For Seniors: Planning Ahead

Preparing for an Emergency

When disasters strike without warning, older adults can be especially vulnerable in the situation. Seniors can help to ensure their safety by:

  • Having an emergency kit at home ready to take with you in case you need to evacuate or shelter-in-place
  • Knowing the location and phone numbers of your local emergency management and American Red Cross offices
  • Listing the style and serial number of medical devices such as pacemakers
  • Planning for transportation if case of evacuation
  • Filling prescriptions before they run out
  • Knowing the telephone number for 24-hour pharmacy emergencies
  • Posting emergency phone numbers near the phone
  • Keeping a copy of important contact numbers and medical information in your wallet
  • Planning and practicing the best escape routes from your home

For Seniors: Staying in Touch


Keep in touch with your family and neighbors by:
  • Establishing relationships with nearby neighbors before an emergency or disaster happens
  • Sharing your emergency contact and medical information with family, neighbors, apartment building manager, or condo association
  • Creating a contact list of your neighbor's information
  • Arranging for someone to check on you
  • Teaching those who may need to assist you how to operate necessary equipment
  • Planning ahead with your home health care services agency
  • Notifying local police, fire, and rescue responders of special needs or mobility issues