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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.

Important Contacts

Planning Tools

  • CDC - Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults. The following link provides information, tools, and resources to assist in multi-sector planning for older adults in all-hazard emergencies.
  • Emergency Assistance Guide 2006
    Information and material in this Guide are based a number of recent experiences faced by State and Area Agencies on Aging and aging services providers following the Gulf Coast hurricanes and other natural and man-made disasters of recent years.
  • Just in Case: Emergency Readiness for Older Adults and Caregivers.
    This fact sheet provides step-by-step information to help older adults 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.
  • Disaster Preparedness: Home and Community-Based Services for People With Dementia and Their Caregivers
    This toolkit outlines actions states and area agencies can take to empower caregivers to make informed decisions about the special needs of people with dementia at a time of emergency or disaster.
  • A comprehensive set of disaster and emergency preparedness and response resources for a variety of man-made and natural disasters can be found at the webpage of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at
  • 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 Readiness and Response
    Summary of key findings from the 2008 survey focused on the emergency planning and disaster relief activities of AAAs.

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National Response Framework & Federal Departments and Agencies

The National Response Framework (NRF) presents the guiding principles that enable all response partners to provide a unified national response to disasters and emergencies. It establishes a comprehensive, national, all-hazards approach to domestic incident response. The NRF defines the principles, roles, and structures that organize how we respond as a nation and:

  • describes how communities, tribes, states, the federal government, private-sectors, and nongovernmental partners work together to coordinate national response;
  • describes specific authorities and best practices for managing incidents; and builds upon the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which provides a consistent template for managing incidents.

Information on the National Response Framework including Documents, Annexes, References and Briefings/Trainings can be accessed from the NRF Resource Center.

  • Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, PL 100-707, signed into law November 23, 1988; amended the Disaster Relief Act of 1974, PL 93-288. This Act constitutes the statutory authority for most Federal disaster response activities, especially as they pertain to FEMA and FEMA programs.
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS) In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security takes the lead in providing a coordinated, comprehensive federal response and to mount a swift and effective recovery effort.
    • Citizen Corps
      The Citizen Corps helps communities be better prepared to handle disasters, threats, and emergencies of all kind.
    • First Responders
      DHS is committed to ensuring that first responders nation-wide are prepared, equipped and trained for any situation and to bringing together information and resources to prepare for and respond to a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency.
    • (FEMA) Federal Emergency Management Agency
      The primary mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation. FEMA partners with federal agencies, state and local emergency management systems to quickly respond to major emergencies.
    • Regional and State Offices

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Federal Sources of Assistance Following a Disaster

  • Disaster Assistance Available from FEMA
    FEMA, the Aidmatrix Foundation and Corporate Sponsors have partnered to launch a virtual portal to allow companies or individuals to offer their support on-line to leading organizations in humanitarian relief. This portal is designed to make it as easy to offer financial support, product donations, or to donate your skills and time to nonprofit organizations active in disaster relief.
  • The Aidmatrix Network
    helps nonprofit organizations get access to offers of support. If you are a nonprofit and are interested in becoming a member of VOAD, please click here for a listing of VOADs by state or here to see the membership criteria and application for National VOAD membership. For information on disaster preparedness for individuals and businesses, please click here.To apply for disaster assistance, please click here.
  • 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:
    • 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.
    For many individuals the SBA disaster loan program is the primary form of disaster assistance.
  • AoA Grants to States and Tribal Organizations.
    Funding is only available if the President declares a National Disaster. Only State Agencies on Aging and Tribal Organizations funded under the Older American Act in the affected areas may apply.
  • Presidential Disaster Declarations

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