What the Elderly in San Diego County Should Do to Prepare for an Emergency

elderly prepareThe recent power outages have been a wake up call for many elderly and their children in San Diego county. Were you prepared for the power outages? If you were like most of the elderly in San Diego county, this power outage caught you by surprise. How can you plan in advance so you can be prepared for another power outage emergency?

Prepare an Emergency Kit

There are many things that you should have on hand just in case of an emergency. Items such as gallons of drinking water, non-perishable food, a blanket, cash, and a first aid kit should be included. Find a complete list of emergency kit items at this TrustworthyCare.com resource.

Prepare Your Home Now

You don’t want to have to go digging through your emergency kit for your flashlight during the next power outage. Flash lights and extra batteries should be kept in easy to reach locations, like the drawer of a side table or bathroom cabinet. Then you will have light so you can easily make your way to the emergency kit that you have prepared. You probably already store your important family papers like insurance and personal identification information in a firesafe box, but purchase a portable, waterproof container to place inside the firesafe box, so you can rest assured that your family documents will survive whatever emergency may come your way.

Keep Supply Levels High

If they can afford it, the elderly in San Diego county should try not to run low on certain items. Canned food might be an item that quickly comes to mind, but what about your prescription medicine? That’s the last thing you want to run out of in an emergency, so make sure that you always have at least a three day supply on hand, more if possible. Accessible water is also critical.

Have a Family Plan

Aging parents in San Diego county should speak with their children about a family emergency plan. Choose contact methods, such as telephone and email, so you can quickly get in touch in case of an emergency. Identify family members or neighbors that would be responsible to check on the elderly in the event of a situation. You should also choose an accessible meeting place or backup plan, so you can communicate with your family if a power outage prevents you from making contact by phone.

These are just a few of the things that the elderly in San Diego county should do to prepare for another emergency like this power outage. You can find more information and links to organizations who can help in an emergency here. Don’t let another emergency take you by surprise. Preparing yourself and your home ahead of time will help to prevent stress when an emergency happens.

Originally posted 2011-09-14 10:30:20.

Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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