Recent natural disasters and extreme weather events serve as a reminder that they can occur in any part of the country at any time. Seniors should have a disaster plan in place to help prepare them and family members or caregivers for what to do when such an event impacts them. This post explains why disaster planning is important, what to have in your disaster plan, and items to put in your disaster kit.

Reasons to Make A Disaster Plan

A disaster can happen at any time. Depending on the event, seniors may have to evacuate their homes or be stuck at home without access to basic services.  Services such as power, water, gas, or communication. Help may not be available right away. It may take days to receive necessary supplies due to shortages and long lines. Disaster planning is especially important for seniors who need medical monitoring. Or have mobility issues, or a medication regime to follow.

How to Make a Disaster Plan

First, create a support network of people who can check on an older loved one during an emergency. A minimum of three people is recommended if spending time mostly at home. These people can be family members, friends, neighbors, or caregivers.

Next, arrange for how to contact the support network after a disaster, and how to assist members of the network if needed. Don’t forget to share copies of emergency medical cards, disaster plans, and important personal documents.

Finally, practice contacting your support network. Assume you won’t always have access to a phone, and notify one another every time you leave town and when you’ll be back.

What to Put in Your Disaster Kit

There are multiple items to put in a disaster kit. Essential items include:

  • A gallon of water per person and food that doesn’t need to be cooked (three-day supply for evacuation and two weeks for home.)
  • First aid kit
  • Cell phone and extra chargers
  • A seven-day supply of medications and other medical items
  • Cash
  • Extra sets of house and car keys

Planning for getting older is just as important as planning for a disaster. Consider hiring a caregiver for a loved one in Newport Beach or Orange County, CA before they experience a major setback and need constant care. At Optimal Senior Care Solutions, our staff of care experts will be happy to find a solution to meet their needs. Reach out to us today!