This site was created in cooperation with the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee, and is supported by funding from the Department of Homeland Security.
by Rita Hoffman, Emergency Management Coordinator,
City of Olathe, Kansas
Are you a senior citizen? If so, please take responsibility and prepare now for potential emergencies that may affect you and your family.
Disasters can strike quickly and without warning. Even if you have physical limitations, you can still protect yourself. In the event of an emergency, local officials and relief workers may not be able to reach everyone right away, so take responsibility. Keep in touch with your neighbors, look out for each other and be aware of anyone who may need special help. Knowing what to do is your best protection.
By planning ahead, you can avoid waiting in long lines for critical supplies, such as food, water and medicine.
For your safety and comfort, have at least three days’ worth of emergency supplies (both medical and general) packed and ready in an easy-to-carry container, such as a backpack or duffel bag. Make sure your bag has an identification tag and label any equipment, such as wheelchairs, canes or walkers that you need.
Be prepared to go to a shelter if your area is without electrical power; if there is a chemical emergency affecting your area; if flood water is rising; if your home has been severely damaged; or if police or other local officials tell you to evacuate.
In some communities, people who need help or transportation during an evacuation are asked to register that need with their local government. Call your local emergency management office for information and suggestions about what to do during an evacuation.
For more information, contact your local emergency management office.