The Department of Aging recommends that all older Ohioans have a plan that will allow them to remain in place in their home or another location for at least three days. This includes: A home emergency kit that contains, at a minimum, a battery-operated radio, a loud whistle or horn, food that can be opened and prepared easily, one gallon of water per person per day, extra blankets, and a first aid kit; A “go-bag” with essentials you might need if you must leave your home quickly, including food and drink, toiletries, medication, a flashlight and batteries, a radio, a phone charger, important paperwork, identification, and some cash; A backup supply of medications, and extra copies of your prescriptions from your health care providers (include a cooler and ice packs for medications that must be refrigerated); and Any medical equipment or assistive devices (such as canes, walkers, wheelchairs, lifts, and oxygen tanks) you may need, with operation instructions and spare batteries or non-powered alternatives. Be prepared to explain to rescuers how to move you or help you move safely and quickly, such as where to find any equipment or medications you will need. Ask a reliable family member, friend, or neighbor to visit or call you in severe weather or another emergency to make sure you are okay. Agree on what they should do if they are unable to reach you or find you needing help. Your area agency on aging can point you to local resources to help you and your older loved ones be prepared. Call 1-866-243-5678 to be connected to the agency serving your community. Visit www.ready.ohio.gov and www.aging.ohio.gov/safeathome for more tips and resources.