Monday, October 30, 2017
You know I've blogged several times about the recent hurricanes (and I have more yet to come). This one is about the fires from the West. Although sheltering in place may be an option in a hurricane, you certainly can't shelter in place when your shelter is in the direct path of the fire. Kaiser Health News recently ran an article highlighting the dilemmas and dangers in such cases. Fires Prey On Frail Residents Living On Their Own focuses on two stories of individuals who didn't get out in time. In one, the caregiver of a couple, both elderly and frail, was unable to get them out in time. In another, the younger person with special needs was found in her home after the fire passed. The story highlights the need and obstacles in responding to fast-moving disasters like wildfires. Many families have turned to social media in an effort to locate relatives in the path of fires.
One expert who heads up a California Council on Aging suggested that residents keep their landlines, that service providers keep hard copies of client addresses and families exchange the contact info with neighbors of the elders. Some areas are training individuals with developmental disabilities on how to respond to an emergency. Everyone needs to be prepared for disasters. Some more vulnerable populations might need to be better prepared then most.
Let's hope we get a break from all of these natural disasters soon. Stay safe.