Gippsland Regional Communication Service and Wellington Shire Council have been working with local Emergency Relief Centres.
One of the things they did was develop a template and information so all members of the community could create a Personal information Card.
The card is wallet sized so a person can have it with them all the time.
On the front is the person’s name, date of birth, address, and two emergency contacts with phone numbers. On the back is the person’s communication/language, required supports and alerts.
The cards were developed for use in emergencies, particularly for people with disabilities. But the cards can be useful for everyone and at other times.
The template is on the BoardMaker program, which is used to produce visual communication aids.
Through previous partnerships with the Regional Communication Service, BoardMaker is available for public use at the Sale Library. An information sheet now sits with the Library’s BoardMaker discs: “How to make your own card”.
The Regional Communication Service also ran an information session for community members.
It was well attended. Everyone went home with their own personalised card.
The session was advertised on the local radio and in the newspaper Council notes. From the advertisements for the community session, there was further interest – this time from local police.
This simple idea may have a big future!