As storm season approaches, the safety of our senior loved ones is a high priority. Have you considered the importance of the actions we take now to prepare for evacuating in the time of COVID-19? Let us review our hurricane preparedness checklist to help you anticipate an evacuation or emergency that might arise in the wake of a catastrophic storm.
1. Appoint a Check-In Person. With power outages likely and access to essential services potentially cut off, it can be critical to have an able-bodied person checking in periodically to ensure you or your loved one has everything they need. Preferably, it should be someone who lives nearby and can provide support if evacuation orders are issued. Your check-in person should have a list of important numbers, including close relatives and doctors, to relay information if needed.
2. Prepare an Emergency Kit. Your hurricane kit should be assembled and placed into a sealable, water-tight tub to keep items dry and safe. Keep your kit close at hand, up off the floor, and easily accessible so you can just grab and go. Here is a list of items you should include in your storm emergency kit:
- Flashlight and plenty of batteries
- Battery or crank-operated radio
- Face masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizer
- List of emergency contact numbers
- A couple of changes of clothes, socks, and shoes
- Fully stocked first aid kit
- At least three days’ worth of medication and pharmacy contact info
- Extra emergency medications like inhalers if needed
- Cell phone charger
- An additional mobile phone, in case the primary phone is damaged by water
- Hearing aid batteries, if needed
- Extra pair of glasses, if needed
- A little bit of cash
- Important documents, such as identification and medical alert info
- Medical devices, such as diabetic or CPAP supplies, as needed
- Protein bars, almonds, or other high-nutrient snacks
3. Stock up on non-perishable foods. Fill a cupboard with canned goods and other non-perishable food items. Be sure you have a manual can opener too. Lay in a supply of bottled water. A good rule of thumb is one gallon per person or pet for every three days. If you have a pet, purchase extra food and other essential supplies for them as well.
Being prepared in an emergency will help you and your loved ones weather the storm without undue worry. If you have concerns about a vulnerable senior in your life, reach out to them to find out how you can help them stay safe during hurricane season. For more information on how you can prepare for hurricane season, and related legal matters, please feel free to give our office a call.