Elderly Prepare For Snowstorm

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

In less than 24 hours, the Heartland is bracing for the first major snowstorm of the season.

The storm is forcing people to prepare and stay indoors, something that can be tougher for the elderly.

Seventy-six-year-old Dorothy Moore says her husband relies on neighbors to clear the snow from their yard.

"It's hard for when it comes to this heavy snow," says Moore. "He depends on the man next door to use his snowblower because he can't shovel too much."

That's why the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging says they're staffed to help with snow cleanup. They have 19 contractors in five different counties to clean up snow for more than 100 seniors.

"If we get more than two inches of snow they'll go out when the snow is done and they'll clean the driveways and the sidewalks," says Jeff Reinhardt, Public Affairs Director.

Seventy-seven-year-old Sandy Carlson lives alone and says she's been preparing for the last couple of days.

"I'm stocking up on groceries and going into hibernation like the bears until the snow is over."

But Leonard Johnson says he's not worried. He'll stay inside of the snow is bad enough and hire someone to clear his driveway.

"I remember in 1975 when we had that snow just about all the way to the windows and it was pretty heavy," says Johnson.

"But we lived through the snow. It comes and goes and take we'll take care of it as we have to."

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