Prepare for Your Needs

Disaster preparedness for older adults is essential as they may have special needs and may require assistance. Families and caregivers should ensure that older adults have access to necessary medications, mobility aids, and a reliable support network in case of disaster.

Emergency Kits for Older Adults

Because older adults may have a different set of needs, here is a list of things that should be considered when preparing a kit:

Receiving Benefits Electronically

Disasters can delay mail service. If you depend on Social Security or other benefits, consider switching to electronic payments to protect your financial security. The U.S. Department of Treasury recommends two safer ways to get federal benefits:

  • Direct deposit to a checking or savings account. If you get federal benefits you 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.