emergency preparedness

App of the Week: EmergencyLink

Posted on 06/28/2012 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyDoesn’t it seem like the older we get, the more people’s safety we worry about? When we were young, most of us thought we were invincible.  We didn’t think about staying out of harm’s way. We did crazy stuff like drive too fast, hitchhike, and other risky and reckless activities. But then, we got married and settled down  a bit.  We started to worry about our spouses.  If they were late home from an appointment, we got nervous. If they …

The Takeaway: Nursing Homes Ill-Prepared For Natural Disasters

Posted on 04/16/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayEmergency Plans Lack Specifics: Will your loved-one’s nursing home be ready should emergency arise? Don’t count on it: A recent government investigation found many nursing homes—even those in disaster-prone areas—are ill-prepared for natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes and floods. Seven years ago, Hurricane Katrina showed us how vulnerable nursing home patients can be during natural disasters (according to the Houston Chronicle, at least 139 nursing home residents died during the floods or their aftermath). Yet according to the Health and …

Hurricane Irene is on Her Way: Be Prepared

Posted on 08/25/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

Home & FamilyPrepare to batten down the hatches, East Coasters. After a rattling earthquake earlier this week, Hurricane Irene is coming our way. The National Weather Service predicts that the hurricane will pass along the eastern coast of Florida tonight and begin to move up through the eastern states over the next few days. Everyone in the area should expect to experience hurricane winds and heavy rainfall.  To help you prepare and weather the storm, AARP’s Create the Good has published an …

Wake of the Flood

Posted on 05/19/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringIt has been hard the past week to avoid images of flooding in Mississippi and Louisiana, as the Mississippi River, gorged on rainfall from points north, threatened to leap the levees and consume New Orleans in 25 feet (!) of water. Officials, seeking a lesser evil, opted to open the Morganza Spillway and flood thousands of acres of cropland and – yes – residential areas. Which brings us to today’s point: You never know when a natural disaster might upend …