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Quick Question: Are you prepared for an emergency or natural disaster?
posted 10.30.2012

Last week 70% of people responding to our quick question said that they (or their organization) had a plan in place for the elders they serve in the case of an emergency or natural disaster... and then many on the East Coast put those plans into action when Hurricane Sandy struck earlier this week. 

In her overview of recent changes in the disaster preparedness front, Jennifer Campbel, Phd states that "the lens of disaster preparedness is providing an important tool to look at efforts that keep the most vulnerable among us connected and prepared—regardless of when and how a disaster strikes" (read more). Certainly in the wake of Hurricane Sandy we are hearing about the efforts of professionals, friends, neighbors and family members to keep elders safe. 

However, 30% of respondants reported they, or their organization, did not have a plan in place in the case of an emergency or natural disaster or they didn't know if such a plan was in place. As the East Coast begins a long recovery process, we hope you'll take this opportunity to start conversations about what plans you and your organization should put in place to help keep elders safe and connected in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

Resources and Information

What’s Brewing on the Disaster Preparedness Front?
By Jennifer Campbell

Caring for Elders During a Natural Disaster: We Can Do Better—But Are We?
By Jennifer Campbell

Transportation for When Extreme Climate Becomes the Norm
By Jane Harden

Emergency Preparedness Tips and Resources (Previously Recorded Web Seminar)
Beth Kallmyer and Pam Allweiss discuss how to plan for the challenges of dealing with an emergency situation involving people with chronic conditions. From August 12, 2010

 

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