Emergency Preparedness for Seniors with Chronic Health Conditions
With National Preparedness Month here it is important we focus on our elderly population, especially the individuals with chronic health conditions. As we prioritize the safety and well-being of our communities it is crucial to address the unique needs of our senior citizens. Emergencies and natural disasters can strike unexpectedly leaving loved ones vulnerable and in need of immediate assistance. By taking proactive steps and implementing an emergency preparedness plan, seniors in Forked River can increase their safety and gain peace of mind during times of crisis. Whether you are a senior yourself, a caregiver, or a concerned family member, below is a general planning list provided by ameridisability.com:
- Prepare an emergency plan and supply kit. Store three days worth of water, food, and medicine. Register for services like SMART911 and Code Red to help first responders in identifying those in need during disasters.
- When evacuating be prepared to leave quickly and bring essential items like medication, medical records, insurance information, and healthcare provider’s contact details.
- Get extra prescribed medicines from your doctor and keep a list of all prescriptions (including name, dose, and pharmacy info). Inform the shelter or temporary housing staff about your health issues, special needs, and medications.
- Store medicines, supplies, and equipment in a cool, safe, and waterproof place. If you rely on electric-powered medical equipment learn how to prepare for power outages.
- After a disaster see if the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) is active. The free service aids in replacing lost or damaged medicine, supplies, equipment, and vaccines. You can enroll by visiting the EPAP website. You can use RX Open to locate open pharmacies.
- To prevent infection or illness it is important to clean up, disinfect, and wash your hands frequently. If soap and water are unavailable use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. If you notice redness, swelling, or
signs of infection like fever, increasing pain, or other concerning symptoms seek immediate medical attention.
- During or after a natural disaster finding your usual food may be challenging. Prioritize eating as healthily as possible given the circumstances.
- When feeling overwhelmed seek support from family, friends, support groups, or healthcare professionals. Engaging in physical activity can also aid in stress reduction.
Prioritizing emergency preparedness for seniors with chronic health issues is essential. By equipping seniors with the necessary tools and knowledge we can help ensure the safety of our loved ones.
In case you ever experience damage from a natural disaster SERVPRO of Jackson, Lacey is here to provide any necessary assistance.