Hurricanes are devastating storms that threaten Florida every year, and put millions of residents in harm’s way. Did you know, however, that Florida seniors are at particular risk due to an increased propensity for mobility issues and health concerns? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways seniors can prepare for the superstorms, starting long before a hurricane is on its way.
As we find ourselves in the midst of hurricane season, let us share some important hurricane tips Florida seniors may use to protect themselves from danger and economic loss.
1. Ideas for what you can do right now, before a storm arrives.
- Review all insurance policies to ensure that you’re properly covered for hurricane-related hazards. The Florida Department of Financial Services offers some helpful hurricane insurance guidelines.
- Inventory the contents of your home and take photos or videos of both the exterior and interior. Make sure to catalogue receipts for expensive items, such as jewelry, art and furniture. Keep copies in a safe, separate location, if possible.
- Gather vital legal documents and medical records, and make copies to be stored at home in a weatherproof container.
- Create an emergency communication plan so that you will know how to reconnect with loved ones after a hurricane disaster.
2. Ideas for immediately before and during a hurricane.
- Monitor local news stations and have a backup battery-powered radio on-hand.
- Close and lock all windows and doors.
- Be prepared to evacuate if ordered. Staying is not worth the risk.
- Store plenty of bottled water for drinking, and fill sinks and bathtubs with water to use for bathing, washing clothes or flushing the toilet.
- Bring outdoor objects inside cover areas. Trash cans and patio furniture can turn into deadly flying debris.
- Shut off water at the main valve and electricity at the breaker box at the first signs of flooding.
3. Ideas for after the storm.
- Take Florida heat seriously. Seniors often have a reduced tolerance for high heat, which can be exacerbated by certain medications.
- Consider evacuating if you’re subjected to a power outage.
- Contact FEMA, the American Red Cross, or local emergency services for help, if needed.
- Avoid scams by refusing to provide personal information to anyone, unless they’re familiar or you initiated the contact.
We know that hurricane season can be a very tense time for Florida seniors and their loved ones. Do not wait to take precautions to be prepared on this and all elder care issues. Let us know what questions you may have and do not wait to contact our law office to schedule a meeting.