Hurricane Preparedness for Caregivers

Be informed. Know the latest information about the storm and related issues such as: availability and location of special needs shelters, important phone numbers, and storm-related hazards information such as flooding, lightning, and rip currents.

Know about and comply with evacuation orders. Secure a destination point before leaving your home and be aware of the status of roads.

Go to a safe place. Stay with family or friends or go to a shelter in your area.

Bring a picture of the person with dementia in case he or she gets lost.

Have a hurricane kit ready with at least a two weeks supply of medications, a list of all the medications including dosages and instructions, first aid supplies, list of important phone numbers, and any other essential supplies needed.

Make sure you have the essentials you will need at home. Have a 2 weeks supply of items such as water, ice, nonperishable goods, batteries, flashlight, and a battery operated radio. Fill up your bathtub with water to flush your toilet or to have water for sponge baths and cleaning.

Gather important documents and put them in a safe and dry place. Take them with you if you leave your home.

Have an overnight bag ready with toiletries, two changes of clothes, several changes of underwear, socks, comfortable shoes, a sweater, pillows, blankets, battery-operated radio and flashlight, as well as other essential items such as snacks, games or activities to keep your loved one occupied and distracted. If possible bring something familiar and comforting for the person with dementia.

Move all outside planters and other loose items inside.

If you have a generator, make sure you know how to operate it safely and place it in a well-ventilated place. Do not overload it!

If you have a propane grill, make sure you know how to operate it safely and tightly close the valve once you are done using it. Have a second propane tank available.

Let someone know where you are going!

Make sure your loved one is wearing an identification bracelet!

Ask for help!

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College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida