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How can I prepare for a disaster if I am a senior?

There are several things seniors can do to be prepared for the kinds of events that a natural disaster or an act of terrorism might trigger. Below are some examples of how you could prepare:

  • Make a plan with family or household members. Decide how to stay in touch if something goes wrong. Set up a meeting place.
  • Prepare a disaster supplies kit. Keep it in a safe, easy-to-find place.
  • Keep a spare pair of eye glasses and extra medicine handy in case you need to leave your home quickly.
  • Learn about preparedness plans in your town.
  • Know your neighbors and how to get in touch with them.
  • Keep important documents in a safe place with easy access in case you need to leave your home.
  • Review your options and decide what to do before an emergency happens.
  • Know how to get in contact with service agencies you may need, such as the Area Agencies on Aging and the American Red Cross.
  • Learn more about how stress how can affect you and how to deal with it.

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