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Older Ohioans, Caregivers: Prepare for Coming Winter Weather

Important Message from Ohio Department of Aging


A multi-day winter weather event is in the forecast for most of Ohio this week. Depending on where you live in the state, you may experience snow, ice, frigid wind chills, and other dangerous conditions. Power outages and hazardous travel are also expected with this storm. The Ohio Department of Aging reminds older Ohioans and caregivers that preparation is key and asks all Ohioans to check on older loved ones and neighbors before, during, and after the storm.

Be Prepared

Older Ohioans are encouraged to have an emergency plan and kit that will allow them to remain in place for at least three days if they are unable to safely leave their homes. Your plan and kit should include:

Ask a reliable family member, friend, or neighbor to visit or call on you in an emergency and agree on a plan for what they should do if they are unable to reach you or find you needing help.

Caregivers should plan for the possibility that they will not be able to physically be with their loved ones or their loved ones may need to leave their home for safety. 

Check Your Neighbor

Checking in on older friends, relatives, and neighbors during severe weather helps them feel connected and gives you an opportunity to spot potential issues and help them get assistance if they need it.

You can check in on an older loved one or neighbor by telephone, text message, email, video call, or in-person if it is safe to travel. If visiting their home, please be safe, wear a face mask, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often. 

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