FEMA stresses proper preparation for elderly and disabled people this winter
FEMA recommends that people with special needs develop and stay in touch with a nearby network of assistance before winter storms or record cold move in.
The onset of winter-like weather requires a resetting of the preparedness refresh button . Extreme cold and harsh winter storms can dramatically increase the daily hardships and day to day survival challenges for for millions of elderly Americans and those with physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities.
With temperatures dropping and snowflakes beginning to fall, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says that now is the time to take a few easy steps to prepare for emergencies.
FEMA officials urge seniors and people with disabilities to:
FEMA also recommends that people with special needs develop and stay in touch with a nearby network of assistance before winter storms or record cold move in. It's important for neighbors, relatives, care attendants, friends and coworkers to be part of your care and communications circle. Never depend on one person alone.
Severe winter weather including snow, subfreezing temperatures, strong winds, ice or even heavy rain requires planning ahead.
FEMA recommends an emergency supply kit that includes:
Finally, it's important to understand the terms of declining weather and pending winter storms.
Remember that planning ahead, assembling an emergency supply kit, staying informed and keeping those in your circle informed about you are the best ways to stay safe through the uncertain days of winter.
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