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AARP Connecticut and 'Get Ready Capitol Region' Partner for Safer Communities

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Did you know that when a disaster strikes, it may take emergency services up to 72 hours to reach you and your family? That’s why it’s important for all of us to prepare before disaster strikes. AARP Connecticut has partnered with the Get Ready Capitol Region campaign to encourage and empower older residents in our communities to be aware, plan and prepare for the next disaster.

In the past several years, Connecticut residents have been given plenty of reasons to be aware, plan and prepare. From Hurricane Sandy to Winter Storm Nemo, natural disasters are just one example of unexpected emergencies that can and do happen in the region, and it’s important that we take steps to prepare ourselves for these events.

AARP and Get Ready Capitol Region offer tailored tools and resources to ensure that all residents, and especially the elderly, have the information they need to remain safe and secure in the event of a disaster.

“Working together is critical in the event of an emergency," said AARP Connecticut State Director, Nora Duncan.  "We know that natural disasters don’t discriminate by age, income, race, gender or anything else – they affect everyone and everything in their path.  That's why AARP is happy to work nationally with FEMA and with local partners such as the Get Ready Capitol Region campaign to educate older adults and their families on preparedness and help in recovery efforts when disasters do strike.”

Visit Get Ready Capitol Region for tips, tools and downloadable resources in English and Spanish to help you and your family be aware, plan and prepare for the next disaster.

Additional Resources:

AARP and Create the Good have developed Operation Emergency Prepare, a how-to guide that includes tips and resources to help you and your community prepare for weather-related or other emergencies, as well as check lists you can use to help family or friends who may need assistance.

www.ready.gov

 

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