Build a Kit
Ideally, you’ll want to build a kit with at least three days of essentials and first-aid supplies for your loved one. It should also have a list of current medications. This kit should be placed in a tote that you, your loved one, or caregivers can grab and go with if evacuated.
Mail service may be disrupted — if not fully stopped — during a natural disaster. Make sure your loved one’s social security, pension, or annuity checks are being direct deposited. However, keep some cash and coins with the emergency to-go kit in case card readers are offline.
As a family, figure out how you’ll communicate during an emergency. Do you live close enough to drive to your loved one’s home? What caregiver or neighbor can help check in on your loved one if you can’t? Leave an extra key with this trusted person — just in case.
Despite your best efforts, you may not be able to reach your loved one during an emergency. Jammed area phone lines may make communication difficult. Prepare for this possibility by:
- Choosing a primary out-of-town contact (and a secondary if the primary is unreachable) that you can both call and leave updates with.
- Getting a NOAA weather radio so your senior can stay up-to-date on natural disasters or hear important announcements.
- Writing down emergency telephone numbers as well as primary emergency contacts so they’re easy to find.
Make Health Information Available
Display a health information card or sheet prominently in the home in case a first responder needs to enter the home to provide aid to your elderly parent. The refrigerator door is a good location. Our past article provides the specifics you should consider including.
To keep your senior prepared for emergency, check out more resources at Ready.gov.
If your senior loved one needs in-home assistance, A Peaceful Way Home Care can help them so they can stay in their home independently. We’ll work with you to proactively prepare for your loved one’s unique needs in case of emergency situations.