Aging agency advises older Ohioans to be disaster ready with emergency plan, kit

Last month’s multi-day snowstorm was a good reminder of the importance of disaster preparedness.   The Ohio Department of Aging said older Ohioans, in particular, are encouraged to have an emergency plan and kit that will allow them to remain in place for at least three days if they are unable to safely leave their homes. According to the ODA, the plan and kit should include:

• A battery-operated radio and flashlight, and extra batteries for both of those items.

• Food you can open and prepare easily without electricity.

• One gallon of water per person, per day.

• A first-aid kit and backup supply of medications.

• Spare glasses, extra hearing aid batteries and non-powered alternatives to assistive and medical equipment that may not work without electricity.

• A loud horn, whistle or bell you can use to help first responders locate you.

• The names and phone numbers of people you can call for help if you need it.

• A plan for where you will go if it is unsafe to remain in your home, and how you will get there.

The agency said to ask a reliable family member, friend or neighbor to visit or call you in an emergency and agree on a plan for what they should do if they are unable to reach you or you’re in need of help.

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