Hurricane Sandy is coming – Make sure you are prepared!
As the East Coast braces for Hurricane Sandy – aka “Frankenstorm” – now is the time to make sure that you and your loved ones stay safe in dangerous weather. With power outages likely (and if last year is any indication, some folks can expect to be out of power for up to a week), it’s crucial to prepare for the worst of Hurricane Sandy.
It’s especially important to make sure your aging parents, friends and neighbors stay safe in Hurricane Sandy conditions, particularly during the preparation phase. Here are five tips to help keep them safe and sound (more tips can be found in my Disaster Preparedness blog post):
- Be sure you have a neighbor’s cell phone to get in contact with (and remind them to charge it)
- Alert emergency responders in their neighborhood that an elderly person or couple lives there alone
- Check that they have enough of their prescription meds to get through an extra week if they can’t get out of the house
- Remind them not to burn candles but rather use flashlights — and ensure they have extra batteries
- Stock up on healthy non-perishable food and bottled water for them (easy to open jars and containers are a must)
Equally critical is to tell them not to venture outside just because the worst of Hurricane Sandy has passesd. There may be live wires downed by trees and debris scattered about.
While you’re running around stockpiling supplies for yourself this weekend, grab some for the seniors in your life. Stay safe!