Special to the Register
Even before meteorologists had imagined Sandy, the “monster storm” that struck the Northeast, members of the board and administration at St. Andrews Place were preparing their own disaster-response plans.
“We have 24-7 responsibility for the health and safety of all those living and working on our senior citizen residential campus, and loss of electricity for some extended period would be serious,” said Gil Shew, chief administrative officer.
That is why St. Andrews Place has launched a $170,000 capital campaign to purchase an emergency generator for McCready Manor, the community’s assisted-living apartment building.
Should some extended power outage occur at McCready Manor, there would be a severe health and safety threat to some 100 residents, a number of whom are well over 90 years of age, Shew said.
Without a generator to provide basic light, heat or air-conditioning, elevator and meal services, evacuation might need to be considered, he said.
Evacuation would be problematic, however, as many McCready Manor residents use walkers or canes. Some also cannot see well and some are on oxygen full-time, Shew pointed out.
Public shelters would not be suitable, and even residents’ families’ homes may not be accessible to those with disabilities. Furthermore, in the aftermath of storms, roads are often closed or very dangerous because of fallen trees and power lines. The only safe option should disaster strike, Shew said, may be “sheltering in place.” keeping residents at McCready Manor.
Speaking for the St. Andrews Place board, President Ronald Coffman said, “Twenty years ago, thanks to the four founding churches, (First Baptist, First Christian, First Methodist and First Presbyterian), we opened the doors for our senior community. This was forward-looking then. We need to continue to be thoughtful and proactive so that our actions reflect our Christian mission – to represent the love of God by providing affordable care for the elderly. The need for a generator is clear.”
The McCready-Telford Foundation Board, chaired by Forniss Park, is responsible for collecting the funds. Donations are tax deductible. Checks may be made out to the McCready Telford Foundation and mailed to 300 Stocker Drive, Richmond, KY 40475.
For more details, contact Stephanie Harris at 625-1400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.