For the millions of Americans who have disabilities,
emergencies can present unique challenges. Emergencies such as fires, floods and acts of terrorism present a real challenge; but preparation can and needs to be made.
The same challenge also applies
to the elderly and other special needs populations.
- In 2013, Spokane County reported that 5.5% of our children have a physical, mental, or sensory disability. (2015 Spokane Counts, Spokane Regional Health District)
- FEMA and the American Red Cross have prepared booklets to help people with disabilities prepare with an emergency plan to protect themselves, family, friends, personal care assistants and others in the support network in the event of an emergency. Post the plan where everyone will see it, keep a copy with you, and make sure everyone involved in your plan has a copy.
FEMA: "Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs"
American Red Cross: "Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities."
This booklet can help you organize a personal disaster plan, and includes plans for the care of service animals and/or pets during a disaster. It contains information about disaster preparation for people with disabilities, relevant documents, checklists, guidelines, extra space to use to organize information and other materials.