When it comes to making a survival kit for seniors there are different items that need to be included for those who fall into the senior category. Some tend to pack a normal backpack, but for a senior they need additional things. That could mean the difference between an easy evacuation process or a difficult one. Below are several items you will want to include and why.
One of the most important things is to make sure that they have the medication they need. Many senior citizens need to take medication at a set time of day. You can ask the doctor about supplying you with a small amount to place in an emergency bag. Typically medicine is only good for a year in most cases, you will have to make sure you change it often. Of course if the doctor does not want to do this, then you can ask the doctor what you can do in case of emergency. They usually will give you an emergency plan to follow. It is also a good idea to include some pain medication as well.
When preparing a senior citizen emergency bag you will want to make sure that the bag is not too big. They will probably have help carrying the bag, but you don’t want the person helping them to be overwhelmed. Remember to keep things simple and easy for everyone involved.
If you are preparing this kit for a relative you will want to make sure that you have your contact information included in the emergency pack, and well as alternate emergency information. This should also include information on their medical history, and what types of medication they are on. This will make it a lot easier for any emergency personal to help them if the need arises.
Be sure to include a basic first aid kit for them as well. If they have a few cuts and bruises they may be able to take care of this by themselves, or with a little help from someone nearby. You can easily purchase a basic kit at your local store.
Back up cell phone and battery
It also makes sense to have a back up cell phone that is easy for them to work. Be sure that a fully charged battery is also in the phone. This may mean that you have to check this on a regular basis to make sure it is working properly. This way if they have to leave quickly and can’t locate their phone, they will still have one available.
Blanket and clothing
You also need to make sure they have enough clothing to keep them feeling warm. You never know what time of year an emergency will happen, and it”s easier to have extra clothes rather than not having enough. You can include one emergency blanket as well as a sweater and perhaps even a rain coat and umbrella to make sure that they are protected from the elements.