How do you plan for an emergency for someone who needs help with their daily activities? If someone cannot run from a fire or drive away from a flood, the options to help might seem limited.
The National Safety Council lists “natural and environmental incidents” as one of the top causes of unintentional injury and death in home and communities.
The key is in preparation for any possible disaster or emergency. Whether you live with an elder who needs help in the home or in another state or country far from loved ones who need assistance, there are things you can do now to help keep them safe.
Emergency planning is not one and done, but something that requires updating each year-- from fresh batteries to phone numbers on the support network contact list. Visit the National Safety Council website for specific lists and types of emergencies to plan for at all times.
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