Everyone has friends or family who may need a little help getting around. Maybe someone you know uses a rollator. Did you ever ask them if they still go down trails, or up gravel roads, or down to the pasture with their rollator? Most rollators are designed for indoor use and barely work on pavements or concrete. This has got to change!
I'm Jean Saffell. For the last 20 years I've run Cyber-Sierra as a free place for jobs seekers to locate employment in natural resources, environmental and conservation occupations. Now I'm asking you to give me a 'Helping Hand'. It won't cost you a dime - just a tiny bit of your time.
See the mobility device I'm using in the picture? I've only found two companies that make mobility devices that really enable people with walking challenges (like me) to get off the pavement and into the woods. I'll bet you've never even seen either device. That's why I'm asking you to spread the word.
That's all there is to it. Just spread the word through email, social media, and conversations. It probably won't take you more than 5 minutes.
Here's the two devices. Take a look and please spread the word.
Walk'n'Chair: You can configure the Walk'n'Chair for activities such as fishing, hunting, exploring trails, or attending outdoor events by reversing the seat and basket so that the bigger wheels are forward. Like the all terrain rolling walker mode, this provides ultimate stability during your outdoor activities while at the same time allowing someone to assist you if needed.
Trionic Veloped A Swedish invention with a unigue 3-wheel design and comfortable pneumatic tires. It's a totally new walking experience. It climbs curbs, roots and other obstacles with ease and turns cobbles, gravel, grass, snow and off-road trails into pure pleasure.
Videos: Trionic Veloped Videos
People need to know that there really are devices that make it possible to get back outdoors for walks, take hikes down moderately maintained dirt trails, navigate gravel roadways, lumpy fields, meadows and sandy beaches. And there are currently only 2 devices that make this possible: the Walk'N'Chair and the Trionic Veloped.
Getting more mobility gear designed for all-terrain outdoor use into the hands of those who need it to get beyond their own doorway is important to me. I hope it will become important enough to you, to spread the word about the options to freinds and family. Remember that 20 percent of you will experience a disabling accident or illness in your life. Let's make sure the gear you need to live a full and active life is there for you.
Thanks for your time and kindness.
Get your 'Grab and Go' bag ready for whatever natural disasters are common for your area. Advance planning saves lives and hastens recovery. Ready.gov is a good place to start your own preparedness education. (and yes, there are jobs in that field, too. Natural Disasters often take years, not days, for recovery. Just because it's not on the national news today doesn't mean the need vanished. There's still time to help.
For those folks involved in Disaster Preparedness, We have posted the Unofficial Oak Run Wildfire Evacuation Guide and Maps. If you live in a rural mountain area this guide could be modified to suit your own community. Become prepared in 2017!
It's worth pointing out that natural disasters are a perfect learning opportunity for anyone working in natural resources occupations. As weather patterns change we need people with disaster experience working where environmental planning decisions could become a matter of life and death consequences for both human and animal populations.
Lastly, anyone with disaster experience understands that 75 percent of all rescues are accomplished by friends and neighbors who to come forward to help others. Government responses take days or weeks to hit the ground. The individual has more freedom to act rapidly than the government. When disaster strikes, who will help? If not you, then who? If not now, then when?
Do what you can. Maybe you can't go to a disaster zone. But you can take action. Here's something I did for my community of Oak Run.
As a result of the Guide, we created a local mapping group. With the help of Cal-Fire we now have new updated evacuation maps for our area. One person can accomplish a lot. Be that person.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES: A list of state and federal agencies involved with emergency response. It's a good place to start when determining when and how to volunteer. Agency List.
CLEAN WATER: Billions live without clean, safe drinking water. You can change this today through Charity Water.
ANIMAL AID: Veterinarians without Borders - Their mission is to work for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people and the environments that sustain us.
ANIMAL RESCUE: ASPCA VOLUNTEERS - Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and submit a completed FIR Volunteer Application in order to be considered for acceptance. There is some training to accomplish prior to becoming a volunteer.
EQUINE RESCUE: BUMANE SOCIETY EQUINE RESCUE The HSUS Animal Rescue teams are ready at a moment's notice to rescue horses from poor living conditions or bring them to safety in the face of a disaster. Also, if you have horses yourself, here is guidance on Disaster Preparedness for Horse Owners
WILDFIRE DISASTERS: Valley and Butte Fires, CA: The Valley Fire is the third most devastating fire to hit California in years. The Butte Fire was also very devastating. Thousands of people were made homeless and there were civilian fatalities. While FEMA help is coming, it takes weeks to months before everyone has adequate shelter. Right now the need is for for funds to people to rebuild their lives. Lake County in particular is one of the poorest in California with lots of displaced Senior Citizens who had no insurance. These are rural communities without a lot of resources. After the flames go out, the need remains. If you can help, please do so.
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS: Thousands of people in disaster zones owe their lives to Doctors Without Borders.