Emergency Preparedness

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Extreme winter weather can keep even the most active of older adults in their homes for unforeseen amounts of time. Here's some tips on what to have on hand so that your blizzardy day doesn't turn into an emergency.

It is helpful to keep a list of information on your refrigerator in the event of an emergency. Include information like:
Name, address, telephone #, allergies to medications, date of birth, major illnesses, name of emergency contacts and their phone numbers, doctor's name and phone numbers, health insurer, medicare #, list of any medications you are currently taking, dosage strength, how often you take them and when.

What to pick up next time you are at the store:
 Non-perishable food– 3 days worth
 Bottled water– 1 gallon per person per day (at least 3 days worth)
 Battery powered radio
 Flashlight
 Extra Batteries
 Whistle– to signal for help
 Manual Can opener
 Matches/Lighter–store somewhere waterproof
 Cash– in case ATMs do not work
 Hygiene items such as toilet paper and toothbrush
 Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities if needed
 Emergency power bank to charge a cell phone
 If you have a pet, make sure you have extras of what they need


-Complete change of warm clothes per person
-Sturdy shoes/boots per person
-Blankets/Sleeping Bags per
-Rain apparel/ winter jacket/ hats and gloves

First Aid Kit
-Sterile gloves and dressings
-Soap and or antibiotic towelettes
-Antibiotic and Burn ointment
-Band-Aids (many sizes)
-Eye wash solution
(or some other kind of pain reliever)
-Antacid and laxative


Helpful Phone Numbers to Know:

Erie County Sheriff’s Office: (716) 858-2903
Buffalo City Police: (716) 851-4444
In the event of an emergency, call: 911
American Red Cross 1 (800) 733-2767   redcross.org
Centers for Disease Control (800) 232-4636  cdc.gov
Federal Emergency Management Agency 1 (800) 621-3362  fema.gov
U.S. Department of Homeland Security 1(800) 621-3362  ready.gov
Humane Society of the United States (202) 452-1100 or (866) 720-2676    hsus.org/disaster



Phone: (716) 858-8526

Erie County Department of Senior Services
95 Franklin Street, 13th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Phone Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm