There are a lot of elderly people in Del Mar, and much of the Del Mar community is aging. Del Mar Community Connections (DMCC) has launched a program to help the older population be prepared in the case of an emergency.
The program, Neighborhood Emergency Support Team (NEST), utilizes volunteer neighbors of participants who agree to become “buddy neighbors.” Del Mar resident and DMCC board member Carol Kerridge said at an Aug. 20 Del Mar City Council meeting that the program has been particularly successful so far.
She said participants are asked to fill out a form to keep in their home with vital information such as their next of kin, their medical history and prescriptions. DMCC also administers a baseline survey of essential items needed in the home.
“I have to say that we’ve found a lot of [seniors] are really not prepared,” Kerridge said.
DMCC has identified five types of disaster and educates “buddy neighbors” about what to do in the case something happens. Neighbors have been very responsive and have even agreed to take participants to evacuation centers if needed.
DMCC was awarded $6,000 from the County Supervisor’s office to make disaster preparation videos, and they have already begun working with Del Mar TV to put those educational materials together.
“It’s all falling into place really well,” Kerridge said.
For more information, visit www.dmcc.cc.
— Claire Harlin