Seniors

Seniors

Consider the following recommendations to ensure you plan best meets your needs:

  • Create an emergency support network: You don't want to go through an emergency alone. Ask at least two people to be in your network — family members, friends, neighbors, caregivers, coworkers, or members of community groups. Remember, you will help each other in emergencies. Your emergency support network should:
    • Stay in contact during an emergency.
    • Check on you immediately after an emergency.
    • Keep spare sets of your keys.
    • Know where your emergency supply kit is kept.
    • Have copies of important documents, such as information about medication and dosage, equipment, and other needs.
    • Learn about your personal needs and how to help you in an emergency.
  • If you receive home-based care (e.g., home care attendant, home health aide, visiting nurse service), include caregivers in developing your plan and familiarize yourself with your homecare agency's emergency plan.
  • If you have a pet or service animal, also plan for his or her needs (i.e., temporary relocation, transportation, etc.).
  • If you rely on home-delivered meals, always stock nonperishable food at home in case meal deliveries are suspended during an emergency.
  • Have a plan with your doctor to get emergency prescription refills.
  • If you receive dialysis or other medical treatments, find out your provider's emergency plan, including where your back-up site is located.
  • If you rely on medical equipment that requires electric power:
    • Contact your medical supply company for information regarding a back-up power source, such as a battery.
    • Follow the manufacturer's directions when installing and using the equipment.
    • Check with local fire and building officials for regulations governing generator and fuel use.
    • Ask your utility company if the medical equipment qualifies you to be listed as a life-sustaining equipment customer or if you are eligible to register for a priority power restoration program.
  • If you rely on oxygen, talk to your vendor about emergency replacements.
  • Take time to plan on how you will talk to friends or emergency workers in an emergency. During an emergency, your normal way of communicating may be affected by changes in environment, noise or confusion. Know how and what you will need to communicate during an emergency.