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Local Center Nets Funds For Equipment

December 9, 2011

Photo provided: Pictured are ACCA chore worker Mark Karbowiak and seniors Eldon and Bonnie Saintignon installing a carbon monoxide detector.

ST. MARYS — A county organization is offering carbon monoxide detectors and weather alert radios to area seniors.

The Auglaize County Council on Aging (ACCA) is offering carbon monoxide detectors and county weather alert radios to seniors, age 60 and over, free of charge.

“We’re keeping them (the carbon monoxide detectors and weather alert radios) for those people in the community that are at age 60 and over,” ACCA Executive Director Christina Roby said.

She said the safety equipment is important for area seniors to have in their homes.

“It’s a service that we feel is very important,” Roby said. “We want to keep people safe and keep them in their own homes as long as possible.”

The safety equipment, Roby said, was made available through a program at the ACCA.

“It’s a continuation of a program we started in 2009 with the local EMA,” Roby said.

She said the program accumulated a waiting list of area residents in need of the equipment, so the ACCA worked to fund the program again. The ACCA received $2,500 in grant funds from the Midwest Community Connection Fund and the Wapakoneta Wal-Mart for the purchase of carbon monoxide detectors and county weather alert radios.

“We have really good people in our county,” Roby said, noting that the ACCA appreciates the people who made the program possible.

The ACCA has 100 carbon monoxide detectors and 100 county weather alert radios available for seniors that the ACCA was able to get at a discounted rate. Roby noted that the county weather alert radios have a special feature.

“The weather alert radios are just a marvelous thing because they can be set to pick up alerts from other counties or they can be set to pick up just Auglaize County,” Roby said.

In addition to offering the carbon monoxide detectors and the county weather alert radios, the ACCA can also install the equipment free of charge through its chore service.

“We would be more than happy to install them free of charge,” Roby said. “They can just call in and talk to Robert Warren, our safety/chore coordinator.”

Roby noted that to receive a carbon monoxide detector or a weather alert radio, the senior does not have to already be participating in any of the ACCA’s services.

“It could be someone that has never even heard of our service,” Roby said.

For more information or to request a carbon monoxide detector or county weather alert radio, call Warren at 419-394-8252.

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