Hurricane season is here and we have vital tips for keeping your seniors safe.
1. Follow Evacuation Orders
Choosing to stay could put your elderly parents’ lives in danger. Local officials want people in safe zones so they won’t have to be
rescued as services dwindle. You could also be risking the lives of your rescuers should your situation deteriorate.
2. Plan Your Destination Ahead of Time
Have a place to go to and make sure you know how to get there. You also need to figure out how much time it will take, especially if traffic will be heavy. Staying with relatives or friends who are out of the hurricane zone is a good idea. That’s because motels will most likely be filled up.
A public shelter is not a good place for elderly people to wait out a storm. Katrina taught us that.
Older people need a quiet environment and shouldn’t be subjected to the noise and confusion of living amongst strangers during such difficult times. It will be challenging enough living with relatives or in a motel.
3. Also Make Plans for Your Senior’s Pets
Don’t forget your mom or dad’s best friend. Dogs and cats are not welcome in public shelters and must be taken to special pet shelters. Becoming separated from a loving pet can create even more stress for your worried parent. With a little planning that is one problem which can be avoided.
4. Fill Your Gas Tank and Have Cash on Hand
Running out of gas is the last problem you need. Getting stranded on the side of the interstate with an elderly person in a steaming hot car could become deadly if your parent has serious health challenges.
You will need cash. We have become too dependent upon credit cards but the electricity may be out for days and that means ATM machines will not be working. Have enough cash on hand to get your through a week or two. You will literally be living off this money.
5. Keep Prescriptions Packed and Organized
Have a list of all your parent’s prescriptions and refill them early if you think you may be running out. Make sure all the bottles and prescription tray boxes are packed and ready to go. Be prepared with an ice chest if their meds have to be refrigerated.
6. Keep All Documents and Important Papers in a Safe Place
This should go without saying, but I have personally experienced the frustration of losing vital papers during the flood we had two
years ago. We lost my father’s will and cemetery deeds when our basement flooded. My grandfather had bought the plots in 1919 and they were supposed to last us at least one more generation.
Put everything is a safety deposit box. You might include all your insurance papers as well as photographs of your house and contents. Take copies of the insurance papers with you so you will know whom to contact for making claims.
The Girl Scout motto, “Always Be Prepared” certainly applies to hurricane season. By planning ahead of time you can avoid a lot of the problems and headaches your older seniors shouldn’t have to go through.