If you are an older adult, you may face challenges during an emergency due to mobility issues or if family members or friends are unable to reach you. Older adults may face additional challenges, such as hearing or vision problems or cognitive impairment, which may make it difficult to access, understand, or respond to emergency instructions. Normally available support services may also be limited.
BEFORE AN EMERGENCY
GET BENEFITS ELECTRONICALLY
A disaster can disrupt mail service for days or weeks. If you depend on Social Security or other regular benefits switching to electronic payments is a simple, important way to protect yourself financially before disaster strikes. It also eliminates the risk of stolen checks. The U.S. Department of the Treasury recommends two safer ways to get federal benefits: