Consider Special Needs, Make a Plan to Be Prepared for Emergencies

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The likelihood that you and your family will recover from an emergency tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today. While each family’s abilities and needs are unique, every individual can take steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies, from fires and floods to severe weather events and, yes, even potential terrorist events.

But, let’s take a moment and consider those requiring special assistance. They may live in our homes, live next door, or sit next to you at work.  If you are affected by disabilities, you’ll likely have other considerations for your emergency plan. Ready.gov published a document outlining commonsense measures for individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs — as well as the people who assist and support them —  so preparing for emergencies can happen in advance.

Other suggested considerations for your emergency plan could include:

  • Create a Personal Support Network and share your emergency plan with those listed;
  • Include the names and numbers of everyone in your personal support network, as well as your medical providers, in your emergency supply kit;
  • Make sure someone in your personal support network has an extra key to your home and knows where you keep your emergency supplies;
  • If you use a wheelchair or other medical equipment, show friends how to use these devices so they can move you if necessary. Teach them how to use any lifesaving equipment or administer medicine in case of an emergency; and,
  • Practice your plan with those who have agreed to be part of your personal support network.

For more information, visit Ready.gov.

Last Reviewed: 2018-03-12