Some Bronx senior centers not adequately equipped for an emergency

There's word Bronx seniors could be most at risk in the event of another blackout. A new report shows senior centers in the borough and around the city lack backup emergency equipment. Out of 75 surveyed senior centers in the Bronx and citywide, more than half experienced problems during the blackout in August. Senior centers in the Bronx reported having the least access to emergency backup equipment. A seven-page report released by Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum called, "When the Lights Go Out in the City," points out a number of problems those living in the centers had to deal with. They include severe food spoilage, inability to open the day after the blackout and difficulty for seniors to stay overnight. Gotbaum recommends that the city's Department for the Aging and the city Housing Authority develop evacuation plans for the centers, provide emergency supplies and back-up generators that would cost about $3,000 each.

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