Thursday, May 5, 2016

Water Safety



May is National Water Safety Month, and SOS Survival Products is here to remind you about the dos and don'ts of swimming, boating and other recreational water activities. Whether you prefer to spend your summers lounging by the pool or beach or you're ready to hitch up the boat or jet ski for a trip to the lake, equipping yourself with proper water safety knowledge is a must.

Drowning happens fast and silently. The CDC reports that between 2005 and 2014, an average of 3,536 deaths per year occurred from accidental drownings. Roughly one in five drowning victims this year will be 15 or younger. 
Don't become a statistic. There are ways in which you can prepare yourself and your family. Learn water safety now, follow the rules closely, and get ready to enjoy a fun and safe summer.


DON'T SWIM ALONE
You've heard it before, but we stand behind this rule 100 percent. By buddying up, you statistically increase your chances of being noticed should your safety suddenly be in danger. So make swimming with a buddy your number one rule for water safety, whether you're taking a dip in the pool or you're planning something more adventurous.

SWIM IN DESIGNATED AREAS
Swimming in areas that are potentially hazardous will unfortunately render the buddy system ineffective. If you and your swimming partner are both caught in an undertow, a sudden tidal change or swept away by a strong, unseen current, neither will be of help to the other — a terrifying and deadly situation. Avoid isolated and non-designated areas with which you aren't familiar in order to avoid being caught off guard.

DON'T CLIFF JUMP OR DIVE
With the exception of designated locations and tourist attractions, we recommend you leave this activity where it belongs: in the movies. Without a dinosaur at your heels, the act of cliff diving simply amounts to you voluntarily throwing yourself off rocks into another set of rocks. While exhilarating, without a proper knowledge of the area, cliff diving can result in serious injuries and death.

DON'T LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED
As a parent, you're already aware of the dangers of drowning, but we believe this point is worth driving home. Drowning is a silent killer. Forget what you think you've learned from beach dramas and soap operas; the signs of drowning aren’t apparent. Drowning victims don't flail, thrash or scream because complete submersion occurs in seconds. Don't be distracted by your phone, a conversation or a daydream. Keep an eye on your child(ren) at all times.

BE AWARE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS
A sudden change in weather can ruin a trip to the beach and can be devastating if you're planning on boating this summer. Always check the weather before leaving and stay up to date on changing weather conditions while out. Drops in temperature, heavy rains and increased wind speeds can quickly turn your boating trip into a disaster.

WEAR A LIFE JACKET
As adults, we've become accustomed to the idea that life jackets are for small children and those who can't swim. But in the wrong conditions, boating without a life jacket can be the equivalent of jumping out of a plane without a parachute. Moving water contains an unimaginable force, and oceans and lakes are crossed by strong and unseen currents that can be difficult to navigate. Because of this, we recommend that unless you've dropped anchor in calm waters, you keep your life jacket on and follow other recommended boating safety tips at all times.

PREVENT DEHYDRATION
Dehydration can happen quickly and unnoticed. We lose an average of about 3 liters (or 3 quarts) of water per day through breathing, sweating and urinating. A few hours in the warm sun combined with swimming, volleyball or other recreational activities can cause dehydration quickly, even when you may not feel particularly hot or thirsty. Once dehydration has set in, you may experience loss of balance, headaches and confusion. Make adequate fluid intake a vital part of your pool and beach safety plan by drinking water regularly, even if you aren't thirsty, and avoiding sugary drinks like juice or soda.

DON'T DRINK AND SWIM
A margarita by the pool, a cold beer while tubing or a glass of wine while boating — swimming and alcohol tend to want to go together like s'mores and camping. But when combining the effects of alcohol with a prolonged exposure to sun and heat, drinking in or near water can have devastating effects. Impaired judgement sets in quickly, allowing you to take risks you wouldn't normally take. Decreased balance combined with increased carelessness can quickly result in a tumble overboard and the inability to know which way is up. Don't risk injury or death. Swim now, drink later.

LEARN CPR
No matter what your plans are this summer, we recommend you make CPR a part of your knowledge repertoire. CPR is easy to learn, easy to perform and it can help save lives. Don't find yourself unprepared in the event of a drowning accident or injury, and ensure you are prepared anytime should a family member, friend or neighbor require your assistance.

From lounging and tubing to adventurous sports and boating, summer provides the perfect opportunity for a variety of water-related activities. Stay safe throughout them all with these water safety tips from SOS Survival Products.







