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Make Sure The Elderly Are Storm Ready

Posted by Deb Spinelli on 9/22/2015
Regardless of where you live, chances are you are subject to some type of severe weather from time to time. In the southeast hurricanes and tropical storms can be a serious concern from August to November, and in the mid-west Spring brings the ever present threat of tornadoes. During the winter months, the north and northeast can experience severe freezing and extreme winter storms. Whatever your geographical location, it is important that you take steps to safeguard your family when storms hit. Elderly loved ones who live on their own are particularly vulnerable when storms roll in, since they may lack the means to make necessary preparations on their own. Below are some tips to make sure your elderly relatives, friends, and neighbors have all they need to safely ride out whatever storms may come your way.
  • Help your elderly loved one prepare an emergency storm kit well in advance of severe weather warnings. This kit should contain a working flashlight and portable radio (both equipped with plenty of spare batteries), candles and waterproof matches, a first aid kit, and a waterproof container to hold important documents and valuables in the event of evacuation.
  • Make sure your elderly loved one has stocked up on bottled water and non-perishable food items. Canned and other prepackaged food are essential if the power goes out for an extended period of time, and bottled water is necessary for similar reasons. Be sure to check the expiration dates on all food and bottled water to ensure that food is still fresh and water potable.
  • Ensure that your elderly loved one is sufficiently stocked up on any necessary prescription medications. You certainly don't want them running out of that life-saving medicine in the middle of a storm that will have pharmacies closed for days to come.
  • Make sure your elderly relative or neighbor is able to maintain proper hygiene even in the absence of electricity and running water. The Medical Maven offers a variety of products to make hygiene easy, even without water. Our Clean & Free Fresh Fragrance No Rinse shampoo and body wash, for example, cleanses both skin and hair and requires no water to rinse off.

When bad weather rolls in, let The Medical Maven help you ensure that your elderly relative, friend, or neighbor is well prepared to ride out the storm. Make sure they stock up on all necessary items well in advance of any possible storms to minimize preparation related stress when severe weather does hit.

Statement: It is important to help your elderly loved one prepare in advance for storm season.

Posted in: Elderly Care