Keeping Seniors Safe Before and After a Hurricane

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Keeping Seniors Safe Before and After a Hurricane

The east coast of the United States is well into hurricane season. As a caregiver to your older family member, you take the safety of your loved one seriously. If they live in hurricane territory, it’s important that they take steps to stay safe both before and after a hurricane. Below are some tips for caregivers to use to ensure their older family member remains safe throughout hurricane season.

Caregiver in Fort Lauderdale FL: Hurricane Readiness
Caregiver in Fort Lauderdale FL: Hurricane Readiness

Stay Informed About the Storm

Make certain the older adult has multiple ways to get the information they need about the storm. While the television and computer can offer thorough, up to date information, they won’t work if the electricity goes out or the Internet goes down. Caregivers can remedy this issue by getting the senior a battery-operated radio or weather radio that will provide information throughout the storm.

Create an Emergency Kit

Seniors need to have an emergency kit prepared ahead of a storm. The kit should include all the supplies they will need for a minimum of one week. Caregivers can get a complete list of items that should be in the kit by visiting the FEMA website. Some of the items they will need are:

  • Food.
  • Water.
  • Medications.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Blankets.
  • Emergency contact list.
  • First aid kit.
  • Copies of important documents in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Prepare for Pets

If your older family member has a pet, make sure arrangements are made for its care as well. Don’t risk the senior doing something that isn’t safe or staying in their home when they should evacuate because of their pet. Caregivers should help them to find someone who can care for the pet during the storm or at least ensure that the senior has everything they will need to take care of the pet until the storm passes.

Create a Communication Plan

Pick a family caregiver or other person who lives in a different town from the older adult that they can call with updates or after the storm. Sometimes it is easier to make long-distance calls after a hurricane than it is to make local calls since lines may be down or overloaded.

Know Where Emergency Shelters Are

Find out about the emergency shelters available in the older adult’s area in case they need to leave their home. Also, learn how their community handles evacuation and be prepared to get the senior out if needed. Caregivers who do not live near the older adult should arrange for a neighbor to help the senior to evacuate.

If you or a family member are in need of hiring a Caregiver in Fort Lauderdale, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.


About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.