Disaster Preparedness for Seniors
Earthquake and Disaster Preparedness Tips
- Eliminate hazards. Make it as easy as possible to quickly get under a sturdy table or desk for protection.
- Anchor special equipment such as telephones and life support systems. Fasten tanks of gas, such as oxygen, to the wall.
- Keep a list of medications, allergies, special equipment, names and numbers of doctors, pharmacists and family memebers. Make sure you have this list with you at all times.
- Prepare to be self-sufficient for at least three days.
- Keep an extra pair of eyeglasses and medications with emergency supplies.
- Keep walking aids near you at all times. Have extra walking aids in different rooms of the house.
- Put a security light in each room. These lights plug into any outlet and light up automatically if there is a loss of electricity. They continue operating autonomatically for four to six hours, and they can be turned off by hand in an emergency.
- Make sure you have a whistle to signal for help.
- Keep extra batteries for hearing aids with your emergency supplies. Remember to replace them annually.
- Keep extra emergency supplies at your bedside.
- Find two people you trust who will check on you after a disaster. Tell them your special needs.
During an emergency you will want to have key supplies on hand. Take a look at this list as you plan for an emergency.
During and After an Earthquake or Disaster
- If you are in bed or sitting down during an earthquake, do not get up.
- If you are standing during an earthquake, duck and cover or sit down. You could be thrown to the floor if you are standing.
- Turn on your portable radio for instructions and news reports. For your own safety, cooperate fully with public safety officials and instruction.
- Prepare for aftershocks if there is an earthquake.
- If you evacuate, leave a message at your home telling family embers and others where you can be found.