Friday, April 22, 2016

Millennium Energy Bar

Most emergency energy bars get the job done, addressing the caloric and nutritional needs of the average person. These basic requirements can be fulfilled simply by packing calories and nutrients into a compact edible food, but there’s one aspect that energy bars consistently fall behind on: taste. Millennium Energy Bars are different. These life-sustaining bars contain a healthy mix of essential carbohydrates, fats and proteins in a compact form, and they are so good you’ll forget they’re not a snack food.



Millennium Energy Bar – Lemon

U.S. Coast Guard-approved, these bars are popular among professional travelers and adventurers because of their effectiveness and easy storage. These high-calorie emergency food bars clock in at about 400 calories each, so by only eating one, you’ll be getting all the nutrients a full meal offers! By replenishing your energy with quality ingredients that won’t dehydrate, you’ll increase your strength and ability for survival. With a shelf life of up to five years, Millennium Energy Bars can be stored away now in the event of a disaster later. Keep them in your car, in hiking packs or designated emergency storage containers.



Millennium Energy Bar – Raspberry

Unlike some long-lasting energy bars, Millennium Bars are lightweight and maintain their consistency in and out of the packaging. Because they were designed to withstand extreme temperatures, you don’t need to worry about how and where you’ll store this emergency food. Some energy bars can melt, leak or spoil in hot cars or storage areas. Millennium Energy Bars will last and remain flavorful and edible no matter where you store them.
Millennium Energy Bars are available in several different flavors – raspberry, blueberry, coconut, apricot, orange, lemon, vanilla, cherry and tropical – and each of them offer delicious nutrition without the added unwanted extras. Once you decide on a flavor, you can buy individually, order a nine-bar combination pack or stock up completely with a case consisting of 144 bars.



Millennium Energy Bars – Combo Pack

We can’t predict the future, but we can prepare ourselves for the possible. No matter if you’re trekking through the mountains, camping in the wilderness or simply in your home during an emergency, you might find yourself in desperate need for food. When it comes down to it, there’s no better food bar to rely on than the Millennium Energy Bar. Other products don’t compare with its lasting durability, shelf life and great taste. This product has been proven effective time and again to provide nutrition and calories without sacrificing taste. At SOS Products, we carry every Millennium Energy Bar at a great price to make sure you’re prepared for the unexpected. Browse through our store today, and find the right emergency bar for your needs!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Natural Disasters by Region: How to Prepare for a Likely Natural Disaster

Disaster Preparedness by Region

The United States has been subject to a broad spectrum of natural disasters during the course of recorded history. The size of the country allows so many various natural calamities the ability to occur, and depending on the state or region in which you live, you may be prone to more than one type of natural disaster. It’s important to know what potential risks you face and to be prepared accordingly. A disaster management plan will ensure you and your family face the best odds in the event of a flood, hurricane, earthquake or tornado. To assist you with your preparations for disaster management, we’ve outlined the most likely occurrences of certain natural disasters by region.


Earthquakes

 

Although earthquake activity has been recorded in various portions of the United States, 10 of the states with the most overall occurrences are Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah and Oregon. It is important to note that because these statistics are based on the number of earthquakes alone, your state’s region may be overall more prone to floods, tornadoes or hurricanes than to earthquakes. Check out USA.com for additional information about the likelihood of certain natural disasters over others in your area.

If you reside in an earthquake-prone region, we recommend you plan accordingly by first ensuring you are safe inside the home. Bolt bookcases to the wall, seal cabinets properly and reinforce heavy lamps. Once your home is free of potential falling hazards, decide on the best place to hide during an earthquake. Because of the hazard of falling objects, you will be safest under a sturdy desk or table and away from windows. Although you may have heard of the “Triangle of Life” approach to earthquakes, which suggest that you should place your body near and not under an object in order to create a safe space for yourself in the event of a ceiling collapse, the Earthquake Country Alliance strongly advises against this because buildings rarely collapse in a “pancake” fashion in developed countries.

