Hurricane Preparation for the Elderly
Plans for your Pets
Many elders have companion pets which they don’t want to leave during an emergency. Planning ahead about what to do with your pet is very important. Waiting until the last minute could jeopardize your pet’s safety…and yours. Public shelters will NOT accept pets. If you can’t take your pets with you, arrangements should be made with a clinic or kennel.
The best solution is make plans ahead to go stay with a friend, neighbor or family member who live in a safe place who will accept you and your pet. Many hotels/motels will accept pets, especially in emergency situations. If you plan to go to a motel, determine in advance if pets are welcomed and what, if any, special rules are applicable. It is also a good idea to photograph each of your pets and include these pictures with your health records. All pets should have current immunizations. Ensure that your pets have a collar with proper identification.
Before the Storm…
Your plan should include IF you will evacuate, WHERE you will go, THE ROUTE you will take to get there, WHEN you will leave and WHAT SUPPLIES YOU WILL TAKE. Whether you plan to stay at home, or to evacuate, make sure you have all of the supplies necessary to be on your own for at least 72 hours and have your supplies kit packed and ready.
· Protective clothing, rain wear and sturdy shoes, Bedding and change of clothes packed
· Battery-powered radio and Flashlight with extra batteries
· Non-perishable food and Can Opener, Water in plastic containers, Pet Food, and supplies
· First aid kit and essential medicines (packed and ready) and Pet Carriers and Leashes, Pet Records
· Non-perishable foods (special dietary needs) and snacks packed for shelter along with Toiletries and personal items
Make sure you have all the materials on hand to protect your home. You should keep trees and shrubbery trimmed. Review your insurance policy or contact your insurance agent and make sure you know what your policy covers and do not cover. If the storm is threatening, listen to the local radio, TV stations, or the weather radio for information, alerts, and possible evacuation orders. Listed below are additional things that you should do before the storm:
· Fuel your car and get an extra supply of cash
· Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, garden tools, install storm shutters or cover windows with plywood
· Turn up refrigerators & freezers to highest settings, Turn off small appliances not needed, fill bathtubs with water
· Call an out-of-town friend or relative to let them know of your plans.
During the Storm…
Stay in your home only if you have NOT been ordered to leave. Hurricane evacuation shelters are provided for public use in the event a hurricane evacuation becomes necessary and IF YOU HAVE NO OTHER PLACE TO GO. It is recommended that other arrangements be made with a friend or relative that lives in a well constructed home, out of the evacuation area, and properly protected to withstand hurricane force winds. If you stay at home during a hurricane:
· Stay away from windows and doors, even if they are covered. Close all interior doors and brace exterior doors.
· Take refuge in a small, interior room, closet, hallway, or basement, choose a room on the first floor.
· Lie on the floor under a sturdy object. Some protection is afforded by covering with a mattress during the storm.
After the Storm…
· Listen to your local radio or TV stations. If you evacuated, return home only when authorities advise that it is safe.
· Beware of downed power lines. Drive only if it is absolutely necessary; avoid sightseeing.
· enter your home with extreme caution, beware of fallen objects, or damaged roof.
· Remove shutters or plywood and open windows to ventilate your home.
· Check gas, water and electrical lines and appliances for damage. DO NOT attempt to repair, call a professional.
· do not drink or prepare food with tap water until you are certain it is not contaminated.
· Avoid using candles or other open flames indoors, use a flashlight or other battery powered lighting.
· Use the telephone to report emergencies only, this includes cellular phones.
· never connect portable generators to your house. Use only to run needed appliances, plug the appliance into generator.