Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps President Angelae Wilkerson and TVAC Captain Andrew Rosler released the following safety tips for residents in the aftermath of Sandy.
- Check your medications! Losing track of your medication count can occur easily while dealing with on-going emergencies. Skipping even one scheduled dosage of a medication can be harmful and can cause problems that can be easily avoided. Check for additional pharmacies that may be able to fill prescriptions.
- Please make sure to have a flashlight or other source of light ready when calling 9-1-1 at night—especially while some areas of the township still remain without power.
- For those residents using home ventilation/oxygen devices, be aware of your battery life and in the event you need to call 9-1-1, please be clear as to what the emergency is.
- Be mindful of your generators and their exhausts! The exhaust fumes can be harmful. Please make sure they are outside in a well ventilated area.
- Be cautious when using candles as a source of lighting. If left unmonitored they can pose a life-threatening hazard to residents and first-responders alike.
- Be aware of debris, branches and power lines when outdoors. Try to limit going out unless necessary.
We are dedicated to assisting whenever needed. As we are at day four, over 50 members have responded to more than 60 9-1-1 emergencies. We have provided mutual aid to surrounding towns and assisted in evacuating a facility in town.