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Hurricane Sandy Is On the Way: Are Your Seniors Ready?

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 29 October 2012

For those living on the East Coast, Hurricane Sandy (also known as “Frankenstorm”) has arrived. Per Weather.com, evacuations are already in effect for New York City, federal offices in Washington, D.C. are closed, the storm is “powerful and still intensifying,” and the “number and range of the warnings issued by the National Weather Service is jaw-dropping.”

As the storm makes its way up the coastline, assisted living homes and other senior care communities should have a disaster preparedness plan at the ready.

Throughout the weekend, checking in with senior neighbors living at home alone has been a common theme on various news outlets and social media networks. Long-distance caregivers for seniors living in Sandy’s path have probably been on the phone with nearby family and friends to ensure that their relatives are prepared for the power outages, flash flooding, and other effects of the storm.

Even if you don’t live anywhere near the regions affected by this severe weather, it’s a good time for all of us to review our family/workplace readiness plans, or to create one if needed. In fact, our last #ElderCareChat  conversation on October 17 focused on emergency preparedness for caregivers of seniors; review the recap post here for practical insights and helpful resources shared, including access to Ready.gov’s sample disaster plans.

From all of us at SeniorsforLiving.com, stay safe… and don’t forget to check in on your senior neighbors!

 

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  1. [...] Senior safety during a natural disaster does not differ that greatly from safety for all individuals during a natural disaster. Here are a few tips if you are a senior experiencing the hurricane or if you have a loved one who is a senior on the East coast tonight: [...]

     

    on 29 October 2012 / 8:32 PM

     
 

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