Hurricane Planning for the Elderly

When creating a plan consider the needs of each family member.

Hurricane Planning for Elderly

Preparing for a Hurricane: A Guide for the Elderly
Hurricanes pose significant risks, particularly to elderly individuals. As such, it’s essential to have a well-thought-out plan tailored to their specific needs. This guide provides detailed information to help elderly individuals prepare effectively for a hurricane, addressing unique challenges and offering practical solutions.

Why Preparation is Different for the Elderly
The elderly may face distinct challenges during a hurricane due to factors such as:

Physical Limitations: Difficulty moving quickly or evacuating.
Medical Needs: Dependence on medications and medical equipment.
Cognitive Impairments: Difficulty understanding emergency instructions or making quick decisions.
General Preparation Tips
Create a Personal Support Network: Identify friends, family members, neighbors, and caregivers who can assist you during an emergency. Ensure they are aware of your needs and have a plan to check on you regularly.

Develop a Plan: Have a detailed evacuation plan that includes accessible routes and transportation options. Know the location of the nearest shelters, especially those equipped to handle medical needs.

Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit that includes:

Medications and medical supplies (at least a week’s supply)
Copies of medical records
Battery-operated or hand-crank radio
Flashlights and extra batteries
Non-perishable food and water (at least three days’ supply)
Basic first aid kit
Personal hygiene items
Important documents (IDs, insurance papers, etc.)
Items specific to health needs, such as hearing aids and extra batteries, glasses, and mobility aids
Stay Informed: Sign up for emergency alerts and notifications from local authorities. Have multiple ways to receive warnings, such as through TV, radio, and mobile apps.

Family Safety Plan

Include a plan for you and your family just in case of emergency.

Personal Preparation

Preparing for a hurricane will be different for different families. We have provided links to resources below.