State Unit on Aging NutritionistsAdministrators by vivi07


									Emergency/Disaster Coordination
Irma Tetzloff
AoA Regional Office Liaison Disaster Assistance Coordinator

4th State Units on Aging Nutritionists/Administrators Conference August 2006

Types of Emergencies
Disaster - happen any place, any time
Mother Nature -Hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, wildfires, snow/ice Manmade –terrorist, accidents, hazardous materials, explosions, civil unrest Technology – IT or utility failure Disease-epidemics, heat emergencies

In Every Emergency– first and highest priority
Preservation of Human Life

Safety First
1st thoughts – fear, how can I stay safe 2nd– how are those around me, my loved ones Third thought – what can I do to help

Problems Encountered
Communications non-existent or impaired Evacuate or not – evacuate to where
– Who needs help, who can handle self

Transportation impaired, gas Determining best use of resources
– Who can help, what’s available


Special Needs – Elderly/disabled
Who are they – where are they? Databases – computer files
– AAA’s, case managers, in-home workers, services providers, medical providers, churches, utility companies

Where located
-Live at home, congregate housing, assisted living, nursing homes

Type of Need
Limited mobility – lack transportation, need physical assistance – walker/wheelchair, bed bound Cognitive impairment – Alzheimer’s Sensory impaired – vision, hearing Language barrier Isolated - rural

Special Needs Shelters
Person needing assistance -- physical, mental or sensory impairments Oxygen dependent, wheelchair, frail, Alzheimer’s One caregiver should go with dependent person

Working Through
Safety-first priority Resources available Who can help? Staff, Volunteers
– Organize – division of labor

Set priorities – stay focused on tasks
– Determine which activities benefit most

Improvise Credential helpers!!!

Mapping Community
GIS/MAPQUEST/PRINTED MAP Special needs population - Friends, neighbors, family Gathering places – potential shelters
– Senior Center, nutrition site, community center

Services providers, businesses

Evacuation Advisories
Only necessary items – prescription meds, assistive devices – hearing aides, glasses, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, cash Building safety – structural, gas, electrical, chemical, fires (Flashlights) Pets – shelters generally don’t take Communication devices – cell phone, battery radios, laptops, disks, two way radios Insect spray/sun screen

Self Help Examples
Encourage emergency preparedness kits
– Easy to grab and go, sturdy – Food, water, prescription meds
– 5 to 7 days

– List of contacts –family, medical – Walking shoes – Car kit –add maps, blanket, fire ext., flares, some gas

More Things
Sanitation Cell phones Cash Credit cards Phone trees – keep someone informed Insurance papers, business docs

CDC Recommends
Power off before leaving—electricity, gas – have checked before power on Generators cautions–carbon monoxide poisoning (500 die each yr.) Soap/water/handywipes/disinfectants Boil water (1 minute rolling boil) keep cool/bottled water

OAA Supportive Services
Information and assistance Outreach Personal care, homemaker, chore Meals – including HDM Transportation/assisted trans. Legal assistance Alzheimer’s program

Texas – (example)
211 system-- special needs persons register for transportation for potential evacuation – working with transit and para-transit --registered will be picked-up automatically. Other concerns – evacuation routes, fuel and traffic management State Operations Center (SOC) will manage

Total 60+ -- 1,179,159 Total OAA $24 Million + Total # of AAA’s -22
– Nearly $8 million Supportive Services – Nearly $12 million Congregate and HDM – Caregiver - $3.3 million – LTC Ombudsman/elder abuse - $437,000 – Rural population – one third

Accurate Info from a trusted source Understandable
– English or other/Literacy level

Informative/repetitive Call Center

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