AARP Puerto Rico and the American Red Cross Chapter of Puerto Rico launched the campaign “Prepare for Hurricanes in Time of Pandemic” with the objective that older people have the resources available to be prepared for the hurricane peak season. "
Starting next Monday, July 27, both organizations will present special content aimed at older people through a Facebook Lives miniseries and will offer different resources to download on both organizations' digital pages.
State director of AARP PR, José R. Acarón, stressed in written statements that “a hurricane in the time of COVID-19 with a mask and social distancing is not the same. The pandemic forces us to rethink all our preparation in the hurricane season, but especially in the case of older people who have to make more preparations depending on their circumstances. "
He also highlighted the reality of those who support and care for to relatives who are older people. “In the case of caregivers, they have to do double preparation, since it means preparing them more, making sure to cover the needs of the family members they support who may be more vulnerable.”
The Facebook Live series will originate from the account of AARPR Puerto Rico and will be broadcast on the social account of the American Red Cross Chapter of Puerto Rico.
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As an additional resource for families, the Red Cross offers a brochure that includes preparedness tips for older people available to download from www.cruzrojapr.net and www.soycuidadorpr.org . “Through this alliance, we pay special attention to the population of older adults, as experience has taught us that they are the ones who suffer and suffer the most in times of disasters. So we make this effort to reach as many people as possible with preparedness information specially designed for the elderly, "said Lee Vanessa Feliciano, regional executive for the American Red Cross Chapter of Puerto Rico.