EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - Be Ready for Disaster!
- What would you do if you were suddenly without electricity in the Arizona summer heat?
- How would you handle having no clean water available for a period of days or perhaps weeks?
- What special considerations should you make for Pets in an emergency?
- Where would you go if a forest fire was coming towards your home? What would you take with you?
- What about if you had to “shelter in place” because the air outside was unsafe to breathe?
ESPECIALLY FOR SENIORS
Special preparations should be made by Seniors and those who care for them to be ready for an emergency.
Make an Emergency Kit
Keep Your Medications Cool
- Keep your refrigerated medications cool when the electricity is out by taking frozen items out of your freezer and putting them in an ice chest with your medications.
Preparing Yourself Mentally and Emotionally
Create a Family Communications Plan
Plan for Pet Safety
Staying Safe Outdoors During a Storm
Evacuation should be addressed as part of your emergency planning efforts, both for your home and all places you spend time. Seniors and people with Disabilities should take the following considerations into account when making evacuation plans:
- Determine if you will need assistance in an emergency evacuation, including how you will get to a safe place or shelter.
- Determine all usable exits from each room and your building. Make a habit of identifying exits whenever you are in a new location.
- Know evacuation plans for all places you spend time. Often, buildings have 'Floor Marshals' who are responsible for evacuation plans. Be sure to let Floor Marshals know what special assistance you or those you care for may need in an emergency.
- Practice dealing with different circumstances and unforeseen situations, such as blocked paths or exits.
- Teach members of your support network how to operate your equipment in an emergency.
- If you are deaf or hard of hearing, practice having members of your support network communicate important information to you through pre-designated gestures, flashcards or other means.
- If you are blind or have low vision, have members of your support network practice guiding and directing you.
- Include Pets and Service Animals in all drills so they become familiar with exit routes.
Caregiver & Direct Care Worker Emergency Preparedness
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