Seniors & Medical Needs
Caregivers and those with special needs, disabilities, or advanced age should keep in mind special physical, health and emotional needs of elders during an evacuation.
Make A Plan
If you or a family member resides in a nursing home, request the nursing home or hospital evacuation plans and contact information as soon as possible and integrate them with family plans.
Put at least one week's worth of prescription medicines and over-the-counter medicines needed into emergency kits. Emergency kits should also include eyeglasses or contacts, mobility aids (canes, walkers, or wheelchairs), and all day-to-day supplies needed. View complete information on emergency kit supplies.
Seniors and those with medical issues, including pregnancies, should eave as early possible to avoid laborious waits in traffic and further discomforts that come with a late evacuation. When leaving town, stay with family or friends if possible. State shelters should be a last resort for the elderly.
Anyone needing transportation out of town during a mandatory evacuation must locate the nearest evacuspot, the 17 designated evacuation pick-up points where anyone can get a safe ride out of New Orleans during mandatory evacuations
Note: Evacuspots include four special bus pickup points designated specifically for seniors, in order to minimize the difficulties when evacuating the city. These senior pickup spots are:
Arthur Mondy Center, 1111 Newton Avenue (Neighborhood: Algiers; Nearby Zip Codes: 70114)
Kingsley House, 1600 Constance Street (Neighborhood: Lower Garden District; Nearby Zip Codes: 70130, 70115)
Mater Dolorosa, 1226 S. Carrollton Ave. (Neighborhood: Carrollton; Nearby Zip Codes: 70118, 70125, 70115)
Central City Senior Center, 2101 Philip St (Neighborhood: Central City; Nearby Zip Codes: 70113, 70130, 70115)
If you cannot reach an evacuspot because of medical or mobility issues, enroll in the Special Needs Registry as early as possible so that first responders can appropriately plan for, prepare for, and respond to the specialized assistance you need to exit town. Registration is critical for those with special needs who may need ambulance or other special care.
During storms where no mandatory evacuation is called, seniors or those with medical needs should prepare for discomfort, power outages, high heat, and closed businesses, including pharmacies and primary care offices, if they choose to stay in town and shelter-in-place.
Stock up early on water, with at least a gallon per person, per day.
Ensure at least a week's supply of all prescriptions
If possible, arrange for a caretaker or family member to be present, in case of loss of power or communications
Be prepared for downed limbs or wires that may block access to sidewalks, streets, and supplies even after a storm passes.
For further information about disaster and emergency preparation for seniors or those with medical issues, please see these Disaster/Emergency Tips for the Elderly, People with Disabilities and Their Caregivers from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.