We know older adults can face greater risks when it comes to the multitude of extreme weather events and emergencies we now face, especially if they are living alone, are low-income, have a disability, or live in rural areas. As an older adult, you may have specific needs after a disaster. Use the information below to assess your needs and take simple, low-cost steps that help you and your loved ones get better prepared.
- Keep a NOAA Weather Radio tuned to local emergency station or TV for warnings about disasters and emergencies near your area.
- Plan how you will communicate if you have special communication needs (deaf or hard of hearing, Blind or have low vision, speech disability).
- Communication cards to say you are deaf, deaf/blind or hard of hearing (Card can be located at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division)
- Notebook and pens for writing notes.
- Plan for food, water, and essentials for you and pets or service animals.
- Plan for your transportation if you may need help evacuating.
- Plan how you will evacuate with any assistive devices (wheelchairs, walkers).
- Include medicines, medical supplies, batteries, and chargers.
- Make copies of ID, Medicaid, Medicare, and other insurance cards.
- Phone and/or tablet and chargers.
- If have service animal or pet, pet supplies such as food, leashes, and medications.
Consider adding to Emergency Preparedness Kit:
- Plan to have contact information for important people and care providers.
- Hearing aids, assistive listening devices, braille display, glasses (extra batteries).
- A list of medicines you need, dosage instructions, and any allergies.
- Contact information for your durable medical provider.
- Communication apps on your phone or tablet (speech-to-text apps, video relay service apps, captioned telephone apps, IP Relay or real-time text apps).
- List need-to-know information for first responders and others who might need to help you during this emergency.