Senior Citizens ask for more help this hurricane season

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Emergency Services across the Coastal Empire say they've updated their hurricane plans after learning from both hurricanes Matthew and Irma.

Dozens of senior citizens attended WTOC's Hurricane Ready event Friday afternoon at the Lowe's in Pooler. They said they hope more attention is paid to the elderly this hurricane season.

"The senior citizens are the ones being left without and they're being forgotten about," said one senior citizen, Maejo Jeffers. "As a senior, we're the ones that need that little extra boost or extra help."

The Director of the Chatham Emergency Management Agency, Dennis Jones, said this concern was realized after the last big storm.

"We did have some challenges during Irma with evacuating medically frail populations," Jones said.

He said he gathered a team immediately to look at how the county as a whole could improve. "We met starting right after Irma. A task force was put together. We started meeting. We met about six times and developed a plan for how to account for those people."

Deb Thompson, Chief Business Development Officer of Senior Citizens Inc., also met with folks at the event to encourage Yellow Dot, a state-wide program administered by the Georgia Department of Health. She says it provides first-responders with your important medical information quickly.

"Quite often, they live alone. Their families live out of state so they don't have someone there to make sure they're doing okay," Thompson said.

Jeffers registered Friday in order to provide her medical needs, so in the case of an emergency, they know exactly what to do.

"If we're not alert enough to tell them what's going on, that they have the stuff they need to get us to the hospital," Jeffers said.

Thompson encouraged many whether it's registering through the county or their program, the main thing is to be registered.

"They need to know that you need assistance, and if they know it, they'll be there to help you," she said.

Local senior citizens want to also remind first-responders one thing as the hurricane season begins.

"We're important too," Jeffers said.

Register your medical needs with the county here. 

Register through Senior Citizens Inc.

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