We have been experiencing more and more unpredictable and dangerous weather patterns across the United States over the past few years. In an area that is prone to natural disasters, it is important to have a plan to help move your senior loved one to safety at any given time during a weather emergency.
For seniors living in a hurricane-prone area…
There is a little bit of time to be able to come up with a plan with your seniors and help them decide if they will evacuate or stay in their homes.
- They will need transportation plans that will help them get to safety if they are evacuating.
- If your senior is going to brave the storm in their home, be sure that they are stocked up on essential supplies, like their medications and vitamins, bottled water, batteries and flashlights, non-perishable food items, and any pet food if necessary.
For seniors living in a wildfire-prone area…
Wildfires move quickly, so there is often no time to come up with a plan. Instead, have a plan ready to implement at all times.
- Follow their community’s plan for evacuations.
- Map out several alternative routes from their home to the safe evacuation destination.
- Prepare a bag that is ready to go at any time and fill it with supplies such as N95 respirator masks, non-perishable food items, water, vitamins and medications, and any documents needed from the home.
- If your senior has a pet, they need to be included in the plan as well.
For seniors living in a tornado-prone area…
Your senior will need a plan to get to safety at a moment’s notice. Tornadoes come and go quickly, so a plan is critical.
- The most important part of the plan is for them to know if they are to stay in their home or seek shelter nearby instead.
- If they will stay in their home, then make sure they know which room is the safety room. This should be a basement, storm cellar, or a windowless interior room.
- Teach them how to identify a tornado by sight and sound, in case they miss the tornado warnings.
For further advice on how to get your senior loved one to safety during an emergency, Caring Friends is here for you. Call our experts today and schedule your consultation!