Emergency Preparedness for Homebound Seniors – Be Prepared, Be Informed, Be Safe!

Summary of webinar: This webinar discussed how homebound seniors can be particularly vulnerable in times of emergency, including natural disasters, weather events, and power outages. Also included in the discussion were best practices for helping seniors prepare for emergencies and for helping them stay safe and healthy when they happen.

Findings from: 1) a large multi-state study of emergency preparedness of more than 700 homebound seniors conducted by Rutgers University and Meals on Wheels America, 2) a study of seniors in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in New Jersey, and 3) the experiences of the Heritage Agency for Aging in helping seniors prepare for emergencies in Iowa, were also discussed. This National Food Safety Month webinar was led by William Hallman, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Ecology; Angela Senger-Mersich, M.S., Research Associate of the Department of Human Ecology; and Tim Getty, Regional Nutrition Services Coordinator of the Heritage Agency on Aging.

The following resources were also added to support this webinar training.


Downloads and Webinar Recording

To download the presenter’s slides used during this webinar and the audio recording of the webinar, please select these links:

Presenters Handout

Audio Recording


More Resources

Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors – Red Cross

Ready.gov / Seniors

Personal Preparedness for Older Adults and Their Caregivers

Disaster Prep Tips for Older Americans