BenefitsCheckUp Adds New Disaster Preparation and Recovery Tool

Caregiving Resource | November 19, 2018 | by Colleen Bloom

Preparing as an individual (or a caregiver) for a storm or rebuilding after a disaster, it's difficult to know where to get reliable information. BenefitsCheckUp® now has a special consumer-guided disaster resources tool. (This tool could also be very useful to staff whose own homes may be at risk or have been impacted during a disaster.)

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) released this new tool in October of 2018, following a year of significant disasters and numbers of older adults who had been impacted across the country.

Fill out the BenefitsCheckUp questionnaire to generate a custom disaster preparedness plan. Tell the tool what is needed and it walks individuals through making a personal plan or connects individuals impacted by disaster to recovery programs nearest them. The printable plan will contain some of the things older adults and/or their caregivers need to know before a catastrophic weather event and resources available after the disaster.

A couple of additional reminders, if you live in an area that was affected by a hurricane or another disaster, you may be able to get special assistance. You can visit www.disasterassistance.gov to find out what kinds of federal help is available, apply for assistance, and to later check the status of your application. 

And for a broad range of community-focused tools, check out LeadingAge’s disaster resources page.