Aging Today (July 2)—co-authored by ACL staffer Kathleen Votava
Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. Recent years have brought many disaster events, including hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Michael, as well as wildfires and major flooding. Older adults and people with disabilities who have access needs and functional needs are particularly affected. Recently, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy noted that the majority of victims in California’s 2018 Camp Fire were older than age 60, and half of Hurricane Sandy’s victims in 2012 were older adults.
We build resilient individuals and communities when we adopt a “whole community” and “all- hazards” preparedness approach. This planning includes preparing for natural, manmade and public health emergencies.