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Quiz: Do You Know How to Prepare for a Disaster?

Take this quiz and learn what you need to do to be ready for emergencies

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It's important to have a family emergency plan in place before disaster strikes. — Getty Images

En español | Hurricane season is in full swing during the summer and early months of the fall, but disasters come in a variety of forms and can strike at any time of the year. People of all ages should have a plan of action in place, but this is particularly important for older adults. "As people age, their needs change and their capabilities change," says Vivian Vasallo, vice president of housing for AARP Foundation. So in preparing for a disaster, it’s important to think differently than you might have at earlier ages.” Take this quiz to see how well you know what you should do in advance.

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    For more information about what to do in an emergency, and for downloadable forms you can fill out in advance listing your personal support network and other details, visit They have information especially tailored for older adults, people with pets, and people with disabilities.

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