Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness
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It’s important that you and your family know what to do before, during, and after an emergency. You should also understand the ways you can get information about potential threats, such as text alerts, emergency sirens in your community, or other methods. Being prepared now may save you steps later.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are emergency messages sent by authorized government alerting authorities through your mobile carrier. Government partners include local and state public safety agencies, FEMA, the FCC, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Weather Service. This service is available on most phones. Please consult your cell phone service provider for more information or visit http://www.ctia.org/wea.

An emergency supply kit is a collection of basic items that you might need during an emergency. Discuss the kit with your family so they are aware of the content and location.

EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT ITEMS MAY INCLUDE:

  • Water-one gallon per person, per day
  • Food-nonperishable, easy-to-prepare items
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered or hand crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • 7 day Medication Supply and other medical supplies. Have medical paperwork with doctor information and emergency contact information
  • Multipurpose tool (Swiss army knife)
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items (toilet paper, wet wipes)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Manual can opener
  • Supply of food and water for pets including current tag and license.
  • Bug repellent
  • Plastic tarp

HURRICANES:

Hurricanes are tropical storms with winds in the range of 74-160 mile per hour. The dangers of a hurricane include wind, heavy rain and storm surges. A hurricane can potentially last up to two weeks.

It is important to your elevation level and determine if you are in an evacuation zone. You may be a flood prone area which may impose a threat for potential storm surges. Know your communities evacuation routes so you get to higher ground quickly and safely.

HOME PREPARATION:

  • Keep trees and shrubs well-trimmed to make them more resistant. Palm trees should be pruned so loose palms do not carry through high wind occurrences.
  • Repair any loose gutters and clear any clogged downspouts.
  • Bring all outdoor furniture and items indoors that are not secured down.Wind can carry these items being a potential threat to your home.
  • Remember winds are stronger at higher elevations so remain on the ground floor.
  • Know where your gas, water and electrical shut off locations are and knowhow to shut them off.
  • Identify an emergency contact that may be out of town to communicate with your loved ones on your status.
  • Teach your family members how to text. Outgoing phone calls may not go through but there is higher chance texts will.

AVAILABLE RESOURCES:

American Red Cross

FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Association

NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Hurricane Center

10 Tips to Help Seniors Move

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If you help your parents or another senior pack and move, always remember these tips:

  • 1. Plan ahead. Seniors need time to get used to the change. Give time to adjust to the idea of moving. Don’t try to push or move them too fast, as this could end up putting more stress on everyone involved.
  • 2. Take pictures. It is likely that the senior that you are helping move has been in their home or dwelling for a long time. There are lots of memories locked in the walls that they are leaving. To help them remember and feel better about leaving the home, take pictures that they can keep forever.
  • 3. Plan a layout for the new residence. Most seniors do not like change, and it might be difficult for them to come to terms with a whole new layout of their home. To help ease this stress, obtain a map or layout of their new home and allow them to plan out where everything is going to be placed.
  • 4. Hire movers. Getting the right help is important when your parents or other senior who is close to you is moving. Chances are there are more things to move and take care of than you might realize, and having the help of professional moving companies can really be a lifesaver. Senior moving specialists are available to help with all aspects of a move.
  • 5. Give them tasks. It is vital that you get the senior involved with the move as much as they are able to be. If you can, take them to the new home and allow them to get acquainted with the area where they are going to be living.
  • 6. Where to start. It is best to find a room or area that is not something with great sentimental value. Bathrooms are great areas to start, and they can generally be packed and ready for the move within a couple of hours.
  • 7. Give them space. It is important that you give a senior some space and time when they move. You want them to be stress free, and if they find pictures or other items that evoke emotions, then you should allow them the time that they need to deal with these items. Be sure to listen to their stories, as they might have some insight that you will not find anywhere else.
  • 8. Pack a box the night before. In a special box, pack the items that the senior will be in continuous need of during the move so they are easy to find. This includes medications, toiletries, medical devices, etc.
  • 9. Get a good night’s sleep. The senior really needs to get a good night’s sleep before moving the next day. If well rested, the senior is better able to deal with the emotions of the move.
  • 10. Eat, hydrate, and medicate. On moving day, don’t let the senior forget to eat, drink water, and stay on schedule with their medications.

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