In Florida, we are particularly vulnerable to severe weather like hurricanes; and elders are especially suseptible to their effect. Those who live alone or are without the support of family or friends must take special precautions in the event of an emergency situation. People who are frail or disabled (either mentally or physically) may need special assistance from family members, friends or social service agencies. Older adults who are also caregivers may require outside assistance. Excessive stress and anxiety can contribute to increased episodes of illness, particularly for persons with heart disease and other illnesses. If an older adult lives in a nursing home, assisted living facility (ALF) or boarding home, the administrator should be contacted to learn about the disaster plan for that facility.
If you need to evacuate to a shelter and will require special assistance, register in advance by calling 727-551-3822.
Home Health Care and Home Bound Patients
Notify your health agency where you will be during a hurricane and when care can be re-established If you are homebound and under the care o a physician, but not a home health agency, contact your physician. If you require respirators or other electric dependant medical equipment, you should make prior medical arrangements with your physician. You should also register, in advance with your local power company.
If you require oxygen, check with your supplier about emergency plans. If you evacuate, remember to take medications, written instructions regarding your care, your walker, wheel chair, cane or special equipment along with your bedding. If you will need assistance in an evacuation, please register NOW with your County Emergency Management Agency.