 According to the Red Cross, the Earthquake Country Alliance and FEMA:

 Do:
  • Drop to your hands and knees immediately to avoid falling Crawl to cover 
  • Cover your head and neck Hold on until the shaking stops 

Do NOT:
  • Get into a “Triangle of Life” pose 
  • Stand in a doorway 
  • Stay near windows 
  • Attempt to run outside 
  • Get out of bed if in bed 

    If you are not indoors when an earthquake occurs, you can still prepare yourself properly. When not indoors, follow these guidelines:

    Do:
    • Be aware of falling objects like trees, signs, buildings and powerlines 
    • Move to a clear area if possible 
    • Cover your head and neck 
    • Pull over if in a vehicle 
    • Avoid stopping on bridges and overpasses 

    Do NOT: 
    • Leave your vehicle 
    • Attempt to move fallen debris 

    If you experience an earthquake that lasts longer than 20 seconds and you are located near the shore, do not wait for an official tsunami warning; prepare to evacuate to higher ground immediately.


    Floods 



    A flood can happen any time during prolonged or severe rains, in places with poor water drainage, during heavy snow melt, and because of sudden rises in sea level due to strong winds or tsunami. Read the guidelines below to prepare yourself in case of a flood.
    If you live in a state where floods are common, it is wise to equip yourself with a mobile weather app which will allow you to receive warnings and severe weather alerts. Understanding your risk of a flood before it occurs will allow you to act accordingly, whether that means preparing for evacuation or staying at home. Remember that flooding can occur quickly and without much warning in the event of a flash flood. If you are walking or hiking in or near canyons or riverbeds, move to higher ground immediately at the first sign of flooding, such as faster or muddier water flow that contains debris like twigs or leaves. If you are camping in low areas or near a river, plan to head home if sudden rains occur. Flash floods may reach full peak in minutes, but can take hours to develop. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that more deaths occur from flooding than from any other severe weather hazard because people underestimate the force and power of water. Many of these deaths are preventable. Remember these tips when faced with a flood:

    Do:
    • Heed evacuation warnings 
    • Have a plan 
    • Use extra caution at night 
    • Move to higher ground 
    •  
    Do NOT:
    • Attempt to drive or walk through moving water 
    • Attempt to remove powerlines or debris from water 
    • Camp or park alongside streams during rainy conditions 

    Because standard homeowner’s insurance generally does not cover flooding, you may want to consider additional insurance to help cover water damage related to hurricanes, tropical storms and heavy rains.


    Hurricanes
















    If you are located in the southern portion of a state alongside the Gulf of Mexico or the East Coast, chances are you’ve encountered a hurricane threat. Hurricanes are classified in five categories by wind speed and can form rapidly over ocean water when warm air rises. As a hurricane begins to near, low winds can create rip currents even at large distances, creating unseen hazards for swimmers and surfers. During its approach, a hurricane will cause water levels to rise, and large ocean swells may result in water damage miles inland. Hurricanes often produce massive amounts of rain and flooding, and flash floods can occur quickly due to intense rainfall. If inland winds reach 74 mph or more, buildings are in imminent danger of being destroyed, and evacuation should have been completed.

    During the approach of a hurricane, you may be in danger of several hazards even at a distance. It is therefore important to prepare for all possible events accordingly. Take care when swimming and heed all warnings regarding strong currents. Regularly trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe, secure lose items on your property, and keep your car in good working condition in the event you have to leave suddenly. If you live in an area where hurricanes may approach land, it’s important to know your evacuation route. Make note of marked routes and plan ahead. In the event that you are asked to evacuate, don’t delay. If you will not be evacuating, take note of the following tips in order to help you stay safe during a hurricane:


    Do: 
    • Stay alert with mobile or radio updates 
    • Review your evacuation plan 
    • Cover windows 
    • Turn the refrigerator to its coldest setting in case of lost power 

    Do NOT: 
    • Approach windows during a hurricane 
    • Go outside for any reason 
    • Attempt to remove large debris or power lines after a hurricane 

    Because of a hurricane’s high potential to inflict damages to powerlines, consider investing in a heavy-duty solar generator which will allow you to store backup power for emergency lighting, laptops and mobile devices. The Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests that, for those living in high-risk areas, a safe room will provide near-absolute protection from hurricanes as well as tornadoes.
    Because traditional insurance will likely not pay for any damage incurred through subsequent rains not directly associated with a hurricane, we recommend you cover any damaged portions of a roof with a tarp as soon as it is safe to do so.


