Not “If” … But “When” – Preparing for a Disaster

By Wayne Blackmon,  AARP Oklahoma Volunteer It’s easy to watch the disaster stories night after night on the evening news and think, “Those poor souls,” never believing that could be you on the screen. My wife, Marilyn, and I shared those thoughts until we got the phone call. We were away when word came that a giant oak tree had fallen and crushed our boathouse, destroying it and the pontoon boat inside. Alert the media! Fortunately no one was hurt …

App of the Week: EmergencyLink

Doesn’t it seem like the older we get, the more people’s safety we worry about? When we were young, most of us thought we were invincible.  We didn’t think about staying out of harm’s way. We did crazy stuff like drive too fast, hitchhike, and other risky and reckless activities. But then, we got married and settled down  a bit.  We started to worry about our spouses.  If they were late home from an appointment, we got nervous. If they …

The Takeaway: Nursing Homes Ill-Prepared For Natural Disasters

Emergency Plans Lack Specifics: Will your loved-one’s nursing home be ready should emergency arise? Don’t count on it: A recent government investigation found many nursing homes-even those in disaster-prone areas-are ill-prepared for natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes and floods. Seven years ago, Hurricane Katrina showed us how vulnerable nursing home patients can be during natural disasters (according to the Houston Chronicle, at least 139 nursing home residents died during the floods or their aftermath). Yet according to the Health and …

Hurricane Irene is on Her Way: Be Prepared

Prepare to batten down the hatches, East Coasters. After a rattling earthquake earlier this week, Hurricane Irene is coming our way. The National Weather Service predicts that the hurricane will pass along the eastern coast of Florida tonight and begin to move up through the eastern states over the next few days. Everyone in the area should expect to experience hurricane winds and heavy rainfall.  To help you prepare and weather the storm, AARP’s Create the Good has published an …

Wake of the Flood

It has been hard the past week to avoid images of flooding in Mississippi and Louisiana, as the Mississippi River, gorged on rainfall from points north, threatened to leap the levees and consume New Orleans in 25 feet (!) of water. Officials, seeking a lesser evil, opted to open the Morganza Spillway and flood thousands of acres of cropland and – yes – residential areas. Which brings us to today’s point: You never know when a natural disaster might upend …