HURRICANE FLORENCE: CHECK ON ELDERLY RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS NOW
Despite uncertainty about Hurricane Florence’s exact impact on the Shenandoah Valley, it is imperative to assist older adults with disaster preparedness.
Contact older relatives and neighbors to address the following:
- Create a support team of helpers in case of emergency.
- Create an emergency kit. (See ready.gov/build-a-kit for items)
- Discuss location of and access to this kit.
- Talk through how to communicate with first responders about sheltering logistics should evacuation be necessary: family, caregivers, pets, and any assistive devices or equipment.
- Keep model information and know the source of medical equipment in case it becomes lost or damaged.
- If medical equipment is used that requires electricity, contact health care provider to discuss what to do in the event of a power loss.
- If the older adult has a chronic health condition (e.g. diabetes), locate multiple facilities that can provide treatment and learn how to address the condition in the event of an emergency.
- Wear medical tags or bracelets.
- If there is a communication disability, provide instructions with best way to communicate with the older adult.
- Develop a communication plan if there is a medical equipment failure. Create laminated cards with pictures or phrases if necessary.
- If the individual has a disability, contact city or county government emergency management office to inform them to ensure quicker response in case of an emergency.
- Contact health care providers about routine treatments and establish back-up plans.
- Make sure caregivers have a key to the home.
- Plan for alternatives in case shelters do not accept pets.