Disaster Preparedness and Response: the Special Needs of Older Americans, Hearing Before the Special Committee on Aging, United States Senate, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, September 20, 2018   [open pdf - 292KB]

From the September 20, 2018 hearing on "Disaster Preparedness and Response: The Special Needs of Older Americans," held before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging. From the opening statement of Susan M. Collins: "Recently, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma left a path of destruction along the gulf coast of Texas, across Florida, and throughout the Caribbean. Homes, businesses, and entire communities were destroyed and lives were lost. Days after Irma, we learned the tragic news that eight seniors, ranging in age from 71 to 99, died in a Florida nursing home that lacked air conditioning because the power had been knocked out. One press account described the facility as 'a death trap' because the elderly are particularly susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Last month, this photo of residents of an assisted living facility in Texas who were trapped in waist-deep water went viral. As these recent disasters make clear, older Americans are particularly vulnerable before, during, and even after a storm. In fact, when Hurricane Katrina slammed into the gulf coast 12 years ago, more than half of those who died were seniors." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Karen B. DeSalvo, Kathryn Hyer, Paul Timmons, and Jay Delaney.

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S. Hrg. 115-379; Senate Hearing 115-379; Serial No. 115-9
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