Senior P.R.E.P. (Planning and Resources for Emergency Preparedness) is a program designed to raise awareness of the importance of individual emergency preparedness for Tennessee’s senior population, sponsored by the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability.
The ice storm of 2015 affected thousands of people across the Upper Cumberland region. Nearly 40,000 people were without power, some for up to three weeks. Emergency personnel found hundreds of seniors ill prepared for such a disaster.
Through Senior P.R.E.P. seniors and caregivers are being educated on life-saving steps to take in preparing for various disasters. Senior P.R.E.P. brochures are available which provide information about emergency tips, items that should be included in an emergency preparedness bag/kit, how to prepare for individuals with disabilities, planning tips for pets, information about shelters and contact information for assistance during a disaster.