Resources for Individuals, Families and Caregivers
In order to respond to an emergency or disaster in a community, every individual,
family, caregiver, and aging services network professional must have a well-developed
personal preparedness and response plan. These resources and links can assist you
in developing plans suited to your individual needs, across a wide variety of disaster
and emergency situations, as well as provide information about possible sources
of assistance following a disaster. Resources for The Aging Services Network and
Other Professionals All segments of the national Aging Services Network have important
roles and responsibilities in emergency preparedness and response activities. The
information in this section is intended to provide tools and resources that will
assist you in developing and establishing priorities, best practices and actions
in preparing for, and responding to, an emergency or disaster.
Preparing for an Emergency or Disaster
The following resources can assist individuals, families and their caregivers in preparing and planning for an emergency or disaster.
- Tips for Preventing Illness during Hot Weather
- Just in Case: Emergency Readiness for Older Adults and Caregivers.
This fact sheet provides step-by-step information on how older adults should prepare for a disaster/emergency. It includes helpful checklists, contact lists, and a medication list that can be filled in. It is also available in Spanish.
- Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
This guide is FEMA’s most comprehensive source of step-by-step information on individual, family, and community preparedness.
- Ready American - Older Americans
Advice for older adults in preparing for emergencies including link to the Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines for meeting special needs.
- Family Emergency Planning
- Emergency Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control.
This website contains consumer information pertaining to all kinds of natural, public health and man-made disasters.
- Emergency Preparedness for Seniors and People with Disabilities, American Red Cross.
- Health Related Resources
This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website includes extensive health related information for consumers and families, including information on heat, cold, mental health, and mold.
- Heat Stress and the Elderly
Persons aged 65 and older are more prone to heat stress than younger individuals. This link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more information.
- Emergency Planning Checklists for people with medical needs:
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Seeking Assistance Following an Emergency or Disaster
- Eldercare Locator
If you know the number of your local Area Agency on Aging, call it first. If you do not know the number, the Eldercare Locator is the first step to finding resources for older adults in any U.S. community. Enter the zip code, city, or county to locate state and local aging offices in your state.
- Applying for Assistance
- Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can make federally subsidized loans to repair or replace homes, personal property or businesses that sustained damages not covered by insurance. The Small Business Administration can provide three types of disaster loans to qualified homeowners and businesses:
For many individuals the SBA disaster loan program is the primary form of disaster assistance.
- home disaster loans to homeowners and renters to repair or replace disaster-related damages to home or personal property,
- business physical disaster loans to business owners to repair or replace disaster-damaged property, including inventory, and supplies; and
- economic injury disaster loans, which provide capital to small businesses and to small agricultural cooperatives to assist them through the disaster recovery period.
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