Emergency Preparedness for Connecticut Seniors

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

Photo Credit: MedEvac71 via Compfight cc

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Als Covid Homecoming Post

How To Bring A Loved One Home From A Nursing Home

While different facilities have different procedures, there are some common things that can help you prepare for when your family member is coming back to their home. Below we’ve outlined a few helpful tips and reminders about what to do and what to expect when your family returns home. Print, save and share this infographic or use our form below to get a copy of this infographic emailed to you.                    

Als Covid Health And Wellness Post

8 Ideas to Support Your Health & Wellness During COVID-19

Now is the perfect time to focus on your health and wellness to keep your body strong during COVID-19. We’ve outlined 8 easy tips to use during this time to fuel your body, mind and soul. Print, save and share this infographic or use our form below to get a copy of this infographic emailed to you.   If you’d like a PDF version emailed directly to you, and to receive additional infographics and resources, join our newsletter.

Fraud Alert Graphic

Economic Impact Payments Fraud and What To Watch For

With the IRS releasing monies to citizens through the CARES Act, scammers are trying various tactics to access the economic impact payments from deserving individuals and families. Financial scams are an ongoing problem, in part due to our growing reliance on technology and digital payment systems. Our elderly are especially an easy target because many in the older generation are less tech savvy, isolated and lonely, or suffering from memory issues that impair their judgement. Here are some FACTS regarding

Als Covid Infographic Food Post

Safe Food Ideas During COVID-19

While it’s challenging during this time to make every-day grocery runs and food pickup and choices, we’ve outlined some quick tips on where and how to get food and supplies while things are closed or have special hours and restrictions. Print, save and share this infographic on some of our top ideas for safe food during COVID-19. You can also use our form below to get a copy of this infographic emailed to you.   If you’d like a PDF