NEW STUDY: Iowa Seniors Not Prepared For Disasters

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University of Iowa researchers say many older adults might not be ready for severe weather.

KWWL reports the study shows a majority of adults in the U.S. over the age of 50 may not be prepared for severe weather or other natural disasters.

Researchers find about half of the 1,300 surveyed seniors admit they wouldn’t know where to find shelter if they had to leave their home. About a quarter of those surveyed said they lacked transportation if they would ever have to evacuate.

The coordinator at the Johnson County Senior Center, Linda Kopping, says it’s important for family members to help seniors get ready.

That includes getting a preparedness kit with family contacts, medications, assisted devises like walkers, and medical history among others items.

“Individuals need to go through their home and identify a safe place and make sure it’s accessible to them. For instance I might have a basement, but I might not be able to get to my basement,” says Kopping.

Researchers say seniors with lower incomes were more likely to admit to not being prepared for disasters.



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