Make Winter Storm Preparedness a Priority

January 8th, 2018 | Posted by admin in Uncategorized

With frigid temperatures and snow storms expected to last throughout this winter, many seniors and their families might be wary of what the rest of this season has in store for us. Creating an emergency storm plan is a step you can take to help relieve anxiety while also staying safe.

With frigid temperatures and snow storms expected to last throughout this winter, many seniors and their families might be wary of what the rest of this season has in store for us. Creating an emergency storm plan is a step you can take to help relieve anxiety while also staying safe.

What does emergency planning for a senior require?

Here are a few tips shared by the disaster preparedness experts at the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Winter Storm Safety Planning Checklist

  • Have an emergency supply of food and water, including a three- to five-day supply of water and non-perishable food items. Also include a manual can opener, silverware, and paper products.
  • Flashlights and extra batteries should be safely stored in easily accessible locations on every level of your residence.
  • Battery-operated or hand-crank radio with extra batteries.
  • Pack a whistle to use to alert first responders that help is needed.
  • Prepare a medical kit with a seven-day supply of all medications and medical supplies, such as syringes and diabetes testing strips.
  • Fully charged cell phone and the ability to charge it if power is lost.
  • Access to a small amount of cash on hand in the house.
  • Warm clothes, blankets, coats, mittens, hats, and boots easily accessible and remember to dress in layers to stay warm if the power goes out.
  • Finally, don’t overlook any furry or feathered companions and make sure your emergency storm kit contains enough food, water, and supplies for pets.

Check out this FEMA guide for seniors: Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for Older Adults. It provides insight on tailoring your emergency plan for your individual needs, ranging from how to decide whether or not to evacuate to tips for creating a family communication plan.

Winter Respite at Sunrise Senior Living Communities

Every Sunrise community has emergency supplies and plans in place to withstand winter storms while still providing optimal care for our residents.

If you’re looking for support during the winter months, a short-term respite stay at a Sunrise community might be the ideal solution. Respite guests enjoy the same services and amenities as long-term residents.

From a wide variety of life enrichment activities to well-balanced meals, a short-term stay to ride out the winter can be a welcome break for your loved one. And, you can gain peace of mind knowing your family member is in good hands with us.

Source: Sunrise Senior Living

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