It’s the time of year where severe weather alerts are around every corner. Severe thunderstorms, flash floods or tornado threats are very common during the Spring and Summer months. It is always important to plan ahead for safe shelter. As a Family Caregiver, it is your job to get your senior loved one to safety. Overall, that is just the first step when it comes to meeting all of their needs.
Natural disasters can come with little notice so it will be helpful if you are prepared as much as possible. To do so, consider these 4 tips to help you effectively prepare your loved one for storm season that that you can get yourself and your loved on to safety and also help you collect all of the medication, emergency care items and information you need.4 Tips To Prepare
4 Tips To Prepare
- Listen to the weather: Your local weather station will keep you up to date on the weather, so be sure to listen to reports, watch the radar and keep a battery operated radio on hand for further information if the power goes out. It is also important to educate yourself and your loved one on weather information such as researching what types of severe weather are most common in your area and the difference between watches and warnings.
- Research local resources: There are many local community resources available to help in the event of a natural disaster. During storm season, have the contact information for organizations such as the Red Cross on hand and familiarize yourself with local shelters and food banks.
- Have an escape route planned: It is important for you and your loved one to have a plan of action that you both understand and agree to. If you are not with them or you get separated, having a mutual meeting place or knowing where to seek shelter will be helpful in the event of a storm. Identify the safest rooms in your loved one’s home for tornados, such as closets or rooms with no windows and practice getting to that space with your loved one. Place emergency items in the designated safe spot so that when they seek shelter, they have the supplies, medication, and other items needed.
- Make an emergency kit: Mentioned in the previous tip, an emergency kit is an essential piece to storm preparedness. Most importantly, have an extra supply of your loved one’s medications in the kit, as well as wound care items like bandages and ointment. Also, include a supply of water and non-perishable food (especially if your loved one has diabetes or low blood sugar). Other items to include would be batteries, flash lights, sanitation and hygiene products and extra clothes.
Storm season can be scary. As a Family Caregiver, it means being responsible not only for your own safety, but for your loved one as well. Freudenthal Home Health has a Severe Weather Alert System which provides another layer of peace of mind for you as the Family Caregiver. Contact us today to find out more information.