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Tips for Older New Yorkers to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane preparedness: Be ready for Sandy.

AARP Offers Tips for Older New Yorkers to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy


Older Adults More Vulnerable During Disasters

NEW YORK, NY – With the prospect of Hurricane Sandy becoming one of the worst storms to hit the New York area, it’s time for New Yorkers, particularly older New Yorkers, to assess their readiness for the storm.  Older adults are particularly vulnerable in an emergency and should take advance action to be as prepared as possible should they be without water, electricity, or need to evacuate their home.

The key to maintaining your health, safety and comfort during a disaster – whether it’s a big or small disaster - is to plan ahead. But how do you know if you’re really prepared for an emergency? Maybe you already have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at home, along with a first aid kit, fire extinguisher and some flashlights.

Here are some straightforward — and relatively simple — steps to review your emergency preparedness and get ready for Sandy.

  1. Take an inventory of the contents of your home and take photos or videos of the exterior and interior. Keep them in a safe location off the premises.
  2. Talk with your family members and neighbors about how to reconnect, with contact numbers and a place to meet if you must evacuate or flee.
  3. Place copies of vital documents and records (like personal identification, bank statements, wills, prescriptions, Social Security and health insurance cards, and important phone numbers) in a weatherproof container that you can grab as you run out the door. You can use an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
  4. Buy a battery-operated radio and have flashlights with extra batteries easily accessible. Have other emergency supplies ready – a change of clothing, prescriptions, extra glasses, cash, water, food, blankets, whistle and face mask.
  5. Put an emergency checklist near the door to make sure you don’t forget anything.
  6. If you are a caregiver of an older adult – help them prepare and think about medications that may require refrigeration.  Insulin can be kept at room temperature for 30 days.  For medications that must be kept cold, keep ice or frozen cold packs in the freezer and a small ice chest handy.
  7. Be sure you have enough medication on hand and consider putting a pill splitter and any other medical supplies like syringes in your emergency to-go bag.

After you’ve completed the checklist for your home, do some extra good by helping a friend or neighbor prepare for an emergency. A disabled, homebound or infirm person probably can't do all of these things and may be reluctant to ask for help. To learn more about disaster preparedness and for the latest updates on Hurricane Sandy in New York, visit http://www.nyprepare.gov/aware-prepare.

Attached is AARP's Hurricane preparedness guide. 

AARP has over 2.7 million members in New York.

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Diane Scott October 29, 2012 at 12:54 AM
My family survived Hurricane Katrina by leaving the city of New Orleans ahead of the storms arrival. People should know the two most signifcant things you can sometimes do to survive one of these storms. First: leave if an evacuation is ordered. And, Second: if there is flooding during the storm and you try to escape the flood water by going into the attic of your home, bring an axe, hatchett or large pry bar. A great number of people who died in Katrina did so because as the waters rose and the winds raged, they sought safety first on an upper floor of their homes,if they had one. Then as it rose further they went in their attics. Many people would have survived, had they brought with them an axe, or large pry bar or anything to open their way onto the roof top before the waters rose into their attics, in which they subsequently drowned with no way out. To the folks on the East Coast I hope you do not find yourselves in such a horrible situation with this storm. Please, be safe.
Vincent November 09, 2012 at 11:32 AM
LOL. What is this article still doing on the Mineola Patch website?


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