Vulnerable Populations

Defining, Locating, and Reaching Older At-Risk Populations in an Emergency

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There are many things to consider when creating an emergency preparedness plan. As has been defined by the CDC as a strategic goal, at-risk populations need a higher level of scrutiny and involvement than has occurred in the past.

The evidence from some of recent large natural disasters here in the United States, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the Tornado Clusters of 2011, indicates that at-risk older adults often bear a disproportionate share of the burden of both morbidity and mortality, as either a direct result of an event or in the aftermath of an event.

By the end of this training, you will be prepared to begin creation of an emergency plan which incorporates at-risk elderly outreach through the development of a Community Outreach Information Network or COIN.

CEUs: 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEUs) awarded upon successful completion


By the end of Defining, Locating, and Reaching Older At-Risk Populations in an Emergency training, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify vulnerable individuals in your community
  • Identify characteristics that place older adults at risk
  • Identify strategies, resources and tools


Capability 1: Community Preparedness

Function 2: Build community partnerships to support health preparedness

Function 3: Engage with community organizations to foster public health, medical, and mental/behavioral health social networks

Capability 13: Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation

Function 4: Improve public health surveillance and epidemiological investigation systems


Model Leadership

1.3 Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.

1.4 Maintain situational awareness.

1.5 Demonstrate respect for all persons and cultures.

Communicate and Manage Information

2.1 Manage information related to an emergency.

2.2 Use principles of crisis and risk communication.

Plan for and Improve Practice

3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans.

3.3 Participate in improving the organizations capacities (including, but not limited to programs, plans, policies, laws, and workforce training).

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