Emergency Preparedness: Even More Important During COVID-19

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Emergency Preparedness: Even More Important During COVID-19

By Kathleen Votava, Aging Services Program Specialist at ACL

What’s the plan?

That’s the question we ask ourselves every September as we observe National Preparedness Month. Having an emergency plan is important at any time, but especially during a pandemic. The challenges of COVID-19 make thinking about preparedness and planning more complex—and more critical.

Fortunately, good resources are available to help. FEMA’s Ready.gov provides guidance and tips on preparing for a variety of situations. ACL preparedness resources and links focus on older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers. The American Red Cross has a useful disaster-planning page especially for COVID-19.

Two key parts of preparation are:

  • Make a plan of actions to take before, during, and after an emergency
  • Build a kit of supplies you may need at home or away during an emergency

Review the following steps to make sure your plan and kit reflect your situation and needs.

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