Disaster Preparedness for Seniors

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

With more storms in the Atlantic, it doesn't hurt to keep preparing. In fact, local senior care experts are giving advice to families with aging loved ones. Home Instead Senior Care says there are ten ways seniors can prepare for disaster.

Tune In - Stay on top of what's going on in your area through your local radio or television. Know where to go in an emergency.

Take Stock - Decide what your senior can and can't do in the event of a natural disaster. Make a list of everything that would be needed in an emergency.

To go or to stay? - Decide if conditions warrant staying at home or evacuating.

Pack extras and copies - Have at least a one month supply of medication on hand at all times. Keep copies of all prescriptions, car title registration, insurance documents, account numbers, and other important documents in a safe place.

Your contact list - Put together a list of people on a senior's support network, as well as doctors and other important health care providers.

Professional help - Call a professional provider if you or your loved one needs extra help.

Make a plan - Have a family plan of action for the storm and include key people such as neighbors, friends, relatives, and professional care givers.

More than one way out - Develop at least two escape routes out of your home.

Meet up - Designate a meeting area for the family to meet in case members are separated. Also, develop a back up meeting area.

Get up and "Go kit" - Have a quick and easy pack with three days of non-perishable food and water. Have the kit accessible. Refresh the supplies at least twice a year and do not forget toiletries.

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