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Recovering from a disaster is less difficult if you have a plan. Although everyone has different needs and resources, every person can take small steps to prepare for emergencies. By assessing your own needs and crafting a plan to fit them, you’ll be better prepared to deal with unexpected emergencies.

Develop a network of friends, work colleagues, relatives, and neighbors to assist you if needed during an emergency. Discuss individual needs with these people and teach those closest to you how to utilize necessary medical equipment. If necessary, discuss special needs with work managers.

Seniors should store extra essential medical equipment, such as extra oxygen tanks, catheters, medicines, and wheelchair batteries, in an easily accessible area. Maintain a list with information about medical devices and their corresponding model numbers. Arrange to travel to a shelter if you must evacuate your home and receive essential medications during an emergency.

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