As we are facing a hurricane emergency, here is some good information for you to consider now:
The Red Cross Advises:
The Importance of a Personal Support Network
The American Red Cross recommends that senior citizens create a personal support network made up of several individuals who will check in on you in an emergency, to ensure your wellness and to give assistance if needed. This network can consist of friends, roommates, family members, relatives, personal attendants, co-workers and neighbors. Ideally, a minimum of three people can be identified at each location where you regularly spend time, for example at work, home, school or volunteer site.
There are seven important items to discuss and implement with a personal support network:
1 Make arrangements, prior to an emergency, for your support network to immediately check on you after a disaster and, if needed, offer assistance.
2 Exchange important keys.
3 Show them where you keep emergency supplies.
4 Share copies of your relevant emergency documents, evacuation plans and emergency health information card.
5 Agree on and practice methods for contacting each other in an emergency. Do not count on the telephones working.
6 You and your personal support network should always notify each other when you are going out of town and when you will return.
7 The relationship should be mutual. You have a lot to contribute! Learn about each other’s needs and how to help each other in an emergency.
More good info
- Know what disasters could affect your area, which could call for an evacuation and when to shelter in place.
- Keep a NOAA Weather Radio tuned to your local emergency station and monitor TV, radio, and follow mobile alert and mobile warnings about severe weather in your area.
- Download the FEMA app, receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five different locations anywhere in the United States.
Make a Plan
Next, determine any special assistance you may need, and include in your emergency plan.
- Create a support network of family, friends and others who can assist you during an emergency, and share your disaster plans with them. Practice your plan with them.
– Make sure they have an extra key to your home, know where you keep your emergency supplies and how to use lifesaving equipment or administer medicine.
- If you undergo routine treatments administered by a clinic or hospital, find out their emergency plans and work with them to identify back-up service providers.
- If you have a communication-related disability, note the best way to communicate with you.
- Don’t forget your pets or service animals. Not all shelters accept pets, so plan for alternatives.
– Consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area
– Prepare an emergency kit for your pet
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