Marin Nonprofit Distributes Batteries as Part of Emergency Preparedness Effort

With another fire season underway, it’s high time to get disaster plans ready for you and your loved ones. As has become abundantly clear in recent years, a wildfire or even a power outage, can be disruptive—or even deadly—especially for people who rely on electronic medical devices.

To help fill the need, Marin Center for Independent Living (MCIL), a nonprofit based in San Rafael which serves seniors and people with disabilities, is aiming to distribute 200 portable batteries in the coming weeks.

“As fire season is now something that is recurring and sustained for all of us, we anticipate a greater need. Power outages can be doubly dangerous for those of us that rely on the support of medical devices,” MCIL’s executive director Eli Gelardin said.  “As we have seen throughout the pandemic, the health and safety of our community members must continue to be prioritized.  It’s all about building resiliency.”

The batteries come in two sizes. Both models have 6 outlets and a power light to make finding the battery in the dark easy.

MCIL’s Maurice Pollard, who manages the distribution of batteries, is urging Marin County residents to apply while supplies last.

“I would hate for anyone in Marin who needs a battery not get one this year. If you apply now, you can have [the battery] on hand and be ready,” Pollard said.

For more information about the program and to see if you qualify, visit marincil.org/prepare.

Will Carruthers
Will Carruthers is a news reporter for the Pacific Sun and North Bay Bohemian. Email tips to [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @Carruthers_W.
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