SAGE Utah Special Edition April 13, 2020

“OUR CLOSE KNIT COMMUNITY”

A COMMUNITY PROJECT OPPORTUNITY

Our community has come together in the most amazing ways through this Covid crisis. Many online opportunities have been created, new and inventive ways to stay connected have been brought forth and people are supporting each other even without the ability to be physically together.
When this crisis is over, we want a reminder of how we worked together, took care of each other and how connected we stayed during this unprecedented time.

We would like to have folks knit 8″ x 8″ squares and the instructions are below. Hang on to the squares and when this is over, you can either bring or mail your squares to the Pride Center. We will have them connected and put the quilt on display to commemorate the strength of our community.
It will be a permanent reminder of just how “close knit” our community is, how we work to keep each other safe and warm and how we wrap each other in a blanket of love, no matter what.

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STITCH AND BITCH ONLINE

If you would like to participate in the Close Knit Community quilt project but don’t know how to knit, please join us on an online call. Jess Stahle (UPC Youth and Family Programs) will be teaching a beginning knitting class.

Jess will teach you how to do basic knitting for an 8 x 8 quilt square. Have your needles and yarn supplies with you. Cocktails and snacks are also acceptable knitting supplies!

(The needles used in the article above are 4.50mm/US 7 needles.)

Friday, April 24, 2020 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Meeting ID
meet.google.com/dwu-uuex-kbh

Phone Numbers
(US)+ 1 515-884-8115 PIN: 132 631 899#

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MORE COVID 19 RESOURCES

Thanks to SAGE co-chair Troy Stover who serves on the Governor’s Covid 19 Task force for sharing these resources. We will try to include new resources each week when the newsletter comes out.

A COVID-19 information line is available by dialing 1-800-456-7707.

https://coronavirus.utah.gov/
https://coronavirus.utah.gov/case-counts/
https://coronavirus.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/Care_Booklet_English.pdf

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EARTHQUAKES

Many of us were unnerved by the earthquake and all of the aftershocks. It seemed to come right on top of our world changing right before our eyes. It added to the challenge of adapting to businesses closing, limited supplies available at the stores and social distancing recommendations. An earthquake on top of it was just too much! We talked to many people who were scared, felt unprepared and wanted more information on how to prepare if there is a next time.

Linda Milne presented on how to prepare for earthquakes on one of our SAGE conference calls last week. Below are excellent recommendations from Linda who is a public presenter on preparedness..

 

Abbreviated Information About Earthquake

Earthquake basics: Prepare. Respond. Recover

Preparation: Some things to do, Pre-need, before there is a Catastrophic Earthquake:

  • Prepare emergency kits that can meet your essential needs for at least 96-120 Hours* (4 -5 days). *Fed and state experts say It could take a week or longer for help to arrive from neighboring states.

Remember: You Are the Help Until Help Arrives

  • Make a night bag for each person; keep under beds: Sturdy shoes, flashlight, emergency whistle
  • Make a personal and family plan. This warrants some family meetings and discussions.
  • Get involved with your community. Build warm relationships.
  • Get some basic know-how to help yourself, family and neighbors. Be part of the Solution. CERT, Ham Radio, Basic First aid;
  • Annually practice Drop, Cover & Hold-On. If no table or desk, Drop to floor, crawl to interior wall, sit against it, pull legs in to chest, bow head, cover with arms. If confined to wheelchair, stay put, lock brakes lower head, cover with arms. If using a walker, sit down, lock brakes, etc. (as above). If in vehicle, pull over and stop. Important: Have an emergency kit in all vehicles. If outside, stay outside
  • Consider earthquake insurance. Your home could sustain considerable damage. Have a contingency plan: Where would you reside during recovery/rebuilding stage
  • Get informed about the SLCo catastrophic response strategy to save lives:
    S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods. (Schools Aid Families in Emergencies.) What schools? Your nearest PUBLIC, district elementary school property will become your community gathering HUB. S.A.F.E. PROGRAM ONLY ACTIVATES FOR A CATASTROHIC EVENT. (Did not activate for Magna 5.7 quake)

Response: Do the right things during and immediately after a catastrophic quake.

