The ‘Message in a Bottle’ project is an emergency information scheme which includes the opportunity to record accurate relevant medical and other information relating to any person who lives alone and making it readily available to the emergency services if they have to visit a home.
The project is highlighted by a sticker on the door of a house, which simply directs the emergency services to information stored in a plastic bottle which is kept in the fridge in the home.
The project is being promoted by Roscommon Joint Policing Committee, Roscommon Lions Club and An Garda Siochana in conjunction with Roscommon County Council’s Age Friendly programme and Roscommon Older People Network. As part of the initial rollout An Garda Siochana have donated 1000 bottles to date for distribution in the county.
In the coming weeks local Gardaí and Lions Club members will be working with the local authority and all other partner groups to roll out the bottles.
Pictured left to right at the launch: Cllr Kathleen Shanagher, Roscommon Lions Club, Garda John O’Connor, Roscommon Community Policing unit, Inspector David Cryan, Roscommon Garda Station, Amanda Scanlon, Roscommon County Council, Cllr Tom Crosby, Chairperson Roscommon JPC, Chief Superintendent Tony Healy, Bernard Kearney Roscommon Older Persons Network, Sgt Deirdre Coleman, Castlerea and Boyle Community Policing unit.