The effects of a hurricane or tropical cyclone can be devastating. In the past two centuries, hurricanes have been responsible for more than 1.9 million fatalities worldwide.
If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, it is important to be prepared. Senior citizens and the disabled should also take extra precautions before the storm hits.
Hurricane Evacuation Plan
It is important to come up with a hurricane evacuation plan before a storm hits. You should speak with your friends or family members who live outside of an evacuation area to see if you can stay with them.
Next, make travel arrangements in the event that your neighborhood is evacuated. If you require special equipment, such as a wheelchair, walker, or portable oxygen tank, make sure your transportation plans can accommodate it.
Medications and Medical Supplies
Many elderly and disabled individuals rely on medications to help with their medical conditions. It is important to have a 30-day supply of prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, and supplements on-hand in case of emergency.
Keep a list of the medications you must take, including the dosage as well as how and when it should be taken. You should also make a note of any allergies (including food allergies) as well as your doctor’s name and phone number.
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