How to Address the Functional Needs of People with Disabilities During an Evacuation

During a disaster, it is essential that people with disabilities receive proper care, as well as individuals with certain medical conditions.

  • If an individual is dependent upon medications, equipment or has special dietary needs, plan to bring those items with you. Documentation about insurance and medical conditions should also accompany the person.
  • Transportation available to the general public during an emergency evacuation may not be suitable for people with disabilities. Plan ahead for their transportation.
  • Some people with disabilities are easily upset and stressed by sudden and frightening changes. Your plans should ensure that a caregiver or trusted family member is able to stay with them at all times during an evacuation.

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