DAC is working with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in addition to other local emergency preparedness resources to help you be prepared in the case of an emergency or natural disaster.
Disability intersects every demographic group. There are people with disabilities of all ages, races, genders and national origins. And disabilities can impact a person in a variety of ways—both visible and invisible. For people with disabilities and their families, it is important to consider individual circumstances and needs to effectively prepare for emergencies and disasters.
Steps to be prepared:
There are four steps you can take to be prepared for disasters: Stay Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, Get Involved:
Stay informed. Know what types of disasters impact your area. Sign up for emergency alerts. Pay attention to emergency broadcasts. Knowing when and how to evacuate and where to go to shelter can save your life.
Make a plan. Talk with your family or roommates. Discuss how you’ll evacuate or shelter in place. Decide how you’ll communicate if disaster hits when you’re not home.
Build a kit. Think about more than just food, water, and clothing. People with disabilities should consider the items they use on a daily basis, as well as life-sustaining items such as medications or batteries for assistive devices.
Get Involved. Visit FEMA’s website to learn more about how you can prepare yourself or others in the case of an emergency.