency. One suggestion offered by the Department of Emergency Preparedness is having a simple “File of Life” magnet on your refrigerator. These magnets are readily visible to anyone coming to assist during an emergency and contain the patient’s contact information, provider information, and information about any medicines they are on. Another step is having “go-kits” available in your home and car. These kits contain essential items, such as clothing, medicine, cash, insurance documents, personal care items and enough food for two to three days.

The event also offers the chance to meet local law enforcement, emergency medical services staff and ham radio operators. In addition, emergency preparedness staff from Bassett Medical Center will be on hand to answer questions.

“The crucial information provided to both the public and our staff is what makes this program so important,” states Muller. “All of these efforts can benefit both Bassett and the community by making sure everyone is well informed on how to be prepared in an emergency situation.”

Citizens Preparedness Corps

The state’s Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program was launched last year to train approximately 100,000 New Yorkers in the proper preparation for emergencies or disasters. In conjunction with the training program, a website was created, www.prepare.ny.gov, to serve as the digital home for the Citizen Preparedness Corps community. The website offers disaster preparedness tips and ways to volunteer your skills in the event of a disaster.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas: disaster relief, supporting America’s military families, lifesaving blood donations, health and safety services, and international services. Learn more at redcross.org.

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