Seniors & Special Needs

Emergency Planning

During an emergency, seniors and those with disabilities may have special needs that should be considered when creating a household plan and emergency kit.

  • Care: During an emergency, personal care attendants may not be able to make it to their patients. Make sure you have made arrangements with caregivers who are familiar with your personal care agency’s emergency policy. If you have a service animal, make sure that it has a registered tag.
  • Medication and Medical Supplies: Keep a separate supply of at least seven days worth of any medication or critical medical supplies, such as oxygen. If you rely on electrical medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, ventilators, and oxygen compressors, talk to your medical supply company about getting batteries or a generator as a backup power source.
  • Mobility: If you or a family member have difficulty moving quickly and easily, make sure your neighbors are aware and that you have someone who can check in with you in case of an emergency. Develop a support network with several people who will continue to follow up with you after an emergency.