encourages Seniors and people with Special
Needs to prepare for Winter
November 26, 2010--The onset of winter-like weather
requires a resetting of the preparedness
refresh button for millions of elderly
Americans and those with physical, medical,
sensory or cognitive disabilities.
Extreme cold and harsh winter storms can dramatically
increase the daily hardships and day to day
survival challenges for this population.
With temperatures dropping and snowflakes beginning to
fall, the Federal Emergency Management
Agency ( FEMA ) says that now is the time to
take a few easy steps to prepare for
FEMA officials urge seniors and people with
Make prior arrangements with your physician
or check with your oxygen supplier about
emergency plans for those on respirators or
other electric powered medical equipment.
Plan now to have electrical backup for
Develop a back-up communications plan in
case land lines are disrupted by having a
charged cell phone or a pager.
Maintain a two-week supply of medications,
both prescription and non-prescription.
Have copies of your medical records,
prescriptions and medical needs readily
Plan now to have accessible transportation in case of
Have contact lenses, extra eyeglasses and
batteries for hearing aids ready to go.
Include your service animals and pets in
Think ahead about neighborhood shelters that
can accommodate the needs of seniors and the
FEMA also recommends that people with special needs develop
and stay in touch with a nearby network of
assistance before winter storms or record
cold move in. It’s important for neighbors,
relatives, care attendants, friends and
coworkers to be part of your care and
communications circle. Never depend on one
Severe winter weather including snow,
subfreezing temperatures, strong winds, ice
or even heavy rain requires planning ahead.
FEMA recommends an emergency supply kit that
A battery or hand crank powered radio, extra
flashlights and batteries, and at minimum a
week’s supply of food and water.
Adequate clothing and blankets for warmth.
First Aid Supplies.
Finally, it’s important to understand the terms of
declining weather and pending winter storms.
A winter weather advisory means that cold,
ice and snow are expected.
A winter storm watch means severe weather such as heavy
snow or ice is possible in the next day or
A winter storm warning means that severe winter conditions
have begun or will begin very soon.
Remember that planning ahead, assembling an emergency
supply kit, staying informed and keeping
those in your circle informed about you are
the best ways to stay safe through the
uncertain days of winter
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens
and first responders to ensure that as a
nation we work together to build, sustain,
and improve our capability to prepare for,
protect against, respond to, recover from,
and mitigate all hazards.