September 10th is Grandparents Day and the theme for this year is Do Something Grand!
There’s nothing more grand and important than making sure your grandparents are prepared for emergencies and disasters.
- Make sure they have a current or new NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio and know how to use it. Program it so that it only sounds when there are weather alerts in their area, and make sure that they leave it on all the time. Tell them about other ways they can get alerts on their mobile phones and computers.
- Make sure your grandparents have an emergency plan. Create a support network of family, friends and others who can assist you during an emergency, and share your disaster plans with them. Practice your plan with them.
♦ Make sure at least one local family member has an extra key to the home, knows where you keep your emergency supplies and how to use lifesaving equipment or administer medicine.
♦ If you undergo routine treatments administered by a clinic or hospital, find out their emergency plans and work with them to identify back-up service providers.
♦ If you have a communication-related disability, note the best way to communicate.
- Help them put together and update an emergency kit that includes food, clothing, medicines and other necessary items in case they have have to relocate to a shelter or stay with friends or neighbors for a while. If they have pets, make sure they have emergency kits for pets as well.