These things can make survival extra challenging for the elderly. As such, it is important to tailor emergency preparedness according to their specific needs. If you're a senior yourself or if you live with one, here are four things you need to consider before disaster strikes: (h/t to CribSteward.com)
Estate planning entails procuring legal documents like a will, trust and power of attorney. If something bad happens and you have not prepared the proper documents, survivors who are already grieving over the loss of a loved one will have to deal with more stress and anxiety.
As such, it's important that all appropriate legal documents are already prepared before SHTF. Having these papers ready can also boost your mobility when you have to bug out. Put these items in your bug-out bag or secure electronic copies in case the hard copies get destroyed.
It's crucial that there is someone other than you who can provide the appropriate response in case of a medical emergency. For this, you need to keep a document or something like a tag that identifies you as someone with a serious condition. Keep a list of key health information and put it somewhere accessible for emergency responders. Include the following items in your emergency health document:
Having a network of reliable contacts will go a long way toward ensuring your survival and keeping your mental and physical health in good working order. These people can check on you and assist you during a disaster. They can be family, friends and neighbors.
A word of caution, however: Not everyone can be trusted especially in the midst of a disaster. Types of people to avoid after SHTF include the mentally unstable, criminals and non-preppers. (Related: How to deal with gangs, mobs, and looters when SHTF.)
Do background research on people you don't know very well and identify those you can trust. Talk to them to see if they are willing to help. If so, give them a copy of your emergency medical information, contacts and evacuation plans. Notify them if you're leaving home and make sure they have access to your house. These are very sensitive matters, so it's important that your support network are trustworthy.
Your home must be safe and senior-friendly at all times. Do the following things to up the safety levels in your house:
Though the post-SHTF world is going to be the same for everyone, peculiar circumstances make survival a vastly different experience for seniors. Formulate an emergency plan based on your needs.