Disaster preparedness: Hurricane Ian exposes the need for new strategies by Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News
All kinds of natural disasters--hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, dangerous heat waves--pose substantial risks to the older population. Yet, too few older adults prepare for these events in advance, and efforts to encourage them to do so have been largely unsuccessful. The most recent horrific example was Hurricane Ian. The recent storm's deadly impact on community-dwelling older adults reaffirms the difficulties many face in preparing for disasters. Disaster response experts call for fresh approaches and stronger community networks to address these challenges.