The first Triad began in Washington D.C. in 1988 and was comprised of AARP, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriffs’ Association.
The organization has since grown. The Penobscot County Triad, one of several in the state, began in 1999. It is an organization which includes law enforcement, senior citizens, AARP, and social service organizations, including Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Penobscot County Triad works to fight and prevent crime and fraud against seniors.
The original goal of Penobscot County Triad, to educate seniors about the various types fraud and crime, to help reduce fear and provide moral support for older persons and to use trained volunteers to assist police and sheriff departments, continues today.
Penobscot County Triad takes on some projects guaranteed to help and protect seniors. One is telemarketing fraud. Here are some tips to protect yourself:
- Never give out credit card, or checking account information over the phone unless you are sure you are dealing with a reputable firm. And never reveal your social security number.
- Refuse to rush into anything. Fraudulent telemarketers are trained to be aggressive but don’t be intimidated. Hang up if you start to feel uncomfortable. High-pressure tactics are a sign of criminal activity.
- If the caller offers to send someone “right over” to pick up your payment or donation – hang up.
- Asking for something in writing rarely offers protection as the caller can be just as devious through the mail as on the phone.
It is also important to be aware of charity, investment, door-to-door and mail fraud.
Aside from helping seniors protect themselves from crime, Penobscot County Triad is also looking out for their health.
Every senior should have a File of Life, which is a free, red plastic pocket containing a senior’s pertinent medical information, such as medications and doses, doctor’s names, emergency contacts and medical conditions.
A magnetic strip keeps it in place on the refrigerator door. Also included in the packet is a red “File of Life” sticker that attaches to the front door of the senior’s residence. This sticker will alert EMTs who, in an emergency, will go directly to the refrigerator and have all information needed to administer proper treatment.
The File of Life speaks for you when you can’t speak for yourself. They are available at Eastern Area Agency on Aging.
Penobscot County Triad to help people clearly mark houses
GET YOUR HOUSE NUMBERED: Penobscot County Triad, has developed the “911 House Numbering Project” in an effort to have homes clearly marked in the event of an emergency.
An ambulance, the fire department the or police may have trouble finding a residence which could prove life threatening.
Penobscot County Triad is partnering with towns in Penobscot County in hopes of having as many houses numbered as possible. But this project is a bit more than just putting any old numbers on a house. There are other variables to consider.
First of all, if your house sits back from the road and its numbers are small, dark and on the front door, they still cannot be seen from the street.
So what’s a homeowner to do? Penobscot County Triad has the answer.
The inmates at Penobscot County jail are making the 6 inch by 8 inch house number signs of highly reflective materials which meet the 911 standards. The signs have a strong aluminum backing and can be placed on the house itself or on a steel stake which will be positioned at the end of the driveway. Being reflective, these signs are very visible at night.
There is nothing more disheartening than to be in trouble, to hear the sirens approaching knowing help is on the way, and then to hear them fade as the emergency crew drives by the house.
The signs can only be purchased through the towns and cost $12 for the deluxe package, which includes two single-sided signs, -one to face each way, a post and an attachment bolt. Or you can purchase one single-sided sign to face the street, with a post and bolt for $9. The third option is just the single-sided sign for $6, which can be bolted directly to the house.
If someone wants a sign but his or her town is not enrolled in the project, the sheriff’s department should be notified. They, in turn, will contact the town on behalf of the resident.
The National Association of Triads