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Make a Plan

  • Be prepared and have a Disaster Supply Kit
  • Sign up for CodeRED
  • Sign up for the Disaster Medical Support Registry
  • Be ready to explain to first responders your need to evacuate and what your special needs are.
  • Plan ahead for accessible transportation for evacuation or getting to a medical clinic.
  • Have a support network of family, friends, or neighbors. Make sure they know where you keep your emergency supplies.
  • If you are dependent on dialysis or other life-sustaining treatment, know the location and availability of more than one facility. Talk to your provider about a plan to continue your treatment in the event of a disaster.
  • If you use medical equipment that requires electricity, talk to your provider about how to prepare for a power outage. Consider having a generator. Ensure you know the brand and model number of your equipment in case you need to replace it.
  • Wear your medical alert tags or bracelets if you have one.
  • Plan for children with disabilities and people who may have difficulties in an unfamiliar or chaotic environment.

Keep additional items ready for disasters

  • At least a week-long supply of prescriptions with a list of all your medications, dosages, and allergies
  • Extra glasses, hearing aid batteries, wheelchair batteries, oxygen
  • The model and serial number of medical devices
  • Copies of insurance and Medicare cards
  • Contact information for doctors and relatives who should be notified if you’re hurt
  • Supplies for your service animal (if applicable)

Tips for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  • Add a weather radio with text display and a flashing alert to your disaster kit
  • Include extra hearing-aid batteries in your kit

Tips for the blind or those with Low Vision

  • Mark emergency supplies with Braille labels or large print.
  • Keep communication devices for your particular needs with your supply kit.

Tips for Speech Disabilities

  • If you use a communications device, plan how you will evacuate with it or how to replace the equipment if it is lost of destroyed. Know the model information.
  • Plan how to communicate with others if your equipment is not working.

Tips for those with Mobility Disabilities

  • If you use a power wheelchair, have a lightweight manual chair available as a backup. Have an extra battery for your power wheelchair.
  • Show others how to operate your wheelchair.
  • Have a portable air pump and patch kit if your tires are not puncture-proof.
  • Have an extra cane or walker if you use one.
  • Have an extra seat cushion, if you use one.

Tips for Individuals with Sensory Disabilities

  • Have a handheld electronic device (with charger) with movies and games in your supply kit.
  • Have a small pop-up tent or sheets and twine to decrease visual stimulation in a busy area.
  • Have headphones in your supply kit to decrease auditory distractions.
  • Bring comfort snacks if you have to evacuate.
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