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Preparing Senior Citizens for Severe Weather

Created: 05/08/2014 5:45 PM KAALtv.com

(ABC 6 News) - All week long, the city of Rochester and the Olmsted County Planning Department have been helping seniors and those with mental or physical disabilities get better prepared for emergencies.

Those two groups, along with a consultant, have been sharing and listening to stories. The idea is for everyone to have a plan should they be affected by severe weather.

"So we went to this woman's home who was blind, Jan's house, and 9 or 10 other blind people came and we sat and we talked about what emergencies and how they think about planning and so the emergency personal from both the city and county were there taking notes and listening," says Patrick Hughes with Inclusion Solutions.

Thursday's meeting was held at the Rochester Senior Center, in order to include those who work with older adults and caregivers.