    Tornadoes 




    Many regions across the southern, Midwestern and eastern portion of the United States are capable of experiencing tornadoes. An average of 800 tornadoes are reported each year, with the region lying between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains, also known as Tornado Alley, reporting the highest number. However, because tornadoes can occur nearly anywhere, it’s important to know the warning signs and what you can do to prepare.
    Because tornadoes develop quickly and have unpredictable paths, we recommend establishing a safe place that you can access from your home. Stay alert with mobile updates specific to your area, and be on the look-out for dark or greenish clouds, increasing wind speeds and hail. Know the difference between a tornado warning and a tornado watch: if you receive a watch alert, the weather service has declared conditions in your area conducive to a tornado. A warning, on the other hand, means that a tornado has been sighted. If you receive a tornado warning, take cover in a basement or storm cellar immediately. If no underground shelter or safe room is available to you, a small, windowless interior room such as a closet or hallway on the lowest level of a building is the safest alternative. Do not stay in a mobile home. If you are located in a mobile home, quickly get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. During a tornado, follow these steps in order to stay as safe as possible:

    Do:
    • Find shelter as soon as a warning is issued 
    • Cover yourself with blankets, if possible 
    • Keep your pets near you 

    Do NOT:
    • Stay in a mobile home 
    • Stand near windows or in open areas 
    • Use candles in case of broken gas lines 

    If you are in a vehicle at the time of a tornado:

    Do:
    • Keep your seatbelt on 
    • Place your head below the windows 
    • Cover your head and neck with your arms 

    Do NOT: 
    • Leave your car, unless you can safely get to a noticeably lower area than the roadway 
    • Try to outrun the storm 

    As in any other disaster situation, it is not recommended that you try to remove large debris, and that you remain on the lookout for loose, weakened or fallen structures, powerlines and sharp objects.

    A natural disaster can occur anywhere. Being aware of the potential risks and planning ahead can save you property damages, insurance costs and, most importantly, your life. When planning ahead, keep these basic questions in mind:

    • How will my family and I receive emergency warnings? 
    • Where will we go in case of an emergency? 
    • How will my family locate me if we are separated? 
    • How will I let others know I am safe? 
    • What supplies will I need in the event of a natural disaster? 

    Don’t let a natural disaster catch you and your family off guard. Be prepared in every instance. 

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

    How to Stay Safe During and After an Earthquake

    While minor earthquakes occur deep beneath our feet every day, earthquakes we can feel are much less common. Most major earthquakes happen along the edge of oceanic and continental plates. In the United States, most earthquakes occur in Alaska, California and other western states, however it’s possible to experience an earthquake anywhere. Whether you live in an earthquake hotspot or you’re preparing for every disaster possible, we’ve come up with earthquake safety tips you should follow to remain out of harm’s way both during and after an earthquake.

    Earthquake Preparedness

    If you live in an area that expects earthquakes regularly, it can be a good idea to consult a professional to learn how to make your home sturdier. Bolting bookcases to wall studs, installing latches on cupboards and securing your water heater will not only save your property and personal belongings, but will also help ensure your personal safety. Think ahead of time about where you’ll go if shaking begins while you’re at home. It should be in a room where nothing is likely to fall on you. Additionally, make sure you know how to turn off both your gas and water main lines in case there is a leak.

    Staying Safe During an Earthquake

    If you find yourself at home when an earthquake begins, retreat to your safe room or drop down, take cover under a desk or table immediately and hold on until the shaking stops. Stay put and stay indoors until the shaking stops and it’s safe to leave. Make sure to keep away from windows and anything that could fall on you. If you are in a high-rise, don’t be surprised if fire alarms and sprinklers go off during the quake.

    If you are outside when the earthquake starts, do your best to find a clear spot away from tall buildings, power lines and even trees. If you are driving, slow down safely, drive to a clear place and stay inside the car until it stops shaking. Remember: Aftershocks are always a real possibility and can even cause more damage than the original earthquake. Stay safe and sheltered until you’re positive no more shaking will occur.

    Staying Safe After an Earthquake

    In the case of a major earthquake, it is possible to get stuck and stranded inside your own home. You should prepare an earthquake prep kit with: non-perishable food, an emergency water supply (at least 1 gallon per person in your home), dust masks, goggles, a flashlight and a battery-operated radio (with extra batteries). If anything has collapsed, make sure to wear your mask and googles, as well as quality shoes to protect your feet from broken glass. Use your emergency radio to monitor the overall situation in your area and receive the latest updates and instructions. Stay away from damaged buildings as they may still collapse, and do not move injured people unless it’s absolutely necessary to get them to safety. Instead, check your phone for a signal and call or text for help as soon as possible.

