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6 Tips on How Older Adults Can Prepare for a Disaster

It is important to plan ahead in the event of a severe storm, earthquake, fire, or other emergency. Get tips on what to do before a disaster strikes.

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Older adults can be especially vulnerable during a natural disaster such as severe weather, earthquakes, fires, and floods. It is important to plan ahead and be ready for an emergency situation before it hits.

Use these tips to get prepared:

  • Gather supplies such as food, water, clothing, medications, batteries, and chargers to assemble in a disaster kit.
  • Make and keep a list of emergency contacts. Save the numbers in your cell phone too. 
  • Be prepared to evacuate your home, if needed.
    • Give someone you trust a house key and a list of emergency phone numbers.
    • Know how to fet to the nearest emergency shelter, if necessary. To find an open emergency shelter, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text SHELTER and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA).
    • Plan for alternative transportation options if you do not drive or it is too dangerous.
    • Keep neighbors, friends, and family informed of your whereabouts.

Learn more about disaster preparedness and older people.