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Senior New Yorkers Should Plan for the Hurricane Season

Author: AARP New York State : Contact: www.aarp.org

Published: 2014-07-05

Synopsis and Key Points:

Tips on preparing for hurricanes and ensuring the safety of seniors in the wake of disasters.

Main Digest

Hurricane season is upon us, and just two years after Sandy, AARP is reminding older New Yorkers, their families and friends to get ready early this hurricane season. While Sandy claimed victims as young as toddlers, it was crueler to the city's elderly, with 27 New Yorkers aged 65 or older perishing in the storm.

For older New Yorkers, who often times have limited mobility, delayed reaction, and reliance on prescriptions for their health, prepping in advance for extreme weather can mean the difference between life and death.

That's why today, AARP is offering up key tips on how New Yorkers can ensure the safety of elderly loved ones in the wake of disaster.

"Don't wait for the threat of a storm to start thinking about getting prepared. When power goes out, the elevator goes out, and many elderly are unable to make it down a flight of stairs in the dark to go grocery shopping for needed items, and when they run out of a prescription, it can become life threatening," said Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York. "The simple act of checking in on the elderly can go a long way to helping them stay safe in times of a disaster such as Sandy, and in some instances may even save a life."

Before the first big storm of summer hits, AARP offers the following tips and resources for older New Yorkers:

In all cases, early preparation is the key to surviving a hurricane with as little discomfort as possible.

AARP urges New Yorkers to equip themselves with the essential survival tools and resources now, to safeguard against potentially disastrous weather to come.

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