21 Jun Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips: Disaster Preparedness
People with Alzheimer’s disease can be especially vulnerable during disasters such as severe weather, fires, floods, earthquakes, and other emergency situations. It is important for caregivers to have a disaster plan that includes the special needs of the person with Alzheimer’s.
In general, you should prepare to meet the needs of your family for 3 to 7 days, including having supplies and backup options if you lose basic services such as water or electricity. Organizations such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA, www.fema.gov) and the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org) provide information about making a general disaster plan.