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.
Create an emergency supply kit that is tailored to your specific needs.
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
Informational brochure about preparedness for older Americans.
Preparedness Makes Sense for Older Americans
Video with additional emergency preparedness information for seniors.