People with Medical Needs, Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs
Everyone needs to know and follow the basic steps for disaster preparedness:
1. Be informed of the types of disasters that are common in our area. In Santa Clara County, sign up for warnings and notifications at AlertSCC.
2. Make a plan as to how you would communicate with family and friends and where to meet.
3. Buy or put together an emergency kit.
People with disabilities or medical needs may need to take additional steps to be prepared. Ready.gov’s page for Individuals with Disabilities has many helpful tips applicable to all persons with disabilities such as: create a support network, keep copies of all medical and health information in your go-bag, etc. It also has tips for specific disabilities such as vision, hearing or mobility impairment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and No Person Left Behind are great resources for emergency preparedness for specific medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer, asthma, oxygen-dependent and other. Many other organizations such as the Autism Society , the Alzheimer’s Association and the Parkinson’s Association provide condition-specific emergency preparedness tips for those populations. Contact us, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you need help finding a resource.
PEOPLE WITH MEDICAL NEEDS, DISABILITIES AND OTHER ACCESS OR FUNCTIONAL NEEDS