Emergency Preparedness with Special Needs

Perhaps it’s a little premature, but with the high temperatures recently, we are all thinking of spring. People are out walking, working on their yards, enjoying the great weather. 

If you have a loved one in your life with special needs, whether it be age or disability you need to start thinking about planning for severe weather and potential disasters.

In order for your to be ready if a emergency happens, preparation is the key. For your convenience, the following is an article taken from the CDC that will help guide you. All of which have links to other informative articles and checklists. 

As always, Comfort of Home Healthcare is here to help, don’t hesitate to contact us with any needs you might have, it’s what we do. It takes all of us to properly care for our loved ones. 

Full Article Here (CDC)Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning, forcing people to leave or be confined in their home. For the millions of Americans who have disabilities, emergencies such as fires, floods and acts of terrorism present a real challenge. One of the things learned from the response to Hurricane Katrina was that people with disabilities were disproportionately affected by the storm and its aftermath.It is important that people with disabilities and their family members make plans to protect themselves in the event of disasters. In addition, first responders need to know how to work with people with disabilities to evacuate them safely and quickly. Emergency planners must ensure that shelters are accessible to people with a variety of disabilities.

Following is information to help you get ready.Information for People with Disabilities

Protecting yourself and your family when emergencies occur requires planning ahead. You are in the best position to plan for your own safety as you are best able to know your abilities and possible needs during and after an emergency or disaster. You can cope with emergencies by preparing and practicing in advance with your family and care attendants.

Article: Emergency Preparedness TrainingLearn how people with disabilities, their families, and first responders can plan ahead for safety during a disaster.

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special NeedsThis booklet from FEMA and the American Red Cross helps people with disabilities prepare for all kinds of emergencies.

Disability PreparednessThis website from Disabilitypreparedness.gov provides information on how to prepare, develop a plan, use assistive technologies, and understand your rights.

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