It is always a stressful time to balance daily needs, family caregiving, and preparing for weather-related needs and emergencies. Many times caregivers are torn between their personal needs and those they take care of. It is best to have options, resources, and checklists to ease some of the tension and create balance. Many of our collaborators provide tremendous support to the community through their resources.

The Alzheimer’s Association provides a great amount of information on the topic of Disaster Preparedness. For Florida residents, Alzheimer’s Association Central and North Florida Chapter has additional resources that can be used for preparations.

  • Get on your County’s Emergency call out list for real time emergency alerts to your phone or other device. 
  • Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline is here to answer your questions at 800-272-3900

VITAS supports their at-home patients through online education and alternative support during weather emergencies.

How to Plan for a Disaster With a Hospice Patient at Home | VITAS Healthcare

Telecare Service: 24/7 Hospice Care | VITAS Healthcare

At the county or state level, seek out the area’s information, resources, and emergency contacts. From checklists, shelters, and pet-friendly accommodations, do not wait until last minute to prepare. Below are some tips from Sumter County Florida (click for full list):

  • Have completed all hurricane preparations BEFORE the storm winds approach
  • Frequently monitor radio, TV, NOAA Weather Radio, or Sumter County’s website (or your local area’s websites) for official bulletins of the storm’s progress
  • Check food and water supplies
  • Check prescription medicines-obtain a 14-day (two week) supply

If you have any resources that you would like us to share, feel free to post in a comment or email to [email protected].

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