Major weather events, like hurricanes, are challenging for everybody. Have you considered, however, that seniors or anyone who struggles with health issues or limited mobility, the concern can be even greater?
With the added worry of COVID-19, it can be vital to ensure you are exceptionally well-prepared, as healthcare systems may be already strained and may become even more so in the wake of a major storm.
As we head into hurricane season, let us discuss a few tips to help you and your loved ones stay safe no matter what should come.
- Have a Plan for Yourself and Your Pets. If you are forced to evacuate, you should be prepared to leave quickly. Know exactly what you will do and where you will go when you leave, and be sure that others have this information as well. Keep a pet carrier handy for your fur babies. Seek out local shelters in advance and ask what their emergency policies are. If you have to evacuate, do not leave your pets at home on their own.
- Put a Storm Kit Together. Make sure all important documents and contact numbers are kept in a waterproof container or bin. Include a pair of shoes, changes of clothes, a blanket or sleeping bag, flashlight, batteries, water purification tablets, and a fully-stocked first aid kit. Include a box of several face masks and extra hand sanitizer, rubbing alcohol, and a spray disinfectant for cleaning surfaces.
- Keep Your Medications Up To Date. Be sure you always have extra refills on your regular medications. If you need to evacuate, order refills to hold you through your time away to avoid medical distress.
- Appoint a Trusted Advocate to Do Check-Ins. If you are concerned about an elderly relative or friend, appoint an individual you trust to check in on them periodically during storm warnings. It should be an able-bodied person who can ensure they have enough food, water, electricity, and other things they need to be safe and comfortable.
- Use An App to Stay on Top of Changing Weather Situations. Keep a close eye on local weather and storm conditions with a smartphone weather app. The Red Cross also offers several free apps that connect you to emergency resources in your area.
If you have any questions or concerns about eldercare challenges during COVID-19 and hurricane season, reach out today to speak to one of our advisors.