Older adults often experience higher rates of injury and death and lower rates of economic recovery following major natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, and tornadoes.

Existing datasets and hotspot analyses showing areas with high concentrations of older adults, particularly those living alone or with a health challenge, should inform emergency preparedness. Knowing how to support and assist older adults during an emergency requires careful planning. Public health and emergency preparedness officials should work with multiple sectors in all communities, including aging agencies and healthcare systems, to plan for the specific needs of older adults during an emergency.