Today is Patriot Day, a day to remember those who lost their lives on
September 11, eleven years ago. We remember in a special way the
firefighters and rescue personnel who lost their lives fighting to save
hundreds on that fateful day.
As we pause to reflect on this day,
it is a good reminder for all of us that we need to be prepared for a
disaster. If you care for an aging parent or relative, we have some tips
to help you prepare your senior for a dangerous situation:
Home Instead Senior Care's Disaster Prep Checklist For Seniors:
in. Contact the local emergency management office to learn about the
most likely natural disasters to strike your area. Stay abreast of
what’s going on through your local radio or television.
stock. Decide what your senior can or can’t do in the event of a
natural disaster. Make a list of what would be needed if a disaster
occurred. For example, if your loved one is wheelchair-bound, determine
an evacuation strategy ahead of time. Prepare for whatever disaster
could hit the area.
____ To go or to stay? When deciding to
evacuate, older adults should go sooner rather than later. By waiting
too long, they may be unable to leave if they require assistance.
Make a plan. Schedule a family meeting to develop a plan of action.
Include in your plan key people – such as neighbors, friends, relatives
and professional caregivers – who could help.
____More than one
way out. Seniors should develop at least two escape routes: one to
evacuate their home and one to evacuate their community. The local
emergency management office can tell you escape routes out of the
____Meet up. Designate a place to meet relatives or
key support network people outside the house, as well as a second
location outside the neighborhood, such as a school or church. Practice
the plan twice a year.
____Get up and “Go Kit.” Have an
easy-to-carry backpack including three days non-perishable food and
water with an additional four days of food and water readily accessible
at home. Have at least one gallon of bottled water per person per day.
Refresh and replace your supplies at least twice a year. And don’t
forget the blanket and paper products such as toilet paper.
extras and copies. Have at least a one-month supply of medication on
hand at all times. Make ready other important documents in a waterproof
protector including copies of prescriptions, car title registration and
driver’s license, insurance documents and bank account numbers, and
Contact our office for more information on you can help keep your senior loved one safe.
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