September is National Preparedness Month and Bristol Elder Services has teamed up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Ready.gov to encourage consumers and their families to plan for severe weather, national disasters, or other emergency events.
BUILD AN EMERGENCY KIT
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following items:
- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
- At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers
For more information, read Ready.gov’s Preparing Makes Sense For Older Americans.
Another resource to explore is the Council on Aging (COA) located in your community. Some COAs provide information and referral, crisis intervention, and transportation. Your COA may also provide telephone check-ins leading up to a storm.
For more information on your local COA, click here
Fall River Police Warn of Thefts and Scams
The Fall River Police Department has issued an alert about recent thefts and scams that appear to target elders. They warn people to be wary of strangers who ask to enter their homes, at times on the pretext of doing work or having an emergency telephone call. The police ask for the public’s help by reporting any suspicious activity. To view the complete article, click here.