What is the EP Buddy Program?
The Emergency Preparedness Buddy (EP Buddy) Program was developed to assist Brookline elders with access and functional needs in preparing for and responding to emergency situations, thereby improving preparedness and resilience among these elders.
What do we do?
The program matches Brookline Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers with Brookline elders to assist in identifying preparedness needs, setting up communication plans, and preparing supplies for potential evacuations or sheltering.
Who do we help?
Brookline residents eligible to participate as recipients of care in the program include: elders and occasional adults with disabilities and who most often live alone. Social workers, doctors, nurses, clergy and relatives recommend most participants to the program. If you would like to participate or recommend a potential participant to the program, please contact us using the form below.
EP Buddy Program Terminology
Brookline Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers are collectedly referred to as preparedness buddies.
Brookline elders participating in the program are referred to as elder buddies.
What are the major responsibilities of the preparedness buddies?
Build a warm and caring relationship with elder buddy.
Identify and address the elder buddy’s preparedness needs.
Provide some materials and supplies to assist with preparedness efforts.
Maintain contact and check-in with elder buddy before, during and after emergency situations (e.g. snowstorms and hurricanes).
How to participate
You must be a member of the Brookline Medical Reserve Corps, which you can sign up for here. Once you participate in a training event, you will be eligible to be paired with a buddy.