Survey Indicates Most Older Adults Not Ready To Handle Emergencies.

September 6, 2019

Reuters (9/6, Mathias) reported a new US poll suggests that “while most older adults say they are confident they’re ready to handle emergencies like natural disasters or power outages, many are not as prepared as they could be for these events.” The survey conducted by the University of Michigan in partnership with AARP found that “nearly half of a nationally-representative sample of 2,249 adults aged 50 to 80 either did not know if their community had an emergency alert system or had not yet signed up to receive alerts.” Over half of the survey participants “said they had the recommended seven days’ worth of food and water on hand, while even fewer had cell phone chargers and radios that didn’t require electrical power.” Less than a third of respondents “had prepared emergency kits with essential supplies and medicines to get them through an emergency at home or to take with them in an evacuation.”

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