The American Red Cross of Santa Monica and WISE & Healthy Aging have joined together to create emergency kits for low income, homebound seniors in the local area.
The emergency kits were assembled by volunteers of the Santa Monica Red Cross chapter and will be distributed throughout this month by WISE & Healthy Aging care managers to their clients. The project was spearheaded by AmeriCorps member Elizabeth Adams, who divides her duties between the Santa Monica Red Cross and WISE & Healthy Aging.
Adams said she approached local businesses and organizations to donate items that should be included in any emergency kit to be used after an earthquake or other emergency. Members of the public also donated items in bins set up at Bob’s Market in Sunset Park and the Red Cross of Santa Monica. Ten other organizations in all donated to the project to help produce 100 emergency kits.
The kits include items such as emergency water packets; flashlights with batteries; personal hygiene items, including soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss; first aid kits; and radios with batteries.
In addition to Bob’s Market, donors included American Preparedness; Whole Foods Santa Monica; Mayday Industries; More Prepared; Fisher Hardware; Santa Monica Family Dentistry/ Alan Rubenstein, DDS; American Red Cross of Santa Monica and Smart & Final.
With a major earthquake poised to strike Southern California in the years to come, “the elderly are particularly at risk,” says Adams.
“These emergency kits, coupled with a disaster plan, will serve as the foundation for disaster readiness and help us all in the event that a disaster strikes,” she said.
The project will help provide many at-risk seniors with the basics to start their own readiness plans.
For more information and to learn how to prepare for emergencies, the Red Cross of Santa Monica at (310) 394-3773, or www.redcrossofsantamonica.org/.