Senior Preparedness

Older adults may need to make special considerations when preparing for emergencies. Every individual has specific needs to be addressed before, during, and after disasters.

Build a Kit

Create an emergency supply kit that is tailored to your specific needs.

Make a Plan

Determine if there is any special assistance you might need during a disaster, and include it in your emergency plan.

  • Create a support network of trusted individuals who can help during an emergency. Keep a contact list in a watertight container in a household emergency kit.
  • You may want to consider giving one or two people in your support network a copy of your house or apartment key and letting them know where you keep your emergency supplies.
  • Talk to your healthcare providers about their emergency medical plans, especially if you undergo routine treatments or have specific medical concerns.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services online tool helps people locate and access their electronic health records from a variety of resources.
  • Sign up to get benefits electronically, especially if you depend on Social Security or other regular benefits. Federal benefit recipients can sign up by calling (800) 333-1795 or online.
  • Be sure to plan for any access and functional needs you may have.
  • Build a kit and make a plan for pets or service animals.


Kirkland Adult 50+ and Senior Services
City of Kirkland services for seniors and adults over the age of 50.

Prepare for Emergencies Now(PDF, 502KB)
Informational brochure about preparedness for older Americans.

Emergency Preparedness Workbook for Adult Family Homes

Resource to create a facility emergency plan for adult family homes from the Washington State Emergency Management Division.

Emergency Planning Resources for Long-Term Care Facilities

Emergency planning resources and considerations from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Community Living Preparedness Resources

Emergency preparedness resources and considerations for organizations and individuals from the Administration for Community Living.

Healthcare Emergency Plans and Tools

Preparedness information and tools from the Northwest Healthcare Response Network.

Emergency Preparedness