Social Media Messages
Disability intersects every demographic group—there are people with disabilities of all ages, races, genders or national origin. 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.
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Social Media Messages
- Now is the time for people with disabilities to think about personal disaster preparedness. @FEMA suggests four steps you can take: Stay Informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, Get Involved.
- When building a kit, people with disabilities should consider the items they use daily, as well as life-sustaining items. www.ready.gov/disability
- Personal disaster preparedness for those who use a wheelchair from @FEMA: Add spare tires and an air compressor to your emergency kit to make sure you can stay mobile in the event of an emergency. https://youtu.be/ZJynUNkrKRg
- If you have a disability and use an electronic device to communicate, charge and keep back-up batteries in your emergency kit so you can converse with emergency responders and stay mobile.
- Personal disaster preparedness for those with vision loss from @FEMA: Make sure your plan includes the location of the nearest accessible public transportation, a hospital and emergency services. https://youtu.be/qRKTHhT_bcA
- Preparedness for people who are hard of hearing from @FEMA: Put a fully-charged portable cell phone charger in your kit so you can communicate in case of an emergency. https://youtu.be/oDDvOwuiVzc
- If you depend on Social Security or other regular benefits, switching to electronic payments is an easy way to protect yourself financially before disaster strikes. www.ready.gov/disability
- Create a support network of people who can help you in a disaster. Keep a contact list in a watertight container in your emergency kit or on your electronic devices. www.ready.gov/disability
- Plan ahead for accessible transportation that you may need for evacuation or getting around during or after disaster. www.ready.gov/disability
- Many city and county emergency management agencies maintain voluntary registries for people with disabilities to self-identify in order to receive targeted assistance during emergencies and disasters. Contact your local emergency management office to find out more.
- If you use medical equipment in your home that requires electricity, talk to your doctor or health care provider about how to keep it running during a power outage. You can also ask your power provider to put you on a list for priority power restoration.