Emergency preparedness seminar for elders and disabled at Frazier Park Library Sept. 20

By Miki Knutson, Family Resource Center

Emergency events such as evacuations, fires, earthquakes, floods or terrorism can present real challenges to the many Frazier Mountain Community residents who are elderly or have physical, medical or cognitive disabilities.

The Mountain Communities Family Resource Center is hosting an Emergency Preparedness Seminar for seniors 55 and over, along with individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers. The event is September 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Harvey Clowers with the Independent Living Center of Kern County will present the seminar at the Frazier Park Library to provide valuable information you need to protect yourself, your family and those you care for when emergencies strike. Clowers’ informative seminar will help individuals take action now to prepare for such occurrences before they occur.

Seating is limited to 40, so please RSVP by September 13 at 661-245-4303.

Participants will be provided a free “Go Kit” valued at $60. It is designed for you to grab in an emergency. Inside this  three-day survival kit are the necessities for riding through the first phase of a disaster.

The seminar is sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the Kern Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Independent Living Center of Kern County.

Harvey Clowers has been with Independent Living of Kern County for nine years. He is a member of the Functional Assessment Service Team (FAST) that helps to assess the functional needs of people with disabilities in a disaster shelter.

Clowers’ expertise is a valuable asset for our region. He serves on the board of directors for the Kern Senior Network.

For reservations and questions, contact Miki Knutson, Adult Advocate at Mountain Communities Family Resource Center, located at 3015 Mount Pinos Way, Suite 201. Knutson is available Monday through Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–3:15 p.m.

Photo caption: Harvey Clowers with the Independent Living Center of Kern County to give a seminar titled Emergency Preparedness for  Disabled and Elders.

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