People with Disabilities

People with disabilities often require assistance and additional lead-time in order to prepare for a disaster.

The following partial listing provides some practical tips for those with special needs.
  • Establish a personal support network. Your network of family, neighbors, and friends can assist in disaster preparations and in getting you to a safe place.
  • Post emergency instructions on the refrigerator that include medication dosages, emergency contacts, and necessary equipment.
  • If you think you need help evacuating to a shelter, then you must register with local emergency management and fire departments.
  • Identify multiple evacuation routes at home and/or at work.
  • Carry with you at all times emergency health information and emergency contacts. A medical alert tag or bracelet to identify your disability can be helpful.
  • Keep a flashlight, whistle, or bell handy to signal your whereabouts to others.