Storm Preparedness for Seniors
An approaching storm can cause stress for even the most calm individuals as they begin to prepare for the storm. Storms can create special challenges for senior citizens who may have limited/no mobility or for those who require life supporting equipment such as oxygen concentrates, kidney dialysis machines or ventilators.
If you or a loved one requires life supporting equipment it is important to inform your utility company and local emergency manager with a list of all equipment used, and obtain an alternate power source for this equipment so that in the event of a power outage, you can continue to use the equipment.
The next step is to collect emergency supplies. When creating your emergency supply kit it is important that it is not too heavy/too bulk to carry.
Talk to your (or your loved ones) doctor or pharmacist about preparing for an emergency.
Consider other personal needs such as hearing aids, replacement batteries, mobility devices such as wheelchairs or walkers, and oxygen tanks/portable concentrates.
Individuals requiring special help or transportation during an evacuation should register with local government officials who can offer advice about what to do during an evacuation.
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