Elder Care in Ballantyne NC
People who live near areas prevalent to tornados, hurricanes, or floods are no strangers to natural disasters. But the fact of the matter is a natural disaster or emergency that may require a shelter-in-place or evacuation situation can happen anywhere. And it’s best to be prepared in case anything should happen.
Families with a senior who requires care at home should make sure that person is fully prepared. Here are ways to do that:
- Develop a plan in advance to ensure that everyone living in the household knows what to do, who to call and where to go during an emergency.
- Designate an out-of-town contact that the household members can call if separated in an emergency. Ensure that all family members memorize it or have it in their wallet or mobile phone.
- Choose a pre-determined place to reunite if separated during an emergency. Have one near home and one outside your neighborhood. Your predetermined contact will help you decide and communicate which is best.
- Stock Up. Disasters can strike at any time and in many forms which may not require residents to evacuate, but would require them to shelter-in-place without power, running water, or access to groceries. Gather supplies for what you’ll need to weather events ranging from boil advisories to chemical spills to Category 1 or 2 hurricanes.
- In the event your family member is required to evacuate, help them practice alternate routes out. In a disaster, roads may be blocked, buses and city transportation shut down or re-routed, or streets impassable. They should know all possible exit routes from their home and neighborhood.
Most communities offer multiple ways to stay up-to-the minute on emergency information. By visiting a web site for the area’s county emergency management or local sheriff’s department, your loved one can get signed up to receive alerts, which will notify them of emergency situations including, but not limited to, evacuation information; chemical spills; shelter-in-place alerts; weather advisories; and, infrastructure issues, such as boil water advisories. They can tailor the alerts to specific locations, types of alerts and on which devices they will be notified.
You may also want to see if your loved one’s community has a special needs registry that they can enroll on. This would be for anyone who has a chronic condition, disability, special healthcare need, has an assistive animal, etc., to let first responders know a special circumstance exists, so they can appropriately plan for, prepare for and better respond to the community’s needs.
You can get more information about how to prepare for emergency situations, such as a suggested disaster supply kit for every household at www.ready.gov and other sources below.
Sources: American Red Cross: www.redcross.org (a booklet for seniors developed by seniors that is an excellent resource book)
- Department of Homeland Security: www.ready.gov
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration: www.noaa.gov
- Federal Emergency Management Agency: www.fema.gov
- Homeland Security Management Institute: www.monroecc.edu/depts/hsmi
- AARP: www.aarp.org
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