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Recently and throughout history wildfires, earthquakes, and other disasters have proven disproportionately devastating to older adults. Casualty rates are often ten times higher, and even more compared to younger adults.
We are seeing weather-related disasters increasing in frequency and intensity as population aging exposes more and more older adults to preventable suffering and death.
As a community we are doing more but we haven’t done enough.
Public services are limited in scalability. They are sometimes unable to meet service demands in widespread emergencies and disasters. Organized household, neighborhood, and community responses benefit from preparation and planning to be successful.
At this event we will look at experiences and practices in the San Francisco Bay Area to understand what can be done to improve disaster and emergency preparedness for our aging communities.
We will have an open panel discussion with the goal of identifying problem areas, sharing innovative ideas and practices and potential solutions.
Staying Put or Moving On
Founder and Producer
Alameda County EMS Agency
CTO & Cofounder
"Staying Put or Moving On" (www.stayormove.org) is considerably different than Kristi's award-winning documentary, “Vertical Frontier” about the history of climbing in Yosemite and narrated by Tom Brokaw. It may not be quite as glamorous as producing the narrative film, “The River Why” starring William Hurt, Amber Heard, Zach Gilford and Kathleen Quinlan. But she finds it extremely rewarding to work on a project that is so meaningful — and useful — to others.
She started the web series "Staying Put or Moving On" (www.stayormove.org) consisting of short films and other information, because of her concern for where and how we'll live as we grow older.
Should we stay in our own homes or move on to another type of community? What are the pros and cons of each choice: physical, emotional, social and --- not least – financial? What will happen to those who don’t have children or caregivers? What if we aren’t physically able to keep our homes safe - or just can’t afford to fix them anymore? Will new technologies aimed at allowing people to “age in place” make life easier or alienate and isolate us further? What will happen if we live like INRYs (I’m Not Ready Yet) and put off our decisions until it’s too late and someone else has to make decisions for us?
We attempt to answer these questions and more through stories we record or others that we discover."
Elsie Kusel works as an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Coordinator for the Alameda County EMS Agency. She has been a paramedic for over 30 years and has been a part of the responses to different events like the Loma Prieta Earthquake, the Oakland Hills Fire, and more recently the wildfires in Sonoma and Lake counties. She has also assisted in facilitating various preparedness drills and exercises in California as well as violent threat exercises around the country.
In addition to working on disaster preparedness, Elsie also works to coordinate appropriate services for the special populations with which EMS interacts. These special populations include older adults, the developmentally disabled and the homeless.
Elsie is licensed paramedic, has a Masters in Emergency Health Services and is currently working on earning her Emergency Manager certificate.
Doug Mosher is the founder and manager of Oakland Community Preparedness & Response (OCP&R), a new program from the Oakland Firesafe Council that aims to reduce the risk of wildfire and earthquake danger to people and property. The program provides community outreach, education and actionable steps that lead to improved preparedness, and is funded by grants from CAL FIRE and the California Fire Foundation, with additional funds from the City of Oakland. OCP&R includes emergency preparedness and response strategies for older adults.
Doug has been leading emergency preparedness and neighborhood organization efforts in the Oakland Hills for over 15 years. He is CORE (CERT) and FEMA certified and an amateur radio RACES volunteer.
Doug is also the co-founder and CTO of SeniorFusion, a nonprofit initiative of the American Medical Women’s Association; a national not-for-profit organization that advances women in medicine. SeniorFusion's mission is to improve seniors’ health and safety and reduce social isolation through increased awareness and adoption of technology solutions that are practical, effective and cost-effective.
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