Older adults invited to emergency-preparedness workshop

With Delaware’s vulnerability to coastal storms, plus life’s other stressful surprises, people need to prepare for emergencies early.

There will be a free “Ready or Not” emergency preparedness workshop for adults 55 or older, plus their families and caretakers, on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Roxana fire hall.

Participants can learn about specific weather-related risks; individual preparation plans; evacuation and sheltering procedures; emergency profiles; and more. It also includes a free continental breakfast.

The event is geared toward older adults, 55 and older, or individuals with disabilities. It can benefit everyone needing to familiarize themselves with emergency services.

With such a high population of older folks, “We want to educate citizens before any emergencies happen,” said Maureen Hartman, South Bethany town manager. “This is going to go a long way in helping older citizens and those who are disabled be better prepared for emergencies.”

The Town of Lewes benefited from hosting a similar event, Hartman said. 

The workshop is being sponsored by a public partnership of the University of Delaware’s Sea Grant program and the UD Institute for Public Administration; the Sustainable Coastal Communities initiative; and the Towns of Fenwick Island, Selbyville and South Bethany.

Space is limited, so attendees should preregister online at www.deseagrant.org/events-all/ready-or-not or by calling (302) 645-4258.

“We’re hoping to have a pretty good turnout,” said Stacey Long, Selbyville town manager.

The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall is located at 35943 Zion Church Road, Frankford.

 

By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter