Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Seniors

Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Seniors

Each hurricane season there are approximately six hurricanes. These severe storms can result in extensive damage and put your aging parent at serious risk. Because this and other forms of severe weather can occur very quickly and sometimes with little warning as to their severity, it is extremely important that your elderly loved one is as prepared as possible to handle this situation and get through it in the best way they can.

If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to construct a solid hurricane preparedness plan.

Before the Storm

  • Build an emergency kit that will help you survive on your own for at least 72 hours (food, water, medications, and supplies)
  • Check emergency equipment (flashlights, generators, battery-powered equipment, cell phones, etc)
  • Determine safe evacuation routes inland
  • Locate nearby shelters
  • Stock up on canned goods and water (recommended: One gallon per person per day)
  • Have plywood and other materials to protect your home
  • Trim trees and nearby shrubbery
  • Review insurance policies
  • If you have pets, take special precautions
  • If you have boats, plan ahead for proper storage, maintenance, etc.

There are many steps people should take to prepare for severe weather, from putting together a supply kit to mapping out evacuation routes. For elderly adults, however, it is important to take additional steps in order to ensure their special needs are handled effectively during a severe weather situation.

3 Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Seniors

While each individual may have unique needs, here are a few basic tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this season.

1. Label Special Equipment

If your parent needs to have special equipment or mobility aids with them should they evacuate, make sure everything is labeled with their name, address, and phone number, as well as your phone number.

This will ensure if their equipment goes missing, it can be returned to them more easily.

2. Store Supplies in an Easily Movable Container

Having a supply kit is one of the most important things your parent can do to prepare them for severe weather.

These supplies should be stored in an easily accessible location so your parent can get to them as quickly as possible in the event of a storm.

Keep these in an easily movable container or two, such as backpacks, duffel bags, or a box with wheels, so your parent can bring them into their main living area or take them with them during an evacuation.

3. Plan for Evacuation Assistance

If your elderly adult is unable to evacuate their home on their own, reach out to local emergency authorities. They can tell you who to contact for assistance in the event of an evacuation order. This can include coming to your parent’s home and help to remove them from their home.

Also look for a shelter that is properly equipped to handle your parent’s needs, such as wheelchair accessibility or access to medical care.

If you plan to evacuate to a shelter, here’s what to bring:

  • First aid kit
  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Baby food/diapers
  • Games, books, entertainment
  • Toiletries
  • Battery-operated radio, cell phones, power source
  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Identification
  • Copies of key paperwork (social security, bank statement, insurance policy, etc.)
  • Cash/credit cards

You can never be too cautious when dealing with natural disasters and it is never too early to begin preparation. As described by LSU AgCenter, much of the damage and loss of life associated with hurricanes can be prevented or reduced by planning, preparation or evacuation.

Here are a few links for additional hurricane safety information:

FEMA: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
NOAA: https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness

Contact Sonas for Caregiver Services

Lastly, please remember neither you nor your loved one has to be alone during a storm. Sonas Home Health Care can arrange a safe, qualified, and experienced caregiver to provide assistance before or during a storm.

When it comes to their safety, knowing your elderly loved one has a care provider with them can give you tremendous peace of mind. From fall risk to security, having the dedicated care of this care provider can help your parent to avoid potential dangers and engage in a more active, fulfilling lifestyle as they age in place.

Don’t wait until it is too late! Whether you decide to stay in your home or relocate to a shelter, do not go alone. Let Sonas Home Health Care assist you every step of the way.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Florida, contact the caring staff at Sonas Home Health Care. Call today (888) 592-5855.

Sources
http://flash.org/peril_inside.php?id=84
https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/hazards.php
https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Disaster_Preparedness_for_Srs-English.revised_7-09.pdf

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