Storm Preparation: Tips from Seniors

dstricoff February 12th, 2013, 1:36 PM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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Last Friday, everyone was on alert for the impending snow storm. We weren’t sure how many seniors would attend the Day Center, but we opened for those who wanted to come. We had early dismissal to get everyone home safely before the storm arrived, even though they didn’t want to stop activities!

I was simply amazed at how many seniors showed up on Friday! 

Ms. N. told me that, although her daughter wanted her to stay home, she said, “I’m going to the Center – it’s my second home and I’m not missing it!”   

Mr. P. said, “Why would I stay home? I’d be bored at home, of course I came today!”   

Ms. S. told us she’s prepared for anything and a little snow wasn’t going to keep her away! She said she was at the Superbowl when the lights went out – she always carries a flashlight, she was prepared then and she’s prepared now!

We had an interesting discussion about storms that the seniors have experienced over their lifetimes and how they prepare for a storm. Here are some thoughts on storm preparation from our members:

What do you do to prepare for a storm?

  • Carry a flashlight
  • Don’t use candles
  • Get extra water
  • Get plenty of food – get good eats!
  • Have jackets and extra blankets ready in case the heat goes out
  • Buy salt for paths and driveways – helps prevent falls after the storm
  • Make sure to have supply of medications
  • Gather important papers
  • Have extra cash
  • Tell my family to get gas for their cars
  • Buy extra food and water to give to neighbors in need
  • Call sick friends and neighbors to check on them
  • Have manual can opener ready – if electricity goes out, electric can opener won’t work!

Thanks to our members for the excellent advice. Hope this wisdom helps you prepare and be safe!


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