Hurricane Preparedness for Older Adults
We are well into this year’s hurricane season, but it’s not too late for older adults to prepare if they haven’t already. First, plan with your family or friends about where to go if a hurricane comes. Make an appropriate emergency kit that accounts for any pets or people with disabilities. Understand your options for sheltering in place or evacuating, and know where to go. Finally, know where you can get accurate and timely emergency information in your area. Being prepared can help keep you safe during a hurricane!
The United States is already into peak hurricane season. Here are some ways you can help ensure your older loved one is prepared.
Make an emergency kit. See below for what you should include.
Make a list with the contact information for nearby family and friends who may be able to help.
Make a plan for sheltering in place or evacuating to a shelter that accommodates pets and people with disabilities, if appropriate.
Be informed. Know where to follow news of the hurricane and how you’ll contact loved ones.
What should be included in an emergency kit?
Water: One gallon per person, per day.*
Food: Canned or shelf-stable food that doesn’t need to be cooked.* Don’t forget can openers and utensils.
Medication: A seven-day supply of medication with a list of prescriptions and dosages. Don’t forget to include information about health conditions and any assistive devices like hearing aids or wheelchairs.
Flashlight: With extra batteries and bulbs.
First aid kit: Including an emergency blanket and personal whistle.
Personal documents: Insurance policies, health information, birth certificates, and deeds or lease information.
Hand-crank or battery-operated radio: With details on stations that will have pertinent information.
Cellphone: With backup battery or charging cord.
Change of clothing: And personal hygiene items like toilet paper and sanitary wipes.
Other items: Pet supplies, supplies for a vehicle, maps, extra keys, cash and coins, a book or pack of cards, and multipurpose tool.
*Two-week supply for sheltering at home and a three-day supply for evacuating.
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