Posts made in November, 2011

Testing a New National Emergency Alert System

Posted on Nov 8, 2011

Emergency Preparedness is an ongoing focus at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. Please be aware of the following nation-wide test:

As part of efforts to strengthen our nation’s preparedness and resiliency, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct the first nation-wide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, November 9, at 11 a.m., Pacific Time.

This national test will help federal partners and EAS participants determine the reliability of the system, as well as its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential disasters both nationally and regionally.  The test will also provide the FCC and FEMA a chance to identify improvements that are needed to build a new, modernized and fully accessible Emergency Alert System.

A reminder to you and your family:  Review your own response to an emergency.  Does your family have a disaster plan? Do you have supplies?  Do you know where to meet if you are not together?  More information is available at the Centers for Disease Control.

A Caregivers Town Hall: “We Care About You and Your Loved One”

Posted on Nov 4, 2011

If you care for a loved one, come join fellow family caregivers for a few hours of support, education and receive information about possible resources on Saturday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:  Herb Shultz, Regional Director, US Department of  Health and Human Services, Region IX

Topic:  Affordable Care Act:  Support for Family Caregivers

Breakout sessions:  Body Mechanics for Caregivers; Decision-making in Caregiving; Caring Through Changes in Your Loved One and Palliative Care

When:      Saturday, November 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:    Samuel Merritt University, Health Education Center, 400 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland

Contact:  Space is limited – please RSVP to 510-869-8223

Resource Fair (invited organizations):  Alta Bates Summit Lifeline; AgeSong Bayside; Center for Elders Independence; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Family Caregivers Alliance; In-home Support Services; Legal Assistance for Seniors; North Oakland Village; Sutter Care at Home; and US Administration on Aging

Sponsored by Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s Ethnic Health Institute.