In addition to a basic emergency supply kit, older adults need a personalized emergency plan listing where they can go in an emergency, what they should bring with them (such as medications, eyeglasses, hearing aids and extra batteries, oxygen, or assistive technologies), how they will get there, and who they should call for help.
Those who use a communication, assistive, or mobility device should include provisions to transport this device with them if they need to evacuate. Similarly, if appropriate, the plan should include any food or supplies needed by a service animal.
Older adults should keep a list of their medications, doctors, and pharmacies in a waterproof bag. Experts recommend including a photocopy of doctors’ prescriptions to make it easier to get refills in another location. Older adults also should keep a backup list of emergency information, including contacts, medications, medical devices (including style and serial number), and doctors, in another location such as a friend’s home.