Creating Your Personal Preparedness Plan

Here are several areas for you to consider in creating your personal preparedness plan: for yourself and the important people in your life.

Your Personal Preparedness Plan for Personal Information

18 and independent: In Illinois, once your child turns 18, you no longer have access to your child’s health care records, cannot make health care decisions for your child or mange your child’s money. This includes decision-making in an emergency situation. It doesn’t matter if your child is still on your health insurance policy.

As part of the rituals of achieving independence, we should all complete a durable power of attorney for property and a health care power of attorney. Having these documents can help avoid unexpected legal complications, especially if your child or loved one is unable to communicate or act on their own behalf.

Your Personal Preparedness Plan for the last quarter of your life

This is a very informative article on the challenges of families and individuals as we age and confront situations we had not previously considered or encountered. http://khn.org/news/a-playbook-for-managing-problems-in-the-last-chapter-of-your-life/

I highly recommend that you find some time to review the website: www.planyourlifespan.org. there are several key areas focusing on your living and lifestyle preferences. Your personal wishes should be documented and discussed with your family or a trusted adult; someone you designate who can act on your behalf in the event you are temporarily or not longer able to function independently.

Your Personal Preparedness Plan for Environmental Disasters

According to the Red Cross, nearly 21 million people in the US were affected by disasters between 2004 and 2013 but only 12% were adequately prepared. Preparation for tornadoes, fires, hurricanes, and floods, etc. include:

  1. A plan which includes meeting places, emergency contacts, important documents, evacuation routes.
  2. An emergency preparedness kit to use at home or take with you in an evacuation.

For additional information: www.redcross.org and www.ready.gov (the FEMA website)

Knowing how to access critical information and resources is the first step in your personal preparedness plan. Don’t postpone the information gathering. Then, share your preferences with the important people in your life.

 

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