Kits for Older Americans

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Hands holding caneOlder Americans may have additional items to add to their emergency supply kit and other needs to consider. Such items and needs include:

  • When assembling your emergency kit, be sure it’s not too heavy or bulky for you to carry. You might need to store items in more than one container or a suitcase with wheels.
  • Ask your doctor about how to properly store prescription medications such as heart and high blood pressure medication, insulin and other prescription drugs.
  • Include items to fill denture needs.
  • Include extra eye glasses.
  • Hearing aid batteries, wheelchair batteries and oxygen.
  • Make a list of prescription medicines including dosage, treatment and allergy information. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor about what else you need to prepare.
  • Make sure you have contact numbers for your pharmacy and medical supply providers if you require oxygen, dialysis supplies, diabetes supplies, etc.
  • Include a list of doctors, relatives or friends who should be notified if you are hurt.
  • Include copies of important documents in your emergency supply kit:
    • Have copies of your medical insurance and Medicare cards readily available.
    • Keep a list of the style and serial number of medical devices or other life-sustaining devices. Include operating information and instructions.
    • Make sure that a friend or family member has copies of these documents.
    • If you have a communication disability, make sure your emergency information contains instructions for the best way to communicate with you.