Let’s face it, some of us are good about being prepared for anything and some of us need improvement. As caregivers, we should be more diligent when it comes to having a backup plan in the event of an emergency. The following senior home safety tips will help boost your emergency plan.
Typically when getting prepared for an emergency, we think of things like water, canned goods, emergency radio, flashlights, and batteries. According to the American Red Cross, a survey showed that people are adding two new tools to the list of things needed in case of an emergency.
- Social Media – Social Media use to exchange information during emergencies, disasters, or severe weather events has been steadily growing.
- Mobile Apps – The word “app” is an abbreviation for the word “application.” Apps refer to software programs that perform a variety of functions and can be downloaded onto a computer, smartphone, or tablet. The three most commonly used social networks are Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest
An emergency that causes the power to go out and phone lines to go down would normally make it difficult to communicate with an elderly loved one to see if they are safe and to let them know that you are okay as well. Today, with the activities that can be performed on a smart phone, it is easier to check in with a loved one or get updated information regarding the emergency.
It is important for caregivers and seniors to pick social media resources that work best for you. Twitter and Facebook may not be the resource for communicating with a loved one during an emergency. However, there are some free and simple downloadable tools to consider for executing a response plan:
- Emergency – is a free app that can directly dial up to four primary emergency services, such as police, fire department, medical, and general. It also allows you to send a text requesting help at your current location.
- First Aid by American Red Cross – is a free app that offers treatment instructions for burns, broken bones, bleeding, and more.
- Hurricane by American Red Cross – is a free app that enables you to keep up with weather conditions in your area. It provides instructions on how to stay safe during a storm.
These senior home safety tips should be considered for those who want to boost their emergency plan. Social media and apps can keep you up to date with your loved ones as well as provide important safety information during a crisis.