During an emergency such as a natural disaster, things can quickly become hectic. Seniors must develop an emergency preparedness plan to ensure their safety and wellness. In many cases, an elderly person, especially those with healthcare problems, cannot readily get around to prepare or evacuate quickly if necessary, so keep that in mind when developing your plan.
During an emergency, there is often very little time to prepare or evacuate. A senior must create a network of friends, family, neighbors, and personal assistants who can offer aid in the event of an emergency. Ideally, a senior should have at least three reliable individuals that they can reach if the need arises. Friends, family, caregivers,and the aging individual must work together to create an emergency preparedness kit.
When preparing for an emergency, there are four steps that every senior should take in advance to be ready for whatever natural disaster or tragedy may unfold. Although it may seem like a lot of work to prepare an emergency kit, it is a matter of life and death in many cases.
During an emergency, an aging individual must decide if they will be sheltering in place or evacuating. Everyone within the senior’s network must be notified of the senior’s plans.
In many parts of the country, natural disasters have become commonplace. Emergency preparedness is mandatory for all seniors to continue living a safe and independent lifestyle. Family, loved ones, and caregivers must all work with the senior to create a viable plan that helps ensure the older adult’s safety.