When it comes to preparing for emergencies, people who are disabled will need additional planning and preparation in order to survive potential disasters. For anyone preparing for disasters, you should be prepared to live on your own for at least 72 hours until help arrives. However, for those who have some type of disability, you will need to modify your survival kits in order to accommodate your particular needs.
An emergency survival kit is more than just a pack of food, water and medical supplies. It is a comprehensive plan that dictates that actions you take in case disaster strikes. This means creating a plan of action that takes into account your disabilities and maximizes your chances for survival.
The first step is finding out what emergency response is in your community and what to expect depending on the level of disaster that takes place. Virtually all communities have some type of warning system in place, phone numbers to contact emergency personnel, and shelters in case your residence is not suitable to stay.
Now that you know where the emergency services are, the next step is how to move out of your location if necessary. This will mean talking to those who live with you and potentially your landlord to go over evacuation plans that meet your particular needs. If you do have to evacuate, everyone will know what to do which will make things go smoother and hopefully with fewer mistakes or misunderstandings.
While you may certainly have help, you will also need a plan in case no one is around. This will mean finding evacuation paths that accommodate your needs or if you are immobile having communication devices to call for help. Be sure to have the proper medical identification on you and having a phone with GPS capabilities helps as well.
This stays near you whether stuck at home or evacuating where you live. You will need to strike the right balance of having enough to survive at least 72 hours while still having it light enough to remain mobile. In no particular order your emergency kit should have the following items.
- Light Sources: Flashlight, lighter, candle, matches
- Phone, radio & batteries
- Basic first aid kit
- All necessary prescribed medications
- Water purifying tablets
- Personal hygiene items
- Change of clothes and shoes along with rain gear
- Sleep gear include sleeping bag and blanket
- ID and all important documents along with extra cash
You will also need all contact information in case you are ill or unable to properly respond. In addition, you will need any special equipment that is required by your disability. So, if you are travelling by wheelchair, then a few extra parts in case repairs are needed along with the right tools. While you may not be prepared for every eventuality, you should be covered for most situations.
The emergency survival kit for those who have disabilities should allow them to travel safe and be best prepared for all types of disasters.