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Disaster Planning for those with Special Needs

September 09, 2013
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Disaster Planning for those with Special Needs

Individuals with special needs often require more detailed planning in case of an emergency. Here are some things to consider:

      Have at least a three day supply of all your medications. Store all medication in one location and in their original containers.

      Have a list of all your medications: name of medication, dose, frequency, and the name of the prescribing physician. 

      If there is a power outage, have a backup power supply for essential medical equipment.

      If you use oxygen, have an emergency supply (enough for at least three days).

      If you use an electric wheelchair or scooter, keep a manual wheelchair for backup.

      Teach those who may need to assist you how to operate necessary equipment. 

      Label and attach laminated instructions to your equipment. 

      If you are vision impaired, deaf, or hard of hearing, and if you are unable to use the TV or radio, plan for someone to convey emergency information to you.

      If you live in an apartment, ask management to identify and mark accessible exits and areas designated for emergency shelter or safe rooms. Ask about plans for alerting and evacuating those with sensory disabilities.

Please contact Herkimer County Office for the Aging or NY Connects for more information at 315-867-1415 or www.herkimercounty.org; go to departments, then Office for the Aging. Or, go to ready.gov/pledge.

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