Peak hurricane season is just around the corner. From August to October, the majority of these storms hit the Atlantic Coast. It’s always best to prepare for these events ahead of time to minimize the amount you have to think about it should an emergency situation occur. Seniors can do a few things to get ready. Consider our four hurricane preparedness tips.
1. Pack a Safety Kit
Put together a medical supply and first aid kit with about two weeks’ worth of prescription medications and medical supplies. Insurance companies make exceptions to prescriptions to allow you to keep this kind of supply. Consider adding other essentials to this kit such as a flashlight, hand sanitizer, and over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin.
2. Maintain a Food and Water Supply
Just like your safety kit supplies, be sure that you have enough water and food stored away for two weeks. Allow for about one gallon of water per day, per person, in the household. Keep in mind that you or your loved one should check the expiration dates and replace them regularly. Stock up on a supply of non-perishable food, as well. Not sure what to pack away? Try investing in this list:
- Peanut butter
- Nuts and trail mix
- Power bars and granola bars
- Canned meat like tuna, salmon, chicken, & turkey
- Canned vegetables like beans, carrots, & peas
- Canned soups and chili
- Sports drinks
- Powdered milk
3. Identify Safe Areas and Rooms
In case a sudden evacuation happens, identify safe rooms in your home or nearby areas that are in walking distance. When it comes to natural disasters, there is no such thing as over-planning. Map out the best escape route for these situations. If you live with others, be sure everyone is up to date on the emergency plan.
4. Create a Support Network
Decide on at least three people who you can check in with or get assistance from in case of an emergency. Make sure the people you choose are familiar with evacuation plans, locations of your emergency supplies, and local shelters. Create a list of these people with the best way to get a hold of them. Be sure to have them posted somewhere that is visible and easy to reach.
The No. 1 thing to keep in mind is to make your emergency supplies as simple to access as possible, so you can be ready quicker if a hurricane strikes. For more ideas and tips for seniors, check out the Senior Living Management blog.