Due to Hurricane Irma approaching Palm Beach County in the next few days, Right at Home Palm Beach would like to provide you with the necessary information to ensure that you and your loved one remain safe. After last year’s devastating Hurricane Matthew, it’s vitally important that everyone stays up to date on what to do before, during, and after the storm.
Before the Hurricane
Before the hurricane it’s important that you and your family establish a plan. The plan can include who to contact in case of an emergency, where to go, who will be staying with who, and much more. It’s important to also take in consideration the needs of a senior loved one or someone who suffers from any kind of disability.
If you are taking care of an elderly loved one or senior with any kind of disability, contact us today at (561) 440-2273 and we can create an effective plan to ensure you and your loved one's safety. We work with you to create a plan to determine evacuation routes, transportation needs, emergency supplies, how to reconnect in case of evacuation, and much more.
It’s important that you make sure that your home is covered and your windows and door openings are braced. This will ensure that debris doesn’t hit and damage your home. It’s important to also bring in any outside items such as a grill, lawn furniture, propane tanks, and other item that is capable of being lifted off the ground.
If your loved one may not be able to leave home, we work closely with you to make sure that your home is properly secure to withstand the passing storm. Our in-home caregivers and office team will assist with creating a safe room, moving any necessary medical equipment and supplies, and working with your physician to ensure we have everything needed to keep your loved one safe.
When at home, it’s important to have a safe room. A safe room is a room with no windows or openings facing windows. Large interior closets, hallways, bathrooms, or stairwells make good safe rooms. In the safe room, you should stock up on hurricane supplies such as batteries, water, emergency radios, sleeping bags, and the other items on our hurricane checklist. For seniors with special needs, it’s important to plan this safe room ahead of and take into consideration the items they may need. Hurricanes in Palm Beach County are known for ripping roofs off homes. In your safe room, make sure to have a mattress nearby to get under in case your home suffers structural damage.
Emergency Phone List
In case of emergency it’s important to store the numbers below in your phone and make sure everyone has it.
- FPL Outage - (800) 468-8243
- AT&T Landline Repair - (877) 737-2478
- AT&T Business Repair - (866) 620-6900
- Elder Helpline - (800) 963-5337
- Crisis Helpline - 211
- Water Emergency Line - (877) 429-1294
- United Way Volunteers - (561) 375-6600
- Division of Consumer Services - (800) HELP-FLA
- Citizens Insurance - (888) 685-1555
- FEMA - (800) 621-3362
- Florida Department Financial Services - (800) 227-8676
- Tri-Rail - (800) 874-7245
It’s important that all your loved one’s also have the numbers of your friends, family, doctors, and neighbors.
During strong hurricanes, all Floridians may be told to evacuate. It’s important to plan before being told so you know where to go. It’s important to have many locations in mind due to the random nature of storm tracks. This can be to a friend’s house, a relative’s home, motel, or a shelter. Make sure to have the phone numbers of locations in hand. When told by the weather officials to evacuate, due so immediately. When driving by car, it’s important to remember that hurricanes are unpredictable and your previous plan may not work. Bring a road map with you so you can plan other routes to travel to your evacuation point.
If weather officials order an evacuation, our team will contact you immediately and begin the evacuation plan established during our preparation phase. We understand the stress of worrying if your mom or dad is okay during these storms and as a result we make sure to check in with you before, during, and after the evacuation.
During the Storm
During a storm, it’s important to stay inside until it passes. Make sure to stay tuned to the radio to know when the storm has completely passed before going outside. Keep all doors, windows, and any other openings closed. This will protect you from flying objects and polluted air. If your home begins to suffer damage, stay in your safe room and cover yourself with a mattress.
During the storm, our caregivers work closely with your loved one to ensure that they are mentally and physically okay. We understand storms often causes distress and scare seniors, especially those with serious medical issues. Our caregivers provide support and reassure that your loved one is safe and they are there to help, help take their mind off the storm by playing board games or reading to them, and much more.
After the Storm
It’s important to remain cautious after the storm. Please wait until weather officials say it is safe to leave your home. If your home has sustained damage, please move carefully.
After the storm, our team will contact you immediately to provide you an update on how your loved one is doing and discuss how to reconnect when it is safe to do so. Our team will work closely to ensure that your transition back into your home is safe.