Planning for Seniors
Emergencies can happen and any time and it’s is always important to have a plan. Falling objects pose one of the greatest hazards in an earthquake. Seniors may not be able to quickly get under a table or desk for protection. Get rid of hazards in the home that could fall and cause injury. If you cannot do these things yourself, ask a friend or family member for help. Take the time to create a trusted support network.
Ready.gov: Preparedness Information for Seniors
American Red Cross: Disaster Preparedness: For Seniors by Seniors
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Preparedness for Older Adults & Their Caregivers
- Keep a list of medicines, allergies, and special equipment.
- Include the name, address, and telephone number of your doctor, pharmacist, family members, clergy, or special friends. Take this list with you if you must leave home after an emergency.
- Keep at least 3 days supply of emergency food and water. Have a well-stocked first-aid kit, an extra pair of glasses, flashlight and batteries, portable radio, and essential medicine.
- If your life support equipment requires electricity, buy an emergency generator. It is important to know how to properly operate and fuel your equipment.
- If you use oxygen, have someone secure the tank to prevent it from tipping. If you use a wheelchair or walking aids, keep them near you at all times. If possible, have extra walking aids in different places in your home.
- Place a battery-operated night light in each room. In a power outage, they will stay on four to six hours.
- If you use battery-operated equipment, store extra batteries in their original packaging, in a plastic container and replace them when the shelf life is reached.
- Have a whistle or horn to signal for help.
To help you know what to do when the shaking starts consult the During an Emergency section.