BCSC Seniors Learn How to Prepare for Emergencies
For one week in June, the Brandman Centers for Senior Care (BCSC), a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), hosted its second annual Emergency Preparedness Fair. Representatives from the Jewish Home staff, the City of Los Angeles, and the Braille Institute presented helpful information on the proper procedures for emergency situations.
The event, planned by the Brandman Center’s high risk committee, gave seniors insight on basic first aid practices, how to prepare your home for an emergency, and strategies for emergency situations in the participants’ homes as well as at the Brandman Center.
“At the Brandman Centers, our participants’ wellbeing is our top priority,” Jillian Simon, BCSC director explains. “We believe it is imperative to provide seniors with the tools needed to ensure they are best prepared in the event of an emergency – either on-site or at home. This is why we provide our participants and their families with a variety of educational opportunities and resources. We are thrilled to partner with our local community programs, such as the Braille Institute and the Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, to host our second annual Emergency Preparedness Fair.”
During the event, representatives from the Brandman Centers distributed educational handouts and activity sheets, and tested participants on their safety and emergency knowledge. After each presentation, seniors were able to ask the experts questions, share stories and experiences, and examine sample emergency kits and poster displays. Seniors who attended the fair were given a reusable tote bag, magnifying glasses, 7 day pillboxes, and hand sanitizers.
“Our goal was to give our participants the tools and knowledge necessary to stay safe in an emergency situation,” says Santos Rodriguez, BCSC’s director of marketing. “Being prepared for earthquakes, fires, and floods is crucial for seniors and people of all ages. Having a plan in case of an emergency could mean the difference between life and death.”
City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Coordinator Mona Curry says, “In the case of an emergency situation in greater Los Angeles, first responders might not be able to get to everyone in a timely manner. That’s why it’s important for seniors to know what they can do on their own to protect themselves for a few days.”
Brandman Center participant Lee Kramer was delighted with the fair. “This is my first time at the Emergency Preparedness Fair, and I think it has been very helpful,” Lee shares. “I learned quite a few tips for preparing my home for an emergency. In the future, I plan on keeping extra water and clothes in my bedroom so I know I’ll be ready when an emergency occurs.”
“It is a big advantage to be a member of the Brandman Centers,” says BCSC participant Azucena Roca. “Not all of this important emergency information is available to seniors who live on their own.”
Special thanks to the City of Los Angeles, the Braille Institute, and BCSC’s high risk committee for helping to make the event a success.
People who are 55 or older, in need of nursing home level of care, are able to safely live in the community, and are living in the BCSC service area are eligible to become participants. To schedule a first meeting with the Brandman Centers for Senior Care, call 818.774.8444, toll free at 855.774.8444, or via TTY at 818.774.3194 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.