EPH was started in 2021 by Indigo Perry, Lynn Stanton, and Lyn Van Tighem, who have worked in the nonprofit sector for a combined total of 60+ years. They noticed that seniors weren’t getting the help they needed to be prepared for the next emergency – which could be right around the corner.
Formed to reach as many older adults as possible, EPH provides senior-centered emergency education and resources to help them get prepared, and stay prepared.
November 2022 – 311 seniors served since launch
September 2022 – Table at 10th Annual Petaluma Community Emergency Preparedness Fair
July 2022 – Invited to present along with county emergency responders at an event sponsored by Sonoma County Emergency Services
June 2022 – 100 seniors served since launch
May 2022 – Workshops begin for PEP Housing senior communities in Petaluma
April 2022 – EPH becomes a member of Sonoma County COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster)
March 2022 – Presentation to the Petaluma Senior Advisory Committee
February 2022 – EPH is invited to speak at a Neighborhood Preparedness event in northern Sonoma County
January 2022 – Emergency Prep Help becomes a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, a registered tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, EIN# 94-3255070
September / October 2021 – Four pilot emergency preparedness workshops at PEP Housing senior communities in Santa Rosa
March 2021 – Concept of Emergency Prep Help was born, with a focus on serving seniors. Registered our domain name
Indigo, Lyn, and Lynn met years ago while working at COTS, a leading homeless services provider in the North Bay. In fact, each of them served as COTS’ Volunteer Coordinator at different times in their careers. Over the years, their passion for service kept them working in the nonprofit sector and they continued to cross paths, becoming good friends in addition to professional colleagues.
Indigo brings over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit world, from the Girl Scouts and other youth programs to working with the homeless and low-income seniors. After losing everything in a wildfire, Indigo worked as a disaster case manager to help her community recover. She noticed that seniors and other vulnerable citizens were more likely to prepare for an emergency if the information was targeted specifically to them, and so helped launch EPH.
LYN VAN TIGHEM
Lyn began her career in human services in 2005 as COTS’ first Volunteer Coordinator. She became a key contributor on their Development team in the areas of database administration, revenue analysis, and grants management. Later, as an independent consultant, Lyn assisted more nonprofits, such as Burbank Housing and Santa Rosa Community Health, track and manage their donor relationships. While helping her mom to live independently and safely in her own home, Lyn realized the unique needs and challenges for seniors around emergency preparedness, and jumped on the EPH train.
Lynn has worked in the nonprofit world for over 20 years, including Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Other Avenues Natural Foods Cooperative in San Francisco. At COTS, an award winning homeless shelter in Petaluma, Lynn was the Volunteer Coordinator and worked in Development. She has worked with seniors in varying capacities throughout her career, at B’nai Israel Jewish Center, SHARE Sonoma County, and the Village Network of Petaluma. While working with this older population, Lynn became increasingly concerned with their safety, and saw the need to help them prepare for emergencies.
Damon Hill has worked for the Marin County Free Library for over 22 years. As Library Services Manager, he currently oversees facilities, technology, accessibility, data, planning, and evaluation for all 10 library branches. Engaging with the public in different capacities throughout his career, Damon developed a keen equity and inclusion lens, which helps ensure that the most vulnerable citizens receive services and programs.
During his tenure, Damon has participated in various emergency preparedness and disaster response activities, including developing emergency supply plans and operational strategies, collaborating with other organizations, and serving in the Emergency Operations Center.
Shirley comes to EPH with over 40 years of accounting experience. For the last ten years, as Accounting Manager, she has been overseeing the finances for COTS, an award winning homeless shelter, in Petaluma, CA. Prior to working for COTS, Shirley spent twenty-four years working at the Marin Independent Journal in various roles including Finance Manager. When she heard about Emergency Prep Help, Shirley was excited to support this outstanding project that her former colleagues have established.