Family Caregiver Emergency Care List

There are many things that caregivers can do to help themselves and their loved ones prepare for any type of emergency or disaster, but it is best to be ready well in advance, before a dire situation arises. Remember to contact your local fire department or your community’s emergency management office for help with your preparations.

  • A battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
  • A first-aid kit, prescription medicines, and an extra pair of glasses.
  • A supply of water (one gallon per person per day); store water in sealed, unbreakable containers and replace every six months; a supply of non-perishable food and a non-electric can opener, plus any special foods your loved one may require.
  • Include extra products like adult diapers, wipes, lotion, and other hygiene items that don’t need water in order to use.
  • Have extra wheelchair batteries charged and ready to go.
  • Have on-hand full oxygen tanks, extra medications, catheters, food for guide or service dogs, and any other special equipment needed.
  • A change of clothing and rain gear for your loved one, and sturdy shoes for you.
  • Extra blankets or sleeping bags.
  • The list of family physicians, relatives or friends who should be notified if you or your loved one are injured.
  • A list of the style and serial numbers of medical devices such as pacemakers or special batteries for essential medical equipment.
  • An extra set of car keys. […]