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Here in the islands, everyone who is able has a responsibility to prepare themselves to be on their own following a disaster (here, we're primarily thinking earthquake or winter storm). We strongly encourage people to have two weeks worth of supplies on hand. Start with our general preparedness page for all residents.

 

That said, getting ready for two weeks of being on their own can be a real challenge for many older island residents, and the resources below are designed to help individuals, or just as importantly, their care givers, neighbors, and families with thinking through special challenges related to helping older residents prepare.

 

Disasters can be particularly disruptive to the daily living of older adults and their caregivers.  Chronic conditions that exist prior to an emergency can be exacerbated, equipment damaged or lost, and services or treatments interrupted, causing additional harm or stress.  These links connect to key resources:

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults
This portal provides links to information, tools, and resources to assist with multi-sector planning for older adults in all-hazard emergencies.

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency: Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for Older Americans
This guide outlines common-sense measures older adults can take to start preparing for emergencies before they happen.  Steps include getting a kit of basic supplies, making a plan for what you will do in an emergency, and staying informed and connected.


American Red Cross: Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors

Published in 2009 by a group of older adults who experienced a two-week power outage when a massive ice storm hit the Greater Rochester, New York region, the steps presented in this booklet can help you prepare for emergencies and eliminate hardships you might face.