Help Your Loved Ones Prepare for Storms
With hurricane season continuing through November 30 and winter storm season on the horizon, now is a good time to have a plan if you care for a loved one who is medically dependent on electricity.
A severe tropical or winter storm could cause damage to power lines and equipment, resulting in outages. Rest assured, we plan and prepare for significant weather-related events, but storms causing extensive damage could mean it may take several days to restore power.
If you don’t have a plan, you can start with a few simple steps. Consider these steps when preparing for storm seasons:
- Gather extra medical supplies and consider needs for medical equipment, including backup batteries.
- Make arrangements for transportation and an alternate place to stay, both nearby and further away, in event of a prolonged outage.
- Ensure you have multiple ways to communicate with your loved ones either through cell phones or email.
- Secure extra presecription medication.
- Provide an alternate heating source in the winter and cooling source in the summer.
- Prepare a 72-hour disaster kit with emergency supplies.
For more tips on how to prepare for severe weather, visit jacksonemc.com/storm.