Developing a Communication Plan

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Emergency Management and Public Health will provide tips throughout the year on ways to create and maintain a communication plan for your family.

Preparedness for Seniors

Each person's needs and abilities are unique; therefore, every individual should take time to prepare for emergencies and put plans in place. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an plan, you can be better prepared for any situation. This page will provide tips on preparations seniors can make to create a support network. Visit the Building a Kit page for tips on gathering supplies for emergency.

Create a Support Network

If you anticipate needing assistance during a disaster talk to family, friends and others who will be part of your personal support network.

  • Write down and share each aspect of your emergency plan with everyone in your support network.
  • Make sure everyone knows how you plan to evacuate your home or workplace and where you will go in case of a disaster.
  • Make sure that someone in your local network has an extra key to your home and knows where you keep your emergency supplies.
  • Teach those who will help you how to use any lifesaving equipment, administer medicine in case of an emergency.
  • Practice your plan with those who have agreed to be part of your network.
  • Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for you; consider loved ones or friends outside of your immediate area who would be willing to host you in an emergency.

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