Preparing for a natural disaster is much like buying insurance: you spend time, energy & money on something that you hope you NEVER need, but always HAVE to have. There is nothing worse than not having what you need, when you need it the most. Given the tragic, unfortunate abundance of recent, natural disasters around the world, and the approaching 28 year anniversary of the Loma Prieta Quake, we decided there is no better time like the present to prepare for the unknowns of the future. Here are three great resources for senior safety for unexpected surprises of all shapes and sizes.
The AARP Go Bag
If you had 60-seconds to get out of your home, could you grab everything you need for 3 days? Probably not… unless you have a ‘go’ bag. AARP defines a ‘go’ bag as: A packed case that you grab on your way out the door, and that will help keep you safe and comfortable in the coming hours and days. Stopping to hunt for your medications or other important needs can cost you critical seconds in an evacuation. Pack a separate go bag for yourself and every member of your household, and keep them stored in the same location. Click HERE to see what it looks like and what to pack!
The American Red Cross: Safety For Seniors By Seniors
Have you heard about a personal support network for emergencies? Do you wonder what senior safety tips would look like if they were actually written by seniors? THIS is the place that has it all! Don’t miss the 7 must-discuss items with your personal support network and find a booklet written by seniors, for seniors right HERE.
CA Department Of Aging: Tip Sheets For 7 Emergencies
Floods, fires, winter, hot weather, pets… know what you need for EVERY need by selecting the tip sheet you need for the problem you want to prepare for in the language you need (7 choices!) on this website!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read these resources and share with the loved, older adults in your life. There are very few times that I share information that I hope you never need – but this is one of them.
Stay safe, alert and prepared for anything!
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