National Preparedness Month: Helping Older Adults
14 Sep 2023
National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies at any time. This year’s campaign focuses on preparing older adults for disaster, specifically older adults from communities that are disproportionally impacted by the all-hazard events.
Several factors make older adults more vulnerable after disasters, including:
- a greater likelihood to suffer from chronic conditions and the need for associated medications;
- a greater reliance on assistive devices such as walkers or glasses, as well as support from caregivers and others; and
- an increased likelihood of social isolation.
If you are an older adult, you may have specific needs after a disaster. Plan ahead. Determine any special assistance you may need and include that assistance in your emergency plan. For more information and guidance, visit www.ready.gov/Older-Adults.