Published on September 18, 2023
When creating disaster plans, older adults should consider what disasters would call for an evacuation versus sheltering in place and prepare for both. They should also ask themselves - How would they evacuate if an accessible vehicle is not available? Does their county maintain a registry of those who need special assistance during an evacuation? Does their utility company keep a list and map of the locations of power-dependent customers in case of an emergency? Are their benefits deposited electronically or do they come in the mail?
Examples of plans can be found at ready.gov/plan or visit our page on planning for people with disabilities.
A disaster can disrupt mail service for days or even weeks. If you depend on Social Security or other regular benefits, switching to electronic payments is a simple, important way to protect yourself financially before disaster strikes. It also eliminates the risk of stolen checks. The U.S. Department of the Treasury recommends two safer ways to get federal benefits:
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