The AARP is offering tips to 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.
Place copies of vital documents and records 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.
If you are a caregiver of an older adult, help that adult prepare and think about medications that may require refrigeration.
Be sure you have enough medication on hand and consider putting a pill splitter and any other medical supplies such as syringes in your emergency to-go bag.
After you've completed the checklist for your home, consider 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, visit www.nyprepare.gov/aware-prepare.