Disaster Preparation for Seniors
3 Steps Every Senior Should Take
In late August of 2005, the nation watched in disbelief as Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. It soon became the costliest hurricane of all time. Within a few days, the federal disaster declaration covered 90,000 square miles, an area almost as large as the United Kingdom.
Events such as Hurricane Katrina serve as a great reminder that everyone needs a disaster plan. This is especially essential for seniors, to ensure their safety.
Here are three planning steps every senior should take today.
1. Make an emergency-supply kit.
Many people overlook this vital step until it’s too late. Your kit should at least include 3 gallons of drinking water per person and a three-day supply of nonperishable food. It should also have a radio and flashlight with extra batteries, first-aid kit and whistle to signal for help.
2. Form a support network.
This is a critical step in disaster planning for seniors, says the American Red Cross. Make arrangements to check in with your network after a disaster. (Don’t count on using a phone because lines and towers may be damaged.) Also, exchange copies of important keys with your support group in case they’re lost during the disaster.
3. Gather emergency documents.
When natural disasters or other emergencies happen, you may not have enough time to gather important documents. So store them with your emergency-supply kit. Include insurance or Medicare cards, along with the following lists:
- Medications you take.
- The styles and serial numbers of medical equipment you need.
- Contact information for your support network.
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