Nobody wants to think about the potential of disaster, but just ignoring it with your head in the sand is never going to solve any problems. And for seniors, preparation matters more than with younger people. Whether it’s a natural disaster or a man-made one, it can be terrifying to think about – and even more terrifying when it happens.
However, preparation can help. Not only will preparing for a disaster offer you protection, but it can also help make it easier for you to stay calm and to give you peace of mind that you know everything is prepared for. With that in mind, it’s worth taking a look at some of the main ways seniors can prepare for disasters. These steps can help you be ready for anything.
One – Learn What You Can
Knowing all the possibilities and potential outcomes of a disaster is important. Research natural disasters that may occur in your area – Florida, for instance, is more prone to hurricanes while Kansas is more prone to tornadoes. The same goes for medical conditions or other risk factors. Simply put, know what is possible.
Two – Have An Escape Plan
If disaster strikes, where will you run? Escaping a disaster is important, and getting to safety isn’t something you want to suddenly have to figure out how to go about doing. Instead, review escape routes, shelters, and so on so you have a clear escape plan in your mind.
Three – Know Your Neighbors
Get a handle on your community. Do you know where disaster shelters are? What the local sirens sound like? What radio station to get your updates from? If you’ll keep these points in mind you will have better luck when the time comes.
Four -Have Communication Plans
Who will be checking in on you? Who will you need to check in on? Develop a check-in plan so all of your loved ones will be accounted for.
Five – Have an Emergency Kit
An emergency kit will include everything you need to survive during and after disaster happens. Matches, clean water, rope, flashlights, a knife, and more are all part of a good emergency kit. You’ll also want everyone in the family to know where the kit is. Develop a checklist and stock your kit accordingly.
Six – Have Emergency Cards In Place
Each person in the family needs an emergency contact card that includes blood type, communication challenges, contact info, allergies, medications, and health issues listed.
Eight – Learn CPR
Anything can happen during a disaster. If you know CPR, you’ll be able to help in the event that the unthinkable happens. Getting certified is a good idea, but even watching videos about the basics online can help.
Nine – Check Fire Extinguishers
Your fire extinguishers are your first line of defense when something happens. Be sure that you check them to make sure they’re filled and working properly.
Ten – Copy Important Documents
SSN cards, passports, driver’s licenses, wills, financial statements, and insurance info are all important. Copy them or even put them in a disaster proof safe so they are there after the danger is passed.
These ten tips can have a huge impact on helping you stay safe. And for more peace of mind, we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn more.