Inclement Weather Tips for the Elderly11/28/2016

Inclement Weather Tips for the Elderly

With the likelihood of severe rain and the possibility of isolated tornadoes this week, the elderly and disabled can be particularly vulnerable to the inclement weather and its effects. It is important for both senior citizens and their caregivers to keep an eye on the weather and prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.

Here are some tips to ensure your safety this week:

  • Complete an individual assessment of daily needs (special medical equipment, particular foods and liquids to meet dietary restrictions, step-by-step instructions for other caregivers, communications equipment such as adaptive hearing and sight devices, minimum two-week supply of medicine or prescriptions, mobility aids, service animals and related feeding).
  • Make medical arrangements. Create an emergency plan with with your regular service providers.
  • Keep abreast of community disaster plans by checking here regularly.
  • Reach out to family, friends or caregivers and explain to them any concerns you may have. Work as a team to prepare.
  • Keep emergency numbers, and your phone, nearby.
  • Contact your utility company about emergency procedures and make sure you know how and when to turn off water, gas and electrical switches or valves. Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order. 

Basic needs and supplies:

  • Water - one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation and 2-week supply for home) 
  • Food - it is a good idea to include foods that do not need cooking (canned, dried, etc.) (3-day supply for evacuation and 2-week supply for home) 
  • Flashlight with extra batteries and bulbs (do not use candles) 
  • Battery-operated or hand-crank radio q First aid kit and manual q Medications (7-day supply) and medical items 
  • Multi-purpose tool (several tools that fold up into a pocketsized unit) 
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items (toilet paper, plastic garbage bags) q
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies) 
  • Cell phone with an extra battery and charger(s) 
  • Family and friends' emergency contact information 
  • Cash and coins (ATMs may not be accessible) 
  • Emergency blanket 
  • Map(s) of the local area 
  • Whistle (to attract the attention of emergency personnel) 
  • One change of clothing 
  • Manual can opener 
  • Pet supplies (including food and vaccination records) 
  • Extra set of keys (car, house, etc.) 
  • Pack of cards to provide entertainment and pass the time

More exhaustive information can be found here.

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