Before The Storm
1. Decide Where to Stay
- Try to gather with family, friends or neighbors rather than stay alone. If you plan on staying at a shelter, call than stay alone. Most of this article is based on staying home or with friends.
- Plan ahead to keep your loved one busy and distracted with games, music, puzzles, etc. For guidance, call 561-683-2700.
- If you need transportation to evacuate, make arrangements now. Leave early so you can stop often for breaks and be at your destination before the rains and wind or traffic jams begins.
- If your loved one in assisted living or a nursing home, review the faculty’s hurricane plan. Ask if staff will remain with the residents.
- Let family, friends, and neighbors know where you will stay; keep their telephone numbers with you.
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3. Medical Supplies
___ First Aid Kit
___ Tylenol, Motrin, Antacids, Laxatives
___ 2 weeks supply of prescription medications for client and caregiver
___ Copies of patient’s and caregiver’s medical records
___ Extra oxygen tubing and oxygen tank/concentrator
___ Diabetic supplies
___ Extra sunglasses and sunscreen
___ List of patient’s and your physician with telephone numbers
4. Food Supplies – Buy 7-day supply of non-perishable food for the patient and caregiver, including at least 7 gallons of water per person. If you are without air conditioning, you will need extra water to stay hydrated.
5. Important Documents – Place inside a waterproof container (“zip lock type bag”)
___ List of 3 family members’ names and telephone numbers to notify in emergencies
___ Medical Records, including Advanced Directives, DNR, if applicable
___ Driver License/Car Insurance Card
___ Social Security Card, Health Insurance Cards
6. Basic Supplies – Add items you want or think you may need to this list.
___ Extra baby wipes, incontinence protective pads/garments
___ Bleach (large bottle to disinfect water if necessary)
___ Can Opener (non-electric)
___ Cash ($500 in 20’s)
___ Battery-operated clock, radio or TV (extra batteries)
___ Clothing for 7-10 days
___ Clorox cleanup
___ Bucket to flush commode
___ Flashlights with extra batteries, Glo-Lites (10)
___ Fire extinguisher
___ Large garbage bags
___ Hand Sanitizer
___ Hobbies (books, cards, magazines, puzzles, videos)
___ Insect repellent
___ Paper plates & towels, plastic silverware
___ Cell phone charger (for home and car)
___ Rain gear for patient and caregiver
___ Scissors, tape
___ Silicone caulking to plug tub for extra water for toilets/washing
___ Ziploc bags (heavy duty)
7. Pet Supplies for 7-10 days – If you are evacuating, make arrangements now. if your pet is going with you, it needs up-to-date vaccinations. Ask your veterinarian about keeping your pet calm during the storm or while traveling.
___ Food, treats for 7-10 days
___ Leash for harness
___ Pet carrier
___ Doggy clean-up bags
___ Current ID tags
___ Kitty liter and liter box
___ Medications, medical record
During The Storm
Listen to the local radio and television stations. Do not go outside until emergency officials tell you it’s safe. A lack of wind could mean you are in the eye of the storm and the worst of the storm is on its way.
- Stay in an inside “safe” room away from windows and doors.
- Do not use electrical appliances, telephones, or candles.
- Avoid opening refrigerator during power outages; keep food you use most often in coolers with ice.
- If you think the house may collapse; keep food you use most often in coolers with ice.
- Plan ahead with games, hobbies, puzzles or whatever you need to keep your loved one distracted and busy. For guidance or ideas, please call 561-683-2700.
After The Storm
Listen to the radio and television for reports on power outages, trees down, traffic lights, and store openings.
- If you need immediate assistance, dial 911. Without power, walk to a neighbor’s home or hang a sign “need help” where others can see it.
- Call friends and family to say you are safe as soon as your phone works.
- Inspect your home for damage. Avoid hanging power lines and branches, and water pools where you cannot see the bottom.
- Throw out perishable foods that have been without refrigeration for an extended time.
- Replace hurricane supplies you used during the storm so you are prepared for another storm.