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Emergency Preparedness for Unique Need Individuals

Darrell Weaver Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness for Unique Need Individuals

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Fully prepare everyone in your family or group. Remember, you can't plan the type of disaster you'll face. Further, rarely will you be alone in a disaster situation; typically you'll have at least one or more people with you.

Since most likely you'll not be alone, you need to consider emergency preparation concerns of those who may be with you who have unique needs such as infants, the elderly or, the disabled.

No one emergency plan will work for everyone in every situation; each family or situation will be unique. Therefore, as you either begin your emergency preparedness plans or, continue to refine them, a well-rounded 72 hour emergency survival kit for each person which you've custom tailored to their specific needs may be critical to everyone's survival and comfort.

Therefore, when making your emergency 72 hour supply kits and finalizing your family emergency plan there will be additional items you'll need to consider.

Infants and Toddlers

  • Baby formula
  • Baby diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Bottles and a way to sterilize them
  • Powdered milk
  • Medications-both prescription and Over The Counter (OTC)
  • Gallon-sized ziplock baggies for disposing waste
Elderly Care
  • Denture needs
  • Contact lenses and supplies
  • Extra eye glasses-bring 3 extra pair
  • Medications-both prescription and Over The Counter (OTC)
  • Adult diapers
  • Adult wipes
  • Diaper rash ointment
  • Gallon-sized ziplock baggies for disposing waste

Prior to stocking up on medications, talk to your doctor about what you're planning on doing and seek their counsel. Specifically, talk to your doctor about which medications you will be to effectively store for extended periods and how their potency may be affected.

For the elderly it may be life critical to store sufficient amounts of prescription medications such as heart and high blood pressure medications, insulin, syringes and other prescription drugs.

Planning For The Cold

Whether or not you live in a cold climate, every savvy preparation plan must consider warmth.
Power outages will happen...plan on not having heat. Extra warm clothing and bedding supplies bring additional comfort and security to both the young and elderly.

Each person needs to have at least one complete change of clothing and shoes as well as:
  • Jacket with additional pockets for carrying survival items
  • Fleece or layering
  • Long pants-DO NOT use cotton as it holds water and conducts heat away from the body.
  • Long sleeve shirt-Same as the pants; no cotton, wool or synthetics are most ideal.