Preparedness for Seniors

It’s important for everyone to be prepared by knowing the risks in their community, having a household plan and having an emergency kit.

For seniors in British Columbia, this may mean considering preparedness actions above and beyond the “basics”. 

Personal Support Network

Most importantly, take the time to create a trusted support network of at least three people to assist during an emergency. Give them keys and add their contact information to a shared emergency plan. The support network should also be advised of any health conditions or medications and shown how to operate specialized medical or mobility equipment, such as lifts, wheelchairs or scooters.

Get a Kit

An emergency kit should include a minimum three-day supply of food, water and basic necessities. Make it as portable as possible and store it in an easily accessible spot. Another option is to create two kits – a bigger one for sheltering-in-place and a smaller, grab-and-go version. Whatever you choose, just make sure your support network knows where they’re kept.

You may also need to include:

  • A two-week supply of prescription medications. If that’s not possible, ensure a copy of the prescription, with the recommended dosage and prescribing doctor, is included
  • A whistle or personal alarm to call for help
  • Written instructions for special medical or mobility equipment in case members of your support network aren’t immediately available
  • Extra eye glasses, hearing aids and hearing aid batteries
  • Spare footwear with any special orthotics

Other Considerations

  • Secure bookcases, TVs and heavy furniture if you leave in an area at risk of earthquake. This will prevent injury and ensure evacuation routes from a house or apartment are kept clear
  • Ensure mobility devices will always be parked in easily accessible places for quick evacuations