August 4th, 2016 2:11 PM by Sharon Mason
3 Major Monsoon Safety Tips for Seniors
Did you get caught in the monsoon
rainstorms and flooding that swept through Phoenix Tuesday? A 500-year rain
event hit the valley with some parts of Phoenix getting two to three inches of
rain in an hour, prompting road closures and water rescues. That much rain only
has a 0.2 percent chance of occurring each year. The flooding was so bad that
the I-17 freeway was completely shut down for hours near Indian School Road.
With the monsoon season in full swing, it’s important for seniors to protect themselves and practice caution. Here are 3 major monsoon safety tips for seniors
to remember as the summer storms roll
1) Watch the
weather: It’s important for older adults to plan ahead by watching
the current weather forecasts on TV, the internet or the radio for weather
updates before you even leave the house. Also, make sure the severe weather
notifications are enabled in your cellphone settings so as to receive warnings
when you’re unable to access this information while you travel.
thunder roars, go indoors: Lightning
kills an average of 125 people annually in the United States and injures more
than 500 according to the American Red Cross. If you can hear thunder, you are
close enough to be struck by lightning. So when thunder roars, go indoors.
While indoors, older adults should
unplug expensive electronics as soon as possible and only use a corded phone in
case of emergency.
Huge gusts of wind in any thunderstorm
can lift huge clouds of dust and reduces visibility to near zero in seconds,
which can quickly result in deadly, multi-vehicle accidents on roadways. If you
encounter a dust storm and cannot avoid driving into it then pull off the road
as far as you can safely do so. Turn off your headlights and taillights. Put
your vehicle in "PARK," and/or engage your parking brake. Stay where
you are until the dust storm passes.
Higher terrain storms will still be possible through the weekend,
but our Valley forecast looks dry again by Sunday. Just remember, as we dry
out, temperatures will get hotter with weekend temperatures climbing as high as
109. So please stay hydrated. Taking additional safety steps during the Arizona monsoon season could save your
life and the lives of others. Please remember and share these 3 major monsoon safety tips for seniors and
stay safe! For more senior safety
tips and resources for Arizona
retirees, contact Sharon Mason.
Arizona Retirement Expert,
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