Hurricane Season 2012: Protecting our Elderly, Will You Help?

Manuela Arroyos, CEO, Fort Bend Seniors and Leah Doyle, Case Manager Director holding emergency meals to be delivered to the elderly in the community prior to Hurricane Season.

Hurricane Season 2012 begins in less than 30 days, and there is good news and bad.

“Whatever the predictions, it only takes one hurricane hitting our area, so it is important to prepare our elderly with needed emergency supplies,  just in case one comes our way,” said Manuela Arroyos, CEO, Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels.

The good news is forecasts are predicting a less active season than in recent years, with 11 tropical storms, six of which will intensify into hurricanes. Two of the six are predicted to become major storms with 111 mph winds or higher.

“The bad news is predictions indicate a slightly below-normal probability of landfall from Florida up the East Coast, with an above-normal probabilities in the Gulf of Mexico. This could be us or it could be neighboring areas where we have rain and winds,” Arroyos said.

In an effort to prepare the 1,450+ elderly on Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels programs, Arroyos is asking for help. “We hope to collect 821 flashlights, with batteries, 423 gallons of water or bottled water, can foods, staples, packages of paper plates, paper towels, toiletries and other items to distribute to the senior citizens in our community, just in case there is a hurricane. Any items people need during a hurricane, the elderly shut-ins in our community will also need,” Arroyos said.

Items can be dropped off at Fort Bend Seniors’ headquarters, 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg, Texas between today and mid-afternoon May 22. All items will be delivered to the elderly prior to Hurricane Season.

“May 22, is our Hurricane Preparedness Event, 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., where first responders such as fire fighters, police, and professional speakers speaking on emergency prepardness, and an army of volunteers sorting the items collected and preparing to distribute a wall of emergency meals,” Arroyos said.
Volunteers will deliver to each shut-in senior citizen emergency, shelf-stable meals for increment weather, three gallons of water and hurricane supplies collected from the community.

Also, on May 22, there will be a drive-through in-front of Fort Bend Seniors’ headquarters for those in the community to drop off items, beginning at 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or the public is invited to come inside and help sort, and prepare the items to be distributed.

“This is a major community event, and we need the community’s help to keep our senior citizens safe this hurricane season,” Arroyos said.

For more information, please call 281-633-7049 or visit the website, www.fortbendseniors.org

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