Emergency Preparedness for Seniors and Caregivers

Natural disasters are stressful, especially for seniors. Fortunately, planning goes a long way. Running drills and having an emergency kit ready to go means you’re two steps closer to surviving a disaster intact. Don’t waste critical minutes panicking. Plan now!

Seniors are more vulnerable in emergencies, our population is aging rapidly. Right now, one out of every 10 persons is 60 years or above and many of our seniors have physical disabilities or conditions that affect their mobility and their agility...Special measures need to be taken to ensure that our seniors do evacuate safely or have the proper information for them to be able to weather whatever the storm might be.

- Jim Judge, Chair of the American Red Cross' Disaster Health Subcommittee

  1. Identify Your Risks
  2. Familiarize Yourself with Local Resources
  3. Get a Plan in Place

The risks to be aware of depend on the area you live in. Some areas are prone to flooding, while others are prone to fires and snowstorms, for example. 

Enter your ZIP code here to get a good idea of the risks in your area. King County, Washington, is at medium risk of earthquake, snowfall, and avalanche disasters. It is at low risk of flood, tornado, wildfire, landslide, and heatwave disasters. There’s no risk from hurricanes, droughts, and volcanoes.

Meanwhile, Hudson, New Jersey, has high flood risks. It is at medium risk of hurricane, earthquake, heatwave, and snowfall disasters. Tornadoes, wildfires, and landslides pose low risks. There is no risk from droughts, avalanches, and volcanoes.

The information listed above has been provided by SeniorLiving.org
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