For emergency managers, public safety officials, council on aging staff, and others who work with senior citizens:

The FEMA Region 1 office in Boston has been working on a senior preparedness program called Secrets of Survivors (SOS). FEMA began developing this program after Hurricane Sandy where many of the deaths were people over the age of 65. For the program, FEMA is developing a checklist, a wallet card for people to fill in key contact information, and a presentation that can be given to senior citizens. FEMA has sent some of this information to the state’s Executive Office of Elder Affairs who is sharing some of these resources with local councils on aging.

Checklist Senior Preparedness Checklist (SOS Program) pdf format of Senior Preparedness Checklist (SOS Program)
Currently this checklist is only available in electronic (PDF) format for people to print their own copies.


This program has been designed to be delivered by local public safety officials, council on aging staff, CERT or other volunteers or anyone else interested in promoting emergency preparedness. The above resources can be used to promote emergency preparedness to senior citizens. In addition, MEMA is working with FEMA to host some “train the trainer” sessions at MEMA offices to have FEMA present the program to interested communities. Details on these sessions will be posted as available.

FEMA’s website ( has emergency preparedness information for seniors including a brochure and handout (on the right side of the page). MEMA also has emergency preparedness information on our Ready Massachusetts website including the MEMA Preparedness Brochure pdf format of MEMA Preparedness Brochure
. If you have additional questions on the Secrets of Survivors program, are interested in bringing it to your council on aging, or need any other emergency preparedness information, please contact Chris Besse, MEMA’s Preparedness Coordinator at or 508-820-3029.


For senior citizens:

While each person’s abilities and needs are unique, every individual can take steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan that fits those needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared.

To start preparing today, check out the emergency preparedness checklist ( Senior Preparedness Checklist (SOS Program) pdf format of Senior Preparedness Checklist (SOS Program)
) and learn how to Be Informed, Make a Plan, and Build a Kit on MEMA’s Ready Massachusetts webpage.