According to a report from the Mayo Clinic, people with disabilities need to be prepared to quickly escape their homes in the event of emergencies such as fires, floods, tornadoes and hurricanes, however preparations for people with disabilities are more complicated than those for able-bodied people.
Lessons learned during Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters show persons with disabilities need to consider a number of different factors, such as identifying who is in their support system, special transportation needs and what supplies to include in their emergency-preparedness kits. MedicAlert memberships, services, and medical IDs can help organize your family's information and facilitate an emergency response plan.
Mayo Clinic Experts offer the following tips for people with disabilities:
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has more about emergency planning and preparedness for people with special needs.
MedicAlert Foundation® is more than a medical ID - we are the most dependable, responsive, intelligent, and trusted emergency support network.