By Nicki Manske, South County Regional Coordinator
With news of the recent major earthquake in Indonesia it is another reminder to ‘Be Prepared’ for emergencies. Here are some suggestions to consider for ourselves as well as our seniors.
First, be prepared to take care of yourself until others can help you. Your local city may offer an emergency preparedness class – ‘Are You Ready’ with additional training ‘CERT’ classes.
Additional pre-event planning for elders should include an emergency kit with –
– Emergency contact information/phone numbers
– Mask for smoke
– Light stick/flashlight/batteries
– Evacuation plan
– Bottled water
– Extra pair of glasses and hearing aid (and extra batteries)
– 3-7 days of medications
– Pet evacuation plan
– Family pictures for reorientation of confused seniors