Emergency Preparedness for the Elderly

Five Actions for Emergency Preparedness

According to the American Red Cross, in today's climate, it is more important than ever that all of us be prepared for possible emergencies. Natural or other disasters can strike suddenly at any time and anywhere. There are 5 actions everyone can take that can help make a difference. They are:

  1. Make a Plan - Planning ahead is the first step to a calmer and more assured disaster response.
  2. Build a Kit - What you have on hand when a disaster happens can make a big difference. Plan to store enough supplies for everyone in your household for at least three days. Items such as water, food, flashlights, a first aid kit, medications, a battery operated radio, tools, clothing, personal items and a map should be part of your emergency kit.
  3. Get Trained - Learning simple first aid techniques can give you the skills and confidence to help anyone in your home, your neighborhood and at work.
  4. Volunteer - Volunteering with organizations such as the American Red Cross help to serve the needs of many communities.
  5. Give Blood - Blood is needed in times of emergency, but the ongoing need is also great.

For more information, visit the Red Cross preparedness website.