Village residents safely evacuated
Residents from the Village at Palmerton were safely evacuated yesterday afternoon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
In what proved to be a relatively seamless transition, the residents were transported via the Palmerton Ambulance Association, wheelchair transport, and walkers, according to Chris Lilly, office manager.
Lilly said over 40 residents were taken to the West End Fire Company, while those who chose to go home were picked up by their families and spent the night with their loved ones.
The Village began to evacuate the residents yesterday morning, said Lilly, who added that they had arrived at the fire company by early afternoon.
"Once they got there, they had their lunch, played games, had their dinner, and got ready for bed," Lilly said. "The residents were on their mattresses with their pillows and bedding."
As luck would have it, Lilly said a bingo machine was located, at which point the residents played that, as well as cards and board games.
"I think the residents kind of felt at home there," she said. "The West End personnel were awesome."
Lilly said the residents were expected to be transported back to the Village today.
"I think they're all anxious to get back, because it's never the same without being in your own room," she said. "Our staff was great, some stayed over."
The Village at Palmerton is a personal care home which provides both independent living as well as personal care.