Individuals with Special Needs

May be extremely reluctant to leave familiar surroundings when the request for evacuation comes from a stranger. A guide dog could become confused or disoriented in a disaster. People who are blind or partially sighted may have to depend on others to lead them, as well as their dog, to safety during a disaster.

Disability / Special Need

Visually Impaired

Hearing Impaired

Mobility Impaired

Non-English Speaking Persons

People With Medical Conditions

People With Mental Disability

Additional Steps

May need to make special arrangements to receive warnings.

May need special assistance to get to a shelter.

May need assistance planning for and responding to emergencies. Community and cultural groups may be able to help keep people informed.

Should know the location and availability of more than one facility if dependent on a dialysis machine or other life-sustaining equipment or treatment.

May need help responding to emergencies and getting to a shelter.

May want to be registered in the Alzheimer's Association Safe Return Program