Safety and Emergency Preparedness for the Disabled
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WEBSITE DEVOTED MAINLY TO HELPING THOSE WITH A PHYSICAL DISABILITY
PREPARATION FOR SPECIAL NEEDS POPULATIONS
We all live in a part
of the country where natural disasters are possible. Areas such as the
East, South East and Southern Plains States are more vulnerable to
TORNADOS and HURRICANES. The West Coast has a good probability of
EARTHQUAKES or even a VOLCANIC ERUPTION. Anyone living near a river or
near the ocean is at risk for FLOODING. Dessert and mountain areas have
WILDFIRES and most of us could be at risk for extreme weather conditions
such as HEAT WAVES, BLIZZARDS, ICE AND WIND STORMS. We all face the
danger of a HOUSE FIRE or rare HAZARDOUS WASTE SPILL and we all know too
well about the possibility of TERRORISM.
We do not need to live
in fear and hopefully we may never have to face a natural disaster, a
home fire or be in an emergency situation. We may not move as fast or
as easily as others and we may have special needs, so we must be
prepared, at work, at home, in our cars and even while away from home,
for any type of emergency. Ask yourself the following
was a natural disaster such as a flood, hurricane, earthquake,
tornado, wild fire or a house fire and you had to leave your house
now and seek refuge at a shelter, hotel or friends house,
do you have the basic and "special needs" supplies you may need for
a 2-5 days away from home?
supplies will you need for your special needs? (Medication? Cane?)
supplies readily available and accessible for you to leave quickly?
Can you carry them alone?
need assistance to get to the car or shelter? Who will help you?
have an evacuation plan written up and have you tried it out?
know where you will go or who to call?
Getting prepared can be a simple
process or a very involved one, but where ever you choose to start, at
least do something. Make the basic preparations and
educate yourself and others on your needs. One very important step
is evaluating your needs, making a plan and communicating this to
someone close to you, a family member or neighbor, anyone that will help
you carry out your plan if needed.
If you do nothing more,
Develop a support group and educate them
about your special needs.
Talk to your family, friends and close neighbors about your situation and your needs. Have a
note on your neighborhood Block Watch list or tell your neighbors that you
are disabled and ask to be checked in on in case of a major emergency. Tell a few trusted neighbors where an extra house key is (use
a locked key box outside) or give them a copy of your key. Notify your
local fire department, some have a list of people with disabilities. Have a list
outlining how someone can help you, what medications you need and what your special needs are. It
is important to list & post at home your emergency contacts and their phone numbers and
also give the list to your support group and a neighbor. Find one contact out
of state person to check in with, as often local phone calls will be busy.
Make a plan.
How to best exit your house in an
emergency. Where to go if you need to leave home. What type of
assistance will you need and who will assist you.
Have some basic supplies on hand and
accessible at all times.
- Working flash light by your bed
and one in the car. Extra Batteries.
- Basic First Aid Kit at home and
in the car.
- Portable battery operated or
solar radio with extra batteries.
- Extra 3-5 day supply of
needed medications in a pill dispenser.
- List of your medications and the
dosages and times you take them.
- Sturdy pair of walking shoes
under your bed, in the car or desk drawer.
- Extra cash and change, along with
your Personal Identification.
- Extra set of car and house
- Whistle or signaling devise. A
cell phone is very helpful, keep it near you.
- Any special dietary needs, medical
supplies or assistive devises.
- Bottled water.
- Blanket or warm jacket.
Click on underlines for detailed printable list of supplies
to have at home
at all times.
Emergency Supplies &
Basic First Aid
Make your home a safer place.
- Put Smoke detectors in your
bedrooms and check 2x a year.
escape ladder in your bedroom if you live on an upper floor.
fire extinguishers in the kitchen, utility room, garage and car.
how to use them and check them every six months.
purchasing a evacuation smoke hood.
exits & hallways clear and have well lighted with sensor night
grab bars and stair handrails where needed.
and post a written evacuation plan for your home. Have practice
drills with your family or friends. Mark exits, location
of supplies and
utilities on the map. Have a gas turn-off wrench available. Learn how
to turn-off all utilities. Post emergency numbers on plan.
There are many great
websites dealing with getting yourself, your family, your home and your
car prepared in case of an emergency. Some of the sites deal
specifically with Special Needs populations. I have listed some below
for you to explore. Simply click on the
underlined word to access the sites.
LoveHandles Portable, Assistive
Chair Lift for transfers, evacuation and travel
American Red Cross
Community Preparedness Website Project
(Special needs populations)
Supplies - Quake Hold
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Find Your STATE'S Emergency Management Website
Home Safe Home® - The
/ Safety Supplies
Medic Alert - Pendants &
Medical Emergency Information Center
Storm Watch @ weather.com