Red Cross recommends tips for storm preparedness for older adults

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Posted at 6:26 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 07:26:11-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As hurricane season continues, it's a good time to prepare for any kind of storm - no matter where you are.

The Red Cross says older Americans should make a list of people who can help them evacuate if needed. Also, if you require power to operate any medical devices or keep medicine cold, make a back-up plan.

The organization released a full list of steps older adults can take to prepare for what Mother Nature has in store.

Get Informed

  • Identify Likely Disasters: Know the types of disasters that could happen in your community.
  • Learn about Community Response Plans: Find out about local plans for emergency alerts, evacuation and shelter resources.
  • Sign up for alerts and warnings to receive information during an emergency.
  • Get Trained: Learn first aid, CPR and the specific actions that can save your life for each type of disaster that is likely in your area.

Assess Your Needs

  • Understand how your medical, physical and cognitive needs may affect your ability to respond to a disaster or emergency. For more information on kit considerations by ability, go to
  • Think About How You Would Respond: Consider needs you may have if the power went out, you had to stay home for two weeks or more, or if you had to evacuate your home or community.
  • Talk about the help you may need and who could assist you.

Build Your Support Network

  • Identify Helpers: Include family, friends, neighbors, caregivers and care providers to build your network of people who may be able to assist you or that you can assist.
  • Meet with your helpers to assess your needs and plan together.
  • Plan how you’ll communicate with helpers.

For more tips on how to prepare, visit the Red Cross' website.