Is your family prepared for hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados or floods?
If you’re a Veteran receiving VA health care, do you have enough medication if your current supply ran out and you couldn’t get to the drug store or your VA medical center?
September 2013 marks the tenth annual National Preparedness Month. VA and FEMA want to help you be ready…for anything and everything.
There are great checklists online at Ready.gov. Many Veterans have found that their kids and grandkids love having this as a project, for school or just for your family.
In addition to your prescription medicines:
Emergency preparedness is no longer the sole concern of earthquake prone Californians and those who live in the middle part of the country known as ”Tornado Alley.“ For Americans, preparedness must now account for man-made disasters as well as natural ones. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency.
Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government.
Being prepared may make all the difference when seconds count.
In addition to Ready.gov’s recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit, people with disabilities and other access and functional needs may wish to consider the following in their preparations.
A special section of the Ready.gov website is dedicated to people with disabilities.
Now is the time to plan ahead for what you may need to stay safe, healthy, informed, mobile and independent during a disaster. Remember that a disaster may require sheltering-in-place at home or evacuating to an emergency shelter or other form of temporary housing.
As you prepare, consider all the strategies, services, devices, tools and techniques you use to live with a disability on a daily basis.
Consider family, neighbors, friends, people who provide services to you, faith-based and community groups. Tell these people where you keep your emergency supplies. Give at least one member of your support network a key to your house or apartment.
If you receive dialysis or other life sustaining medical treatment, identify the location and availability of more than one facility and work with your provider to develop your personal emergency plan. Show others how to operate your wheelchair or other assistive devices.
Keep in mind that during an emergency, you may need to explain to first responders and emergency officials that you need to evacuate and shelter with your family, service animal, caregiver, or personal assistance provider so they can provide the support you need to maintain your health, safety and independence.
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance:
Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:
Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:
Again, Ready.gov is a vast library of information (in 13 languages!). Check it out! Print it out! Tape it up inside your kitchen cabinets! You never know when you may need it.