When staying at home, it is recommended to stock up on
enough food and supplies for at least two weeks.
Remember that in all likelihood the power will go out.
Get plenty of batteries and store food that does not
need refrigeration. Plan on cooking on portable stoves
If your loved one receives meals on wheels, request
meals for a week or make arrangements for her to go
someplace where she can receive the appropriate care
during this time.
If your loved one depends on life support equipment or
air conditioning, register him with the local power and
telephone company, as well as the local disaster
preparedness agency. If he uses oxygen, ask his supplier
to give him portable tanks. Talk to a doctor and
determine if he needs to be admitted to a hospital prior
to the emergency. Again, make these calls now.
The local media will publish lists of supplies, which
should be purchased in advance. Personalize that list by
adding the items specific to the needs of yourself and
your loved ones. Go over this list with them. Make sure
there is enough medication and medical supplies to last
the storm and its aftermath. All needed supplies should
be stored so they are accessible and protected from
possible water damage. Make a list of important numbers
and keep it with you at all times.
Don't wait until the last minute, when time, supplies
and spaces at facilities are running out. The closer the
storm comes, the more difficult it is to get the
information and assistance you need. Being prepared and
making arrangements before the weatherman informs you of
approaching danger are the best ways to insure the
safety and well being of your family and loved ones.
Contact your local Office of Emergency Management, or
Office of Public Safety, for the specific resources and
information available for your area.