Preparedness for Seniors

Plan For What You Would Do During An Emergency:

The reality of a disaster situation is you will likely not have access to everyday conveniences. To plan in advance, think through the details of your day. If there are people who assist you regularly, list who they are, and how you will contact them in an emergency.

Think about what modes of transportation you use and what alternative modes could be available. If you require handicap accessible transportation, be sure your alternatives are also accessible.

For every aspect of your daily routine, plan an alternative procedure. Make a plan and write it down. Keep a copy of your plan in your emergency supply kit and a list of important information and contacts in your wallet. Share your plan with your family, friends, care providers and others in your personal support network.

Medication and Medical Supply Needs:

Include medications and medical supplies in your emergency preparedness kit. If you take medicine or use a medical treatment on a daily basis, be sure you have a large enough supply of the necessary items for at least a week.

You should also keep a copy of your prescriptions as well as dosage or treatment information. If it is not possible to have a week-long supply of medicines and supplies, keep as much as possible on hand and talk to your pharmacist or doctor about what else you can do to prepare.

If you undergo routine treatments administered by a clinic or hospital, or if you receive regular services such as home health care, treatment or transportation, talk to your service provider about their emergency plans. Work with them to identify back-up service providers with your area and the areas in which you might evacuate. If you use medical equipment in your home that requires electricity to operate, consider a battery back-up or home generator.

Additional Items:

In addition, there may be other things specific to your personal needs that you should also have on hand. If you use eyeglasses, hearing aids and hearing aid batteries, wheelchair batteries, and oxygen, be sure you always have extra supplies in your home. Do not forget to have copies of your medical insurance, Medicare and Medicaid cards readily available.

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