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Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities ©

As a result of the damage to property and life with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita it became abundantly clear that emergency plans for people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations were in many cases non-existent. As a volunteer consultant to the American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Program, I have developed this practical program for individuals and communities. Topics discussed:

  • What is considered an emergency?
  • What can I do to prepare for a disaster of any kind?
  • What supplies should I have available at all times?
  • What do I tell my children in the event of a disaster?
  • How can I work with community leaders to make sure someone knows about my disability?
  • What agencies should I notify in case of an emergency?
  • Is there a checklist I can give to friends and family members that explain what my needs are?
  • How can I help emergency shelters be prepared to assist people with disabilities?
  • If I am unable to communicate my needs, how will rescue workers know what to do?
  • How to work with children who have been traumitized by disaster or violence.

Susan is a volunteer consultant to the American Red Cross Disaster Preparedness Program.

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