7 Hurricane Tips for Seniors

August 28, 2023

With Hurricane Idalia on the way, it’s hard not to be concerned for the safety of your loved ones. The truth is, in Florida, hurricanes are inevitable, but even minor storms can cause a major inconvenience for our senior loved ones. It’s not too late to start planning, and we hope to be able to help so we’ve listed some easy-to-execute tips below.

Check out these 7 Hurricane Preparation Tips for Seniors:

  1. Create a communication list of people who can help.
    FEMA recommends creating a chain of contacts. Assign who will contact whom during an emergency. Ask family, friends, and neighbors. Do not leave it all to one person because if they are injured or incapacitated, you may be left stranded. Keep your list of helpers in your emergency kit.
  2. Create an emergency kit.
    An emergency kit should contain essential items that you may need during and after a hurricane. These items include non-perishable food, bottled water, first aid supplies, flashlights, batteries, and your communication list as mentioned in the first point.
  3. Make sure you have all medicine/ medical supplies.
    FEMA recommends before an emergency arises, make a list of everything you need to stay healthy. Include the name and contact information of your doctor and pharmacy, a list of your medications, and any medical devices you use. Then let the people on your contact list know where the list will be in case you need it.
  4. Ask someone to help you secure your property.
    Before a hurricane hits, secure your property by ensuring that all windows and doors are tightly closed and locked. If your physically not able to, ask someone to bring in outdoor furniture, potted plants, and other loose items that could become a projectile during high winds.
  5. Stay informed.
    Stay informed about the hurricane’s progress by listening to the radio or television or asking a loved one to get you updates. Follow the advice and instructions of local officials and evacuate if necessary.
  6. Have a communication plan.
    Have a communication plan in place with your family and friends. This is different than your list because this is what to do in an emergency.  Make sure everyone knows the plan, where to meet if you get separated, and how you will communicate in case of loss of power.
  7. Evacuate if necessary.
    If local officials advise you to evacuate, do so immediately. Follow designated evacuation routes and take your emergency kit with you.

And as always if you need help finding senior care or resources, please contact us!

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