Posts Tagged ‘emergency kit’

It’s Hurricane Season: Are You Ready?

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It’s that time of year again—the 2017 hurricane season officially kicked off on June 1st and there have already been several tropical disturbances to date. It’s always a good idea to review your emergency plan with your family and make sure you have a disaster supply kit with up-to-date non-perishables and other necessities on hand.

An emergency plan lets you and your loved ones know where to go and how to communicate during an emergency. Build in alternative forms of communication in case of cell service disruption and power outages. For more information on developing an emergency plan, visit Ready.gov.

What should your disaster supply kit include? Pack enough water and non-perishable food for 3 days per person, flashlights & batteries, and a first aid kit. For a complete list of other emergency kit essentials, visit Ready.gov.

It’s a good idea to review your evacuation routes. If you are local, you likely experienced Hurricane Matthew last October and the experience may be relatively fresh on your mind. Consider what worked (and what didn’t work) during and after the storm and adjust your plans and preparation accordingly.

For more information on hurricane and emergency preparedness, visit Ready.gov.

Preparing for (Natural) Disaster

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With record rainfall bringing devastating flooding to Louisiana, and the memory of South Carolina’s similar flood event still fresh in our memories, the ability of natural disasters to wreak havoc is without question. Taking the time to prepare for the worst could help save your life or property.

Ready.gov has a helpful flood guide with safety tips and recommendations for preparing for natural disasters, including flooding. Most people don’t realize how powerful shallow water can be. According to Ready.gov, 6 inches of rushing water is enough to knock a person over, while a mere 2 feet can sweep a car away! Be safe rather than sorry when it comes to flooding and don’t assume you can walk or drive through any amount of moving water. Knowing your evacuation routes and planning ahead how to contact or meet up with loved ones can help keep everyone safe.

Since it’s also hurricane season, make sure your emergency preparedness kit is fully stocked. Sufficient drinking water, non-perishable food items, flashlights and batteries, cell phone chargers, and a first aid kit are just some of the basic necessities you should have on hand. Offer to prepare a kit for your elderly neighbor or aging parents, or just keep extra supplies on hand.

While we can’t control what Mother Nature brings our way, preparation and knowledge can help everyone stay safe during natural disasters. Visit Ready.gov for more preparedness tips!

Emergency Planning with the Elderly In Mind

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With the busiest stretch of hurricane season ahead of us, it’s time to re-check your emergency kits and review your evacuation plans. If you are an older American or caring for an elderly loved one, your emergency preparedness plan should take additional things into consideration to keep everyone safe.

There are a number of situations and needs to consider when planning for an emergency with a senior in mind. Does your loved one suffer from a chronic disease that places limitations on their mobility or mental state? Physical or cognitive restrictions can make logistics challenging during an emergency. In addition, a stressful situation such as a hurricane or evacuation can exacerbate already existing anxiety in the elderly. Many older Americans take multiple medications to manage a myriad of chronic diseases, and getting prescriptions filled and a maintaining a medication schedule during an emergency situation can be tricky. The elderly also need a helping hand to prepare their yards and home for a hurricane. They may not be able to handle the physical labor required to secure lawn and porch furniture, cover windows and load personal belongings into a car or have the means to track down insurance and other critical paperwork. It is also important that someone is in contact with the elderly on a regular basis during and after a natural disaster. Roads and bridges may be damaged and power may be out, so plan ahead to have a neighbor check in on your loved one until you can reach them.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has multiple resources to help with planning for an elderly loved one during emergencies. Visit their website for more information.