Caregiver in Crawfordville FL
Hurricanes are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. According to the National Weather Service, on average 12 tropical storms—six of which become hurricanes—form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico during a hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year.
The thing about hurricanes is there is time to prepare for them, unlike those who experience tornadoes or other severe thunderstorms, earthquakes, etc. You can often prepare a week or more in advance for tropical storms and hurricanes. As a family caregiver for someone who may live along or near the Gulf Coast or Atlantic Coast regions of the United States, this is the perfect time to help them get prepared.
One of the first things to do is put together a hurricane emergency kit for your loved one. This is nothing more than a collection of basic items that they may need in the event of an emergency. It’s important to do this in advance of when they may be needed, because at that time, some supplies may be in short supply and difficult to find, if you or they even have time to shop for them.
The kit should include non-perishable food, water and other supplies to last a minimum of three days and ideally one week. It could take emergency personnel that long to get to your family member or get their power restored, etc. A kit should also include a flashlight with fresh batteries, medication they may need for them or their pets, a cell phone and charger, and a portable radio (also with fresh batteries). If they drive, at the time of a hurricane watch being announced, they should fill their car up with gas, as in the event of a power outage the pumps would not work, nor would ATM machines. So having extra cash on hand is important, too.
Second, make a plan with your loved one about how you and they will maintain contact if or when a disaster strikes. This should also include where they will go if evacuated. If they have a pet or pets, it’s important to make arrangements for them, as well. There are shelters in many places now that will allow animals like dogs or cats as long as they are in crates or animal carriers. You and your loved one should each have a copy of this plan so it can be accessed quickly, if needed. A good place for them to keep it is in their emergency supply kit.
There are other things that can be done to protect one’s home and other property, but worrying about protecting the life of your loved one and their pets should take top priority if a hurricane is expected to make landfall, or even create major flooding or possible tornadoes as a result of one getting close to the coastline. Why not make Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 15-21) the time to get your loved one prepared?
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Crawfordville, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.
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