Be prepared - Bayport FD hosting emergency readiness event
BBP chamber president Carol Seitz Cusack, co-secretary and Maxed Out Drug Prevention president Dorothy Johnson and Ray Reilly stand at the Bayport firehouse, readying for the Community First Aid Training Night next week.

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Be prepared - Bayport FD hosting emergency readiness event

Story By: ANTHONY PERROTTA
9/19/2019


Long Island Community Hospital and the Bayport-Blue Point Chamber of Commerce partnered to bring the community some important lifesaving techniques that could mean all the difference for you, a loved one, or even a complete stranger.

The Community First Aid Training Night, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 6-9 p.m., at the Bayport firehouse on Snedecor Avenue, marks the first time the East Patchogue-based hospital and BBP chamber have partnered for an event like this.

“Getting out into the community and providing practical health and wellness education has always been a priority in our organization,” said Richard Margulis, LI Community Hospital president and CEO.

“We place a high value on the importance of connecting with our community directly, giving them information that can truly make a difference,” Margulis added. “With this specific event, we are addressing the fact that opioid overdoses continue to take lives here in our community. We are also emphasizing the importance of teaching as many people as possible how to minimize life-threatening injuries. This kind of education can be the key to saving lives.”

 

What you can expect

 

Stop the Bleed

LI Community Hospital has an ongoing Stop the Bleed training program that will be discussed on Wednesday night, according to Carolyn Villegas, a hospital spokesperson. 

The program, she says, has been implemented in several of the local school districts, with teachers, security guards and other staff members being taught different lifesaving techniques in the event of a shooting or another bleeding emergency.

 

CPR and AED demonstrations

The hospital’s CPR and AED station will have nurses on hand to demonstrate on mannequins and have the attendees practice the technique with the nurses’ guidance.“This is not a certification class, but will give the attendee the confidence to do something rather than nothing in an emergency situation until the professionals arrive,” Villegas said.

 

Narcan training

The Narcan training station will have the hospital’s director off emergency preparedness and EMS, Michelle Miller, on hand to explain to the public what to do in case they come upon a situation where they think someone has overdosed.

Miller will go over what indications one might come across to suspect an overdose and what to do first, what to expect, how to administer Narcan and remind everyone to always call 911 first.

 

Stroke signs and symptoms

Stroke Center nurses will be available with health education material and informational flyers to explain the acronym F.A.S.T, used to remember signs and symptoms: F for “face drooping,” A for “arm weakness,” S for “speech difficulty” and T for “time to call 911.”

“Time is brain,” Villegas said, adding that there will also be a video from the American Stroke Association, which teaches children what signs and symptoms to be aware of.

 

Hurricane preparedness

Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, the hospital said, noting that the Red Cross will be available during next week’s presentation to provide checklists for emergency kits and tips on creating a household evacuation plan that includes pets.