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Tri-EPIC Regional Emergency Planning Committee
Core Members: Towns of Brimfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, Oxford, Southbridge, Sturbridge, Webster, and Harrington Memorial Hospital
in partnership with: American Red Cross, Central MA EMS Corp., Central Region Homeland Security Council,
MA Emergency Management Agency, MA State Police, Overlook Life Care, Radius Healthcare
Preparedness - Elderly

Elderly and persons with special needs:

Persons with mobility difficulties and or special health needs, including the elderly should contact their home health care provider for assistance, otherwise notify a neighbor or relative.

When weather is threatening, make arrangements ahead of time to relocate to your emergency contact’s home early so that people will not be traveling during the most risky conditions.

Be sure to keep extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen and other medical supplies on hand. Prepare a list of the style and serial numbers of medical devices such as pacemakers.

The media will have information on any selected shelters that are reserved for special medical needs.

After a disaster, your environment may be very different. Exits may be blocked and sidewalks may be impassable. If you are prepared ahead of time, you will be better able to cope with the disaster and recover from it more quickly.

Make Sure Your Emergency Kit Works for You

In addition to the other items in your emergency kit, consider storing any of these items that may apply to your needs:
  • Cane, crutches, walker or manual wheelchair
  • Denture supplies
  • Batteries for hearing aids
  • Glasses with repair kits or contact lenses with cleaning supplies
  • Heavy gloves for operating equipment (for caregivers)
  • Whistle, loud bell or other alert device and a way for others to notify you
  • Instructions for medications and special equipment
  • Phone numbers and other contact information for physicians and rehabilitation specialists
  • Note pad with pen
  • Supplies for your service animal
  • Aerosol tire repair kit for wheelchairs or scooters
Additional information is available here:

Tips for Preparedness for the Senior Population
Disaster Preparedness Checklist for Individuals with Special Needs
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