Seniors and Disaster Preparedness

christinaviamontes 12 Nov 2022

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Disaster Supply Kit Checklist and Links to Local Shelters and Health Department

If Seniors Helping Seniors can help you in any way, please call (772) 492-8381

When it comes to seniors and disaster preparedness becoming prepared can be a daunting feat. Seniors can easily get overwhelmed with trying to navigate the long list of tasks associated with disaster preparedness. Seniors Helping Seniors can help seniors become disaster prepared. See below for help information for preparing seniors for disaster. Click here to find out how we can help.


  • Two-week minimum supply of medications, regularly used medical supplies, and a list of allergies
  • A list of the style, serial number, and manufacturer of required medical devices
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights (do not use candles)
  • NOAA Weather Radio (Battery operated or hand cranked)
  • Extra cash – Banks and ATMs may not be accessible or operable after a storm
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Books, Games, puzzles, or other activities for children
  • Hygiene kit (comb, soap, toothbrush & toothpaste, toilet paper bug repellant, sanitary products, deodorant


  • First Aid Manual                                               Sterile adhesive bandages of varied sizes
  • Sterile gauze pads                                            Tape (hypoallergenic adhesive if you have allergies)
  • Triangular bandages                                        Scissors
  • Tweezers                                                            Sewing needle
  • Moistened towelettes                                     Antiseptic
  • Disinfectant wipes                                            Hand sanitizer
  • Thermometer                                                   Tube of petroleum jelly
  • Safety pins                                                         Soap
  • Latex gloves                                                       Sunscreen
  • Aspirin or other pain reliever                         Anti-diarrheal medicine
  • Antacid                                                               Laxative
  • Cotton balls                                                        Q-tips
  • Antihistamine                                                    Anti-itch cream

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS (all should be kept in a waterproof container)

  • Insurance cards                                                 Medical records
  • Banking information                                        Credit card numbers
  • Copies of Social Security cards                      Copies of birth and/or marriage certificates
  • Car, House, office keys                                    Copy of will
  • Service animal ID, vet records, and proof of ownership
  • Copies of other personal documents such as car titles, home titles, etc.
  • Information regarding where you receive your medication, name of drug, and dosage.


  • Pet food and water to last at least seven days     Pet identification and license
  • Medical records, microchip information                A carrier or cage
  • Leash (and muzzle if needed)                                  Water and food bowls
  • Medication                                                                   Supplies for your service animal


  • Nonperishable packaged or canned food and beverages, snack foods, juices, baby food, and any specialty dietary items to last at least seven days
  • Water ( one gallon per person, per day)                      Non-electric can opener
  • Paper plates                                                                       Napkins
  • Plastic cups                                                                         Utensils


  • Rain gear (jackets, hats, umbrellas, rain boots     Sturdy shoes or boots and work gloves


  • County/local emergency management office       Evacuations sites
  • Doctors                                                                         Banks
  • Veterinarian                                                                 Schools
  • Friends and family                                                      Out of town contacts


Be sure your vehicle is in good running order                       Fill cars tanks with gasoline prior to emergency


  • Means of communication
  • Emergency whistle
  • Emergency light
  • Specialty items for infants, small children, elderly, and those with disabilities

Do you need help identifying your local shelters? Visit this link

The Florida Department of Health, in coordination with its county health departments and each local emergency management agency in the state, developed a registry for persons with special needs to register with their local emergency management agency to receive assistance during a disaster. The statewide registry provides first responders with valuable information to prepare for disasters or other emergencies. Click here to learn more.

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