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Are Your Grandparents and Senior Neighbors Prepared for an Emergency? Are You Prepared to Help Them in The Event of a Disaster?

National Preparedness Month Serves as a Reminder About the Importance of Helping Older Adults

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to preparing for a natural disaster or emergency don't forget some of the most important people in your life. Senior citizens, people like your grandparents or an elderly neighbor, can use a helping hand to get ready.

PG&E's Safety Action Center has a toolkit for seniors and their caregivers to help prepare for an emergency. The Safety Action Center (safetyactioncenter.pge.com) is PG&E's online preparedness resource, which provides information to help customers keep their families, homes and businesses safe during natural disasters and other emergencies. On the site, you'll find preparedness tips for seniors, including those with access and functional needs.

"We know older adults are more vulnerable after a disaster or emergency. That's why it's so important to get ready before something happens," said Angie Gibson, Vice President of Emergency Preparedness and Response at PG&E. "We urge our older customers and those who love them to take advantage of the available resources to make an emergency plan and build an emergency supply kit."

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has called out preparing older adults and their caregivers before a disaster or emergency strikes as a key action to take. 

""We know older adults can face greater risks when it comes to the multitude of extreme weather events and emergencies we now face, especially if they are living alone, are low-income, have a disability, or live in rural areas," said Administrator Deanne Criswell. "We are also underscoring the importance of involving caregivers in these conversations, as they are instrumental in our efforts to help this vital community before, during and after disasters."

Keys to Senior Emergency Planning

Here are some steps seniors and their caregivers can take to be prepared:

PG&E and its partners have several programs in place to help older adults.

More resources are available

About PG&E
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square miles in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.

SOURCE Pacific Gas and Electric Company

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