Preparedeness tips for the disabled

A disaster can strike suddenly at anytime and can leave people or families without a home. With millions of people that suffer from disabilities, such as mobility issues and hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities can add complications when dealing with a disaster such as fires. Planning ahead is important so that way you are better prepared for any situation.

When dealing with upcoming disasters while disabled, always get informed by using community warning systems. Find out how many local authorities will warn you of a pending disaster and how they will provide information to you during and after a disaster.

In a fire, you may need to evacuate at a moment’s notice. You will need an escape route! Escape routes are important because you can exit quickly in case of a serious disaster, versus being stranded. Be sure everyone in your family knows the best escape route out of your home, as well as other safe places in your home for each type of disaster. Always have an escape route by each room in your home.

Another good way to be prepared in case of a disaster if disabled is to have a communication plan. Your plan should include contact information for family members that you can reach out to in case of an emergency. Also, it is good to have contact information of people that are local, like neighbors and caregivers.

Having a supply kit always comes in handy during times of disaster. It should include:

• Prescription medications

• Eye glasses if needed

• A hearing aid

• Batteries

• Special foods

A general preparedness kit along with the items above should contain:

•Warm blankets

•Jackets, coats, and long sleeve shirts

•A Scarf

•Cash or coins

•Photo copied identification cards

•A list with instructions if you are suffering from a disability

-Kaylia Green

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