CEMA presents Emergency Preparedness Week – Day 1

This week is Emergency Preparedness Week and Chatham Emergency Managment Agency (CEMA) has distributed important information!  Savannah Commons works closely with CEMA in regards to any inclimate weather and is happy to share the information provided.

One way to prepare for the 2018 severe weather season is to make sure that your family, business, or house of worship has a reliable communication network in place. During a severe weather event, it is important that each member of your family or community can communicate with each other if they need assistance or are separated from the group. A simple way to do this is to keep a list of important contacts; this will ensure that the numbers are available in case your phone is lost or damaged. You can also designate an out of area contact, they may be out of range of the severe weather event and can easily call those in the affected area.

The next important step is to build a family emergency kit that you can easily store and carry when needed. This kit will have essential items that you and your family will need if you have to evacuate from the area or if there is a loss of utilities due to the severe weather events. The items in your kit could be food, water, can opener, flashlights, batteries, medication, or any item that you deem necessary. To learn more about what can go in this kit visit HERE>>https://www.chathamemergency.org/…/five-gallon-emergency-ki…

CEMA presents Day 2 of Preparedness Week

Chatham County residents are no strangers to thunderstorms. They are a regular occurrence for this area during the spring and summer months.

Thunderstorms are formed by unstable air currents, rising warm air and sinking cold air, which can be found on hot spring and summer days. Chatham County’s humid environment during the summer months and extreme wind activity from the coastline, both ingredients are available for a severe thunderstorm to occur. With that in mind, do you know what classifies a thunderstorm as severe or not?  Do you know what events a severe thunderstorm can cause? Do you know the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and warning?

Thunderstorms are classified as a weather event that can cause wind, rain, and small hail in a given area. A severe thunderstorm is identified as an event that can produce hail 1″ or larger, generate winds 58 mph or greater, and can even generate tornadoes. Most severe thunderstorms occur in the late evening and afternoon hours and can last for approximately 30 minutes.

However, this should not be taken as a rule of thumb because severe thunderstorms may still occur at any time and, depending on its strength, could last for a longer period of time.

Before the spring and summer seasons begin, take the time to understand the difference between a Severe Thunderstorm Watch and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means that conditions are favorable for a thunderstorm and that residents should be prepared to move indoors. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning means that a thunderstorm is imminent or occurring and that residents should take shelter immediately. When developing plans for this upcoming storm season, make sure you take the necessary steps to protect your family and property from harm.

During a severe thunderstorm, damaging winds are one of the leading causes of harm to Georgia residents. We’ve clearly seen how strong winds can cause extensive damage to Chatham County. Take preemptive action now and remove any tree limbs, especially those that are dead or rotten, that could cause potential harm to your life and property during a severe thunderstorm.

Be aware of the alert systems in place that warn of severe thunderstorms and other weather events. This could be downloading an app on your cellular or portable device that sends out alerts or purchasing a NOAA weather radio and keeping it in a central location in your home. If you’re caught outside when a severe thunderstorm occurs, take action immediately and seek shelter inside your home or nearby building. Keeping as many walls between you and storm is the best possible option.

For more information on thunderstorm safety, take a look at the CEMA website:  www.ChathamEmergency.org<http://www.ChathamEmergency.org>

One last thing, tomorrow is Tornado Preparedness Day and there will be a statewide tornado drill at 9AM! Plan to participate in the tornado drill!

Keep your mind sharp with board games and more!

Did you know playing games like checkers, chess, board games and crosswords can help keep your mind sharp?

Randy Carter, our Wellness Director, hosts crosswords twice a week, for this very reason.  Residents play crosswords in a group setting, with a USAToday puzzle projected onto the wall. Everyone gets to play and help each other out.

Below, Resident Charlotte Paulk plays checkers in the Lounge.


Genesis Rehab Hosts Painting Event

Onsite rehab Genesis Rehab and Therapy hosted a paint along event in October.
Genesis employee Elinor Lincoln provided instruction and guidance on how to paint a “Spooky Cat.” Residents worked on their piece alongside other residents and Genesis staff jumped into help when needed.

Genesis Rehab is located on the 4th floor of the Savannah Commons main building and provides onsite therapy including physical, occupational and speech.

Why Experts Recommend Lying to Someone with Dementia

When your older adult has Alzheimer’s or dementia, their brain may experience a different version of reality because of the damage their disease has caused.

Dementia care experts recommend stepping into your senior’s reality rather than trying to correct them or bring them back into ours. That’s because their brain is steadily losing the ability to process information. Forcing them to join us in the “real world” only causes confusion, anxiety, fear, and anger.

This technique takes some getting used to because going along with your senior’s new reality can feel like you’re lying to them. But the reality is that honesty is not always the best policy when it comes to someone with dementia.

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