Are You Prepared? Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults!

 

Older adults are among the most vulnerable when a disaster strikes. An emergency or disaster that can directly affect your daily life can happen at any time, sometimes without warning. In Falmouth we are at risk for storm related events such as hurricanes, snow storms and nor’easters. 

 

In general, you should prepare to meet your needs for 3 to 7 days, including having supplies and backup options if you lose basic services such as water or electricity. Thankfully, there are things you can do to be prepared, respond safely and help speed your recovery.

 

The following articles and access to online information may help you stay safe when a disaster strikes. Reliable information you can trust from the American Red Cross, federal and local government agencies, and organizations that provide services for seniors before, during and after a disaster.

American Red Cross Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies. The local Red Cross is located in Hyannis at 286 South Street. (508) 775-1540

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  • Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults: A disaster or emergency that can directly affect your daily life can happen at any time, sometimes without warning. Thankfully, there are things you can do to be prepared, respond safely and help speed your recovery. These tips from the Red Cross can help you know what to do before, during and after a disaster or emergency.

  • Types of Emergencies: Information about emergencies that can occur where you live, and learn the difference between a "watch" and a "warning". 

  • Preparedness for Older Adults Booklet: No two people are the same. This guide will help you assess your abilities and potential conditions you may need to consider in the event of a disaster. The booklet also provides information about the key actions and steps to take before, during and after a disaster or emergency.

  • Disaster Preparedness For Seniors By Seniors: Put together by a group of older adults who experienced a two-week power outage when a massive ice storm hit the Greater Rochester, New York, area. They were unprepared for such a disaster. "If we had only taken a few simple steps to prepare ourselves for such an event, we could have eliminated many of the hardships we had to endure." Information from the Red Cross of Rochester New York.

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Hurricane Bob

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2015 Blizzard

  • Falmouth Emergency Preparedness: The Falmouth Emergency Preparedness website provides information to help you and your family members, pets included, prepare for an emergency, interpret weather signs, know the emergency resources in your area, and find other helpful information on the web.

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