We are living in the “New Normal”, a time when 100 year storms come back to back. If this is the new norm then we need to be better prepared for the next event. It is not a matter of “if” the next big storm will hit, it is a matter of when it will hit.
We are very dependent on electrical power for all of our needs. When the power fails many of us lose phone service, lights, refrigeration and, worst of all, heat.
With winter weather fast approaching there are a number of things you can do to be prepared.
The CDC has a really neat checklist of how to heat your home safely during winter weather. However, it is not really focused on seniors.
Many seniors have downsized into apartment buildings with elevators. There are no fireplaces or storage for kerosene heaters. Most apartments do not have back-up generators.
It is important for seniors to be aware of weather reports and take heed of early advisories and warnings. When a big storm hits rescuers might not be able to get to you.
The best thing to do is to know where your town’s shelters are and get there whenever they open. If transportation is an issue contact your local police department for assistance. For emergency shelter information contact info line at 211.