Prepare

 

Emergencies and disasters can strike quickly and without warning and can force you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home.

 

Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away.

 

What would you do if basic services – water, gas, electricity or telephones – were cut off?

 

You are in the best position to plan for your own safety as you are best able to know your functional abilities and possible needs during and after an emergency or disaster situation. You can cope with disaster by preparing in advance with your family and care attendants.

 

Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility.

 

 

 

This information was adapted from a FEMA & Red Cross booklet: Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs