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Pre-Emptive Measures to Take for Elderly Loved Ones if You Live in Tornado Alley

Perhaps it’s because the COVID-19 crisis dominated headlines for months that most people were not prepared for, another disaster that would come our way: tornado season.

Just six months into 2020, the United States has already reported over 500 confirmed reports of tornadoes, with over 80 casualties till now. And it’s not too long now before the monsoon season starts!

With suspicions of a hurricane and more tornadoes developing in the southern states, those living in Texas and Oklahoma are worried about their loved ones and the trouble that lies ahead.

US Safe Rooms has some information that could help you potentially save the lives of your elderly loved ones living in vulnerable areas!

Preparing For Trouble in Tornado Season

According to a newly published study, older adults are more affected by disasters well after the threat has passed than any other demographic.

Mainly because rescue and healthcare systems typically focus on the immediate increase in patients after the disaster, older adults aren’t given any specific priority. They are treated when medical care reaches them.

So, for those with pre-existing conditions, this only adds to their trauma and suffering.

Learning from past disasters, we must take into account what threats our older loved ones may face—accessibility and communication issues, movement issues, strong winds, hurricanes, and wildfires—and make preparations accordingly. Here are some things we can do:

Set Up a Tornado Drill

Every year before tornado season, reenact a scenario that would require your senior adult to move to a safe place. Figure out whether they’re having trouble getting to another room, if something is blocking their way, or if the floor is slippery and correct it.

Prepare a Tornado Safety Kit

If they’re living alone, that’s an even greater reason for them to have a tornado safety kit packed and ready to be used. Add items such as the following in their kit:

  • Nonperishable food
  • Drinkable water
  • First aid kit
  • A battery-operated radio
  • Battery-operated flashlight
  • Candles and matches
  • Credit cards and cash
  • Copies of their identification papers
  • Emergency contacts
  • Important medication

Older Adults Standing in an Aboveground Tornado Safe Room Installed in their Garage

Invest in a Tornado Shelter

US Safe Rooms provide reinforced storm safe rooms and tornado shelters in Texas and Oklahoma. We also offer installation services.

Our safe rooms are very user-friendly, especially for older adults and people with disabilities. If your older loved one is frail or has a health condition that may prevent them from moving something too heavy, our safe rooms are the best option.

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