EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - EXPERIENCES OF OTHER SENIORS
Years of experience give seniors a unique advantage in preparing for emergencies and dealing with disasters. As stated in "Voices of Wisdom: Seniors Cope with Disasters" videotape, Project COPE, 1992:
"We've proven time and again our ability to survive everything from the Great Depression to world wars and the threat of nuclear holocaust. We've lived through droughts, floods, and all sorts of other natural disasters. We've given birth, supported our families, and stood by our loved ones through personal and financial losses. We are proud, tough and resilient."
Preparing for emergencies and disasters requires thinking ahead, using information that’s available, and sometimes asking for a helping hand. A letter posted on “Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors” from Rochester-Monroe County Chapter, American Red Cross states:
"We are a group of older adults who experienced a two-week power outage when a massive ice storm hit the Greater Rochester, New York, area. We 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."
"We are just like many of you. Some of us are in good health but aren't quite as agile as we used to be; some of us have hearing or vision problems; others use a cane or wheelchair. Whatever our limitations, however, we need to be prepared. We can be prepared."
Getting ready and staying prepared doesn’t happen overnight...
Take the time and do the things you need to do so you’re not caught off-guard - when it's too late!