By Linda Ziac
The Caregiver Resource Center
July 9, 2018
The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1, 2018, and will end on November 30, 2018.
ARE YOU PREPARED?
As a Board Certified Case Manager and a member of the City of Stamford Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), I have encountered people faced with a wide variety of emergency situations. I was fortunate to have been a volunteer during Hurricane Sandy.
During the hurricane and the days following, I witnessed firsthand the difference it made for people who were prepared, verses those that were caught off guard.
We never know when an emergency situation may strike; whether it’s a medical emergency precipitating a trip to the ER, or a weather related emergency, such as a hurricane that forces us to leave our home.
Keep in mind that when away from home and with the possibly of limited or no electricity, you may not be able to access your cell phone, computer, or the Internet.
It’s for this reason, that it’s so important to create an Emergency Go Bag complete with important documents. It is recommended that a Go Bag be created for each member of the family, including children. For children it makes sense to include some of the child’s favorite books, crayons and paper, games, etc.
Since time is of the essence in an emergency situation, it would be beneficial to prepare your Go Bag in advance, and leave the bag in a readily available place.
As you prepare to create a Go Bag, the first step is to obtain a bag that is sturdy and large enough to hold your desired items, such as a back pack or duffle bag.
To follow is a list of some items that you may want to include in your Go Bag, along with your own list of items.
“Hope for the best - prepare for the worst”
SAMPLE EMERGENCY GO BAG CHECKLIST
When emergencies happen, it’s important to be prepared.
Create an Emergency Go Bag to take with you if you suddenly have to leave your home.
- File of Life (The “File of Life” is a medical information packet designed to provide Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians with the necessary medical information to begin immediate treatment.)
- Copy of Medical Insurance Cards
- Copy of Living Will, Advanced Directives, Power of Attorney, DNR
- Picture of a Photo ID (Driver’s License, work or senior center ID)
- List of Names and phone numbers of Family & Friends
- List of Surgeries with dates (e.g. appendicitis 1978)
- Cell phone with electric outlet & car charger
- Laptop Charger & Laptop Car Charger Adapter
- Reading Material, Crossword Puzzles, etc.
- Bottled water & snacks (e.g. crackers, granola bars)
- Comb, brush, toothbrush & travel size tooth paste
- Wet wipes, hand sanitizer & package of tissues
- Notepad and pen
- 7 day supply of daily prescription medications + a copy of the prescriptions
- Small flashlight with extra batteries
- Battery powered AM/FM radio with extra batteries
- Extra pair of eyeglasses and hearing aid batteries
- Moist towelettes or baby wipes
- Special sanitary needs
- First Aid Supplies
- Playing cards
- Other personal items as desired
This list is provided courtesy of The Caregiver Resource Center • Greenwich CT • 203-861-9833
To follow are some resources that can be helpful to you and your family, in preparing for a possible emergency situation.
Emergency preparedness guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL
- CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC)
- AMERICAN RED CROSS
Plan & Prepare
Find Your Red Cross Local Chapter
- EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
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The information in this article is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. This information is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient provider relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
Please consult your health care provider for an appointment, before making any healthcare decisions or for guidance about a specific medical condition.
Linda Ziac is the owner and founder of The Caregiver Resource Center. The Caregiver Resource Center is a division of Employee Assistance Professionals, Inc. which Linda founded in October 1990. The Caregiver Resource Center provides a spectrum of concierge case management and advocacy services for seniors, people with special needs and families.
Linda’s professional career spans more than 40 years in the health and mental health field as a CT Licensed Professional Counselor, CT Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Board Certified Employee Assistance Professional, Board Certified Case Manager, and Board Certified Dementia Practitioner. In addition, Ms. Ziac has 15 years of experience coordinating care for her own parents.
Linda assists seniors, people with special needs and their families; in planning for and implementing ways to allow for the greatest degree of health, safety, independence, and quality of life. Linda meets with individuals and family members to assess their needs, and develop a Care Team, while working with members of the Team to formulate a comprehensive Care Plan (a road map). Once a plan is in place, Linda is available to serve as the point person to monitor and coordinate services, and revise the plan as needed. This role is similar to the conductor of an orchestra; ensuring that there is good communication, teamwork, and that everyone remains focused on the desired goal.