We all know that as soon as word of that first anticipated snowstorm gets out, grocery stores will be mobbed with everyone getting their milk and loaves of bread. However, why wait until a bad weather announcement to be prepared?
Especially for seniors, it is crucial to have things on-hand that will come in handy should there be a weather emergency- whether it is a weather emergency that lasts one day or multiple days.
Here is a list of some of the top items you want to ensure you or your loved one have readily available:
- Ice melt
- Bottles of water
- Non-perishable foods
- Sufficient supply of prescription drugs
- Flashlight and batteries
- Candles and lighters/matches or flameless candles
- First aid kits
- Portable generators
It is important for seniors and/or their families to be proactive when it comes to figuring out who will take care of the shoveling during snowstorms. Whether it is a family member, friend or neighbor who helps or whether a company will be hired to shovel or plow areas of the home you want to arrange for help and services sooner rather than later. Regardless of whether you are receiving help with snow removal from someone you know or a company you trust, you can always cancel if the rumored storm doesn’t hit. However, if you wait until the last minute, you may have missed your opportunity to secure the assistance you need.
Looking for a reputable company to come to your home and assist with snow removal?
Ask someone you know if they can recommend someone or a company they trust. If you are active on Facebook, you can always post in your local community group to ask for recommendations for individuals or companies who can help. Many high school aged kids look forward to snowstorms so they can offer their services and make some extra money shoveling for those who need it. Another thing you can do is call landscaping companies as they typically have members of their team who can help plow. A simple Google search of “plow companies near me” will provide multiple snow removal options for you to consider so get ready to start making some calls!