September is National Preparedness Month which is the perfect time to make sure that you have a plan in place during a crisis. When it comes to disasters, senior citizens are at the highest risk due to their vulnerable health. Disasters like severe weather can strike when you least expect it, so it’s always important to be prepared.

There are a few steps seniors can take to ensure they stay safe:

Make a list of friends and families that can help you during an emergency. Go over details with them: where to find a key to your house, emergency supplies and health information.

Prepare an emergency kit for your home and car. Include items such as water, food, flashlight, batteries, whistle, first aid kit, blankets, etc.

Keep important documents on hand that are easy to transport. Include doctors’ information, emergency services contact numbers, family records, social security numbers and bank information.

Contact your local emergency management agency. Some offices maintain registers of older people so they can be located and assisted quickly in a disaster.

Evaluate your personal needs and make a plan that best works for you! With these simple preparations, you can be ready for the unexpected.