Power Loss and Elevators
by Nikki Willhite
Winters can be tough in some parts of the world. People need help. The elderly can be particularly vulnerable. We are always encouraged to check on our neighbors during times of emergencies and make sure they are okay. I would encourage you to go a step further.
I learned something new when we had our last power outage last winter. A lot of our senior citizens live in high-rise buildings. A lot of these building have emergency generators for their elevators. However, there are some that do not have them.
A lot of elderly people got very cold last winter because they could not make it down the stairs with their wheelchairs and walkers. What was even more upsetting is that a lot of these facilities had emergency heat in their lobbies. None of the staff running the facilities even bothered to walk up the stairs to check on the seniors under their roof.
You would think these types of facilities they would have an emergency plan in place. How easily these fragile elderly people could have been helped down the stairs by a few strong men, where they could have been warm.
Get to know your community. Know where there is the potential for suffering. It is said that All you give to the lives of others comes back into your own. I believe our lives are truly blessed when we reach out to help others.
One of the most beautiful things in this world is people helping people. Prepare yourself and your family for this coming winter, and stand prepared to help friends, neighbors, and the most vulnerable, and often forgot people, who can no longer help themselves.