New Hope for Older People in a Disaster

Posted on 08/12/2013 by |Philanthropy & Fundraising | Comments

VolunteeringIt’s hurricane season. Yes, until Nov. 30. In May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted an active or extremely active hurricane season. That means we could see 13 to 20 named storms, of which three to six could be major hurricanes (categories 3-5).  This is well above the seasonal average. As we know from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, older people are particularly at risk during a hurricane. That’s true for all forms of disaster – natural, man-made …

Spending Cuts to Delay Launch of New Weather Satellites

Posted on 05/21/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWeather satellites, which help warn the public of coming disasters like the tornado in Moore, Okla., will be delayed in launching because of budget cuts. Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca M. Blank told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee earlier this year that the across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester could have a significant impact on the satellites that track tornadoes and hurricanes. In a letter to Congress, Blank said that the next generation of what are called “geostationary weather …

A Caregiver’s Natural Disaster Prep List

Posted on 05/10/2012 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingLive in a hurricane area with an older relative? Does your parent or someone else you’re responsible for? The hurricane season is six months long (June 1 to Nov. 30); and you as a caregiver needs a substantive plan. You know how mothers-to-be have their bags packed and their route to the hospital mapped out? If an older adult lives with you, nearby, or at a distance, having the same mindset makes sense. Creating contingency plans—where your family member or …