    While earthquakes can be scary, they are not nearly as dangerous as many other natural disasters. With the right preparation and safety steps taken before and during an earthquake, you and your family have a high change of surviving unharmed. Have your own earthquake survival tips? Share them with us in the comments below! The more we all know, the safer we all are.

    Monday, December 14, 2015

    El Niño Preparation

    Every two to five years, El Niño – an irregularly occurring and complex series of climatic changes – occurs and causes unseasonable weather in many regions across North and South America. This year, the climate changes strike again, and the 2015 El Niño is expected to be among the strongest ever recorded.

    The 2015 U.S. Winter Outlook predicts wetter-than-average conditions and exceptional storminess across the southern United States and southeastern parts on Alaska, and dry conditions in Hawaii and in areas near the Great Lakes. The current drought in California and throughout parts of the Southwest and the Plains is expected to improve, however the drought in the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies will likely continue. While not all the effects of El Niño are negative, it’s important to be prepared for the stronger and longer storms that can accompany the changing climate conditions. Whether you’re expecting wet or dry conditions, hotter or cooler temperatures, there are steps you can take to prepare your family and your home for this year’s El Niño.

    How to Prepare for El Niño

    Fix Your Leaks & Clear Your Gutters – Those who are in areas expecting rain, make sure to check for and fix all known leaks. If you have an older roof, consider calling in a roofer to check troubled spots, especially if you’ve recently experienced a hot and dry summer, as dry heat can cause wood structures to shrink and expand, creating possible leak points. Additionally, make sure you clean and clear your gutters to prevent ice dams and avoid water damage to your home.

    Be Prepared to Evacuate – El Niño storms can move fast, and sometimes the best course of action is to evacuate. If your car has not been inspected recently, make sure your headlights and windshield wipers work, your tires, brakes and brake pads are still in shape, and that your battery isn’t too old – most car batteries only last 5 to 7 years.

    Prepare Easily Accessible Emergency Boxes – Your home, car and office should each have their own easily accessible emergency supply box. These boxes should (at least) include basic first aid supplies, an emergency food and water supply, a battery powered radio and extra batteries, and backups of any prescription and OTC medication you need regularly.

    Plan Ahead for Droughts – If you’re in an area that’s expecting to receive dry conditions or above average temperatures, you should start practicing water conservations efforts today and learn how to recognize heat-related health emergencies like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Rain collection barrels are perfect for homes that are in areas that frequently experience droughts! Be prepared for shortages of certain foods, adhere to water bans and restrictions, and be mindful of burn bans, as wildfires can easily be started by accident during dry times.

    Get the Right Gear – Ponchos make working in the rain bearable, bright neon jackets make working in the rain safer, and high quality brooms and shovels make the storm cleanup process easier. Keep up with the changing weather conditions in your area and purchase the weather supplies that make the most sense for your family and your area. If you expect snow, make sure you’re ready to clean up with a snow shovel. If you’re expecting rain for weeks, invest in a pair of rain boots and a rain jacket.

    Prepared for El Niño before? Let us know your favorite storm preparation tips in the comments below!

    Tuesday, November 10, 2015

    Top Items You Need to Prepare for Winter Storms

    The time to prepare for winter storms — and all other emergencies, for that matter — is before disaster strikes. Stocking up on emergency supplies like food, water and first aid items, as well as supplies for communication and heating, helps ensure you’ll remain safe and as comfortable as possible during winter storms. Whether you usually only experience light snow a few times a year or you expect to be hit by heavy blizzards, we’ve come up with a list of the top items you need to prepare for winter storms.

    Winter Storm Disaster Preparedness

    When you live in areas that frequently experience blizzards, it’s important to know what different winter storm advisories mean. Winter Storm Outlook means storm conditions are possible within the next 2 to 5 days. Winter Weather Advisory means the weather is not life threatening, but it’s expected to cause significant inconveniences. A Winter Storm Watch means storm conditions are possible within 12 to 48 hours. A Winter Storm Warning should not be ignored: severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. Anyone in the area of a winter storm warning should get to safety as soon as possible.

