Healthy Tips for Seniors: Hurricane Season Emergency Preparedness Checklist
According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane season at the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th.
- Chemical, Drought, Earthquake, Fire, Flood, Flu, Heat Wave, Highway safety, Hurricane, Landslide, Power Outage, Terrorism, Thunderstorm, Tornado, Wild Fire and Winter Storm.
Benefits of living in retirement community include:
Living at Treemont and/or having services with Senior Allegiance provides a layer of comfort since the community works with you in preparation for all types of emergencies. Independent Living has a small power generator that can keep our kitchen refrigerators and freezer operational. From that Treemont can also power its phone system for the front office and connect some lighting for the lobby area. Treemont staff will be present to distribute flashlights and attend to resident needs. Treemont has extra water on hand and continues to provide meals to residents. If power is out, and residents are unable to walk stairs, meals are delivered to their apartments. Treemont does what it can to make sure residents are attended to during power outages.
Ways to be prepared for emergencies include:
- Make sure you have enough extra medication for at least one week. If you are able to obtain an emergency supply of medications make sure to establish a plan for rotation supply to make sure it remains up to date. Talk to your pharmacist or physician about the emergency medication supply.
- Keep written copies of your prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and orders for medical equipment, including dosage, treatment and allergy information in your emergency kit.
- Consider other personal needs such as eyeglasses, hearing aids and hearing aid batteries, wheelchair batteries and oxygen. Make sure they are labeled with your name and phone number.
- Although not essential, feel free to have a few extra snacks on hand, including water if that makes you feel more secure.
Get a Survival Kit
- This kit should be on an easy to carry bag. Items that should be included in this kit are:
- A flash Light with extra batteries and multi purposed tool.
- Medications (7 day supply) & medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, etc.)
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copy of Personal Documents such as medication list, pertinent medical information, proof of address, passport, birth certificate, insurance policies.
- Cell phone with charger
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra Cash
Being able to endure the Hurricane season not only depends on the outcome of Mother Nature, but on early preparedness. In recent years, our City of Houston has been hit by unexpected large storms such as Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Harvey. It is important to have these conversations with family members and plan ahead.
For more information you may also contact the Office of Emergency Management in Houston @ 211
To learn more, call Karina Walker, Administrator, RN at Senior Allegiance at 713-975-1519