Resident Input

 
 
"Public transportation in the suburbs is terrible.  For any emergency they say to go to a shelter but if you don't drive how are you supposed to get there?"

- Resident Survey

 
 
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Several different issues in emergency preparedness and resilience were identified in the survey. Some addressed the local transportation problem increasing a difficulty in emergency situation. Others indicated lack of local information. 

"[I need] local information about where to go in emergency such as noxious gas, power outage, water emergency."
"[I want to know] the things that I need to be prepared for, such as a list."

- Resident Survey

 
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The Age Friendly Erie County research team conducted a series of community conversations to gather additional input from a variety of perspectives. During a community conversation with older adult immigrants from Nepal, they reported their hesitation to contact emergency services because of the difficulties they experience with communication in English. Older adults who are deaf or hard of hearing identified a need of device to alert deaf people when there is a fire or weather emergency and interpreters during those emergency situations. Older adults living in rural communities also addressed lack of emergency shelters in town.