    Blizzard Survival Kit

    Food and Water: Ideally you should put together a winter survival kit for your home, office and car. The most basic supplies necessary include a 3-day supply of water (one gallon per person, per day) and a 3-day supply of food. If you can, stock up on even more long-term, non-perishable food in case you’re stuck for more than 3 days. You should leave your taps slightly open so they continuously drip and don’t freeze. If your pipes freeze or break, you will need your emergency water. In extreme cases, snow can be melted for water – however, even boiling the water will not get rid of certain chemicals that are found in snow.

    Heating Supplies: Next, you’ll need quality heating equipment and sufficient fuel. When the power goes out, you’ll be forced to rely on different heating methods. Wood or gas fireplaces and portable space heaters are both great options. Heat packs are easy to use and do well at keeping your hands warm, but they are not ideal for keeping you warm throughout the storms. Even though flashlights and candles are not good for heat, they are perfect for light sources, so be sure to stock up on them, too. Don’t forget the extra batteries, and remember to keep a close eye on your candles!

    You should never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning devices that produce carbon monoxide inside. If you don’t already have them, it’s a good idea to install carbon monoxide alarms on each level of your home. If your CO alarm sound does sound, you need to move to an open door or window, or better yet go outside if you can, call for help and wait for emergency personnel to arrive.

    First Aid Supplies: For easy preparation, you can buy pre-prepared home emergency kits, office emergency kits and even school emergency kits that include basic first aid supplies. If you want to prepare your own kit, make sure you stock up on essential items like bandages and gauze, disinfectant, antibiotic ointment, over-the-counter painkillers and any prescription medication you need regularly.

    Communication Supplies: When the power goes out, the cell phone reception goes down and you’re stuck inside, it’s important to be able to keep up with what’s happening around you. A solar or battery powered radio is an ideal way to hear weather updates and keep up with the news.

    Additional Items: A shovel is always helpful when the snow gets high, and rock salt is perfect for melting ice on walkways. If you have a baby or a pet, make sure you stock up on extra food and supplies for them. If you have older kids, make sure you have board games or some other forms of entertainment that don’t require power.

    Have your own tips for preparing for winter storms? We’d love to hear them — share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

    Friday, October 30, 2015

    Emergency Preparedness for the Elderly

    No matter who you are, it’s important to be prepared for disasters. The likelihood of survival (and being comfortable while surviving) is much higher when you plan and prepare ahead of time. Some individuals, including many elderly, are more vulnerable than others and need to stock up on extra supplies and should take extra time to create an emergency plan with a personal support network. We understand that life gets busy however, and it’s easy to forget to make a plan, so we’ve come up with some essential emergency preparedness tips for seniors to help you get started.

    Emergency Planning for the Elderly

    Identify Your Greatest Risks – If you live in Kansas, there’s probably not much need to prepare for a hurricane. The key to efficiently preparing for an emergency is identifying the risks that are greatest in your region. The northeast United States is typically the most in danger from severe winter storms. The south and southeast are most susceptible to hurricanes, the West coast is most likely to experience earthquakes, and the Midwest is known as “Tornado Alley” for a good reason. No matter where you live, there is also always the potential for fires and a blackout.

    Create a Support Network – While many seniors are in good health, there are others who have limitations. Whether you have hearing or visions problems, use a cane or a wheelchair or you have other disabilities, it’s vital you not be caught unprepared. Emergencies can strike without warning, so it’s important you have a network who can help and check up on you. Meet with friends, family and caregivers to discuss your limitations, exchange house keys and important information and make arrangements for who will check up on you, how and when. Make everyone know your plan and can use any lifesaving equipment or administer any medicine you may need, in case you can’t do it yourself.

    It can also be a good idea to choose at least one out-of-town contact, in case everyone in your area is affected or you can’t make local calls.

    Prepare an Emergency Kit – An emergency kit for seniors should not only include the basics like food, water and first aid supplies, but it should also be stocked up with any and all prescriptions, over-the-counter medication and equipment you may need. During an emergency, you may not be able to travel to the store or pharmacy, so it’s important you already have enough of everything you could need. You also will likely be unable to reach your doctor, so talk to them ahead of time about any concerns you have and what else you can do to prepare.

    Beyond food, water and medical supplies, your emergency kit should also include a flashlight and extra batteries, pet supplies if you have a pet, and a solar or battery powered radio that you can use if the power is out. Familiarize yourself with your emergency kit and supplies before a disaster strikes, so if you need to find and use something quickly you already know how to do so.

    Did we miss any essential emergency preparedness tips for seniors? Let us know how you can up with you plan in the comments below!