The current forecast for our area is significant snowfall of 12 inches or more, with potential for severe wind and storm conditions. Thus, the potential for power outages are also possible. We are anticipating the closure of the office tomorrow, but want you to know that most of our staff are able to check our email off-site, so we may still be reachable during the day tomorrow. Please check our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/icgmc) for on-going developments and agency closure issues, in case the storm causes larger problems than just a one day closure.
Please know that you are all in our prayers and we wish each of you and your families to come through this storm safe and with minimum disruptions, beyond maybe the building of a great big snowman or snow fort .
In the past we have shared a storm preparation list to use with your care receivers. We are asking each of you to try to reach out to your care receivers today and check on them. Help them make sure that they are prepared for the storm as well. They are such an important part of our ICGMC family and they need us during these high-risk times.
With much love and appreciation,
Linda Gyimoty, MA
Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County: Storm Preparation List
Communication and preparation are our greatest proactive measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our care receivers. Please review and implement the following recommendations:
1) Call your care receiver to inform him/her of your concern and presence to them.
2) Inquire if your care receiver has an adequate supply of his/her medications and respond accordingly.
3) Advise him/her to securely close all windows and exterior doors tightly.
4) Help him/her to prepare an emergency kit including flashlight and batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food items; battery operated radio, etc., in the event that extended power outages occur.**There is a limited supply of battery operated radios available at our office. Please call to request one for your care receiver if needed.
5) Encourage, your care receiver, in the event of high winds, to be prepared to seek shelter in an interior part of the home, away from windows.
6) Encourage him/her, if a car owner, to fill the car with gas, and consider parking it in a location away from trees. If excessively high sustained winds are experienced, or heavy snow accumulation, there is the potential for the downing of trees or tree limbs.
7) Ensure that the batteries for electronics, i.e.: cell phone, computer, or any other rechargeable battery-operated device that the care receiver would rely upon is fully charged as this storm approaches.
8) Encourage your care receiver to pray privately and not attempt to travel to services in snow and icy conditions. God understands.
9) If there is a care receiver that you feel needs preparation assistance beyond a volunteer’s service, as outlined above, please contact the office 609-393-9922.
10) Call your care receiver, after the storm, to express your concern and to offer assistance, if needed.
10) Be safe. Stay safe.