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Caregiving in the Aftermath of a Storm — Preparation

By Janie Rosman

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Ways to reduce excessive worry in the aftermath of extreme weather or other natural disasters include:

  • Decide how much information to give the person in your care. Watching and listening to the news in a separate room is helpful if graphics or pictures would disturb the person.

  • Maintain your routine and that of the person in your care as close as possible to regular schedules and be ready to act if the situation changes or becomes worse.

  • Avoid excessive alcohol and smoking; alcohol can cloud or distort judgment.

  • Inform family members or trusted friends if evacuation is necessary. If it is, leave early to avoid traffic or before traffic becomes heavy.

  • Enlist help from family members when possible.

  • Secure help from sources and non-profit agencies that provide storm or natural disaster relief.

The caregiver may not be able to get to work after a storm or natural disaster, and those with critical needs might need to be cared for in a hospital until the caregiver can get back on schedule. Keep handy a list of area hospitals, and have an escape plan in case of last-minute evacuation. Preparation and planning help ease the stresses of unexpected emergencies.


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