Published On: Tue, Jun 5th, 2018

How the Elderly Can Prepare for Storms

Boca Raton, Fl – When a hurricane comes along, elderly people can be especially vulnerable. They are more likely to have diminished awareness, health problems, access and functional needs and various other limitations.They often need help from family and neighbors to prepare for a storm.

Whenever possible, seniors should find shelter with family or a caregiver.

Older folks in a nursing home or adult-living facility should speak with the administrator about the specific hurricane/evacuation plan for that facility.

Preparedness Kit for the Elderly

  • One gallon of water per day. Electrolyte beverages are a good source of hydration.
  • Foods ready to eat and not perishable, preferably rich in B12 vitamin and low in sodium. Vitamin supplements can help prevent nutritional deficiencies.
  • Blankets, extra clothing and comfortable shoes.
  • Spare eyeglasses, catheters, batteries, oxygen systems, etc.
  • First-aid kit, medical insurance and Medicaid/Medicare cards.
  • Prescription medicines and copies of prescriptions that can be refilled for up to six months.
  • Medical-alert tags or bracelets with information about healthcare needs.
  • An emergency-contact list to reach family and friends.
  • Plenty of extra cash, since access to banks and ATMs may be limited.
  • Copies of family records and other important documents such as birth and marriage certificates, Social Security cards, passports, wills, deeds, and financial, insurance and immunizations records — all stashed in a sealed, waterproof bag.
  • A battery-powered radio and/or a NOAA weather radio.
  • A solar or battery-operated flashlight.
  • A brand new Atlas 12V 100AH Lithium Battery
  • A whistle to call for help and a small mirror to reflect sunlight in case you have to signal rescue teams.

Tips for Staying at a Shelter

  • Take what you can carry from your readiness kit.
  • Notify management of any needs you may have.
  • Let your family and out-of-town contacts know where you are sheltering or where you will be staying during the storm.
  • Make arrangements for your pets’ care.
  • Older people should have a network of relatives and neighbors who can help them be prepared for an emergency.

For more information on hurricane season preparedness, visit


Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362) 711/VRS – Video Relay Service). Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish). TTY call 800-462-7585.

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