Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

FEMA has released new emergency preparedness resources for people with disabilities on the website Ready.gov. Disability intersects every demographic group. There are people with disabilities of all ages, races, genders and national origins. And disabilities can impact a person in a variety of ways—both visible and invisible. For people with disabilities and their families, it is important to consider individual circumstances and needs to effectively prepare for emergencies and disasters.

Steps you can take to be prepared for disasters

Stay informed:

Know what types of disasters impact your area. Sign up for emergency alerts. Pay attention to emergency broadcasts. Knowing when and how to evacuate and where to go to shelter can save your life.

Make a plan:

Talk with your family or roommates. Discuss how yovu’ll evacuate or shelter in place. Decide how you’ll communicate if disaster hits when you’re not home.

Build a kit:

Think about more than just food, water, and clothing. People with disabilities should consider the items they use on a daily basis, as well as life-sustaining items such as medications or batteries for assistive devices.

Prepare and Protect with a COVID Vaccine

The most important thing you and your family can do to prepare for a disaster is to make sure you are vaccinated. 

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