Old or young, our lives can change in an instant. Whether it’s a natural disaster like a tornado or earthquake or personal disaster like a serious accident or illness, we can be in trouble quickly. The most important thing to remember is that personal needs come first. Don’t worry about your savings account when your food supply is in trouble and don’t worry about whether your insurance will cover a tornado until you’ve survived a tornado!
Set aside a few doses from your prescription medicine and replace them every time you have your prescription renewed. No matter what your health situation, keep medications in a place that’s easy to grab if you have to leave home. Keep cold medicines, eye drops, vitamins or whatever you use daily in the same place.
Keeping in touch with family can be a problem in a disaster, but to maximize your chances, keep a cell phone charged in case of electrical failure. Keep a charger that plugs into the cigarette lighter in your vehicle.
Water is critical, no matter what the situation. If you’re locked in your house due to social unrest or a health situation, you will need water. What comes from the pipes can’t always be trusted. Criminals have poisoned water supplies and the safety of systems have been accidentally compromised. Buy jugs of water to store, or fill super clean milk or juice jugs with tap water and store them in a cool place.
Shelter for senior citizens is as critical as water. The older we get, the more susceptible we are to changing temperatures and weather conditions. In a natural disaster, your home may not be the best shelter. Shelters will probably be opened but know in advance where they might be and how to get there. In lieu of that, have a simple tent and plenty of blankets or an RV with survival supplies.
If you’re in good health, you can go a couple of days without eating. After that, you need sustenance. Pop top cans of soup along with crackers are easy to deal with when you have few resources.
If you live where the weather gets cold, an alternate source of heat can save your life. Gas fireplaces or wood stoves give the most heat. Gas is generally safer and easier to deal with and vent free gas heaters are inexpensive.