Hurricane season – the dreaded summer months from June 1 – Nov. 1 when we all hold our breath and hope against disaster.
Fortunately, there are resources available to help us prepare our seniors living alone, along with their caregivers.
The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. provides some excellent resources on their web site: http://www.agingcarefl.org/disaster.
One of their best recommendations is to register with your local Emergency Management agency if you might be in need of evacuation assistance.
As you know, the time to plan is before the storm arrives. The Area Agency on Aging provides the following links and resources to help you prepare:
- Local Resources for Pasco and Pinellas Counties
- Disaster Preparedness For Those With Special Needs
- Pet Safety
- Protect Yourself from Heat Stress
- FEMA Website
The Department of Elder Affairs annually publishes one edition of the “Elder Update” as a Disaster Preparedness Guide for Seniors. For this document go to: http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/english/pubs_elderupdate.php
FEMA has prepared a special page on their website, http://www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/hu_season08.shtm, to help citizens prepare for hurriane season. It is available in English and Spanish.
In July of 2008 FEMA also issued a guide called Help After a Disaster that describes FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP) requirements, documentation, and processes. Click here for the pdf file. It contains useful program information about IHP, but according to FEMA, “For disaster-specific questions, it is always best to visit our website at www.fema.gov or contact the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing impaired).”
You can also find more tips in the June issue of Senior Voice America, online at http://issuu.com/seniorvoiceamerica/docs/june_2012_issue.