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Ohio EMA making plans for older adults, special needs populations

Because aging and emergency preparation are everybody's business!

May 25, 2016
By Jay Carey, External Affairs Chief
Ohio Emergency Management Agency

Jay Carey, Ohio Emergency Management AgencyAt the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, planning on how to help Ohioans deal with their worst day is routine business. When a disaster strikes, those who are not prepared need additional assistance and that means allocating more resources (both personnel and supplies).

That's why emergency managers constantly stress the importance of individual responsibility and how taking some basic, easy steps toward emergency preparedness can make a real difference when it comes to surviving a disaster like a tornado, severe winter storm, drinking water shortage or a prolonged power outage.

However, some segments of our population - due to financial reasons, health and/or advanced age - find it more difficult to be prepared. How to help these "functional needs" populations is a basic tenet of emergency management.

Ohio EMA's Training Council has formed a working group to update and localize for Ohio a federal course on "Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning." One of the many areas of functional needs that will be addressed will be older Ohioans and how to properly incorporate them into disaster planning. The makeup of this committee includes subject matter experts from the functional needs community as well as deaf services, Ohio Emergency Medical Services, developmental disabilities, Ohio hospitals, independent living to include our aging population and Ohio EMA.

Details regarding the course makeup are ongoing and the committee is planning to begin certifying instructors for delivery in the Fall of 2016.

For more information on how to build an emergency kit, make an emergency communications plan and how to be better prepared for any possible disaster, go to www.readyohio.gov

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