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Preparedness for the Elderly

Disaster Preparedness for Seniors
From the American Red Cross, here is a list of reminders on how seniors can benefit from a personal support network who can provide assistance when needed.

For Seniors by Seniors
This 32-page booklet by the American Red Cross was written by a New York based senior group and is a great checklist of things to think about before you need to, and encourages seniors to take responsibility and prepare for an emergency.

Photo of sad woman after a floodHow Will I Know Mom and Dad are Okay? (PDF)
This helpful 6-page brochure provided by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging offers a plan on how to ensure your elder family members are okay in the event of an emergency.

Emergency Preparedness for Seniors (PDF)
By “Are You Ready Wisconsin”, find a 2-page tip sheet to evaluate what you need to be prepared for an emergency situation, and guidance on how to put plans in place.

Personal Preparedness for Older Adults & Their Caregivers
From the CDC, resources and tools for senior and their caregivers on how to prepare, including medication, pets and protecting from fraud.

Disaster readiness tips for people with mobility disabilities (PDF)
You are in the best position to know your abilities and needs before, during, and after a disaster.  From the National Organization on Disability, this PDF brochure provides helpful tips on preparedness, evacuation, and sheltering.

Helping the elderly recover from the emotional aftermath of a disaster
Texas Heath and Human Services provides helpful tips on how to best support older family members in the aftermath of a disaster.  It’s important to be aware of their special needs and vulnerabilities.