Preparedness for Senior Citizens
Make a Plan
Be sure to determine any special assistance you may need, and include that in your emergency planning.
- Create a support network of family, friends and others who can assist you during an emergency, and share your disaster plans with them. Practice your plan with them.
– Make sure they have an extra key to your home, know where you keep your emergency supplies and how to use lifesaving equipment or administer medicine.
- If you undergo routine treatments administered by a clinic or hospital, find out their emergency plans and work with them to identify back-up service providers.
- If you have a communication-related disability, note the best way to communicate with you.
- Don’t forget your service animals or pets. Not all shelters accept pets, so plan for alternatives.
– Consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area
– Prepare an emergency kit for your pet
Get Your Benefits Electronically
A disaster can disrupt mail service for days or weeks. If you depend on Social Security or other regular benefits, switching to electronic payments is a simple, significant way to protect yourself financially before disaster strikes. It also eliminates the risk of stolen checks. The U.S. Department of the Treasury recommends two safer ways to get federal benefits:
- Direct deposit to a checking or savings account. Federal benefit recipients can sign up by calling (800) 333-1795 or sign up online
- The Direct Express® prepaid debit card is designed as a safe and easy alternative to paper
Build a Kit
No matter what the emergency, you need to have food, water, and essential supplies to take with you or to use when sheltering at home. Chances are, you already have many essentials needed for your disaster kit. Gather them first; then go shopping for the rest. Once you have all your supplies, put them in a sturdy container that you can carry; a tub with a lid, a backpack, a duffle bag, etc. Keep this kit in a place where you can quickly and easily grab it. Make sure everyone knows where the kit is.
Check your kit annually to make sure that the food has not expired and the batteries have not died. Replace these items as needed.
Stay current on local emergency alerts by registering on Branch Alert, the mass notification system that the City of Farmers Branch uses to communicate with residents. Sign up here: Branch Alert.