Estate & Asset Protection Attorney, Victoria Collier talks about the vulnerability of the elderly population during hurricane season and encourages families, friends and caretakers not to forget about these often-stranded citizens when preparing for disaster to strike.
DECATUR, GA, November 29, 2018: Victoria L. Collier, founder of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new article on her law firm’s website entitled “Helping The Vulnerable Elderly Survive Hurricane Season.” Ms. Collier offers an overview of the dilemma many senior citizens face when they are in a hurricane’s destructive path.
Collier points out that, “The sad truth is that the elderly are the most vulnerable victims of all during a hurricane.” She continues adding, “As we near the end of the official 2018 hurricane season, it’s been a tough one on the southeast. Hurricane Michael formed and moved so quickly and powerful it was difficult for the targeted areas to prepare. And, even though we are close to the end of the season, there’s no telling what can happen. We are praying that the weather will cool off quickly enough to prevent another storm from forming.”
“As I review statistics from previous storms,” Collier writes, “I can’t help but think about the elderly and how frightened they must feel when in the path of these massive storms.” She elaborates further, “So many of our elderly are frail, homebound or living in nursing homes. It has to be challenging to those caretakers and staff determining whether or not to evacuate a facility that is equipped to handle all the various and complex needs.”
According to Collier, “In the recent wake of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and Virginia, it was reported according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that over 204,000 seniors in the hurricane targeted areas relied on “home ventilators, oxygen concentrators, intravenous infusion pumps and other electrically powered devices.”” She asks, “Can you even begin to imagine the fear one would suffer if they were unable to evacuate and lost electricity?”
“It is no wonder that seniors always take a big hit one way or another during a storm” says Collier. She adds, “Statistics bear out this fact. And, it’s not just hurricanes. In fact seniors are the most likely to die in hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters. It is typically harder for seniors to evacuate because often they don’t have their own cars or are homebound.”
The entire article can be read at https://www.elderlawgeorgia.com/helping-the-vulnerable-elderly-survive-hurricane-season/
About Victoria Collier
Victoria L. Collier, CELA founded The Elder & Disability Law Firm of Victoria L. Collier, P.C. to serve the legal needs of seniors when their health care needs increase. Victoria is also Co-Founder of Collier Scott Financial Solutions, LLC. At both firms WE BELIEVE that people should not have to lose everything they’ve worked a lifetime to earn and that every person is an individual who deserves respect and the highest quality of life possible, regardless of age or ability.
Victoria enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during Desert Storm, 1989-1995, and also served in the U.S. Army Reserves, 1Lt. 2001-2004, JAG Corps. Victoria is a national expert on the VA Wartime Pension for veterans and their widows who need additional assistance with activities of daily living and helping them qualify for and receive tax-free income from the VA to pay for it. Victoria graduated from Valdosta State University with a B.A. in Psychology and then University of Nebraska, College of Law. In 2014, Victoria was awarded with the Alumni Master Award from the University of Nebraska.
Victoria is a Certified Elder Law Attorney through The National Elder Law Foundation and has been named as the only attorney in Georgia as “Fellow” of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Victoria was appointed by Governor Perdue to the Georgia Council on Aging, 2010 – 2016 and was awarded Dekalb County Veteran of the Year, 2013. She is the author of 47 Secret Veterans Benefits for Seniors; Paying for Long Term Care – Financial Help for Wartime Veterans: The VA Aid & Attendance Benefit. Victoria has co-authored several books: Blooper Episodes in Estate Planning, Don’t Go Broke in a Nursing Home, and Protect Your IRA: Avoid the 5 Common Mistakes. Most notably, Victoria co-authored the National Best Seller, The Road to Success, with Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
About The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm
The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm was established to serve the legal needs of retiring citizens. The Firm focuses its entire practice on providing strategies to protect independence, privacy, assets and taxes from the government. Victoria Collier has grown her law practice and financial services practice by providing excellent customer satisfaction with personalized wealth protection plans.