IF YOU HAVE TIME:
Gather your disaster supplies kit.
Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection,
such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a cap.
Secure your home:
Close and lock doors and windows.
Unplug electrical equipment, such as radios and televisions, and small appliances,
such as toasters and microwaves. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in
unless there is a risk of flooding.
Let others know where you are going.
Preparing and Planning
If you or someone close to you has a disability or a special need,
you may have to take additional steps to protect yourself and your family
in an emergency.
If you have special needs: Find out about special assistance that may be available
in your community. Register with the office of emergency services or the local
fire department for assistance so needed help can be provided.
|Disability/Special Need||Additional Steps|
|Visually Impaired||May be extremely reluctant to leave framiliar surroundings when the request|
for evacuation comes from a stranger. A guide dog could become confused
or disoriented in a disaster. People who are blind or partially sighted may have to depend
on others to lead them, as well as their dog, to safety during a disaster.
|Hearing Impaired||May need to make special arrangements to receive warnings.||Mobility Impaired||May need specisl assistance to get to a shelter.||Non-English speaking people||May need assistance planning for and responding to emergencies.
Community and cultural groups may be able to keep people informed.
|People without vehicles||May need to make arrangements for transportation.||People with Special Dietary Needs||Should take special precautions to have an adequate emergency food supply.||People with Medical Conditions||Should know the location and availability of more than one facility if dependent
on a dialysis machine, or other life-sustaining equipment or treatment.
|People with Mental Retardation||May need help responding to emergencies and getting to a shelter.|
ALZHEIMERS SAFE RETURN
Be ready to evacuate
Have a plan for getting out of your home or building
(ask your family or friends for assistance, if necessary).
Also, plan two evacuation routes because some roads may be closed or blocked
in a disaster.
· Create a network of neighbors, relatives, friends, and coworkers to aid you in
an emergency. Discuss your needs and make sure everyone knows
how to operate necessary equipment.
· Discuss your needs with your employer.
· If you are mobility impaired and live or work in a high-rise building,
have an escape chair.
· If you live in an apartment building, ask the management to mark accessible
exits clearly and to make arrangements to help you leave the building.
· Keep specialized items ready, including extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen,
catheters, medication, prescriptions, food for service animals,
and any other items you might need.
· Be sure to make provisions for medications that require refrigeration.
· Keep a list of the type and model numbers of the medical devices you require.
· Wear medical alert tags or bracelets to identify your disability.
· Know the location and availability of more than one facility if you are
dependent on a dialysis machine or other life-sustaining equipment or treatment.
EMERGENCY KIT SUPPLIES
FLOODS & DAMS
THUNDER & LIGHTNING
HOUSE & WILD FIRES
PETS & LIVESTOCK