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When Disaster Strikes - Promising Practices - Older Adults

In general, the special needs of the elderly are often overlooked in disaster planning. Hurricane Katrina highlighted the vulnerability of older adults in disasters. A study released in August 2008 found that of the 986 people who died as a result of Hurricane Katrina, nearly half were aged 75 or older.

This guide offers several steps that can be taken to reduce vulnerability among older adults prior to a disaster, in shelters, and during the relief and recovery phases.