When a crisis does strike, every minute counts. Taking the time to prepare for emergencies beforehand can give caregivers peace of mind and help provide the tools to keep their loved ones safe. As a caregiver, planning ahead should focus on the basic steps to prepare for any emergency, whether caused by a natural disaster, a power outage or a house fire.
Start out by evaluating the needs of your loved ones and map out how best to protect them while providing sufficient food, water and medicine during an emergency. Develop an easy-to-understand evacuation plan in the case they are forced to leave their home because of unsafe conditions after a disaster. If you don’t live with your loved ones, consider asking one of their neighbors to serve as a contact person who can check on them during an emergency.