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Medical records tool offered by Powell River Assist

Storage for personal information in emergency kits will be available next week
SAFETY MEASURE: Stacy Gibson, manager of seniors programs for inclusion Powell River, holds a Personal Records In Medical Emergency kit, which will be available at Gerry Gray Place, Shoppers Drug Mart and the Medicine Shoppe on March 27. The kits are designed to help first responders have access to essential medical information in times of emergency.

A local seniors advocacy organization is offering a free tool to help ensure first responders have access to essential medical information right away if they are called to people’s homes.

Powell River Assist, the local Community Response Network (CRN) is offering free PRIME (Personal Records In Medical Emergency) kits.

The kits feature a detailed medical and personal information sheet to be filled out by the individual and a red baggie to put the form in. These items are to be placed inside the home’s fridge door. An eye-catching fridge decal is then placed on the outside of the fridge to indicate the resident is a PRIME participant.

Powell River Assist coordinator Elisa Renick said the kits are a great way to add an additional measure of safety and ensure first responders have important information about people’s health.

Free PRIME kits are available to qathet region seniors for pick up at Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy, the Medicine Shoppe pharmacy, and Gerry Gray Place, beginning March 27.

The PRIME project was originally launched in 2014 by the Castlegar CRN.