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									Emergency and Disaster
 Preparedness for the
 Elderly and Disabled
    Resource E: Emergency
Management Suggested Checklist
 Determine how your jurisdiction carries out
 emergency management

 Set up meetings with essential players
  Office of Emergency Management

  Fire Department

  Law Enforcement

  Emergency Medical Services
    Resource E: Emergency
Management Suggested Checklist

  Identify other partners
    American Red Cross

    Salvation Army

    Health Department

    United Way

    Voluntary Organizations Active in
     Disaster
    Resource E: Emergency
Management Suggested Checklist
Establish working relationships by sharing
contact information (multiple staff tiers) and
setting up notification systems (include
alternate phone #s, e-mails, home fax #s)
Identify resources & skill sets that will be useful
for both senior service agencies and
emergency management officials
    Resource E: Emergency
Management Suggested Checklist
Participate in plan development, drills &
exercises, & other preparedness activities
Be sure to develop a Continuity of Operations
Plan for your agency to ensure that your
mission can be carried out with special
emphasis on communications, data back-up
systems, emergency service delivery options, &
transportation
Be Aware & Prepare Personally
 (Ask Yourself the Following)
Develop an emergency preparedness plan for your family.
How and where will my family reunite following a major
disaster?
What should we do if the water supply is contaminated?
If no medical professionals are available, who can give first
aid to my family?
How will we obtain emergency information if the electricity
is out?
Can we evacuate our home safely in five
minutes? And if so, what should we
take with us?
   Five Steps to Family Disaster
           Preparedness
TALK- with your family about disasters that could
happen in your area

TRAIN- all family members
  Learn to use a fire extinguisher.

  Locate your utility shut off valves and know when
   and how to turn off your gas, electricity & water.
  Pick 2 places to meet in case of sudden
   emergency: right outside of your home or outside
   of your neighborhood in case you can’t return home
           5 Steps Continued…
TAKE STOCK- of supplies you may already have on hand that
would be helpful in a disaster. Prepare a 10-day supply of food
& water for each family member

TEST- your readiness on a regular basis.
  Review your family disaster plan
   and go through supplies at least
   once a year

TELL- everyone in the household
where emergency contact information
is kept
Disaster Supplies Kit Checklist
       The Eight Basics
Water and Food (10 day supply/person)
First aid supplies
Clothing & bedding
Essential Tools
Emergency supplies
Household bleach
Old fashioned landline telephone
Special items (batteries, matches, pet supplies, etc.)
  Keep these items in a rugged but easy to carry container (large covered
    trash can, overnight backpack, or duffel bag)
  Keep a smaller version of the kit in the trunk of your car; if you’re
    stranded, having some items will help you to be more comfortable until
    help arrives
  Store your kit in a structurally sound, accessible location
 Additional Disaster Kit Supplies

Documents scanned and included on a flash drive (insurance
papers, identification cards such as Social Security #,
Medicare; include photos that cannot be replaced, etc.
Sanitation (trash bags, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc...)
Safety & Comfort (change of clothes, heavy gloves, sturdy
shoes, light sticks, etc...)
Medical supplies such as eyeglasses, hearing aides, batteries,
and medications
Tools & Supplies (crescent wrench, axe, shovel, screwdriver,
manual can opener, etc...)
Emergency Supplies for your vehicle (blanket, booster cables,
bottled water, emergency flares, fix-a-flat, etc...)
Leisure items for you and your family (games, books, etc…)
              First Aid Kit

Build or buy a first aid kit

Medication listing and prescriptions

Everyone over the age of 10 should have basic first
aid training (the American Red Cross holds classes
for all groups)

Check and replenish first aid supplies yearly
               Evacuation
In certain emergencies, you may need to evacuate
your home

Listen to local radio (Emergency Alert System) or
television & follow the instructions of local
emergency officials

Evacuate immediately if told to do so

Authorities do not ask people to leave unless they truly
feel lives may be in danger; follow their advice
             Water and Ice
You will need more water than you might think in an
emergency

Store a minimum of ten days worth of water per
person: 1 gallon per person per day (and the same
amount for each pet)

Fill bath tubs and buckets to use for non-potable tasks
(flushing toilets, bathing, etc.)

Store ice if you live in a warm climate or need ice for
medications. Melting ice water can be used for other
purposes.
                 Utilities

Natural gas
Water
Electricity
Shutting off your utilities
Downed power line safety
Food safety in an outage
      Utilities Continued…
Cooking during an outage
 Never use barbecues or liquid fuel stoves indoors
  to cook/heat food
 Cooking with these types of appliances will
  produce carbon monoxide, which is odorless,
  colorless, & deadly


Generator safety
     Special Instructions for Life
          Support Patients

If someone in your home is on life support
equipment and you experience a power outage,
notify your electric utility immediately

   Even before any outage, your power company would
    like to be aware of all of their life support customers
   Contact them for their notification form; they will put a
    special note on your account

   Consider investing in a home generator
          Pets & Disasters
Be aware- A disaster will be traumatic for your
pets as well as you

 REMEMBER- Pets, other than service animals who
  assist people with disabilities, are not allowed in
  Red Cross shelters for health and safety reasons
 If your community has a pet-friendly shelter, you
  may need to register ahead of time. Find out the
  requirements and plan now. Or, bring this up as a
  planning need since many seniors will not leave
  their homes without their pets.
           Pets & Disasters
Prepare- Assemble a disaster supplies kit for your pet,
including the following (you may want to put them with
your own disaster supplies):

   Portable carriers
   Food, potable water, bowls, and can opener
   Medications
   Pet first aid kit (available from American
    Red Cross)
   Litter and litter box for cats
   Make sure your dog or cat is wearing
    a collar or has a microchip
   Have a current photo of your pet

								
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