Do I know the most important disaster issues for the area where I live (earthquakes, floods,etc)?
Do I know how I should respond to a disaster that might strike with little or no warning?
Do I know the recommended evacuation route if there were an evacuation order?
Do I know what my transportation options are?
Do I know where the nearest shelter is?
Do I know where the shut off valves to my home are? Do I know how to shut them off? If special tools are needed, do I have them? Do I know where they are?
Do I have an emergency contact person who lives out of the area? Do my relatives or close friends know who this person is?
Do I know my neighbors in case we need to help each other in an emergency?
If I'm receiving home health services, have I discussed emergency procedures with the provider?
If I have special needs, do I have a plan for dealing with them in an emergency? ( Mobility, medical equipment, incontinence supplies, others)
If I live in a senior community, am I familiar with its emergency planning and procedures?
Home Supplies Checklist
Drinking water (3-6 day supply)
Food (3-6 day supply, requires no cooking, high energy)
Flashlight (check batteries regularly)
Portable radio (check batteries regularly)
First aid kit
Manual can opener
Emergency medical form
Personal hygiene items
Backup prescription glasses
Caregiving Fact: Don't be afraid to say "Yes" if someone offers help; have a list handy of errands or tasks you need help with. And don't be afraid to say "No" to the demands of others when you are overwhelmed or need a break.
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