How to Prepare for an Emergency or Disaster for People with Disabilities and How to Get Help in the Aftermath
Published by New Horizons Un-Limited
This guide, written by New Horizons Un-Limited staff, provides information on how to prepare for an emergency or natural disaster for people with disabilities, safety during the disaster, how to get help and who to turn to during and in the aftermath of the disaster. Many of the resources are general disaster resources.
This guide, written by New Horizons Un-Limited staff, provides information on how to assist in an emergency or disaster concerning people with disabilities, including providing assistance through disaster relief organizations serving people with disabilities, safe ways to give, tax exemtion on giving and tips on giving for national or international disaster relief
This guide is written by NHU staff as part of the curriculum for our Access Technology Initiative Computer Training and Workshops.
This guide is written by our staff at New Horizons Un-Limited. Practicing safety begins in the home. People with disabilities often face challenges in balance, mobility, hearing, vision, and endurance that can affect their ability to live independently in the home. Keeping your home safe becomes even more important when faced with these challenges. Falls can cause broken bones or have an effect on your health that can lead to losing your ability to live independently. As there are many people and caregivers that face this issue, we are including this guide in the hope it will benefit our readers.
This guide is written by our staff at New Horizons Un-Limited. Stay safe and warm this winter with these tips.
This guide by Agingcare.com provides How to learn about Potential Threats, Locate Community Resources, Plan Escape Routes, Establish a Communication Plan, Make an Emergency Kit and a great checklist, Make Emergency Contact Cards and copies of important papers, Learn CPR, Check Fire Extinguishers, and consider your special needs.
This guide is published by the American Redcross and offers specific advice for people with disabilities on the prevention of carbon monoxide poison.
This article is written by Douglas Lathrop, Mainstream Magazine, November, 1994. Although some individuals with disabilities may be better prepared in an emergency, others may not. The article discusses some of the challenges people with disabilities may face in an emergency such as failure of electrical power, which has serious and possibly dangerous repercussions for those dependant on motorized wheelchairs, respirators, and other pieces of equipment, the inaccessibility of shelters, and how to best help oneself in a disastor.
This guide is by June Isaacson Kailes and is developed at the Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions (CDIHP) at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, announces a 36 page guide to help people with disabilities be better prepared for large or small-scale emergencies. The guide's focus helps people with disabilities take responsibility for their own safety during emergencies and evacuations and work effectively with first responders.
by Carl T. Cameron, Ph.D. (1999) Inclusion Incorporated (Microsoft Word Document) this article includes suggestions for personnel involved in emergency planning for people with disabilities and identifying them, what is required to meet their needs in an emergency and what to do.
by the Disability Preparedness Center, Washington, DC, this guide is for the individual with disabilities to get started on protecting oneself in ones own home. This guide includes a checklist of getting information, planning and preparing for an emergency at home.
Decreased mobility, sight, hearing or cognitive capabilities may limit a person's ability to take the quick action necessary to escape during a fire emergency. This guide will give you ideas on how to prepare with these disabilities. People over the age of 65 are twice as likely to suffer injuries or lose their lives in fires compared to the population-at-large, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Emergency Resources from Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
This guide on the Muscular Dystrophy Association website provides Emergency Preparedness and Checklist for persons with neuromuscular disease. It includes general resources from FEMA, Red Cross and other agencies as well as help from MDA.
This resource guide is by Alarms.org, the official site of the National Council for Home Safety and Security. The guide reviews the steps that can be taken to create a safe living area for seniors, but can be applied for people with disabilities as well, discusses how technology can assist, and how to gauge the warning signs that indicate an entirely different approach may be necessary. It concludes with a list of resources for additional information on safety at home.
FCC and FEMA: Have constructed an article "How to Communicate Before, During and After a Major Disaster" that gives some precautions to use before a disaster. They list precautions and how to prepare your home phone and or cell phone. They list precautions and suggestions on how to reach family members, friends, and emergency services.
This brochure is compiled by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA and the American Red Cross for people with disabilities and special needs on what to do before, during and after disasters, power outages, fires, floods, hurricanes, nuclear power plan accidents, tornados, tsunamis, volcanoes, winter storms and very cold or very hot weather. The guide provides information and checklists on getting prepared, evacuation, communication, making a plan and what to do during the disaster.
The British Columbia, Canada, publishes tips on fire safety.
The United Kingdom offers a guide on fire safety for people with disabilities. Be sure to translate information, if you are viewing from another country.
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