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How to Keep Seniors Safe During Severe Weather

Recent years in American have shown us that weather patterns are becoming increasingly unpredictable, severe, and dangerous. If your senior loved one lives in an area prone to natural disasters, develop a plan with them to move them to safety during a bad-weather emergency.

If your senior loved one lives in a hurricane territory…

From the time a hurricane is spotted to when it hits, you will be able to formulate a plan and help your senior decide if they will evacuate or stay in their home.

  • For evacuation plans, they will need transportation to move them safely and quickly.

  • Make sure they are well-stocked on supplies such as medications and vitamins, bottled water, batteries and flashlights, non-perishable food items, and any pet food if necessary if they are planning to brave the storm and remain in their home.

If your senior loved one lives in a wildfire territory…

You need to have a plan already formed that is ready to put into action at any time. Wildfires are fast and unpredictable, so it is best to act fast.

  • Be aware of their community’s plans for evacuation and follow them.

  • Know several alternative routes to evacuate the home safely if the fire is closing in.

  • Prepare an emergency to-go back and keep it in a known location. Stock it with supplies like N95 respirator masks, non-perishable food items, water, vitamins and medications, and any documents needed from the home.

  • Any pets or animals should be included in the evacuation plan, too.

If your senior loved one lives in a tornado territory…

Tornadoes come and go very quickly, so your senior will need to have a plan in place that gets them to safety immediately.

  • First, help them decide if it is best to remain in their home or head to a nearby shelter instead.

  • If they are seeking shelter in their home, help them identify their safety room, like a basement, storm cellar, or an interior room with no windows.

  • If a tornado warning is missed, teach them how to identify a tornado by sight and sound.

For more guidelines and tips on getting your senior loved one to safety during an emergency, call our caregivers today. We are here for you at Extended Family!

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