Disaster and Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults

The key to disaster preparedness is PLANNING AHEAD. Older adults are more vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters, flu outbreaks, and pandemics. While age is a factor, complications associated with chronic conditions, frailty, memory changes, and limited mobility present unique challenges. Therefore, create an emergency plan WELL in advance.

Below are disaster preparedness guidelines and tip sheets that are downloadable documents or links for printed materials. 

COVID-19 Guidelines for Older Adults from the CDC:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

COVID-19 Numerous Caregiver Resources from the John A. Hartford Foundation. https://www.johnahartford.org/dissemination-center/view/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-resources-for-older-adults-family-caregivers-and-health-care-providers

NADRC [Disaster Planning Toolkit for People Living with Dementia [pdf] https://nadrc.acl.gov/node/151

NFCSP Just In Case – Emergency Readiness for Older Adults and Caregivers https://acl.gov/sites/default/files/programs/2016-10/Just_in_Case030706_links.pdf

Emergency Supply Checklist for Older Adults from Michigan.gov https://www.michigan.gov/documents/michiganprepares2/Older_Adults_Checklist_423115_7.pdf

HealthinAging.org Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults https://www.healthinaging.org/tools-and-tips/emergency-preparedness-older-adults