Top 10 Tips for Disaster Preparedness



With hurricane Florence having just gone through the east coast, it makes us all think about what more we can do to be prepared if disaster should strike. Disaster preparedness is especially important for the elderly. “Disaster” is not limited to hurricanes alone. Snow storms, tornadoes, widespread power outages, etc are included in this category. Are you prepared?


Use a backpack or other bag with your supplies that can be easily accessed. This “kit” should include:

  • Water: There should be enough for one gallon per person, per day
  • Food: Choose foods that do not need cooking, such as canned foods (Don’t forget a can opener!)
  • Battery operated radio and flashlights with extra batteries
  • Know your evacuation routes
  • Have at least a 7-day supply of medication
  • Change of clothing
  • Wipes for personal use
  • Copies of any important personal documents
  • Small emergency blanket
  • Cash

Natural disasters are rare but it’s always to be prepared. If evacuation is necessary, be sure to make special arrangements for any handicap transportation. Leave as early in the evacuation period as possible, especially with an elderly loved one. If you will be staying in a shelter, have something from home that makes your elderly loved one feel as comfortable as possible. We hope you never have to experience such a disaster, but there is no harm in being prepared.


  1. Have a map of your city or town in case you cannot use GPS.
  2. Always have a full tank of gas in your car.

Note: This information is general in nature. It should not be construed as professional medical, financial, legal, or tax advice. You should work with your healthcare provider, financial, attorney, or tax professional to determine what will work best for you and your loved one’s situation. 

cloudnine staff writer

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