Tina Glenn is the President of FirstLight Home Care of Guilford. She has over 40 years in healthcare and C-level executive experience of 28 years. She can be reached at 336-808-1351.
Provided by Tina Glenn, CEO and Roget de Percin Berendes with FirstLight Home of Guilford.
We are still living in unprecedented and uncertain times. Here is a helpful tool to help take some of the worry off of your plate and to be proactive now versus sorry later.
EVACUATION PLANNING: A TOOL FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
A checklist to help determine a caregiver’s or anyone in general’s Disaster Preparedness –
Remember our best strategy for any disaster is to be prepared.
- Make a medication list of all medicines including over the counter medicines.
- Have a list of telephone numbers for emergency. Be sure at least one of them is in another area. This should include; family, doctor, neighbors, etc.
- Have a list of medical conditions, along with any medical treatments required by the patient.
- Assist in putting together a “go kit” for situations where one has to leave home for safety. A “go kit” should include: a change of clothes, medicines, medical equipment and supplies, food, water, toilet paper, flashlight, cash and coins, house keys.
- Label medical equipment with name on it.
- Have extra batteries for flashlight.
- Have supplies necessary if forced to stay home due to disaster. (Food, water, flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, medications, extra medical supplies if needed, manual can opener)
- Notify your utility company of priority need for utilities if special medical equipment being utilized by clients such as ventilator, oxygen, dialysis, etc.
- All lists and “go kit” should be easily accessible for leaving in a hurry.
- Locate nearest emergency shelter for patient.
- Have important identification and insurance information easily accessible. (Have copies made and keep with other lists in plastic bag).
- Make sign that reads, “Evacuated” to leave on door in case of evacuation.