To Protect Seniors in Natural Disasters, Talk About It Beforehand
Last updated: Jun 09, 2008
Worried about how your parents will manage in a hurricane, cyclone, earthquake, flood, or other disaster? Get them gabbing. Talking is one of the most important ways to protect seniors in a natural disaster, according to a report from the Hartford Financial Services Group, an insurance company that funds research on aging, among other things.
A recent survey of older Americans commissioned by
The solution: Sit down for a chit-chat with your parents or other elderly loved ones and hatch out a plan for handling disasters. Covers such basics as:
- Establishing a network of people to check on them and then to pass information to others
- Making sure they have an emergency supply kit. Check out these tips on kits from the Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Back-up medications, prescriptions, hearing aids, glasses
- Extra food and medications for pets
It’s so easy to put this stuff off until it’s too late. I’m guilty of this, and I live in earth-shaky
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