Emergency Planning for Seniors


  • If you anticipate needing assistance during a disaster, talk to family, friends and others who will be part of your personal support network.
  • Write down and share each aspect of your emergency plan with everyone in your support network.
  • Make sure everyone knows how you plan to evacuate your home or workplace and where you will go in case of a disaster.
  • Make sure that someone in your local network has an extra key to your home and knows where you keep your emergency supplies.
  • Teach those who will help you how to use any lifesaving equipment, administer medicine in case of an emergency.
  • Practice your plan with those who have agreed to be part of your network.


  • Switch to electronic payments to protect yourself financially before disaster strikes. It also eliminates the risk of stolen checks.
  • Direct deposit to a checking or savings account is the best option for people with bank accounts. Federal benefit recipients can sign up by calling 800.333.1795 or at GoDirect.org.
  • If you do not have a bank account, sign up for Direct Express® prepaid debit card.
  • Call toll-free at 877.212.9991 or sign up online at USDirectExpress.com.


  • Be sure you have what you need to make it on your own for at least two weeks (maybe longer).
  • Keep written copies of your prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and orders for medical equipment. If you can, keep this information on a computer flash drive, and make this available to family, friends or caretakers who can help you.
  • If you are able to obtain an emergency supply of prescription medication or consumable medical supplies, be sure to establish a plan for rotating your supply before the medications expire.
  • Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about how best to prepare.
  • Talk with your healthcare service providers, such a s home health care or treatment centers and find out in advance what their plans are in the event of an emergency like a hurricane.


Keep copies of the following documents in a waterproof container:

  • Medical insurance & Medicare cards;
  • Health records from hospitals, doctors, pharmacies;
  • Style and serial numbers of any medical devices;
  • The names and contact information of your support network.
  • If you have a communication disability, make sure your emergency information notes the best way to communicate with you.

Do you think you may need assistance should you have to evacuate the City? Special Transportation to a shelter? Special sheltering in a medical facility?

Register now with Miami-Dade County Special Emergency and Evacuation Assistance Program. If you are registered, the program coordinators will call you to arrange special transportation and assistance, should you need it. It is important to register in advance. Once a storm is coming, it may not be possible to accommodate all requests that come in at the last minute. Click the link or call 3-1-1 to register.