It is important for everyone to prepare for disaster, according to Sara Sinclair, Northern Regional Medical Surge director who is employed by the Bear River Health Department. Sinclair is responsible for disaster preparedness in a six county area.Sinclair has over 30 years experience working in community health care including 20 years as CEO of the Sunshine Terrace Foundation. She has a strong background on how a disaster can affect the senior population.Sinclair will give a presentation at the Cache County Senior Center Friday, February 24 at 1 p.m. that will stress the importance of disaster preparedness for everyone and how it can effect the senior population.”You think about things like, what if that individual has a wheelchair,” Sinclair said. “What if that individual has numerous prescription medications that that individual needs everyday to stay healthy?”So in your kit, it would be very smart to try to have two or three days worth of medication.”On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Sinclair said since 9-11 the Health Department has stepped up its program of disaster preparation and she says that can mean a natural disaster, pandemic, earthquake, major winter storm or even the loss of a job. She encourages seniors to attend the presentation along with those who have a loved one whose safety in a disaster is their responsibility.
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