May 2019 – Emergency Preparedness

May 2019 – Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

 

 

Emergency Preparedness 

 

At a recent Wisconsin Assn. of Senior Centers Spring Conference the topic was emergency preparedness.  Senior Center Directors shared what they learned when their communities experienced fires, tornadoes and a natural gas explosion. They suggested that people prepare an emergency kit ahead of time and fill it with commonly needed items and information that will help you to more easily manage and recover from such challenging situations. Suggested contents include:

 

Weather radio

Flashlight

Fresh batteries (keep stored in their original package to prevent corrosion)

Bottled water

First aid kit (large & small bandages, antibiotic ointment, alcohol wipes, sling)

Whistle (to signal for help)

Dust masks

List of current medications

List of important phone numbers

Toiletries (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, moist towelettes, toilet paper)

Cell phone and charger cable

Copy of your identification

Copies of important documents (Health Care/Financial Power of Attorney, Insurance, Advance Directives, DNR, etc.)

Extra pair of glasses

Hearing aid batteries

Extra cash

Notebook/pens

 

In an emergency, the Internet may go down and cell phones don’t always work, which is why they recommend including lists of phone numbers and copies of emergency documents.

Stay safe!

Mary Hanson