Hurricane season starts June 1, and so I’ve been thinking about disaster preparedness. Specifically, how would I prepare my mom for a natural disaster if she couldn’t open bottled water or use a can opener?
Here are tips for preparing our loved ones for natural disasters.
- Put water into containers such as plastic pitchers
- Buy canned food in cans with pop-tops
- Refill prescription medications that will run out within the next seven days. Remember to buy over-the-counter medications, diapers, wet wipes, and other such necessities when stocking up.
- If your loved one uses a stationary oxygen concentrator, check with the supplier about portable concentrators, how much they cost, and how long their batteries last
- Find out if your loved one can be put on a priority list for power restoration if she requires medical equipment that runs on electricity
- Check on whether your loved one has fresh batteries in the right sizes for anything she might need that uses batteries
- Replace electric nightlights with battery-powered ones (for the duration of the emergency)
- Be sure flashlights are lightweight, produce bright light, and don’t require strength to turn on or off
- Finally, if your loved one is confused or forgetful, don’t take her word that she’s ready for a natural disaster. Go and see for yourself.