Winter Storm Preparedness: Texas Seniors
Winter storms can pose a special challenge to elderly Texans. Itís wise to plan ahead and develop a
network of neighbors, friends and relatives who can help in the event that ice, snow and subfreezing
temperatures disrupt your area. Make sure there are several people you can call on to help, not just
one person. Senior citizens are advised to:
- 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 medical equipment.
- Develop a back-up communications plan in case landlines 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 supplies readily available.
- Have contact lenses, extra eyeglasses and batteries for hearing aids ready to go.
- Include your service animals and pets in your plans.
- Think ahead about neighborhood shelters that can accommodate the needs of seniors and the
- Plan for transportation in case you need to move to a shelter due to power interruptions or
other emergency conditions.
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