Preparing a Senior Citizen for Severe Winter Weather

Severe winter weather affects many senior citizens every year. In addition to a three-day supply of food and water for every person, there are other things to have on hand when preparing a senior citizen for severe winter weather.

  • Medication (at least a 7-day supply)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Cell Phone
  • Cell Phone Charger
  • Battery-Powered Radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Batteries
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Extra Cash
  • Non-Electric Can Opener
  • Copies of Personal Documents
  • Pet Supplies
  • Warm Coat
  • Mittens or Gloves
  • Extra Blankets
  • Medical Items (Glasses, Cane, Hearing Aid and Batteries)

Travel should be minimized during severe weather conditions. If travel is necessary, make sure these items are readily available:

  • Windshield Scraper
  • Shovel
  • Chains or rope
  • Tire chains
  • Road Salt, Sand, or Kitty Litter to Improve Traction
  • Booster Cables
  • Emergency Flares
  • Tool Kit
  • Road Maps
  • Compass
  • Waterproof Matches

Take these steps now to help your aging loved one prepare for an emergency evacuation. A proactive approach is the best defense against extreme, unexpected winter weather.