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Part 11 Series: Hurricane Tips for the Disabled

Hurricane season is quickly approaching. Preparing for hurricanes looks a little different for some citizens with disabilities. Caregivers play a critical role in hurricane preparedness for those with disabilities.

Planning may mean stocking up on hearing-aid batteries or keeping an emergency supply kit in a walker or wheelchair. For a child or person with autism, it may mean packing a computer game or headphones to help ease stress. It could mean showing others how to operate a wheelchair.

Here are 10 Tips On How Individuals With Disability Can Prepare For Hurricane Season, according to the FEMA website.

  • Talk with friends, families or a support network about how to stay in touch during a storm.
  • Keep phone numbers for doctors, aides, and family members on standby in a sealed waterproof bag. Ziploc type bags may work well.
  • Pack eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, and dentures in an emergency kit.
  • Ask neighbors or someone in your support circle to keep you informed.
  • Plan ahead for accessible transportation in case evacuation becomes necessary.
  • Identify the closest shelter for needed evacuations.
  • Identify which medical facilities are close to your house or shelter.
  • Wear medical alert tags or bracelets with information about healthcare needs.
  • Plan and practice for evacuation and remember to take your medical devices in a waterproof bag.
  • Have at least 10 days worth of supply, prescription medicine, copies of the prescriptions; list of all medications and dosage; list of allergies; list of dietary restrictions.
  • Makes plans for a pet, including a note for emergency responders: I have a service animal named _______, who must evacuate with me.


Tips For People Who Are Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing

  • Get a weather radio with text display and a flashing alert.
  • Stock up on extra hearing aid batteries and protect them with a plastic bag.
  • Carry a pen and paper to help communicate with someone who does not know sign language.
  • Have access to TTY and/or VRS.

Tips For People Who Are Blind Or Have Low Vision

  • Make sure all assistive devices that depend on electricity or batteries are working and keep your batteries in a waterproof bag.
  • Keep an emergency supply kit in a backpack attached to your walker, wheelchair, or scooter.
  • Show others how to operate your motorized wheelchair, and have a lightweight manual chair available as a backup.
  • Keep an extra cane or walker.

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