Hearing aids are there to assist us through what were previously life’s daily monotonies: the necessary interactions that exist in a world geared toward the healthy hearing. Once hearing loss sets in, those once mundane interaction inevitably become much more stressful. The addition of hearing aids often adds an immense amount of ease back into daily life.
It’s easy to begin to take that ease for granted. Understandably so! Sometimes we forget we’re being assisted by hearing aids at all. But, in the event of an emergency, when your hearing aids will be of the utmost importance, will you be prepared? We can’t predict when a disaster or calamitous event will occur, but we can get ready. Here are a few suggestions to get your emergency kit fully stocked for unforeseen emergencies.
Quick fast and in a hurry
In general, a well-stocked emergency bag contains the essentials. These can sometimes be call a ‘Go Bag,’ because their intended to be grabbed them when you just have to Go and possibly without much notice. If you live in an area where a disaster might be more inclined to make you hunker down at home while you wait for normalcy to return, you can expand your preparedness beyond a simple bag. Many people keep an additional Go Bag in their vehicle, so that they’re prepared to hit extreme conditions if they’re away from home, too.
Survival of the most prepared
Pack what you would need to survive for a few days if you were sequestered from the world. These days, dehydrated camping options and energy bars are wonderful and minimal options to pack in your emergency kit. They take up very little space but are calorically heavy, so that a little goes a long way. Water is a much bulkier component, especially as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends a gallon a person per day for hydration and sanitation. If you really want to be prepared, acquire a water filtration system, available at most outdoor stores. These might come in handy if untreated water isn’t available.
Make sure that you have a suitable first aid kit, batteries, flashlights, and local maps. A backup charge or two for a cell phone would be an excellent idea. Take an inventory of your daily medications and have a week’s worth of dosage tucked away in your emergency kit. Expand this to include over the counter medications like pain relievers and antibiotic ointments.
If you have four legged friends you’re responsible for, make sure that their food, water and medications are also taken into account.
Be a copy machine
The recent forest fire season was rife with emergency evacuations. In situations like that, people are looking beyond survival and into a future in which they’ve lost their homes. To prepare for an eventuality such as that, make sure you have important documents digitized or copied and stashed in your bag. This might include pictures of every room of your house, birth certificates, the deed(s) to your home(s), insurance information and possibly even copies of cherished family photos. In this cell phone era, you might also want to copy down important telephone numbers onto a piece of paper to be accessed if you’re without battery power.
Pack the right stuff
It might be tempting to overpack when anticipating an unknown. But, over preparedness might actually hinder you if you are forced to leave in a hurry. The purpose of a Go Bag is to make leaving simple and uncomplicated. If it’s too stressful to imagine preparing only a small bag and leaving things at that, perhaps your anxiety would be soothed if you also had a small cache of necessities stored in your home.
FEMA has an excellent list of items to prepare with on their Ready.gov site. Comparing what you consider to be a necessity to theirs is a great way to see how realistic you are able to be.
Hearing Health preparedness
Of course, don’t forget to address your future hearing aid needs in an emergency. Hearing aid wearers should always pack away a few extra days of batteries in case of an emergency. A water-resistant hearing aid container is a must have, giving you a reliable way to store your hearing aids in uncertain circumstances. Having Desiccant on hand is a great way to prepare for additional moisture. Depending on the emergency, a higher rate of rain, snow or humidity might be present and this is a great way to quickly dry your devices.
Because you might run out of battery life despite your best intentions, keep a pen and paper in your emergency kit. This can be of service if communication is necessary without your hearing aids, particularly if you have severe or profound hearing loss.
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