FAMILIES SHOULD PREPARE ELDERLY VIHA RESIDENTS

Aug. 6, 2003 — The V.I. Housing Authority reminds family members of elderly residents of the Lucinda Millin Home, Whim Gardens and Joseph E. James Terrace to be sure their relatives are prepared for the hurricane season.
When a warning is issued for the Virgin Islands, families of severely ill residents should make arrangements for an adult family member to remain with that person for the duration of the storm, to provide comfort and companionship and to help alleviate anxiety, said a release.
Once the all-clear is given by V.I. Emergency Management Administration officials, public housing management division will perform unit-to-unit inspections to determine damages and check for special needs of elderly and disabled residents.
A list of items families should provide to their elderly include:
— month's supply of prescription medications
— extra pair of eyeglasses
— first aid kit
— battery-operated radio and flashlights and plenty of extra batteries
— extra batteries for hearing aids and other specialty equipment items
— list of important family information, style and serial number of medical devices such as pacemakers
— month's supply of special items such as adult diapers
— month's supply of nonperishable packaged or canned food and snacks
— supply of water (one gallon per person per day) stored in sealed, unbroken containers, identified with storage date and replaced every six months
— updated emergency contact telephone number, to be left with the management office.

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