Special considerations

Will you need extra welfare checks, or a place to stay during power outages, heat waves, and so on?

Discuss your plan with family or friends and neighbors who can assist you in your area of need.

Will you need transportation assistance in an evacuation?

Accessible public transportation may be in short supply.

Can you count on a loved one or neighbor to help evacuate you?

Build a support network. The limited resources available in a disaster may mean that help takes longer to get to all those who need it. The more you can handle on your own, or with your support network, the faster those resources can get to everyone who needs them.

Do you have medications, assistance devices, or care staff you require for basic activities of daily living?

  • Evaluate your capabilities. Only you know what kind of additional assistance, if any, you may need in a disaster.
  • If your needs involve communications functions, make sure you have identified a warning source that is accessible to you.
  • Make sure your plans include the needs of your service animal.

Discuss your needs with your employer to make sure that they are addressed¬†in your workplace’s emergency plans.

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