NPR (9/5, Hersher) reports emergency officials in the path of Hurricane Dorian are grappling with the challenges of evacuating older adults, who may not have the financial flexibility to pay for transportation or lodging. University of Michigan School of Nursing Assistant Professor Sue Anne Bell, who studies how older Americans are affected by disasters, said staying the path of such a storm is dangerous. Bell said, “We often think of disasters as immediate emergencies. ... But really what I see more of is people with chronic medical conditions that need routine care that they’re not able to get.” Bell explained that losing power could have “big consequences” for people who depend on medical devices that require electricity.
September 5, 2019