U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – When a hurricane is approaching, senior citizens may need the assistance of family members or friends to be fully prepared. Barriers to preparation may be physical, emotional or financial. Having somewhere to take shelter with people they know would be best to ensure their safety.
Senior citizens need a kit just like everyone else facing a possible disaster; the difference is the specialized supplies necessary.
Preparedness Kit for a Senior Citizen
- One gallon of water per day for 10 days. Electrolyte beverages are a good source of hydration.
- Non-perishable foods.
- 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.
- 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 information; insurance and immunization records—all kept in a sealed, waterproof bag.
- A battery-powered radio and/or a NOAA weather radio.
- A solar or battery-operated flashlight.
- A whistle to call for help.
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