Do they need medical attention? Have they fallen? Are they staying warm enough? Are they taking their medications as prescribed? Do they have safe food and water? Are they eating and drinking regularly? Is the temperature in their home comfortable? Do they have safe means to heat the home if temperatures continue to fall? Whom will they call if they need help? Do they have access to a phone that will work without power or landline service? Ohioans who live in nursing homes also can be at increased risk from severe winter weather. The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman advises to call love ones’ nursing homes to check conditions there and ask how the facility is staffed. If you or an older loved one become ill or injured during the storm, or if it becomes unsafe to stay in your home for any reason, call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance. Check local media or call local law enforcement to learn about the availability of warming centers or emergency shelters. Your area agency on aging can help identify emergency resources and services in your community. Visit the Ohio Department of Aging’s website ( www.aging.ohio.gov ) for contacts or call 1-866-243-5678 to be connected to the agency serving your community. The Department of Aging’s “Safe at Home” web page ( www.aging.ohio.gov/safeathome ) includes resources for older Ohioans to be prepared for emergencies.