September is National Preparedness Month, and FEMA Region 5 in Chicago is urging everyone in Illinois and Indiana to take control of their personal readiness for disasters.

September is National Preparedness Month

With a focus on older adults and disproportionately affected communities, the 2023 National Preparedness Month theme, "Take Control in 1, 2, 3," provides essential guidance for staying safe in the Midwest's face of various hazards.

We all have unique considerations when preparing for disasters, but that's especially true for older adults," stated FEMA Region 5 Regional Administrator, Tom Sivak. "With the many disasters that can threaten the Midwest, the best way to stay safe is to have a plan in place before those risks become a reality.

Plan Ahead to Stay Safe

FEMA Region 5 Regional Administrator, Tom Sivak, stressed the importance of individualized disaster preparedness, especially for older adults, given the various potential disasters threatening the Midwest. Planning ahead is the most effective way to ensure safety as these risks loom.

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Emergency Tips

Here are some key emergency preparedness tips, particularly important for older adults and those with disabilities in Illinois and Indiana:

Create a Support Network

Establish a support network comprising family, friends, and others who can assist you during an emergency. This network can be invaluable in times of crisis, ensuring that you have people you can rely on for help.

Plan Your Communication

If you have specific communication needs, it's essential to plan how you will communicate during an emergency. Ensure that you have a reliable method of getting in touch with your support network or emergency services.

Consider Special Transportation

If you anticipate the need to evacuate during a disaster, make arrangements for special transportation assistance. This ensures that you have a safe way to leave your location and reach a secure destination.

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Assemble an Emergency Kit

Prepare an emergency kit that includes essential items such as food, water, and supplies for both you and your pets or service animals. Additionally, your kit should contain:

  • A contact list of important people and care providers.
  • A detailed list of your medications, dosage instructions, and any allergies.
  • Any need-to-know information for first responders and individuals assisting you.
  • Copies of Medicaid, Medicare, and other insurance cards.

Review Insurance Coverage

Take the time to consult your insurance agent about the coverage necessary to protect your property. Review your existing policies to ensure they adequately cover potential losses from various hazards that may occur in Illinois and Indiana.

National Preparedness Month serves as a vital reminder for Illinois and Indiana residents, especially older adults, to take control of their readiness for disasters. By following these tips and being proactive in your preparedness efforts, you can enhance your safety and protect your well-being when facing unforeseen challenges. FEMA Region 5 is here to support and guide you, ensuring that you are well-prepared for whatever the future may hold.

[Source: FEMA, Ready.gov]

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