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Ice-covered streets and snapped power lines are inconvenient for everyone. But for senior citizens, wintry weather often brings additional hazards. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.
Imagine having to go without this week's groceries or desperately needing a refill on your heart medicine, but not being able to get out due to the ice. Those are common situations facing many seniors when extreme weather hits.
Ryan Nichols is the director of the Springfield/Greene County Office of Emergency Management. He urges residents to check up on their elderly neighbors and relatives during periods of extreme weather.
He says that many seniors experience transportation problems during icy weather, preventing them from getting to the grocery store of pharmacy.
And when the power goes out, as we are seeing in some homes in this particular storm, seniors often feel the impact harder than most.
Nichols recommends getting to know elderly neighbors before the bad weather hits, then following up with regular phone calls and visits.
FOR KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore