Background

  • While some guidelines exist on special requirements for older people in case of disasters, integration into emergency and disaster preparedeness programmes remains insufficient in many countries.
  • Groups of older people face specific risks like isolation, lack of support, impaired mobility and frailty and are more vulnerable with respect to coping with significant events such as power outages, extreme weather or flooding.
  • The PrepAGE project has identified the needs, structures and measures to find out how to prepare and reach the target group of older people in case of emergencies and disasters.
  • The project also took into account the resources and resilience of older people and brought together experts from the health and social sector and the field of disaster management.