  • Shaking starts: Drop, Cover and Hold On for real. It saves lives. Do Not rely on doorways or laying next to large pieces of furniture. Not effective.
  • If in bed, stay put. Turn face down, cover head w/pillows. Grab night bag; put on shoes first thing
  • Gather everyone, grab your Emergency kit(s) and exit the home (or building.) Grab you phone, computer, etc. if at hand. Look up, be mindful of falling debris.
  • Expect many after-shocks.
  • Once in the street, check on neighbors. If you cannot help, report address(es) at the gathering HUB.
  • You have grabbed your kit, now walk to school, helping and noting addresses as you go
  • Do not drive. Stay off the roadways. Many will be unsafe. First responders must have clear use.
  • At the HUB, help if you can. Volunteers will be assuming responsibility. Instructions in Just in Time Kit (JIT Kit) in the school. Window decal will give location. No first responders will be dispatched.
  • Volunteers manning: communications, comfort, search and rescue – using map books in the JIT Kit, basic first aid, and eventually – family reunification. It will be Neighbors Helping Neighbors.
  • Are you required to go to school? No, if your home/yard is safe, you can stay, but check in and report to Hub leaders. You may want to help. Remember: Conditions will change with aftershocks.

Recovery: This begins after the response period. There will be damage to homes, buildings and our infrastructure. Expect short-term recovery to start in a matter of days/weeks. Immediate steps: demolition, removal of debris, etc., followed by
long-term recovery that can last months/years. Claims will be filed to government and to private insurers. In time, rebuilding would occur.

ABBREVIATED 96 – 120 HOUR EMERGENCY KIT FOR ON FOOT EVACUATION

NOTE: Start by putting supplies in backpacks/bags; then place in Carts/Wagons/Dollies

WATER: 1 gallon/person/day is recommended minimum for all uses, weighs 33lbs for ONE DAY.

SANTITATION: Porta potties or buckets w/bags & toileting supplies vital for family/public health

FOOD: Protein bars/snacks are easiest, but a daily warm meal is very comforting

MESS GEAR: Only necessary if planning on meals. Even cold cereal needs a bowl and spoon

HYGIENE: include lip balm & thick location for cracked, dried hands. Incontinence supplies?

VITAL RECORDS: Copies of I.D., legal, financial, marital, family and medical documents.

CASH: Small bills ($1, 5, 10)

SLEEP GEAR: Sleeping bag, blankets, yoga matt(s), blow up pillow. SHELTERING/WEATHER

PROTECTION: Tent, tarps, space blankets.

MEDICATIONS & FIRST AID: Create med supply by refilling at earliest your insurer allows and repeat monthly. Include first aid basic supplies, even if you would need others to apply to you

PERSONAL SMALL EQUIPMENT: EXs: Hand crank/battery radio, flashlights, batteries, light sticks, watch, utility knife, emergency whistle, defense spray, cell phone & charger (solar), etc.

SEASONAL CLOTHING: Pack these items separately so you can easily change out with seasons.
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FORT & ENTERTAINMENT: Important for morale and well-being. Paperbacks, scriptures, puzzles, games, knitting, art supplies, journal, etc.

INFANT & CHILD KIT: Augment the weekend travel bag for infants. Pack toys, stuffed animals, games, blanket for toddler and young children. Let older kids create their own personal bag.

PET KIT: Sufficient water, food pet likes, a photo of you/with pet, current registration, carrier, leash, toys, comfort blanket. No pets allowed in Red Cross shelters. Exception, service animal.

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D O YOU NEED LEGAL HELP?

If you need help with a legal issue, here is a message from the Rainbow Law Clinic.

The Pro Bono Initiative’s Free Brief Advice Legal sites will remain closed in April as we continue to follow University protocol. In order to address the legal needs of our community, PBI has partnered with the Tuesday Night Bar’s Virtual Clinic for April. If there is an individual looking for brief legal advice via the Rainbow Law clinic, please call 801-297-7037 to see if you qualify to set up a virtual phone appointment or you can call the Utah Courts Self-Help
Center at 1-888-683-0009 or email selfhelp@utcourts.gov and they will direct them to the appropriate free legal resource in our community.

Here is a link to the group.
https://www.utahbar.org/tuesday-night-bar-clinic/

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CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER

Meet Larry Quinn who is 85 years old. Larry first came out on December 7, 2018 and has been living his authentic life with joy and passion ever since. Larry has become a fixture in our SAGE community. He supports most of our events even though he lives in Ogden. Turns out having him in Ogden is a gain for us as he is one of the brand new co-chairs for our new Ogden SAGE satellite group.

While everything about Larry is impressive, this news deserves special notice! Larry started walking for exercise on December 27, 2016. He walks every single d ay. He counts his steps whether he is walking or hiking or shopping. Rencently Larry reached 15 MILLION STEPS! That is inspirational to say the
least. CONGRATULATION LARRY – WELL DONE!

Larry is a person with varied interests. Not only does he enjoy walking and other physical activities, Larry took a class on botany at Weber State. He liked it so much that he has since taken many classes. Now he photographs and identifies plants on his hikes.

