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How to Keep Seniors Safe During Severe Weather

By Debbie Nunn, 11:24 am on

When a natural disaster strikes, there is no one who is immune to the anxiety they can bring and the damages they can leave. This is especially true for senior citizens in-home care, who are at-risk and in need of a plan that gets them to safety quickly when a weather emergency strikes. Fortunately, using our tips below, you can help your senior to be prepared and keep them safe during times of severe weather.

Preparing for Hurricanes

Planning and decision-making should begin as soon as the threat of a hurricane is known. First, help your senior decide if they will evacuate or stay in their home. If they will evacuate, they will need safe and fast transportation arranged. If they will be staying in their home, they will need a full stock of supplies like bottled water, non-perishable foods, vitamins and medication, and flashlights, and batteries.

Preparing for Wildfires

When it comes to wildfires, there is often no time that allows for a plan to be made. A plan should be crafted prior to an emergency so that it can be put into action at any given time and with no notice. Start by learning your senior’s community plans for evacuations. This includes knowing multiple routes out of town to get to safety. You can also prepare a to-go bag filled with items like N95 respirator masks, any essential documents, their necessary medications and vitamins, and non-perishable foods. Keep it in a known location of the home. Lastly, be sure to include any pets in your evacuation plans!

Preparing for Tornadoes

Planning for a tornado should be done ahead of time. Action needs to be taken right away if a tornado should touch down. Planning starts with your senior knowing if they should stay in their home or seek shelter nearby. If they will stay in their home, make sure they know where their safety room is located – a basement, storm cellar, or interior room with no windows, for example. As an added precaution, teach them how to identify a tornado by sight and sound in case they miss any local warnings.

For further guidance on keeping your senior loved one safe in bad weather, please reach out to us here at Home Care Assistance of Clarksville. Call our experts today to schedule your consultation.

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