CRCOG encourages senior citizens in the Hartford Capitol Region to get ready for all types of emergencies by following these three steps:
Senior citizens often rely upon their social networks to receive warnings and/or disaster related information. To ensure that you receive the information you need, make arrangements with two or three relatives, caregivers, or friends who will call you or come to your home to check on you when disaster warnings or updates are issued.
In addition to the steps outlined above, the following considerations will ensure that senior citizens and their caregivers are prepared in the event of a disaster.
- Prepare a Disaster Supply Kit.
- Create a support network to help you plan for and respond to an emergency. Consider family, neighbors, friends, people who provide services to you, and faith-based and community groups. Tell these people where you keep your emergency supplies. Give at least one member of your support network a key to your home.
- Ensure that you have multiple individuals in your personal support network that will check on your status daily in the event of an emergency.
- If you receive any special community services, such as Meals-On-Wheels, Life-Alert, or weekly rides to the grocery store and/or pharmacy, determine how you would provide for yourself if those services were to be interrupted.
- If you are receiving federal or other retirement benefits, establish direct deposit or online payment so that you do not have to worry about an interruption caused by checks sent to your home while you are away, or the inability to deliver checks on time even if you are home.
- If you are receiving health care services at home, ask your home health provider about emergency procedures. For example, if you depend on electric power for home dialysis or infusion, be sure you know your options for temporary emergency power. In the case of home infusion, you may want to discuss having a back-up drip system.
- Determine a way to signal for help if phone lines are not working.
- Consider all of the special items or services you would need if you were required to evacuate or seek shelter somewhere outside of your home.
- If you are mobility impaired, register with your local office of emergency management for special assistance in the event of an evacuation.
- If you live in a retirement community, assisted living facility, or adult family home, learn about emergency planning and procedures. How will you be kept informed? What will the facility or community expect of you and your fellow residents?
- Keep at least two weeks’ worth of extra prescription medications, as your access to supplies may be disrupted in disasters.
- Even if you do not use a computer yourself, consider asking someone to help you put important information onto a portable thumb drive for easy transport in case of an evacuation.