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Being prepared before disaster strikes is the best way to manage an emergency situation. For an aging adult, emergency planning may require some additional thought. The following information will help you start planning for an emergency.

Emergency alerts

The most effective way for emergency services to communicate information about an emergency or disaster is through mass communication, including traditional means, like radio and television, and social media.

Build a support network

Keep an updated list of family and friends who may be able to assist you if required. Know those in your area who could walk to your home in an emergency. As part of your family emergency plan, you should have contacts both in and out of the city who can help you and your family in an emergency. Include the names, phone numbers and addresses of these people in your phone

Build a 72-hour emergency kit

During an emergency, responders may be busy assisting those in immediate need. Making a 72-hour emergency kit will enable you to better manage an emergency situation. This kit holds supplies to support you, your family, and pets in the event of an emergency. Include any food tailored to dietary restrictions, and make sure that your kit is wheeled and easily accessed.

What should I bring with me in an evacuation?

  • Prescription medication
  • If you have a cane or walker, bring it with you in an evacuation.
  • Bring your pet with you in an evacuation. Determine in advance who can take care of your pet in the event of an emergency.