Hurricane Season Prompts Reminder About Disaster Safety Prep for Seniors

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 12:35 PM.

The prediction of an active or extremely active hurricane season has prompted senior care experts to encourage families to prepare their senior loved ones for severe weather emergencies and the possibility of evacuation.

“We know that a disaster can be deadly for some seniors because of physical and other limitations,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc.  “It’s important for families to talk with their senior loved ones and begin preparing in advance for any kind of emergency that could threaten their health or safety.”

Huber recommends using the following checklist as you help your older adult get ready for potential weather emergencies.

Home Instead Senior Care's Disaster Prep Checklist For Seniors:

•       Tune 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.

•       Take 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.

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