Seniors and individuals with special needs require some additional precautions to help them prepare for an emergency.
- Consider signing up with the Special Needs Registry if you might require assistance leaving your home during an emergency. The registry is for individuals with physical or mental disabilities who live on their own.
- Prior to the emergency, provide the local power company a list of electricity-dependent life support equipment that family members need. During a large-scale emergency, you should not have to depend on having an outside source of power. You should also notify your local police, fire, and EMS agencies about the presence of life-support equipment.
- Talk with family members and neighbors in the area about emergency planning. If you have a home-health provider, talk with them about planning for emergencies.
- Keep between a week and two weeks worth of your important medications as a reserve. Check with your local pharmacists for the earliest date you can re-fill your prescription, then save a few doses of medication over the course of a few refills and you will have an emergency supply.
- If you have mobility impairments, talk with neighbors about receiving assistance in getting to a shelter or evacuating from a building.
- Keep a master list of your medical support needs, information and contact information, including medications, dosages, any allergies, and insurance information. Provide a trusted friend or family member with a copy of that information, as well.
- Make sure that your service animal, if you have one, is properly registered.