Skip to content

AARP Disaster Resilience Tool Kit

A free publication for how local leaders can reduce risks and better protect older adults

The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2034, people age 65 or older will outnumber those under 18 — a first in the nation’s history. 

Get the Guide

The AARP Disaster Resilience Tool Kit has been created for local leaders, government staff, aging services professionals, and community advocates and volunteers.

Order or download the 44-page printed guide:

Get FEMA's Guide to Expanding Mitigation: Making the Connection to Older Adults:

That trend has profound implications for emergency management, especially as natural disasters and extreme weather events become more common and severe. A growing body of evidence reveals that older adults are disproportionately impacted during disasters. 

“State and local leaders and emergency officials must be better equipped and prepared to ensure that older adults are kept safe and their needs are met when a disaster strikes," says Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer at AARP.

“Adults aged 65 and older are a growing demographic who are often disproportionately impacted by severe weather," adds Deanne Criswell, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) . "These disparities can be compounded by other factors, such as low-income or chronic illness, producing inequitable results for this vulnerable population when it comes to disaster preparedness. Effective mitigation planning requires that we consider the needs of all populations, and FEMA’s partnership with AARP on these guides will help community planners ensure our older communities are more resilient in the face of hurricanes and other natural disasters.” 

A key to ensuring that older adults are properly served by disaster preparedness and emergency planning is to acknowledge — and address — the gaps that exist between local emergency management teams and the organizations and municipal offices that work with and on behalf of older community members. 

Better integrated disaster planning will help local governments better protect all older residents, whether they are living independently in the community or residing in an assisted living or health care facility.  

The AARP Disaster Resilience Tool Kit has been created for local leaders, government staff, aging services professionals and community volunteers. It is a companion title to the Guide to Expanding Mitigation: Making the Connection to Older Adults, published by FEMA as a resource for emergency management professionals. 

When emergency managers, state and local officials, and other community leaders understand the diverse needs of older adults — by working with them and one another — the plans, projects and procedures they design and deploy will be more effective at protecting residents from harm and saving lives.

Learn More

Enabling Resilience for the Days, Weeks and Months After the Storm

A map showing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

For residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, readiness and relationships were keys to survival in 2017, when two massive hurricanes — Irma and then Maria — devastated the Caribbean islands.

Read the first-person accounts of the two AARP state directors who prepared for, lived through,  and helped their communities both endure and work to recover from a season of unprecedented weather. 


The AARP Disaster Resilience Tool Kit has won the following awards:

2022 MarCom Awards, Gold Award, Special Issue Category

2022 dotCOMM Awards, Gold Award, How-To-Guide Category


Page published July 2022 | Updated October 2022

Stay Informed — For Free! See Past Issues

The weekly, award-winning AARP Livable Communities e-Newsletter provides local leaders with information and inspiration for making their town, city or neighborhood more livable for older adults and people of all agesSubscribe today!


  • 2023 APEX Grand Award
  • 2022 MarCom Awards: Gold 
  • 2022 dotCOMM Awards: Gold 

Learn about the award programs

Our Free Publications!

See the complete list at

Follow Us

Contact Us

  • Email AARP Livable Communities at

  • Ask about the AARP Livability Index by completing this online form.

  • AARP Members: For questions about your benefits, AARP The Magazine or the AARP Bulletin, visit the AARP Contact Us page or call 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277).