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February 28, 2013

Bassett to host Emergency Preparedness Fair

Staff Report
Cooperstown Crier

---- — Bassett Medical Center is set to host its annual Emergency Preparedness Fair, which brings together staff and the public each year in an effort to inform on how to prepare for times of crisis. 

With the theme, “Uniting Our Community One Step at a Time,” Bassett officials said they hope to provide the community with resources and information on how to be more responsible about one’s own emergency preparations.

A variety of organizations will gather from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15 to focus on how the community can respond in times of emergencies. Activities will be held at Bassett Clinic on River Street in Cooperstown.

“Communication from everyone in the community is so important during crisis,” Network Emergency Preparedness Manager Brinton Muller said in a media release. “Everyone needs to be able to understand each other in order to be able to help one another.”

New to this year’s event will be a keynote speech in the hospital’s Clark Auditorium from David Nicosia of the National Weather Service. Nicossia will speak about the several severe weather alert notifications the NWS has in place, as well as go in-depth on their descriptions to help the public better understand what they are and how to prepare. Nicosia’s presentation will be from 3 to 4 p.m.

Bassett Medical Center puts on this fair each year to provide the public with information on emergency preparations at home. According to the release, attendees come away with simple steps they can take to improve their safety in the event of an emergency. One suggestion offered by the Department of Emergency Preparedness is having a simple “File of Life” magnet on your refrigerator. These magnets are readily visible to anyone coming to assist during an emergency and contain the patient’s contact information, provider information, and information about any medicines they are on. Another step is having “go-kits” available in your home and car. These kits contain essential items, such as clothing, medicine, cash, insurance documents, personal care items and enough food for two to three days.

The event will include vendors and representatives from local organizations, such as Bieritz Insurance, Otsego Public Health and Emergency Services, WKTV Newschannel 2, Utica, and a variety of others. In addition, emergency preparedness staff from Bassett Medical Center will be on hand to answer questions.

“The crucial information provided to both the public and our staff is what makes this program so important,” Muller said in the release. “All of these efforts can benefit both Bassett and the community by making sure everyone is well informed on how to be prepared in an emergency situation.”