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Natural Disaster Preparation for Caregivers

For caregivers, it is especially important to insure that loved ones are taken care of in the case of an emergency. Though it is hard to predict when disaster may strike, it is important to make sure that your loved ones have a plan.

There are a few key areas to focus on in case of emergencies: food/water & supplies, power and a network of friends, family and neighbors.

1. Make an Emergency Plan: With predicted storms and hurricanes on the horizon for summer 2014, it is crucial to insure both you and your loved ones have an emergency plan. As a caregiver, make sure you are up to date on weather reports. Make sure you know how to navigate around the home and have routes in place. If possible, discuss the plan with your loved one.   k

2. Be Prepared: Keep flashlights, candles and batteries on hand in case of power outages and stock up on non-perishable food items and water. If there is no landline in the home, consider purchasing a battery charger for your mobile phone for extended power outages.

3. Have Your Support Network in Place: In the case of evacuation, insure you have an established network of family, neighbors and friends that are willing to take in your loved one. It’s important to have this network even if there isn’t bad weather on the horizon, because you never know when disaster may strike.

Remember, a little preparation goes a long way!

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