Area organizations, individuals and businesses are partnering to provide emergency disasters kits to homebound and low-income Santa Monica-area seniors. The American Red Cross of Santa Monica and WISE & Healthy Aging are asking individuals to donate items to include in the disaster kits.
“With a major earthquake poised to strike Southern California in the years to come, the elderly are particularly at risk,” according to AmeriCorps’ Elizabeth Adams who is spearheading the project for the American Red Cross of Santa Monica as a volunteer. “These emergency kits, coupled with a disaster plan, will serve as the foundation for disaster readiness.”
People can donate items for the disaster kits by placing them in specially designated red bins at three Santa Monica locations: Bob’s Market at 1650 Ocean Park Boulevard., Red Cross of Santa Monica at 1450 11th Street and WISE & Healthy Aging at 1527 4th Street.
Items to be donated for the emergency kits could include flashlights, AA batteries, D batteries, personal hygiene items, duct tape, whistles, playing cards, first aid kits, battery-powered radios, work gloves and back packs. The goal is to assemble 200 kits, initially
“Seniors are some of our most vulnerable neighbors,” Adams said. “By providing them with the emergency kits, it will help us all in the event that a disaster strikes.” These emergency kits will provide many at-risk seniors with the basics to start their own readiness plans and survive an earthquake or similar devastating occurrence, according to Adams.
Donated items will be received through mid-February, 2010. Plans call for the emergency kits to be assembled and distributed in late February.
For additional information on senior preparedness information contact:Elizabeth Adams (cell) 424.203.1115. For information on how you can best prepare for emergencies, contact the Red Cross of Santa Monica at www.redcrosssofsantamonica.org or call 310.394.3773 during business hours.
The American Red Cross of Santa Monica, is a publicly supported, 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that provides health and safety education, youth services, blood services, CPR and first aid training, disaster awareness and disaster relief efforts.