People with Visual Disabilities

  • If you use a cane, keep a spare cane with you to help you maneuver around obstacles and hazards.
  • Service animals may become confused, panicked, frightened, or disoriented during and after an emergency. Keep them securely leashed, harnessed, or confined. Be prepared to use alternate ways to negotiate your environment.
  • Ask to have the television and displays of news announced slowly and repeated frequently for those who cannot read the screen.

People with Hearing Disabilities

  • If possible, have extra batteries for hearing aids and implants, and light phone signaler available.
  • Determine how you will communicate with emergency personnel if there is no interpreter or if you do not have your hearing aids. Keep paper and pens on you for this purpose.
  • Consider carrying a pre-printed copy of important messages with you, such as “I speak American Sign Language (ASL) and need an ASL interpreter. I do not write or read English.”

People with Mobility Disabilities

  • Store needed mobility aids (canes, crutches, walkers, wheel chairs) close to you.
  • Keep a pair of heavy gloves with you to use while wheeling or making your way over glass or debris.
  • If you use a motorized wheelchair or scooter, consider having an extra battery available.
  • If your chair does not have puncture proof tires, keep a patch kit or can of “seal-in-air product” for repairs.
  • If you spend time above the first floor of a building, plan and practice using alternative methods of evacuation. Enlist the help of a buddy.
  • If you cannot use stairs, discuss lifting and carrying techniques that work for you.
  • It is important to discuss the safest way to transport you if you need to be carried, alert helpers of any areas of vulnerability.

People with Medical Needs

  • Maintain a list of all of your medications: name of medication, dose, frequency, and the name of the prescribing doctor.
  • Keep an extra day supply of any medical supplies you need.
  • If you use oxygen, maintain an emergency supply (enough for at least a day).
  • Keep an emergency bag packed at all times that contains your medication list, medical supplies, and copies of vital medical papers.