Every Family is unique and our life circumstances can change. Be
sure to update your emergency plans and kits to reflect your current
needs, even if the change is temporary.
Remember that people with long-term or temporary disabilities
must take a proactive approach to ensure that their safety needs
are included in all emergency planning. Those with physical disabilities
can have complications during emergency evacuations. Those with
visual, hearing or mental disabilities may have difficulty leaving
familiar surroundings. Others with medical conditions may be dependent
on devices or medications that need to travel with them.
To adequately prepare for possible emergencies, consider making
the following arrangements:
In the case of an emergency, the specific needs of persons with disabilities are often varied and wide-ranging. Being aware of the emergency preparedness resources that are available to those with Special Needs can help you to better Build a Kit and Make a Plan that is customized to meet the needs of your Family.
Make A Plan
Establish a personal support network where you regularly spend time. Have at least three people at each location that can give assistance. Teach them how to operate any necessary equipment and where it is stored. Label equipment and attach instructions as a backup.
If you use electrical equipment, plan how you will deal with a power outage, for instance, keeping a manual wheelchair for use if your electrical wheelchair becomes inoperable. Consider having backup equipment stored at your evacuation location.
For further information on Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities, visit The National
Organization on Disability.