Emergency Preparedness for Seniors with Chronic Health Conditions
Protect your family and property by being prepared by planning ahead.
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.
How to Keep Rain Water Out of Your Jackson Township Home
Moisture reading equipment helps SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey determine the moisture inside porous objects such as flooring and drywalls.
Below are ten things you can to prevent rain water from entering your home:
- Clean Rain Gutters: It is recommended that you clean your gutters biannually. During rain fall if your gutters are clogged from debris or any other matter, it can create a blockage and eventually overflow. The overflow has nowhere to go other than down the exterior of your home and potentially direct water into your home.
- Increase Grade: Make sure the soil next to your home is pitched, or sloped AWAY from your house to divert water.
- Sweep Debris Away: If weather permits, sweep outdoor surfaces weekly. Sweep patio and door ways to prevent debris from clogging exterior drains.
- Expand Exterior Drains: Expanding the surface area of the exterior drain decreases the likelihood of the drain clogging.
- Divert Downspouts: By attaching a corrugated hose to the base of the downspout, it redirects the water away from your structure.
- Roof Maintience: It is recommended that you have your roof inspected annually and/or after a major storm. Your roof is the first line of defense; if it’s in good condition it’s more likely to handle damage affected by a storm.
- Window Repairs: Window installation and maintenance is paramount. Certain windows are fitted with well drains to guide water away from your house. Improper caulking can be detrimental, by directing water into the structure as opposed to away.
- Construct a Swale Ditch :Digging a trench and filling it with landscaping rock can help prevent water from entering the structure. This is beneficial particularly for yards that are very flat.
- Exterior French Drain: For properties on a slope, an exterior French drain is a useful, inexpensive way to divert surface water away from the structure.
- Install a Sump Pump: As a last resort, installing a sump pump is an option. Start by digging a well through the basement or slab of the structure. The well may be up to 7 or 10 feet deep. As the water table increases, a sump pump activates and transports water away from the structure.
Do you know that SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey have highly trained storm damage specialists?
As water and storm damage specialists, SERVPRO of Jackson/Lacey has the experience and advanced training techniques that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technicians
When a storm hits your Jackson Township home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs. Call us 24/7 at (732) 523-4986 for any size storm damage cleanup.