August 31, 2010

Seniors Learn About Disaster Preparedness

By Angela Campbell
PR/Programming Coordinator
Davenport Public Library

It is important to prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies. Natural and human-caused disasters can strike suddenly, at anytime and anywhere.

There are three actions everyone can take that can help make a difference:

1. Get a Kit

2. Make a Plan, and

3. Be Informed.

The American Red Cross recently held an educational event at the Davenport Public Library Fairmount Branch, at a “Specifically for Seniors” event to teach seniors various techniques for staying safe during disasters.

The American Red Cross recommends that senior citizens create a personal support network made up of several individuals who will check in on them in an emergency to ensure their wellness and to give assistance if needed. This network can consist of friends, roommates, family members, relatives, personal attendants, co-workers and neighbors. It is suggested that a minimum of three people are identified at each location where one regularly spends a significant part of their week, for example: at work, home, school, or a volunteer site.

“Specifically for Seniors” is a monthly educational and entertainment series for seniors living in the Quad Cities area. It meets on the last Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. at the Davenport Public Library Fairmount Branch. Upcoming programs will be held on September 22, October 27, and November 24. For more information, call the library at 563-888-3371, or the Senior Voice Office at 563-421-2198.