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Preparing for an emergency as a senior

Being prepared before disaster strikes is the best way to manage an emergency situation. For an aging adult, emergency planning may require some additional thought. The following information will help you start planning for an emergency. If you are a person with a disability, we have additional information and tips on how to prepare for an emergency.

Types of disasters

When planning you should know what types of emergencies or disasters can occur where you live. We have put together a list of the types of disasters that effect Calgary.

Emergency alerts

The most effective way for emergency services to communicate information about an emergency or disaster is through mass communication, including traditional means, like radio and television, and social media. Learn more.

Make an emergency action plan

An emergency action plan is a tool that allows you to engage in conversations with your family, friends and possibly even community to create a plan that will support you and your loved ones during an emergency or disaster. A good plan will reduce stress for those involved, improve your ability to react and increase communication. All this will ultimately reduce the impact of the situation. Making a plan will ensure that you and your family members know what to do.

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Build a support network

Keep an updated list of family and friends who may be able to assist you if required. Know those in your area who could walk to your home in an emergency. As part of your family emergency plan, you should have contacts both in and out of the city who can help you and your family in an emergency. Include the names, phone numbers and addresses of these people in your phone and 72-hour kit.

Escape routes

​Familiarize yourself with all escape routes, emergency exits and emergency equipment in your home. If you have mobility concerns, make sure you take appropriate precautions.
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Build a 72-hour emergency kit

During an emergency, responders may be busy assisting those in immediate need. Making a 72-hour emergency kit will enable you to better manage an emergency situation. This kit holds supplies to support you, your family, and pets in the event of an emergency. Include any food tailored to dietary restrictions, and make sure that your kit is wheeled and easily accessed.

Ask your doctor and your health care team for additional information about what you should do in the event of an emergency. Include copies of medical records, dentures, spare glasses and related items in your kit.

72 hour emergency kit

 
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What should I bring with me in an evacuation?

  • Prescription medication
  • If you have a cane or walker, bring it with you in an evacuation.
  • Bring your pet with you in an evacuation. Determine in advance who can take care of your pet in the event of an emergency.