Fall is here and winter is approaching. You have plenty of time to prepare for weather-related emergencies
The Montgomery County website for seniors has excellent information, including how to put together an emergency kit. http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/OEMHS/plan/Seniors/Seniors.html
Please take a look at this site and click on the brochure mentioned at the bottom of the page
The information below is compiled from the Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.
Speak to your Block Coordinator and ask if s/he is willing to be included in your support network.
First you need a preparedness plan:
1Make arrangements, prior to an emergency, for your support network to immediately check on you after a disaster and, if needed, offer assistance.
2Exchange important keys.
3Show them where you keep emergency supplies.
4Share copies of your relevant emergency documents, evacuation plans and emergency health information card.
emergency. If power is out and your land-line does not work, your cell phone might work .
6You and your personal support network should always notify each other when you are going out of town and when you will return.
7The relationship should be mutual. You have a lot to contribute! Learn about each other's needs and how to help each other in an emergency. You might take responsibility for food supplies and preparation, organizing neighborhood watch meetings and interpreting, among other things.
8Assemble an emergency kit:
á Battery-operated radio
á Flashlight and extra batteries
(Do not include candles, which cause more fires after a disaster than anything else)
á Make sure your cell phone is fully charged. If the power goes out, it will let you keep in touch with others. If you have a car charger, remember that you can charge it in your car.
á Water - 3 gallons/person, minimum, in a food-grade, plastic container. Put several containers of water in our freezer. If there is no power, you can move them to the fridge to help keep food cold. Additional water for sanitation
á Food. Be sure to have some non-perishable food.
á Change of clothes and shoes
á Non-prescription and first aid items
á Important Family Documents
Important telephone numbers
Record of bank account numbers
Family records (birth, marriage, death certificates)
Inventory of valuable household goods
Copy of will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds
Record of credit card account numbers and companies
Copy of passports, social security cards, immunization records
á Medical Needs
Prescription drugs including insulin
Extra eye glasses
Contact lenses and supplies
Heart and high blood pressure medication
á Entertainment - reading material, paper and pen
If you would like a NAN volunteer to contact you by phone or e-mail or make sure you are ok or to give you a hand with something, please contact your BC, Miriam Kelty or JoAnn Krecke or you Block coordinator.