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Keeping elder family members safe during storms - Greenville

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency kit with checklist Make sure your elders have all the supplies they will need in case of an emergency.

Not everyone can be there 24/7 like SERVPRO, but consider your elderly parents, aunts, uncles, or neighbors. They’re just as scared as anyone is during a storm, maybe even worse. That's why it's a good idea to have a plan for them just in case you can't be there. 

Keeping seniors safe during a storm:

  1. Have a strategy1 and make a plan
    • Make sure the person(s) is aware and understands the plan.
  2. Keep emergency supplies accessible.
    • Water bottles
    • Canned goods
    • Can opener
    • Matches or lighter
    • Candles
  3. A supply of canned goods or non perishable items is necessary when preparing for an emergency. This way, they will not go bad. 
  4. Prepare a kit with:
    • Phone numbers
    • Flashlight w/ extra batteries
    • Important papers
    • First aid kit
    • If the senior is on daily medication, be sure there is enough for at least 4 days in the emergency kit.
  5. Appoint someone to check up on the senior(s)
    • Put someone in charge of checking in on the person(s) in case of a storm or emergency.
      • Make phone calls and home visits
    • If they have a cell phone, make sure it is fully charged (if we are aware of an incoming storm), and that they understand how to use it.
      • Program their phone with important phone numbers


If we are expecting a snow storm, here are some things to keep in mind when thinking about our elderly family members and friends.

  • Refill prescriptions and have extras in case you/ they can’t get out in the snow.
  • Prepare for power outages, again, making sure phones and other electronic devices are fully charged.
    • If your family member uses oxygen or other medical devices requiring electricity, be sure they or someone has a generator they can use for the time being without power.
  • Keep spare blankets and warm clothes in an easily accessible area.


  • Keep cars at least half a tank of gas, and check the tires for air!
  • Clean debris out of gutters and spouts to allow water to properly drain.
  • Arrange cars and driveways to allow for proper plowing.

Do not wait until the minute the storm hits to prepare yourself and elders!

Take these tips into consideration this winter. Call us at (401) 949-9955 or see our website if there is any damage to your home after a snow or rain storm! SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island is a leading disaster restoration and repair company in local communities including: Woonsocket, Chepachet, North Smithfield, and Lincoln. “We’re faster to any size disaster”

  1. https://www.caringseniorservice.com/blog/keeping-seniors-safe-during-storms

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