Preparing seniors for a storm

Remember that image? That’s what not preparing seniors for a storm looks like. Or, not preparing at all.

That was Atlanta, caught completely unprepared for winter weather just a few years ago. We know that up to four inches are coming this weekend, as early as tomorrow. So, if you have a senior in your life who receives care (whether from us or otherwise) now is the time to ensure that you have done everything you can in preparing seniors for a storm. The goal is easy: to keep your loved one safe.

Beyond the snow itself, and the havoc it can bring to our city in scheduling and attending plans, there is ice to contend with. Power outages. Communications gaps. Fires started in fireplaces and from candles. Carbon monoxide. Much to account for, if your loved one already needs an extra hand. A lot of what if’s.

Luckily, we have a lists of items to keep in a duffle bag and dust off when the storm comes. These items will help you, your loved ones or your family stay safe in the event of Snowpacolypse 2.

  1. Flashlight
  2. Extra batteries
  3. First aid supplies
  4. Packaged foods
  5. Water – five gallons
  6. Heat Source (fireplace or space heater)
  7. Matches (in a ziplock bag)
  8. Fire extinguisher
  9. Rock salt (melts snow)
  10. Snow shovel
  11. Extra blankets
  12. ID, insurance card, keys

There are also steps you can take around the houses of loved ones to ensure that they’ll be as safe as can be.

Home Preparation Steps

  1. Insulate pipes to prevent freezing
  2. Cover water spouts
  3. Know where water and gas shutoff valves are
  4. Cover windows to prevent penetration of cold or loss of heat
  5. Check smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detector (install if not in use)
  6. Store additional heating fuel if able
  7. Fill up your car’s gas tank (avoid freezing lines)

With all that said, if there are going to be any interruptions in regularly planned caregiving, communicate them. We’re always here to help your seniors stay healthy and happily independent, winter storms and all.

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