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Gerontology Institute Offers Workshop on Disaster Planning

The Ithaca College Gerontology Institute will present the second of three spring workshops on Wednesday, April 17, at the Country Inn & Suites, 1100 Danby Road. Running from 2 to 4:30 p.m., the presentation is entitled “Disaster Planning for Older Adults.”

This workshop will build the capacity of the aging services network and other community organizations to support older people and their caregivers in the event of a disaster. Topics will include lessons learned from recent disasters, making sure your organization’s disaster plan works, and individual emergency preparedness.

The registration fee for this continuing professional education opportunity is $25 per workshop ($15 each for retired people). Ithaca College faculty and students may attend at no charge but must still register.

For more information and to register, go to or contact the Gerontology Institute at (607) 274-1607.
The presenters will be Beth Harrington, assistant director for EMS, Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response; Frank Kruppa, public health director, Tompkins County; and Lisa Schuhle, program manager, Broome County Office for the Aging.

“The critical element in an emergency response is preparedness,” Harrington said. “Individuals should develop a support system that familiarizes them with local resources and capabilities, while agencies should know their individual client’s needs. The ratio of first responders to the general public is grossly disproportional, so being self-sufficient for at least 72 hours after a disaster is imperative.”

“Professionals helping during the crisis need to make sure the seniors have their meds, the name of the drug store and a couple of emergency contact,” Schuhle added.

The remaining workshop in the spring series, “Rural Aging in 21st-Century America,” will take place on Wednesday, April 24, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., at the Country Inn & Suites.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Denise Wells, outreach and engagement coordinator, at (607) 274-1607 or Requests for accommodations should be made as soon as possible.