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Emergency Readiness and Response: The Status of Area Agencies on Aging. Robert L. (Bob) McFalls, M.Div. Chief Operating Officer National Association of Area Agencies on Aging AIRS Conference May 24, 2010 Rochester, New York. Acknowledgments.

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Emergency readiness and response the status of area agencies on aging

Emergency Readiness and Response: The Status of Area Agencies on Aging

Robert L. (Bob) McFalls, M.Div.

Chief Operating Officer

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

AIRS Conference

May 24, 2010

Rochester, New York


Acknowledgments
Acknowledgments Agencies on Aging

Funding for this project provided through AoA grant 90AM3126 to n4a

Survey development, data collection, analysis and figure development conducted by Scripps Gerontology Center

For further information:

Abigail Morgan, Program Manager, n4a ([email protected])

Robert McFalls, C.O.O., n4a ([email protected])

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Washington, D.C.

http://www.n4a.org/pdf/Emergency2009Final.pdf


Plan for today
Plan for Today Agencies on Aging

  • Background

  • Survey of Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs)

  • Findings

  • Implications & Challenges for the Aging Services Network


Older adults and emergencies
Older Adults and Emergencies Agencies on Aging

  • Disproportional death rates in Katrina (64% of deaths age 65+)

  • Less likely to be willing to evacuate

  • Adults 55+ least personally prepared for disaster

  • High reliance on first responders

  • A third of those with a disability or caring for someone with a disability would need extra help

  • Chronic conditions may be worsened in an emergency

  • Medications, medical care present challenges


How do we think about disasters
How do we think about disasters? Agencies on Aging

  • Disaster is “when routines…are seriously disrupted and when unplanned courses of action have to be undertaken to cope with the crisis” (Quarentelli, 2000).

  • “there is no such thing as a “natural” disaster. In every phase and aspect of a disaster…the difference between who lives and who dies is to a greater or lesser extent a social calculus “(Smith, 2006).

  • Preparedness prevents emergencies from becoming disasters.

  • AAA preparedness involves services to older adults and preparedness as a business entity


Hazards disaster catalysts
Hazards/Disaster Catalysts Agencies on Aging

  • Dam Failure

  • Earthquake

  • Fire or Wildfire

  • Flood

  • Hazardous Material

  • Heat

  • Hurricane

  • Landslide

  • Nuclear Power Plant Emergency

  • Pandemic Influenza

  • Terrorism

  • Thunderstorm

  • Tornado

  • Tsunami

  • Volcano

  • Winter Storm


States with federal major disaster declarations 2008

One Agencies on Aging

Two

Three

States with Federal Major Disaster Declarations, 2008


Assessing preparedness of aaas
Assessing Preparedness of AAAs Agencies on Aging

  • Purpose-Developed Survey

    • n4a Advisory Council

    • AAA Directors

    • AoA Project Managers

    • AoA Office of Preparedness and Response

  • Focus on

    • What programs/policies/provisions they had in place

    • What elements were covered in their emergency plans

    • Perceptions about or experience with their plans

    • Needs for the future


Aaa survey
AAA Survey Agencies on Aging

  • Internet Survey—May 2009

  • All 629 AAAs invited to participate via e-mail

  • Survey in the field 3 weeks

  • 58.6% response rate (N=369)


Findings plan participation
Findings—Plan Participation Agencies on Aging

  • Three-quarters are part of one emergency plan (local, SUA, other statewide)

  • About 2/3 (64.5%) are part of a local plan

  • About 1/3 (33.9%) are part of an SUA plan

  • Only 7 out of 100 (7.3 %) did not have a plan


What does the plan include
What does the plan include? Agencies on Aging


Challenges for future plans
Challenges for Future Plans Agencies on Aging

  • Collaborations with nursing homes and assisted living facilities (only about ¼ have this)

  • Planning for pets (less than 20% have this)

  • Plans for obtaining essential back-up supplies (over half, but not all have this)

  • Of 11 plan elements, average was 5


Communications in a disaster
Communications in a Disaster Agencies on Aging


Important locations
Important Locations Agencies on Aging


Business practices
Business Practices Agencies on Aging


Maintaining services
Maintaining Services Agencies on Aging


Maintaining services cont
Maintaining Services (cont.) Agencies on Aging


Experience with disasters
Experience with Disasters Agencies on Aging

  • About one-quarter (90 AAAs) had been part of federally declared disaster

  • How well did their systems work?

  • Only 3 out of 90 rated their plans as “least effective”

  • Over half said their plans were “effective”(52.4%)

  • Only 2 said their plans were “most effective”


Confidence among those with no recent experience
Confidence Among those with No Recent Experience Agencies on Aging

  • How confident are you about your organization’s capacity to respond? (n=366)

  • Over 1 in 10 (11.5%) were not at all confident

  • Over half (53%) were somewhat confident

  • Over 1/3 were confident (28.1%) or very confident (7.4%)


Challenges for the future
Challenges for the Future Agencies on Aging

  • AAAs would like training/technical assistance in the following:

    • Process for obtaining immediate $$ to respond

    • Best practices for different types of disasters

    • Establishing external communication systems

    • Establishing roles and responsibilities with their partners and other local organizations

    • Processes for tracking disaster-related expenses


Strengths of aaa preparedness
Strengths of AAA Preparedness Agencies on Aging

  • Highly involved in planning

  • Multiple components to their plans

  • Almost all (only 8 do not) review their plans at least yearly

  • Survey process had an educational element


Questions
Questions? Agencies on Aging


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