E.R.I.K. Emergency Response Information KitE.R.I.K. is an Emergency Response Information Kit developed by a community Advisory Council, established in response to community concerns regarding the availability of adequate information in emergency situations. All area emergency groups have endorsed this program. Once completed, the kit provides the necessary information for emergency personnel to respond quickly to your situation.
WHO SHOULD USE THE KIT?The kit is ideal for seniors, chronically ill persons, those who live alone or who have caregivers, and others who have speech difficulties or communication bathers. You may also want to take a copy of E.R.I.K. and your complete Health Care Directive with you when you are away on a trip. It is important to update the information form as your information changes.
Here is the actual E.R.I.K. kit seen on a refrigerator door
WHAT DOES E.R.I.K CONSIST OF?
- A health information form, which a health care professional, a pharmacist or your family may assist you with.
- A place to insert your Health Care Directive or Living Will, if you have one. A form is enclosed if you wish to make a Health Care Directive with your Doctor and family.
- A blue organ donation card, if you wish to complete it.
- A sticker like the one illustrated above to stick on your front entrance.
- A plastic folder with a magnet to hold all the information place on the front of your fridge.
ERIK IS ENDORSED BY WINNIPEG PARAMEDICSThe Winnipeg Fire/Paramedic Service has seconded a paramedic to serve as a public information officer to train fellow paramedics in the use of E.R.I.K., as well as making presentations to interested groups throughout the city.
WHERE CAN I FIND E.R.I.K.E.R.I.K. is or will be available from all of the Seniors Community Resource Councils in Winnipeg and the Province. Click on the "Go" at right to see the Seniors Reource Councils in Winnipeg.
Ready Source of Health Info a LifesaverWinnipeg Free Press Community Review, March 13, 2002
by Bob Armstong
A project to provide emergency personnel with potentially lifesaving information is expanding across the city, the province and possibly the nation after being tested last fall in St. Boniface and St. Vital. ...