Don’t Get Dinged by Disaster. Plan AheadPosted by Medicare Made Clear
Disasters and emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. They also tend to strike unexpectedly.
Unfortunately, many people don’t have an action plan in place, so when an emergency does happen, they’re not ready for it.
Below are some ideas to get you started in creating your own preparedness plan.
Community Emergency Plan
- Senior Safety: For any type of emergency, have a designated person like a neighbor, family member or friend to check on you and help you in case of emergency.
- Download the FEMA app to access disaster preparedness tips, build your personal emergency kit, and locate open Disaster Recovery Centers.
Home Emergency Plan
- Escape Route: Make sure each person has at least two ways to get out of the home. Pick a location to meet that is a safe distance from the home, like the street light at the corner, so you know everyone got out safely.
- Utility Shut-offs: Know how to shut off the gas, electric and water. Shut off the utilities in an emergency only if it is safe. Otherwise, get out and away from the house and then call the utility company.
- Get Organized: Store your important documents like financial records, insurance policies and passports in a safe deposit box and/or on a flash drive.
- Safety: Take a first aid and CPR class. Check with the American Red Cross for a class location near you. Next, build a first aid kit for your home and your car.
- Keep working fire extinguishers in your home and know how to use them. Have them professionally inspected every year.
Road Emergency Plan
- Car Safety: Avoid dangerous weather conditions and travel problems by planning ahead. Keep the gas tank full and maintain your vehicle at all times.
- Visit Ready.gov for more information on disaster and emergency preparedness.
For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.
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