Hurricane Florence is an Unwelcome Visitor, Especially for Caregivers

Weather emergencies throw our daily lives to the wind. When, where, how and who are important questions which everyone must answer when the crisis arrives. The REUNIONCare team offers you this short how to guide to connect with the right organizations to remain connected and informed during the storm.


FEMA lists these important considerations because your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to think about the following situations and plan just in case. Consider the following questions when making a plan:


●     How will my family/household get emergency alerts and warnings?

●     How will my family/household get to safe locations for relevant emergencies?

●     How will my family/household get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landline doesn’t work?

●     How will I let loved ones know I am safe?

●     How will family/household get to a meeting place after the emergency?

Organized by FEMA, the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is the Nation’s alert and warning infrastructure. It provides an effective way to alert and warn the public about emergencies using the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, and other public alerting systems from a single interface. IPAWS is used to send notifications for three alert categories— Presidential, AMBER, and Imminent Threat. 

Emergency Preparedness includes creating and sharing an evacuation plan for special attention to care for our most vulnerable family and friends:


●      Set up a phone tree!

●      Share a travel plan and share it with your loved using this guide Travel arrangements for all senior adults.  After a disaster declaration, time moves fast as everyone scrambles out of harm’s way.  Create that travel plan now before the need arises.  Telecommunication services may suffer service issues during a crisis so a paper copy is the best back up plan. 


●      Select a meeting place outside the declared disaster area.  Sometimes this location would be in another city.  Be sure to identify care facilities for the senior adult in the relocation community. 


●      Collect all the medications - one month supply in the original containers with the prescription clearly visible.   A medical identification card or bracelet is helpful listing allergies, medications, diagnosis and emergency contact.  Be sure to store the medications as directed which may include a small cooler for items such as insulin.


●      List all the medical equipment and supplies needed.  Be sure to take along any monitoring, mobility and other adaptive equipment.  Pack up older/alternative prescription glasses, hearing aids and other devices that may work short term in case an item is left behind. 


●      Create an Emergency Suitcase.    Keep a suitcase packed with a week of clothes, toiletries and other personal supplies along with the medical equipment in an easy to reach location, preferably near the most common exit.  This will minimize the time and energy devoted to moving things allowing for more time to concentrate assisting people.


Be Prepared.  Be in control.  Be safe.