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New Program Will Protect NYC Seniors From Disaster Injury and Death

More than $600,000 has been pledged to provide help for older adults in New York before, during and after disasters.

The goal is to reduce the risk of injury and death to senior citizens when catastrophes like Superstorm Sandy strike, says the New York Community Trust in announcing the grant money.

Thousands of older residents of New York were trapped and helpless for days after Sandy. More than half of all reported wrongful deaths in New York City due to the storm were to senior citizens.

Financial grants will provide help in the following areas:

• Disaster preparedness for elderly New Yorkers
• Public-private housing and neighborhood recovery efforts
• Protection to Superstorm Sandy workers engaged in hazardous activities
• Online legal resources.

This is from Press Connects:

The New York Academy of Medicine says adequate community support could have prevented suffering among older residents during Superstorm Sandy.

The academy says thousands of older adults were isolated in dark, unheated apartments without sufficient food, running water, or medical assistance. It says 24 of the 43 reported deaths in New York City were people over age 60.

One focus will be getting timely help during power outages for people with medical devices and limited mobility.
The project will bring together businesses, property managers, landlords, tenant groups and civic associations in the effort to aid seniors.

Sources:
• New York Community Trust http://www.nycommunitytrust.org/Newsroom/LatestNews/tabid/626/smid/1061/ArticleID/226/reftab/541/Default.aspx
• Press Connects http://www.pressconnects.com/viewart/20130226/NEWS10/302260038/NY-project-will-help-older-adults-face-disasters

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