Guide To Help Senior Citizens During #Florence

posted by iHeartMedia - 


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 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. 


Content Goes Here