What Should Be in a Severe Weather Emergency Kit?

Severe weather can be very dangerous for elderly adults. From loss of electricity to property damage, severe weather can result in serious hazards for your elderly parent. As a family caregiver, it is extremely important for you to take steps to protect your parent and help them through such events in the best way possible.

One essential way to do this is making a severe weather emergency kit to keep in their home. This kit should contain the items that your parent could use to get them through periods of extreme weather and issues such as power outages as safely and healthily as possible.

Home Care Rochester NY - What Should Be in a Severe Weather Emergency Kit?

Home Care Rochester NY – What Should Be in a Severe Weather Emergency Kit?

Items that should be kept in your parent’s severe weather emergency kit include:

  • Enough easy to prepare, non-perishable, nutritious food to sustain your parent and anyone else who may be in the home with them when an emergency strikes, such as you or a home care provider, for at least three days. Ensure that the supplies are appropriate for your parent’s dietary needs.
  • Enough potable water to sustain your parent and anyone else who might be in the home with them when the emergency strikes for three days or more,
  • Enough potable water to aid in preparation of food, hygiene needs, and taking medications as necessary,
  • Medications that your parent may need to take,
  • First aid kit with supplies to manage health issues and injuries that might arise,
  • Safety supplies including a whistle or small bullhorn, bright fabric or flags to draw attention, flashlights, extra batteries, a battery-operated radio, and basic tools,
  • Communication supplies including a mobile device, charger, and emergency battery,
  • Two or more sets of clothing and additional, versatile clothing such as sweat suits for anyone else who might in the home,
  • Blankets and towels,
  • Documents including identification, insurance information, doctor information, deeds to the house, and other information kept in a watertight container,
  • Any supplies needed for their pets to keep them safe and healthy throughout the emergency,,
  • Toiletry items to manage hygiene needs in the event that the severe weather causes a loss of electricity and running water.
  • Entertainment such as books, puzzles, and games.

Just as your parents needs and challenges can change as they age, so can your ability to meet those needs. Whether your senior has developed new limitations or health challenges that require additional care, your own challenges or limitations have increased beyond your ability to fulfill their care needs, or your schedule has become busier and you do not feel that you’re able to give your parent the care that they need, home care maybe the ideal solution.

A home care services provider can be with your parent on a customized schedule to ensure that they receive the level of care and attention that is appropriate for them and that also takes into account the care that you give them. This means that they can meet their needs, stay safe and healthy, maintain greater independence and activity, and also enjoy the benefits of diversified care from both of you and their home care provider.

Sources:  https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1494008826172-76da095c3a5d6502ec66e3b81d5bb12a/FEMA_2017_WinterStorm_HTP_FINAL.pdf

If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Rochester NY, contact the caring staff at Caring Hearts of Rochester today! Serving Rochester, Pittsford, Greece, Webster, Canandaigua, Fairport, Perinton, Penfield, Brighton, Henrietta and ansurrounding communities. Call 585-245-0134.

About Kevin Watkins

Caring Hearts of Rochester was founded by John Hunt and Kevin Watkins. Kevin and John met when they were in the same Boy Scout Troop in their youth. They chose different career paths before forming Caring Hearts.

Kevin and his wife, Candy, lived in Naples, Florida for 10 years, where three of their four children were born. He was recruited to the insurance industry by a colleague who felt his personality would benefit people with needs. The insurance industry became a big part of their lives. He evaluated peoples’ risks, working with property and casualty, and life products, and later began to underwrite Long Term Care insurance as people were beginning to plan for their futures. He started two agencies, then bought a third. In his last three years before selling his third agency, he was ranked in the top 10%, top 5% & then top 1% nationally out of the more than 12,500 Allstate agencies in the U.S. at the time. Kevin’s success can be accredited to his kind nature and his genuine desire to help individuals and families with their needs. He feels very at home meeting with people and discussing their needs, a trait that has been very helpful in his continued success with Caring Hearts of Rochester. Kevin returned to Rochester in 2006 to introduce their young children to snow and to be closer to his extended family.

After having returned to Rochester from their careers in other states, John and Kevin reconnected. Alzheimer’s had afflicted both of their families, and they had both experienced and witnessed the challenges associated with the role of being a caregiver. Kevin’s and John’s collective experiences complemented their desire to work with families and individuals in need. They founded Caring Hearts of Rochester and have since been able work in a capacity that has become a passion for them. They are both Certified Senior Advisors (CSA), a designation earned through education, study and experience in the Elderly and Geriatric Care Profession. Their number one concern is providing their senior clients with ethical and effective services and products. Caring Hearts of Rochester is associated with numerous local affiliations for the elderly in the Upstate NY area including Lifespan, Eldersource, and the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly.

As the co-founders and hands-on managers of Caring Hearts of Rochester, we thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our passion. We are responsible for the services we offer, for the people we hire, for the training they receive, for the quality and reliability of the services our team delivers to you and your loved ones. Give us a call so that we may learn more about you and your needs at (585) 861-CARE(2273)