By Linda Dillman
Medical alert bracelets are going high-tech and Madison Township firefighter Jim Embree wants residents to have the opportunity to digitally record and carry their own medical information around with them in the event of an emergency.
“If you can’t speak, it speaks for you,” said Embree regarding the new electronic alert bracelet offered by the township fire department. “It’s a repository for all of your medical information. I saw them on a shelf at a local store, but they quickly disappeared. I wanted to make sure people in the township would have one available to them.”
In conjunction with the Madison Township trustees, the fire department ordered 250 USB bracelets and is selling them for $20. The bracelets are waterproof and self-load when plugged into a USB port on a computer.
According to Embree, individuals purchasing a bracelet who are unfamiliar with entering information into an electronic device can pick up a medical information form at either fire station, fill it out and then make an appointment to return and have a department employee assist them in entering their data.
Embree emphasized the bracelets are not only for people with serious medical conditions. He said the devices are for any age and hold personal medical information including surgeries, prescriptions, conditions and other pertinent data that can be accessed by paramedics in the field and by emergency personnel at a hospital.
The fire department accepts cash or a check and the bracelets can be picked up, as long as supplies last, at Fire Station 181, 4567 Firehouse Lane, Groveport or Fire Station 182, 6600 Gender Road, Canal Winchester.
Trash pick-up day could change
Local Waste representative Eric DeHays advised the trustees the company may ask for permission to change the Madison Township trash district pick-up day starting in July to later in the week.
“Every resident would get a letter telling them about the day change,” said DeHays, “and we would put a notice in the local paper and post signs. We’ve had a lot of experience doing this. The contract says it has to be approved by you (trustees). I would make sure it gets handled properly. The first week of the change, you would get two pick-ups; your regular day and the new day. We won’t leave anyone high and dry.”
Water plant open house
Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst said Aqua Water scheduled an open house on April 12 from 10 a.m. to noon, at their Newport Drive water plant to view the company’s new water softening system, which is expected to begin operations in April.
The reverse osmosis system will provide softened water to all customers in the Aqua Water coverage area. Residents with their own in-home system are advised to discontinue use of their water softeners once the new community-wide system is online.
For information on the open house, new softening system or discontinuing use of a home water softener, contact Jeff LaRue at (614) 893-7635.