The ability to travel around or going where we want to is a freedom that most people are enjoying but are taking it for granted. For a portion of elderly population normal routines such as going to the grocery store is a big challenge to them. As people age, driving is not an option to many of them. It is therefore necessary to consider other methods for getting old people to and from their daily activities. During times of disaster older people are most affected since most of them cannot carry themselves to a nursing home. Emergency medical and transportation services are important components of an effective nursing home. It is therefore important to select an effective transportation system for elderly people to nursing home. When selecting an effective system of transportation one would consider the economic resources that would be allocated to accomplish the transportation’s needs. Transportation does not need to be expensive.
A catastrophe involves an extensive damage to people and to physical infrastructure that cannot be properly assessed in terms of extent. Transportation system are made in such a way that it operates under normal circumstances. Considering the consequences brought about by the disasters it is economical to transport elderly people to nursing home before a disaster. Before a disaster means of transport to access the population is fine and elderly people can easily be found easily. The cost of transporting the aged population will be effective and less costly. In times of extreme weather events such as storms, floods and hurricanes the transport system can be severely affected. Roads could be impassible due to floods or there could be delays due to creation of diversions to access the affected place. Expensive techniques could be required to safe people after a catastrophe like using air transport to transport the age to a nursing home. Sometimes the extent of catastrophe can be severe such that air transport and land transportation can be seriously impaired. For instance, Hurricane Sandy which stroked the New York/ New Jersey coasts in 2012 caused a shutdown of all the airports, ports and public transit system of the whole region. It took many days before the normal transport system could be brought back to normal. Many aged people died during the time and many needed medical attention. It is not only costly to transport the aged to nursing home during or after the catastrophe but it is also expensive to care for the injured ones.
Transporting elderly before catastrophe involves moving the elderly population from a place that is expected to experience a disaster to a nursing home where they can be taken care of while transporting them after is moving them to nursing home after the occurrence of a disaster. There is a major difference between transportation of the elderly population before a catastrophe and transportation of the elderly population after the catastrophe. It is more economic effective to transport people to a nursing home before a catastrophe than transporting after the catastrophe. Transport after the disaster can be affected severely for instance, bridges are particularly vulnerable during floods while transport before a disaster is efficient.
Jean, p. R. (2017). The Geography of Transport Systems. New York: Routledge.