Get ready for winter 2013/2014 now!

Emergency_Preparedness To our staff, clients, and family members: Remember these events?

  • 2011- Hurricane Irene and the Halloween Snow Storm- 
  • 2012 Hurricane Sandy –   
  • 2103 The Blizzard with 3-4 ft of snow

We were blessed this August and September with a quiet Hurricane season but we all remember the storms of the last three years. It is important to be sure you and your loved ones have what you need and remain safe.

Tips to Prepare:

  • Pay attention to your local news. Advisories need to be taken seriously. Have a battery operated radio to use in the event you lose electricity.
  • Make sure you have batteries and flashlights. You will need more than one flashlight and extra batteries (safer not to use candles).
  • Charge your cell phone! Notify your family members that you may not have service for awhile, then keep your phone charged and only use in an emergency. The home phone is often out when the electricity goes out. Do you have the cell phone number of your client’s family? Do they have yours?
  • Store water for drinking or flushing toilets. Store the water in pans or jugs NOT IN THE BATH TUB, and keep the pans on counter away from elderly loved ones.
  • Stay away from windows during a storm. If you have been advised of a hurricane take shelter in an interior hallway or bathroom.
  • Stay warm. Be sure to keep yourself and your loved one warm if you loose electricity and heat during the cold weather. DO NOT HEAT THE HOME WITH THE STOVE OR FIREPLACE!
  • Make contact. Notify family members immediately if power is lost.
  • Keep the freezer and refrigerator closed as much as possible. Have available foods that can be eaten easily and nutritiously, that do not need warming, such as peanut butter, crackers, cereals, canned fruits and veggies and tuna. If you have canned foods you will need a manual can opener.
  • Check our social media. If we loose power in the office we will stay in touch through Facebook, Twitter, email, or cell phones. If you do not have access to these, call the office using the emergency number 203-809-3088.
  • Take supplies. If you need to leave your client’s home be sure you take a bag with all medications, personal items needed and your  personal items for 2-3 days.

If you need more assistance, or have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the office at 203.634.8668

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