Are you prepared for a tornado? A flood? An earthquake? A fire? A hurricane?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched Ready as a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. Ready is dedicated to disaster preparation and response including a segment devoted to seniors.
You can print a brochure entitled, “Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for Older Americans.” http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/olderamericans_quadfold.pdf
Some excerpts from Ready for Seniors:
Seniors should keep specialized items ready, including extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for service animals and any other items you might need. Keep a list of the type and model numbers of the medical devices you require. Be sure to make provisions for medications that require refrigeration. Make arrangements for any assistance to get to a shelter.
The first step is to consider how an emergency might affect your individual needs. Plan to make it on your own, for at least three days. It’s possible that you will not have access to a medical facility or even a drugstore. It is crucial that you and your family think about what kinds of resources you use on a daily basis and what you might do if those resources are limited or not available.
Basic Supplies: Think first about the basics for survival – food, water, clean air and any life-sustaining items you require. Consider two kits.
Basic emergency supplies include:
FEMA also provides an instructional video containing information specific to Older Americans and tips on how to prepare for emergency situations: http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/videos/78859#embed-code