EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE
Disasters or emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time. Over the past two years alone, more than 130 Presidential Disaster Declarations have been declared in 45 states and territories. When a disaster strikes, older persons and persons with disabilities may experience public health and human service needs that threaten their well-being. In many cases, existing physical or mental impairments may worsen, and needed family and community-based supports may be disrupted by the emergency situation.
It is critical that:
- All individuals, including older and disabled persons, their caregivers, as well as Aging Services Network professionals, develop personal preparedness plans.
- All sectors of the national Aging Services Network and other professionals become full participants in coordinated preparedness and response planning between Federal, State, Tribal, and local governments, as well as the private, voluntary and faith-based sectors.
This Website is intended to provide planning and response information, resources and strategies that can assist individuals and the national Aging Services Network to better prepare for, and respond to, all types of emergencies and disasters.