If you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters, no one is immune to their effects. This is especially true for senior citizens in-home care who are at greater risk during a hurricane, wildfire, and tornado emergencies. If you have a senior loved one in a natural disaster territory, be prepared, and have a plan to move them to safety. Read our tips below and keep your senior safe during severe weather.
Preparing for Hurricanes
Seniors who live in areas where hurricanes are frequent should begin preparing for safety as soon as a hurricane is spotted. You can help your senior be prepared by getting them stocked up on essentials like bottled water, non-perishable foods, medication and vitamins they need, and flashlights and batteries. If they need to evacuate their home, help them arrange transportation to move them quickly and safely.
Preparing for Wildfires
Wildfires can be much more unpredictable and move very fast, so it is important to have a plan ready to act on at the drop of a hat. It is best to know what your senior’s community has planned for evacuations, and you will want to know various route options to get your senior to safety. Plan a to-go bag that is filled with necessary supplies including medication and vitamins, food and water, N95 respirator masks, and any essential documents. If your senior has a pet, be sure to include them in the plan!
Preparing for Tornadoes
When a storm is moving in and a tornado warning has been issued, your senior loved one needs to know how to act fast! Come up with a plan that helps them decide if they should stay in their home to seek shelter in a basement or windowless room, or if they should leave and seek a nearby shelter instead. If they miss a tornado warning, make sure they know how to identify a tornado by sight and sound.
For more guidance on keeping your senior safe during severe weather, please reach out to our caregivers at Home Care Assistance of Dayton. Call us today to schedule your consultation.