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 Senior Citizen Preparation

Learn how to protect yourself and cope with disaster by planning ahead. Even if you have physical limitations, you can still protect yourself.
  • Keep in touch with your neighbors and look out for each other.
  • Knowing What to Do Is Your Best Protection And Your Responsibility.
Preparing for a disaster that is most likely to happen in our area will help you be prepared for any disaster.
Prepare to Stay
In many emergencies, it may be impossible for your loved one to leave home or for rescuers to arrive promptly. In these cases, it's important to have supplies on hand. Your loved one's emergency kit should include:
  • Three days' supply of bottled water (one gallon of water per person and pet a day) in small, easily opened bottles.
    • Replace the water every six months.
  • Nonperishable foods
    • Choose foods that are easy to store and carry, nutritious and ready-to-eat.
    • Don't forget to include a manual can opener.
  • Several flashlights with replacement batteries.
  • One week's supply of medications with instructions for their use.
  • Battery-operated radio.
  • A whistle or large bell to attract attention.
  • Extra blankets.
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, personal hygiene supplies.
  • Phone numbers of relatives, friends and physicians.
  • Change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.
  • Extra set of keys, spare glasses, hearing aid batteries, a week's supply of medications and copies of prescriptions.
  • Cash, credit cards, change for pay phones.

Sarasota County, Florida
TTY: 7-1-1
or 1-800-955-8771
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