If you have a service provider, talk to them about being prepared for emergencies.
Seniors and people having disabilities should do the following when planning for an emergency.
|Create a Communication Plan that you can follow.|
|Make an Emergency Supply Kit that is tailored to your needs.|
|Put a whistle or loud bell near your bed ( to attract attention).|
|Keep an extra pair of eye glasses, and an extra hearing aid with batteries handy, or extra assistive technology as needed.|
|Keep mobility aids close and in good repair.|
|Make a list of all medications and allergies and keep it handy.|
|Keep extra food and water handy for service animals (i.e. seeing-eye dogs, mobility pets)|
|Create a plan with any personal care attendants you may have.|
|Develop a buddy system with a family member, friend or neighbor and make plans on how to assist one another during an emergency.|
|Find out if you are eligible for a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) unit through the Tompkins County Office for the Aging..|
www.redcross.org - National disaster aid organization