"Emergency preparedness is not "one size fits all." Each of us is different, and emergency plans should be tailored to meet specific needs. People with disabilities, communities, and public health professionals can work together to be prepared.
Here are some general tips for people with disabilities, communities and emergency managers:
- Those who take medications should keep an adequate supply on hand, along with copies of their prescriptions.
- People who need power for medical or other assistive devices should keep extra sets of batteries, and consider a generator for home use if a power outage may jeopardize health or safety.
- People with dietary needs should have an emergency food supply.
- Emergency managers can send emergency alerts and warnings in an accessible form for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Prepare for service animals. People with service animals should make sure they have an emergency kit for their service animals. Local shelters are required by law to admit service animals during emergencies..."