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Older residents advised

October 29, 2012
The Leader Herald

The AARP is offering tips to older New Yorkers for reviewing emergency preparedness as the effects of Hurricane Sandy approach.

According to an AARP news release:

Take an inventory of the contents of your home and take photos or videos of the exterior and interior. Keep them in a safe location off the premises.

Talk with your family members and neighbors about how to reconnect.

Place copies of vital documents and records in a weatherproof container that you can grab as you run out the door.

Buy a battery-operated radio and have flashlights with extra batteries easily accessible.

If you are a caregiver of an older adult, help that adult prepare and think about medications that may require refrigeration.

Be sure you have enough medication on hand and consider putting a pill splitter and any other medical supplies such as syringes in your emergency to-go bag.

After you've completed the checklist for your home, consider helping a friend or neighbor prepare for an emergency. A disabled, homebound or infirm person probably can't do all of these things and may be reluctant to ask for help.

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