Senior Emergency Readiness: National Preparedness Month

 

 

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Preparations today can affect the outcome of your ability to recover quickly in an emergency situation which makes preparations at any age important. Every family’s needs are unique even more so with consideration to children and seniors.

 

In emergency situations it is very important to have community involvement, such as neighbors and close living friends and relatives. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes so it’s a must to PLAN IN ADVANCE.

 

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Make a Supply Kit:

 

You can never know how long it may take emergency personal to reach you in a disaster. This means you may have to survive on your own for a few days or longer. It’s important that you have your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last you at least 72hrs, INCLUDING MEDICATIONS.

 

*Most doctors will write you a prescription for an emergency supply of medications. This can depend on your insurance and prescribed medications.

 

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Have a Plan & Stay in Communication:

 

When disaster hits, have an emergency evacuation route to exit your home. Practice multiple routes in case one exit is obstructed due to the disaster.

 

Designate a close friend or family member that lives out of state as a person to notify that you are safe. During many disasters you are unable to call close distances because local communication towers are down but surrounding towers still working.

 

Create contact cards with your name, phone number and address as well as a list of your loved ones that you should contact in an emergency. Keep these cards handy in your purse or wallet.

 

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For a full list of precautions please print out DISASTER PREPAREDNESS For Seniors By Seniors from the American Red Cross for a full check list to help with your preparations.

 

 

STAY INFORMED!

 

Download the FEMA App to access disaster preparedness tips, build your personal emergency kit, and look for open Disaster Recovery Centers along with open shelters (if you’re a disaster survivor). Also, stay informed with the FEMA blog.

 

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The first step in our process to a happy and safe home includes a free personal consultation with Inga, YOUR Always Best Care of Boulder County coordinator at (720)494-8407. She will be happy to meet with you, discuss your needs, and assist with a personalized Care Plan specific to the level of care needed.

 

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Sources Referenced:

 

http://www.ready.gov/seniors

http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4640086_Disaster_Preparedness_for_Srs-English.revised_7-09.pdf

 

 

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