Pocket Guide: Identifying Elder Abuse

First responders often find themselves in a position where they can identify signs of
abuse. The forms that most quickly come to mind are child or spouse, but elder abuse
affects hundreds of thousands every year by family members or “trusted others.” A new
national pocket guide helps first responders identify the seven types of abuse while
providing backup information to help.
“Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse” states physical, sexual, or psychological abuse;
neglect; and financial exploitation all qualify as reportable elder abuse. It covers risk
factors to consider; legal topics such as consent, decision-making capacity, and undue
influence; abusers; and how a variety of circumstances can be related or relevant to
elder abuse issues.
Self-neglect is not a crime; however it can still be reported. Most states have laws
requiring people in authority to report abuse, and not reporting it is often a crime. Also,
though many people think of abuse as only physical, financial exploitation is hardly
rare. If something looks fishy but you are not sure, report it. As a responding officer or
EMS provider, your voice may be the last chance an abused or neglected elder has to
escape such a situation.  http://www.americanbar.org/groups/law_aging/resources/elder_abuse/legal_issues_related_to_elder_abuse_guides.html

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State of Emergency exists in all of Washington

Note:  There are a lot of “Whereases.”  You can skip down to the bolded text.  

PROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR 15-11

WHEREAS, June 2015 has been significantly drier than normal with above average temperatures; and current and projected weather conditions through September 2015, in conjunction with existing and projected fire fuel conditions, present a continuing high risk of severe wildfires throughout the state of Washington; and

WHEREAS, moist conditions in May spurred significant vegetation growth, and abnormally dry conditions followed in June, leading to the early development of high-risk fire fuel conditions throughout the State; and

WHEREAS, current National Weather Service forecasts predict record to near-record temperatures with an increased threat of localized lightning and windy conditions statewide over the next two weeks, and seasonal weather forecasting models project warmer and drier conditions than normal through September, which, when combined with the existing high-risk fire fuel conditions, support an active burning environment capable of producing multiple large wildfires requiring the need for additional immediate response in any area of the State; and

WHEREAS, the State has already experienced multiple wildfires over the first three weeks of June, requiring response by our limited State and local firefighting resources, and in the past week, new wildfires have required a responsive commitment of these limited resources in Asotin, Chelan, Clark, Cowlitz, Ferry, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Mason, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish, Spokane, Stevens, Thurston, Walla Walla, and Yakima counties; and

WHEREAS, the threat to life and property from wildfires is significant and may cause extensive damage to homes, businesses, and public facilities, resources, infrastructure and utilities, impacting the life and health of our citizens throughout the State; this threat may affect life, health, property, or the public peace, and is a public disaster demanding immediate action; and

WHEREAS, firefighting resources throughout the State and western United States are limited and may already be committed to other wildfire preparation and response activities, due to existing and projected fire conditions throughout the region; and

WHEREAS, because available firefighting resources may not be adequate to address the outbreak of additional and simultaneous wildfires resulting from the above noted conditions, the Washington National Guard and State Guard may be needed to assist local jurisdictions and state agencies throughout Washington in responding to this public disaster; and

WHEREAS, the Washington Military Department has activated the State Emergency Operations Center, implemented response procedures, is coordinating resources to support state and local officials in alleviating the immediate social and economic impacts to people, property, and infrastructure, and is continuing to assess the wildfire danger resulting from existing high-risk weather and fire fuel conditions.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, as a result of the above-noted situation, and under Chapters 38.08, 38.52, and 43.06 RCW, do hereby proclaim that a State of Emergency exists in all of Washington’s 39 counties and direct that the plans and procedures of the Washington State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan be implemented. State agencies and departments are directed to utilize state resources and to do everything reasonably possible to assist affected political subdivisions in an effort to respond to and recover from the incidents. As a result of this event, I also hereby order into active state service the organized militia of Washington State to include the National Guard and the State Guard, or such part thereof as may be necessary in the opinion of the Adjutant General, to perform such duties as directed by competent authority of the Washington Military Department in addressing this event. Additionally, the Washington State Emergency Operations Center is instructed to coordinate all incident-related assistance to the affected areas.

Signed and sealed with the official seal of the state of Washington this 26th day of June, A.D, Two Thousand  and Fifteen  at Olympia, Washington.

By:

/s/                                               Jay Inslee, Governor

 

BY THE GOVERNOR:

/s/                                   Secretary of State