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AARP offers disaster preparedness tips

October 28, 2012
The Leader Herald

The AARP is offering tips for older New Yorkers for reviewing emergency preparedness as the effects of Hurricane Sandy approach.

According to an AARP news release:

Take an inventory of the contents of your home and take photos or videos of the exterior and interior. Keep them in a safe location off the premises.

Talk with your family members and neighbors about how to reconnect, with contact numbers and a place to meet if you must evacuate or flee.

Place copies of vital documents and records (like personal identification, bank statements, wills, prescriptions, Social Security and health insurance cards, and important phone numbers) in a weatherproof container that you can grab as you run out the door.

Buy a battery-operated radio and have flashlights with extra batteries easily accessible. Have other emergency supplies ready a change of clothing, prescriptions, extra glasses, cash, water, food, blankets, whistle and face mask.

Put an emergency checklist near the door to make sure you don't forget anything.

If you are a caregiver of an older adult help them prepare and think about medications that may require refrigeration. Insulin can be kept at room temperature for 30 days. For medications that must be kept cold, keep ice or frozen cold packs in the freezer and a small ice chest handy.

Be sure you have enough medication on hand and consider putting a pill splitter and any other medical supplies like syringes in your emergency to-go bag.

After you've completed the checklist for your home, do some extra good by helping a friend or neighbor prepare for an emergency. A disabled, homebound or infirm person probably can't do all of these things and may be reluctant to ask for help. To learn more about disaster preparedness and for the latest updates on Hurricane Sandy in New York, visit



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