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Seniors and Older Adults

Seniors and Older Adults

Older adults and their families can prepare for a disaster by identifying what the individual's needs are daily and how those needs may change or increase during a disaster. Older adults should consider creating a network of neighbors, relatives, friends, and co-workers to aid in planning for and surviving a disaster.  Start by developing your personal preparedness plan.

For tips on how to develop your plan, please visit: FEMA Ready Seniors.

Considerations seniors and older adults might need to include in their disaster kits:

  • Extra wheelchair batteries
  • Oxygen and/or catheters and supplies
  • Medications and a list of what your medications are, dosage, refrigeration requirements, etc.
  • Food for service animals
  • Keep a list of the type and model numbers of the medical devices you require.
  • Make arrangements for assistance to get to a shelter; have contact numbers available


Please also visit the Access and Functional Needs/Whole Community Preparedness page on our site for other considerations.

Here are other valuable websites with more information about disaster planning for seniors and older adults:
http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
http://www.ready.gov/seniors
https://www.fema.gov/fact-sheet/seniors-prepare-now-emergency

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