CARE Senior Assistance for Emergencies


Plan ahead for an emergency…disaster can strike quickly and without warning.

In case of emergency, consider having the following:

  • A one-week supply of water. Allow one gallon of water a day for each person. You can buy bottled water or you can fill clean empty plastic containers with tap water and store. Never use a container that has held unsafe materials.
  • A supply of non-perishable food that doesn’t need to be cooked or refrigerated. Suggested foods: canned fish, meat, fruit and vegetables, beans, stews, soup, dried fruits and nuts, peanut butter and jelly, crackers, ready-to-eat cereals, powdered milk, cookies and juices.
  • Non-perishable foods that meet your special dietary needs.
  • A non-electric can opener to open canned food.
  • Extra pet supplies if you have a pet
  • A first aid kit


  • Keep prescription medications filled and maintain a supply of over-the-counter drugs that are used regularly
  • Keep an up-to-date list of the medications on your health card (available at CARE)
  • Have warm clothing,_selfets, and a flashlight with an extra supply of fresh batteries.
  • Keep a battery-powered AM-FM radio. This is an important communication link for news.
  • Fill a back pack with things you will need and keep it handy.
  • Keep some cash on hand.
  • Consider filling your car’s gas tank when the gauge shows it’s half-empty.
  • Check your home heating oil tank to make sure the gauge is in good condition and the oil tank is full.
  • Keep emergency phone numbers near the phone.
  • In the event that phone service fails, develop a plan now to ensure that everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Plan and practice escape routes from your home in case of fire.
  • During power failures, use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns; DO NOT use candles or oil lamps as they could cause fires.
  • Make sure fire extinguishers and smoke detectors are tested regularly and are working properly and buy extra batteries for the smoke detector.
  • Contact a friend or neighbor who lives near your loved one and is able to look in on them.