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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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