Preparedness for the Disabled and Elderly – Another Look

It’s no secret that America’s population is aging. That means dealing with more age-related health concerns. Also, in at least the past couple of decades, those with disabilities have become more vocal about their needs. Certainly, this carries over to prepping.

For this week’s DestinySurvival Radio I’m reairing a conversation I had back in January of 2013 with Paul Faust of on preparedness for the disabled and elderly. You can view what I wrote about that original interview here.

My guest – Paul Faust is a First Responder in New York state who saw incredible devastation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. He described himself as an everyday kind of guy. He and a business partner founded 1800Prepare with the passion they have as First Responders to help you and me get what we need to face disaster situations. His philosophy is that preparedness should be a normal part of our lies. It doesn’t have to be a big deal. Paul wants you and me to be calmly and rationally prepared for those everyday kinds of things that happen.

Highlights — Below is a brief summary of the key points of our conversation.


  • There are core considerations for preparedness for any of us, but our focus was on the needs of those with disabilities, as well as those of senior citizens.
  • If you have a disability, take time to look at your specific situation. What would you do if the power wentout for a long period of time? What about medications and meals? What about staying warm in winter or cool in summer?
  • Practice ahead of time in anticipation of what might happen. This is a good way to deal with fears as well.
  • Spread your purchases of prepping supplies out over time. That way you’re not spending a lot of money at once.
  • Know the resources available to you in your town.
  • Get to know the community around you–people such as neighbors, friends, apartment building manager, nurse or aide, etc.
  • Don’t be afraid or too proud to ask for help.
  • Be proactive. Be your own First Responder.
  • Have a plan. Make prepping part of your everyday life so you don’t have to think about what to do when disasters arise.


Hear my whole conversation with Paul Faust by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for October 16, 2014. (Right click to download.) For more info, has a set of articles under the heading “Special Needs & Disabilities” in their Information and Advice section. Click the Emergency Preparedness Info tab to find the articles. You may also want to view my page with a few prepping related resources for those with disabilities here.


Get additional perspective from Thoughts on Prepping for the Blind and Visually Impaired.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

2 thoughts on “Preparedness for the Disabled and Elderly – Another Look”

  1. Don’t forget individual responsibility. Each of us have our limitations, but few of us are close to reaching them. So one key preparation is encouraging older people to become active and lose weight.

    A few years ago, I had a physical. The doctor told me that if my blood pressure did not come down by the follow up, I would need medication. I began a walking program and my blood pressure returned to normal. Medical problem gone and dependence on a drug avoided. Everyone knows stories like that. Type II diabetes is basically a lifestyle disease resulting from being overweight and inactive. How many “heart attacks waiting to happen” do you know?

    Obviously, diet and exercise won’t make a blind person see, but in a survival situation things add up either for good or bad. Each of us, and particularly overweight middle aged people need to look at ourselves to see what we can do to be an asset to others or at least reduce the burden we place on them in a survival situation.

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