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Surviving The Storm /
Hurricane season has arrived. Are
you prepared? Do you know what to do? Do you know where
to get the special assistance your loved ones need and
how to get them to safety?
Get the answers to these questions now, so when a storm
or emergency does arrive, you will be prepared.
Where Will Your Loved One Go?
If your loved one lives in an evacuation zone, count on
her leaving the house and plan her escape route,
including her destination. If she is going to weather
the storm at the house of a friend or relative, check
out the route now. If roads are washed out or closed, do
you know an alternate route?
Most nursing homes, and all those in Florida, are
required to have a disaster plan. Find out what it is,
exactly what will occur to your loved one and who will
supervise him during and after the storm. Ask if a
healthy spouse or caregiver can find shelter there as
Those who live alone, no matter how capable in normal
situations, should not be alone during a storm. They
should either have others come to their home or they
should arrange to stay with others.
Transportation may not be available for several days
after the storm. Let the emergency management office
know if your loved one cannot drive and will need to be
evacuated. Do this now. Arrange with a friend or
relative to help with transportation if the need arises.