Tips to Prepare Seniors for Hurricane Season

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

For the most part seniors are independent but it's not a bad idea to lend a hand when it comes to making sure they're prepared for hurricane season.

"The important thing is to have a plan ahead of time," said Jessica Franklin with SARCOA.

Here's a check list...

The first thing you can do is TUNE IN.
Pay attention to weather alerts in their area and make sure they're aware of what's going on.

"A lot of seniors live alone so unless they're sitting there watching TV and see it on the news they may not be up to date that there's going to be inclement weather," said Franklin.

Next, decide if they should STAY OR GO.
Help them evaluate evacuation and escape routes.

"If they're in a wheel chair and you have to get them out of the house, said Franklin, and with weather you have to plan to do that ahead of time."

Also make sure they have a GET UP & GO KIT.
Make an easy-to-carry backpack including three days of non-perishable food and water.

"If you have a manual can opener make sure it's one that the senior can actually turn and it's not too difficult to use."

If you don't live close to them, you still have options, you can find a local senior care agency to look out for them during the hurricane season.

"Not only have a plan for your own family but also have a plan on how to take care of them in an emergency situation."

Also don't forget to have medicine, prescriptions and important documents in one location ready to go.

Officials say you can also compile a list of important contacts, including the senior's support network, doctors and other important health-care professionals.


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