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 older adults, EPH provides senior-centered emergency education and resources to help them get prepared, and stay prepared.
Response from our residents has been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic. Many have expressed appreciation for the attention to their safety, the go-bag supplies and comprehensive emergency information, and the opportunity to connect with their local first responders. We are grateful to Emergency Prep Help for providing this valuable service to help our residents stay safe.
Sharon Patchin, Director of Resident Services, PEP Housing
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Indigo, Lyn, and Lynn met years ago while working at COTS, a leading homeless services provider in the North Bay. 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.
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Damon Hill is currently the Director of the Larkspur Library and supports City preparedness. Previously, he worked for the County of Marin in various capacities for the Library for 23 years. As a County employee he supported the Emergency Service efforts related to preparation, communications, planning and support services during floods, fire and Covid.
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.