Senior Talk: Emergency Preparation, Get Ready Now

By Rhonda Kay Leonarduhs-logo

As winter months approach, bad weather is bound to hit. Bad weather can lead to power outages and impassible roads. Now is the time to get ready! FEMA recommends getting ready in three easy steps:

Get a kit: Basic supplies should include water, food, battery-powered or hand crank radio, flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit, whistle to signal for help, moist toweletts, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation, and pet food for your pet or service animal. Also, include emergency documents, medications and medical supplies in your kit. Family caregivers, take this opportunity to prepare a disaster supplies kit for any family member who cannot do so on their own.

Make a plan: The reality of a disaster situation is that you will likely not have access to everyday conveniences. To plan in advance, think through the details of your everyday life. If there are people who assist you on a daily basis, list who they are, and how you will contact them in an emergency. Create a personal support network (friends, family, neighbors) by identifying others who will help you and talk to them about the help you will need. Post emergency phone numbers by your phones.

Be informed: It’s important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your area. In the Northwest, public service professionals are preparing for winter storms (including ice), floods, earthquakes and fires, to name a few. If you live in a senior community become familiar with any disaster notification plans that may already exist. Talk to your community management or resident council about how you can all be more prepared together.

For more information visit or call 1-800-BE-READY. United Homecare Services also recommends visiting the American Red Cross online at This story is sponsored by United Homecare Services. If you are interested in finding out more or scheduling a no-obligation consultation, call 503-433-8079.