New Poll Reveals Older Adults Not Prepared For Emergency Situations Like Hurricane Dorian

STORMS WERE MANY THE LAST FOUR YEARS. INCLUDING DORIAN, WHICH SMASHED INTO THE BAHAMAS. I BET THE OTHER ONE WAS ANDREW, WHICH WE ALL REMEMBER. AS THE EAST COAST BRACES FOR HURRICANE DORIAN, A NEW POLL SHOWS OLDER ADULTS ARE NOT PREPARED FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. MANY DON’T SIGN UP FOR WARNING SYSTEMS AND MANY DON’T HAVE EMERGENCY KITS WITH ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES. AS KENNETH CRAIG REPORTS, BOTH ARE ESSENTIAL AHEAD OF ANY EMERGENCY. JUNEY AND CRAIG ARE ARE BRACING FOR HURRICANE DORIAN. PLANNING TO RIDE OUT THE STORM NEAR WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA. WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST CONCERN? MAKING SURE THAT I HAVE EVERYTHING FOR MY MOM. MY ELDERLY MOM AND HER MEDICATION. THEY MADE A TRIP TO THE PHARMACY. STOCKED UP ON WATER AND FOOD. WE WANT TO GET IN ENOUGH SUPPLIES IN CASE THINGS GET SHUT DOWN. A NEW POLL SUGGESTS MORE OLDER ADULTS NEED TO BE READY ALL THE TIME FOR AN EMERGENCY SUCH AS NATURAL DISASTERS. THE SURVEY OF MORE THAN 2200 ADULTS OVER 50 FINDS HESS THAN HALF SIGNED UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS. LESS THAN 1/3 RESPONDENTS HAVE A STOCKED EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KIT. THAT’S PRETTY SURPRISING. SOME ITEMS TO INCLUDE BESIDES FOOD AND WATER, A BATTERY POWERED RADIO, FLASHLIGHT, FIRST AID KIT AND EXTRA BATTERIES. SUE ANNABEL WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SCHOOL OF NURSING WORKED ON THE NEW POLL. ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING TO DO FOR THOSE WITH CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS IS TO TALK TO FAMILY, LOVED ONES, AND NEIGHBORS, HAVING THAT PLAN CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE EVENT OF A DISASTER. AFTER HURRICANE MATTHEW IN 2016, THE FRAZIER’S INVESTED IN A GENERATOR. SO AT THIS POINT, YOU’RE JUST WATCHING AND WAITING. YES. WATCHING THE NEWS. CHECKING THE OLD WEATHER APPS ON THE PHONES. I FEEL CONFIDENT THAT, YOU KNOW, WE’LL GET THROUGH THIS.

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