National Preparedness Month: Prepare to Protect
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Section: September Associate Newsletter

Closing out National Preparedness Month, USAging encourages our members to provide tips and resources to the older adults they serve, to prepare for emergencies and disasters.

National Preparedness Month may be ending, but the need to plan for the unlikely is not! Below we have highlighted some resources that you can share with older adults that illustrate the importance of making a plan before, during and after a disaster happens. Disasters can strike without warning, but there are steps older adults and caregivers can take to prepare themselves. However, it is important to remember that quickly changing circumstances often necessitate that people deviate from their plans and improvise when necessary—no matter how prepared they may be.

The Eldercare Locator, administered by USAging and funded by ACL, offers fact sheets, links and other useful information to help older adults, caregivers and professionals navigate emergency situations. Check out the brochure, Helping Older Adults Weather the Storm Before, During and After Disasters, which your organization can share to offer steps older adults and caregivers can take to prepare themselves before, during and after a disaster. If a loved one lives far away, the Staying "IN TOUCH" in Crisis Situations brochure outlines how families can stay in touch with older loved ones and be prepared when a crisis situation occurs.

Additionally, FEMA’s Ready campaign offers resources, social media toolkits, graphics and videos available to share and promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year.