About two years ago, we have several tornadoes to come through our city and basically put us out of commission for a week. The schools were damaged, there were no telephone lan lines, and no electricity.
There were trees and electrical lines down on virtually all of our streets which made it very difficult to get out of your neighborhoods. It was then that I became aware of the importance of an emergency kit for different times of the year. It was very difficult to get to my Mom’s apartment (which is in a senior community) to see if she was alright due to the many street closures. But when we were able to, she was fine and we brought her to our house to stay with us until services were reinstated.
Now that it is the Fall/Winter seasons upon us, there is the potential for Winter storms and snow storms that could shut down the city as well. We live in a small Southern town and snowfall of 2 inches essentially shuts down our town. There may be times that we cannot get to my mother or loved ones so this is what I suggest that seniors have in case of a weather emergency:
1. Battery operated weather radio and batteries
2. Flash light (or two)
3. A small box or back pack
4. At least enough cans of non-perishables to last 3-5 days
5. Bottles water for drinking and bathing (if pipes are frozen)
6. Regular battery operated radio for local news reports
7. Small first aid kit (bandaids, alcohol, pain reliever, antibiotic ointment)
8. Extra blankets
9. Manual can opener
10. Pair of sturdy shoes
To help assist seniors with this task, your family or church youth group can print copies of what is needed in an emergency kit and pass them out at senior living areas or events. If you church can donate some items such as canned goods or water, that would be a big help.