How To: Emergency Preparedness Kits

Extreme temperature, especially if local electric utility or gas distribution services are disrupted for extended periods of time can drastic affects on older adults. Nowadays, seriously ill people continue to live in their own homes with support from caregivers and equipment. These people need a well- thought-out emergency plan to include an emergency preparedness kit.  Consider your loved ones’ medical conditions and medications when developing this kit and the following suggestions:

  • Two Weeks supply of medications
  • Gallons of water 
  • Food supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio or a Weather Radio, batteries
  • Flashlight, disc lights and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to localize heat in one room
  • Moist towelettes and garbage bags for personal sanitation
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Hand warmers, blankets
  • Cell phone with solar charger
  • Medical needs:
    • Oxygen
    • Medications, glucose tabs
  • In the event of needing to leave the home, bring:
    • Medication
    • Oxygen
    • Eyeglasses
    • Hearing aids and extra batteries
    • Assistive technologies

Copies of legal documents: Medicare, Medicaid and SS cards, lists of emergency contacts, list of medications, doctors, and pharmacies. Call your local Happier at Home Location for help with this!

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