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Caregiver Corner: Emergency Preparedness Tips

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Shield HealthCare
08/12/14  5:28 PM PST
Emergency Preparedness Month 2014

September is National Preparedness Month!

Make sure you’re prepared for anything with these steps:

Be informed. Find out about which types of disasters, including natural, technological and home fires are likely to occur in your area. Be on the alert for wireless emergency alert text messages on your cell phone.

Make a plan. Be sure your family knows what to do before, during and after an emergency. Download the Family Communication Plan for Parents and Kids at www.fema.gov.

Build a kit. Set aside enough food, water and supplies to last at least 3 days.

• Choose foods your family will eat and that are low in salt, which will increase thirst: salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and low-sodium canned foods with a high liquid content.

• If you or a family member depends on a feeding pump for nutrition, keep an Emergency Gravity Feeding Kit from Shield HealthCare on hand.*

Get involved. Join the National Preparedness Community for tips, links, discussions and events at community.fema.gov.

*Contact a customer service agent at Shield HealthCare to request your Emergency Gravity Feeding Kit. Need help using the kit? Click here to download Emergency Gravity Feeding Instructions.

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