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Earthquake preparedness for the elderly
A strong earthquake can cause everything from uneasiness to sheer panic. The experience will be safer and less troubling for the elderly if they are prepared for an emergency situation.
The elderly are less agile and can have difficulty moving around. Make it as easy as possible to quickly get under a sturdy table or desk for protection.
Anchor special equipment, such as telephones and life support systems. Fasten tanks of gas, such as oxygen, to the wall.
Keep a list of medications, allergies, special equipment, names and phone numbers of doctors, pharmacists and family members. Make sure you have this list with you at all times.
Keep extra emergency supplies at your beside. Include an extra pair of eyeglasses and medication. Keep extra batteries for hearing aids with your emergency supplies and remember to replace them annually. Add a whistle you can use to signal for help.
Keep canes or walkers near you at all times and have extra walking aids in different rooms of the house.
Put a security light in each room. These lights plug into any outlet and light up automatically if there is a power failure.
Find two people you trust who will check on you after an earthquake. Give these individuals a spare key to your home. Tell them your special needs and show them how to operate any equipment you use.
If you are in bed or sitting down when an earthquake strikes, do not get up. If you are standing, duck and cover or sit down. You could be thrown to the floor if you are standing.
When the shaking subsides, turn on your radio for instructions and news reports.
If you must evacuate your home, leave a message telling family members and others where you can be found.
A message from the University of California Cooperative Extension and the California Office of Emergency Services.