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Safety Services

EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEMS

For isolated frail elderly residents in Nassau County an electronic device enables them to reach assistance 24 hours a day through a central switchboard. For information on installation, services and fees, contact:

United Life Line  
378 Syosset/Woodbury Road  
Woodbury, N.Y. 11797 364-3401 or1-800-345-4571

For information on other systems, check the Yellow Pages (Medical Alarms, Systems and Monitoring).

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Individuals should take responsibility for making plans on what to do, who to call and where to go in the event of an emergency. Identify a neighbor, friend or family member who can assist with transportation or housing. Incorporate any pets in the emergency preparedness plan.

Prepare a Home Survival Kit that includes toiletries, flashlight and portable radio with extra batteries, first aid kit, one week supply of medications, non-perishable canned or packaged foods with manual can opener, bottled water and a list of emergency contacts. In the event you must leave your home, identify the clothing, medications, important papers and other necessary supplies that must be taken. For additional information, contact:

   
American Red Cross www.redcross.org
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) www.fema.gov
National Hurricane Center www.nhc.noaa.gov
Humane Society of the United States (for animal safety) www.hsus.org

For information specifically for persons with disabilities, contact:    
American Red Cross
www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/disability.html
Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association www.epva.org/disabilityissues/fireprev.html
FEMA www.usfa.fema.gov/safety/fswy22.htm
National Organization on Disability www.nod.org

CRIME PREVENTION SERVICES

The Nassau County Police Department Community Projects Bureau offers instruction, lectures, films and assistance with engraving of valuables. For further information call:

NASSAU COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT 573-5000


MEDIC ALERT

This emergency medical protection system includes a recognized medic alert bracelet or necklace. Engraved on one side is the person's medical condition, his/her membership number and a 24-hour emergency answering service number. For further information, call or write:

Medic Alert Foundation
2323 Colorado Avenue
Turlock, CA 95382
1-800-825-3785

www.medicalert.org

PHONES FOR LIFE

Eligible senior citizens may request a free cellular phone that has been programmed to dial 911 in an emergency situation. Contact:

Phones for Life
199 Pierce Street, #834
Somerset, NJ 08873
1-917-834-8268

VIAL OF LIFE

Vital medical and emergency information is placed in a packet which is attached to a shelf in the person's refrigerator. Police, Fire Departments, Rescue Teams and hospitals are aware of this program. The packet is provided without charge and a Health Care Proxy is also enclosed.

For registration forms contact local areas:

Town of Hempstead 485-8100
Town of North Hempstead 869-7719