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National Preparedness Month: Seniors

Before disaster strikes, seniors should consider additional preparedness actions, depending on their state of health and what they would need in the event of a disaster.

• Make sure everyone in your support network knows where you keep your emergency kit and plan. Plan in advance for a temporary place to stay, in case you are forced to evacuate.
• Make a list of prescription medicines including dosage, treatment and allergy information. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about what else you need to prepare.
• Consider other personal needs such as eyeglasses, hearing aids and hearing aid batteries, wheelchair batteries, and oxygen.
• Know the safest places in your home for each type of emergency. Determine the best escape routes from your home.
• Create an emergency preparedness buddy plan (include attendants, readers, interpreters, family, friends, neighbors) with people who know about your medications, how to operate assistive technology devices and the location of your emergency supply kits.
• Know where all of your medical, insurance and other emergency documents are located, and make sure they can be accessed quickly.