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Tips For Disaster Preparedness & People With Disabilities
It seems like, whenever you read the news or go online, there’s a story about another disaster. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods seem to be happening more and more. No matter where in the country you live, you need to be prepared for when a disaster strikes.
When you have a disability, these disaster preparedness plans are even more important. You’ll need to worry about your special needs as well as everything else. Read on to discover some tips on making such a plan. But first, is a disaster plan really that necessary?
Why Disaster Preparedness Is Needed
What is a disaster preparedness plan? It’s a plan for what you need to do in case of a major emergency. For example, what would you and your family do if you had to evacuate your home for several days? Where would you go, and what would you bring with you? That’s the thing about a disaster. Even if you can predict when it will happen, you can still have to make changes in a hurry. Without a plan, you can make mistakes. But when you have a plan in place for handling a disaster, things can go much more smoothly. You can remember needed medication, items needed for your disability, and more.
Just don’t forget about the financial side. Any disaster will require spending money for repairs even after insurance claims are settled. Besides, you might need cash on hand for emergencies like new medication.
What Could Happen?
It’s impossible (and not necessary) to prepare for every disaster possible. If you live in the Midwest, you probably don’t need to plan on a hurricane. That’s why you need to look into disasters that can happen in your part of the country. Do1Thing.com shows that hurricanes are common along the East and Gulf Coasts; tornadoes in the Midwest; wildfires and earthquakes in the west; and floods just about everywhere.
Besides planning on natural disasters, you also need to think about man-made disasters. Check with your local government for any manufacturing plants, railroad lines, or power plants in your area. For many people, the chance of a train crash involving chemicals is much higher than any storm or earthquake.
You Need To Be Prepared
Once you know what could happen in your area, it’s time to start creating a plan. Because you have a disability, the first thing you should work on is creating a personal support network. No matter how independent you are, you still need people you can rely on in an emergency. Speak to them and make sure they expect a call or text from you for help. Then discuss what kind of assistance they can provide so they know your expectations.
You also need a disaster safety kit. Gather together some medication and any other essential supplies in a seal-able container. You should also include a cell phone charger, some extra cash, emergency contact information, and some water. This way, you can quickly grab what you need to bring with you in case of an emergency evacuation.
You should also find the location of designated safe areas and evacuation routes to make leaving that much easier. Talk to your local government for any assistance you might need due to your disability in reaching a safe zone.
Get Your Plan Ready Today
You never truly know when a disaster will strike, so you need to create a disaster preparedness plan today. That’s especially true because having a disability can make things harder during an emergency. Create a kit with needed medications, set up a support network, and know where you might be relocated during an evacuation. This way, you can better get through any emergency.
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