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January 14, 2009
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Personal Emergency Readiness
AoA Joins Launch of Aging with Dignity 500,000 Wishes National Call to Action Campaign

Recent disasters remind us that personal emergency readiness needs to be a priority for everyone, including older adults and caregivers. AoA recommends a simple, three-step approach:

Step 1: Know the basics . Learn about the risks your particular community faces; know how to do things like turning off your gas and electricity; get to know your neighbors.

Step 2: Have emergency supplies ready . This includes items you would need to survive in your home until help arrives; it should also include a personal evacuation bag, partially packed and ready to go.

Step 3: Make a personal plan. Many older persons have special needs relating to medications, medical equipment, mobility, and support services; making a personal emergency readiness plan increases the likelihood that essential needs will still be met, even in an emergency situation.

For more information about AoA 's Emergency Preparedness and Response efforts, visit AoA's Emergency Preparedness Section

5K Wishes Campaign imageFive Wishes is a planning tool that helps individuals express how they want to be treated if they become seriously ill and unable to speak for themselves. To help further the use of advance directives such as Aging with Dignity’s Five Wishes by individuals of diverse cultures, ethnicities and incomes, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging, Josefina G. Carbonell, joined the launch of the 500,000 Wishes Campaign on June 7.


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