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 Disaster Preparedness
In the event of a disaster, such as a flood, fire, or hurricane, Guardian Hospice will contact patients according to their needs. In the case of a large-scale disaster, your care team would probably not be able to keep their regular visit schedules. However, we would make every effort to stay in contact with you. Here are some general steps you can take to be better able to cope in a disaster.
Disaster Supplies Kit
→ Ideally you should keep at least a week’s supply of water, food, medication, and medical supplies on hand. Each person in the household needs about a gallon of water a day. Food should be nonperishable, either packaged or canned. Make sure to have a non-electric can opener on hand.
→ Keep an extra pair of glasses, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight, and plenty of batteries in your kit. You may also want to put in an extra set of car keys.
→ Have a supply of cash in smaller denomination bills and a credit card.
→ Consider the special needs of infants, the elderly, or disabled family members by including things like a pacemaker serial number or infant diapers and formula.
Home Preparations
→ Fasten shelves securely and bolt bookcases to the wall. Put large heavy objects on lower shelves and don’t hang mirrors or pictures over beds.
→ Secure the water heater with a thin metal strap screwed to the wall studs.
→ Learn how to shut off water, gas, and electricity.
→ You may want to arrange for a friend or neighbor to check on you in case of a disaster.
If You Have to Evacuate
→ Listen to a battery-powered radio for the locations of emergency shelters.
→ Wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing.
→ Take your disaster supplies kit.
→ Lock your house and if there is time, let others know where you are going. You can put a sign on the door noting where you expect to be.
→ You may want to make plans for care of pets since they probably will not be allowed in public shelters.
→ Shut off utilities if instructed to do so.
→ Check with local authorities for safe travel routes.
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