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Preparedness for the Elderly

Disaster & Emergency Preparedness for Caregivers
Emergencies don’t have to become disasters, and disasters can be managed. By understanding the responsibilities of caregiving in a challenging situation, you can ensure the survival and well-being of both yourself and those you care for.

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.

Photo of sad woman after a floodFor 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.

How 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.

Helping the elderly recover from the emotional aftermath of a disaster (PDF)
The Houston Health Department 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.