In an emergency situation, thorough preparation is key to an effective response. Seniors and individuals with functional needs need to be prepared for any type of emergency. Ready in 3 outlines steps you can take now to prepare.

The Family Safety Guide provides detailed information on the three steps in preparing in advance of any emergency. The guide is available in print in English, Spanish, Bosnian and Braille and electronically in Romanian and Russian. Order your Family Safety Guide here!

A video that acts as a step-by-step guide to preparing for emergencies is available to seniors and individuals with functional needs.

Senior citizens living in special-care facilities should review the building’s emergency plans. Know where your medications and special medical equipment are located in case you need to have someone get it for you during an evacuation. Equipment such as wheelchairs, canes or walkers should be labeled with your name.

People living at home who are disabled or who have special medical needs should identify people who can help them during an emergency. Make sure these people know where you keep your emergency supplies and give someone a key to your house or apartment.

Medical alert tags or bracelets will help identify your disability if you need medical attention. If you need dialysis or another life-sustaining treatment, know the location of more than one facility.

A supply kit for people with functional needs should include:

  • A list of prescription and nonprescription medications and dosages
  • A list of allergies
  • Extra eyeglasses and hearing aid batteries
  • Extra wheelchair batteries or other special equipment
  • A list of the brand, style and serial numbers of medical devices
  • Copies of medical insurance and Medicare cards
  • A list of doctors
  • A list of emergency contacts and family
  • Telephone numbers of close neighbors who can help