Emergency Preparedness for Seniors
Everyone needs to think about emergency preparedness. As disasters rarely have advance warnings, your survival can depend on being prepared. While preparedness is important for everyone, there are special concerns for senior citizens.
Seniors And Safety
One concern is your safety. There are a number of steps you can take to be safe during a disaster.
Have emergency information with you at all times. This includes a list of the medications you take, your medical conditions, and people to contact in an emergency. Do not forget to include your doctor on your emergency contact list.
There are supplies that can help you stay safe. A small tool kit for your vehicle and one for your home, flashlights, a radio with batteries, and lights that run on batteries are some examples. Keep your cell phone charged at all times, too.
Elderly Persons And Health
If you become trapped in your house or car, you will need food and plenty of fresh water. Consider purchasing MRE foods for their safety and convenience. If you store other foods, they should be in sealed containers, have a long shelf life, and be foods you can eat without cooking. Store gallons of water in unbreakable containers.
You will need a First Aid kit. Purchase a supply of over the counter medications that you use regularly. You also need easy access to your prescription medications.
Your health during an emergency also requires a sanitary environment. Have antiseptic and antibacterial products for yourself and for your home. Some examples are bleach and hand wipes.
An emergency survival kit should include personal hygiene products. Tissue, toilet paper, products to clean your dentures or teeth, soap, and deodorant should be on your list.
Seniors And Comfort
In both your house and car, have a set of extra blankets. Have a large waterproof rain poncho or raincoat.
Consider some items for entertainment. Magazines, books, booklets of crossword puzzles, and battery-operated games are some examples.
Your Pet’s Survival
Your cat or dog will need food, pet treats, collars and leashes, his pet license, and his vaccination records. Make sure your water supply includes water for your pet.
Documents For Seniors
Have an extra set of documents in a waterproof container. Make copies of every document you currently own, from your birth certificate to your social security card. If one set of documents is lost, damaged, or destroyed, the extra set will come in handy.
Help For Senior Citizens
Have a support network that knows about your plans in advance. In addition to neighbors, your doctors, and your family, locate the nearest shelter and add their number to your emergency contact list. They may be able to arrange for transportation if you need to leave your house. Your local Red Cross can provide this information.
Disaster Survival At Home
You may be faced with an emergency situation that is not serious enough to force you to leave your house, or a disaster may occur so suddenly that you are trapped in your home. You need to know your home is as safe and secure as possible.
Start by choosing a place to stay during an emergency. The best option is your basement, though in most of Florida that’s not an option. Choose a room with the fewest windows. Keep it clean, neat, and stocked with emergency supplies.
Keep your doors and windows locked whether you are at home or away. Do not forget doors and windows that lead to an attached garage or the basement. You will not need to worry about intruders during an emergency situation.
Although you are elderly, you can get through a disaster. However, you should never be afraid to reach out for help. Even if they are not nearby when a disaster strikes, there are people in your life who will assist you.