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Before a natural disaster: Tips for older adults

Planning and preparation

Older adults may have faced planning and preparing for a natural disaster such as a flood earlier in their lives. They can certainly call upon their resilience, experience, and wisdom to help them through yet another flood. However, the aging process can make many older adults particularly vulnerable during a disaster, especially if they have one or more chronic illnesses, functional limitations, or dementia. Family members may need to be involved in helping their older family members to develop a plan and have the necessary items on hand should a disaster strike.


Minnell L. Tralle, Extension educator in family resiliency

Reviewed by Lori A. Hendrickson, Extension educator in family resiliency

Reviewed in 2020

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