National Preparedness Month 2023 Theme: Preparing for Older Adults

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National Preparedness Month (NPM) is held every September to remind people how important it is to be ready for emergencies and tragedies that could happen at any time. Each year, NPM focuses on a specific theme, and for 2023, the theme is “Preparing for Older Adults.” This theme recognizes the unique needs and challenges that senior citizens face during emergencies and emphasizes the importance of inclusive disaster planning. 


Why Focus on Older Adults?

Preparing for older adults is a vital aspect of disaster readiness for several reasons.
First, older adults are often more vulnerable to the effects of disasters due to physical limitations, chronic health conditions, and mobility issues. Second, many seniors live alone or in long-term care facilities, making them more susceptible to isolation during emergencies.  Third, older adults may rely on medications, and disruptions in the supply chain can have severe consequences. Fourth, there are the Evacuation challenges, where mobility challenges and cognitive impairments can make evacuating during an emergency difficult for seniors.  Finally, older adults possess a wealth of knowledge and experience, making them valuable contributors to community disaster planning efforts. National Preparedness Month 2023’s theme, “Preparing for Older Adults,” reminds us of the importance of inclusive disaster planning. It’s a call to action for individuals and communities to come together to ensure the safety and well-being of our senior citizens during emergencies. By taking the necessary steps to prepare, support, and engage with older adults, we can make our communities more resilient and ensure that everyone, regardless of age, is better equipped to face the unexpected.

Other Ways to Stay Prepared

During National Preparedness Month, it’s crucial to prioritize safety and readiness. Begin by devising an evacuation plan. Ensure you’re familiar with multiple exits from your locale and have a destination in mind, be it a friend’s home or an official shelter. If you need to locate a Red Cross shelter, refer to the Red Cross Emergency App or their official website. Remember that while service animals are accommodated, typical pets might not be, though provisions for pet safety are often arranged. Next, assess your workplace’s emergency preparedness and consider joining the American Red Cross Ready Rating™ program to fortify its readiness.


Afterward, share your newfound knowledge with others, directing them to resources and initiating discussions online using #NatlPrep. Contribute to community preparedness by donating blood. Recognize the vital role of blood donations in emergency situations and ensure you’re donating safely. Optimize social media as an emergency tool by following reliable sources, including local authorities and the Red Cross. Lastly, reflect on your preparedness journey this month, taking stock of the invaluable knowledge and practices you’ve acquired.

As we mark National Preparedness Month, we also extend our deepest respect to the first responders who face disasters fearlessly. Thank you to all of the heroes out there who prepare and make Alaska safer. As you plan for winter safety, consider how our services can integrate into your preparation strategy. Let’s discuss how we can support your winter safety plan. Stay safe and prepared. Visit our homepage and explore all our resources for occupational safety:

Of course some times even when you are prepared accidents still happen; check out our other article on post-accident collection or learn more about our employer services by giving us a call today.