Thanks for inspiring us Larry. Thanks for joining us in SAGE and thanks for being willing to share your story!

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TECHNOLOGY HELP

If you have technical questions about site security or how to connect to a virtual call or other questions, there is through Pride Center employees. A lot of seniors struggle with technology and feel afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. Here is a simple way to get all of your technical and virtual questions answered.

Askageek@utahpridecenter.org (Questions answered by our webmaster Joni
Weiss)
Isaacfurniss@utahpridecenter.org (Questions answered by our IT guru, Isaac Furniss)

We want everyone to feel safe, comfortable and connected, so send your questions to Joni and Isaac who are happy to help!

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DAILY SAGE CALL

This call is from 6:30 – 7:30. This week’s schedule is: Monday – Open Discussion
Tuesday – Tuesday Trotters Virtual Walking Group Wednesday – Book and Movie Talks
Thursday – Thoroughly Thrilling Thursdays (Different every week) Friday – Open Discussion

Join Hangouts Meet
https://meet.google.com/ard-nhrq-uha

J oin by phone
+1 302-492-7553 PIN: 994 180 975#
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SAGE SUPPER CLUB – VIRTUALLY!

Join us on Friday night as we move the monthly supper club online. Make or order your favorite dinner, then join us as we eat together and share dinner conversation. Kim Pederson will continue to host this online dinner. This is such a popular event each month and we want to see it continue.

F RIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020 AT 6:30 – 7:30
J oin Hangouts Meet
m eet.google.com/ard-nhrq-uha
J oin by phone
+1 302-492-7553 PIN: 994 180 975#

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TUESDAY TROTTERS FIRST VIRTUAL MEETING

We miss our walking group, but until we are able to get back out with our regular walking group, let’s walk around the world.

Welcome Lance Brady-Sayer who will lead us on all kinds of walking tours through Paris, the Vatican, National Parks and more.

Not to worry – when we are able to meet outside again, we will resume our weekly walks in Liberty Park that will be led by Berry Payne. Until then, let’s “walk” – from our couches!

TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020 at 6:30 – 7:30
J oin Hangouts Meet
m eet.google.com/ard-nhrq-uha
J oin by phone
+1 302-492-7553 PIN: 994 180 975#

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PET LOSS GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Grief is grief – whether you are grieving the loss of a person or a pet. Please join
us as Ira Kauffman leads us through an online grief support group focusing on coping strategies while also giving us a chance to talk about our beloved pets.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2020 at 2:00 – 3:00 PM
J oin Hangouts Meet
m eet.google.com/ard-nhrq-uha
J oin by phone
+1 302-492-7553 PIN: 994 180 975#

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WELCOME TO SAGE OGDEN SATELLITE GROUP

Our brand new Ogden SAGE satellite is moving online. Our meetings will be the 3rd Sunday each month starting April 19 from 2:00 – 4:00.

Larry Quinn and Juanita Ott will be leading this virtual meeting. We will be playing LGBTQ+ related trivia. You don’t have to live in Ogden to join this group – it is open to other SAGE satellite members and all SAGE-ers!

Meeting ID
m eet.google.com/ovy-whpx-zdr
Phone Numbers (US)+1 402-644-1744
PIN: 433 112 185#

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REVERSE PHONE A FRIEND

During this time, we are all feeling a little less connect, a little more isolated and a little more alone. We want to implement a temporary “buddy system.” We are looking for people who have some free time and would be willing to take a 20 – 30 minute call for casual conversation. If you would like to participate please email
your telephone number and your availability to sage@utahpridecenter.org. If there is enough interest, we will connect people together.

Our long standing phone a friend program will continue; this is in addition to that program.

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PHONE A FRIEND

We are all isolated at this time, but the good news is there are people who would like to talk via a good old phone call. We are adding people to our phone a friend program all the time now.
If you would like to have someone call you, please email your name and phone number to s age@utahpridecenter.org and someone will call you.
Please don’t be alone – there is a big community here waiting to welcome you. We are in this together.

Thank you to those folks who have reached out to help with this program!

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF SAGE! WE ARE GROWING OUR MEMBERSHIP EVERY SINGLE WEEK AND WE ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT ALL OF OUR PROGRESS. WE COULDN’T DO WHAT WE DO WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF OUR COMMUNITY.

WHO CAN JOIN SAGE?

SAGE is designed for LGBT elders – people over 50. However, if you are part of an inter-generational couple, both of you are still eligible to join. If you have a partner who has not joined because they are younger than 50, please have them send a request to be added to our membership list. We need name, zip code and email address sent to debhall@utahpridecenter.org.

We will never check your id!

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