Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:43 pm

I got a great email from somone on another forum
and thought it would go well with this thread on Evacuation!

Its also a concern that comes up when I speak with varying groups.
I can, with her permission, use her email (and concern) and maybe it's yours too.

Dear Pirate (Love your name ha ha)

I recently moved to the Clear Lake area and its a MAJOR evac. area
The water gives that one away! My name is (R.S.) and I have a disability. I have ----------.
My family lives outside Katy. I will leave and stay with them if anything happens so I am so lucky
that way. But, here is my concern. If I leave, I am afraid I wont be able to get back to my home.
My neighbor said that her sister couldn't get back into Seabrook after Ike. If it takes forever to get back
I might want to stay. What do you think?
Thanks for the great insights and suggestions

Dear R.S.
Woohoo advice from a neighbor about her sister who says.....
Seabrook had two gas leaks and didn't want people returning b/c all it would take is one person
to light a match and KABOOM...you get that picture right? Safety first. Even with upset citizens.
Your house wouldn't look very pretty after that, would it?

Everyone wants to get back to their homes asap. Assess the damage, get back to normal asap.
No one wants to hang out in shelters and trust me people who work shelters also have the same concerns
if they are residents in the area. Also, as kind as it was for Aunt Ruby and Uncle Fred to put you up
for a week (to save your life), you want your own home. Everyone can relate.

HOWEVER...(you knew this was coming) IF your area can not support YOUR independant life style,
dangerous conditions exist (no electricity, severe damage to area, gas leaks, no safe water)
Do you REALLY want to be there? No. Trust me. Snakes and alligators too - oh boy!
Also would be able to get to hubs for ice/water/food if you needed it?
Remember, grocery stores may be closed for a bit.
Is your home itself safe for re-entry?
Once you can get back: chances are you may still need to use a generator, bottled water and your
other essential supplies.
We have to wait for the all clear (as far as gas leaks, and other dangerous situations) so we remain safe and sane. In the long run, it truly makes sense.
I hope this helped you R.S. and I so thank you for the mail. I hope you enjoy Clear Lake area.

"Because your disabled, you dont have to be a victim"™
Texas Pirate

Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:45 am

Prayers UP for all in the path of Isaac.
IF this WERE headed this way, THIS would be the time we stay ALERT and AWARE
and begin our plans of either evaucation or truly getting our supplies, etc.
(You should already have your meds/important papers gathered)

I hope the disability communities throughout FLORIDA are aware and prepared.
SHELTERS are beginning to open - beginning in the KEYS.
First shelters will be opening within hours in the Keys. Key West HS, Sugarloaf School, Switlik School in Marathon, Coral Shores HS in Islamorada. If you know any friends/family there
you might want to call and check up on them.

Red Cross will be opening shelters throughout Florida as Isaac gets closer.
I pray y'all well through the storm, Florida.

"Because your disabled, you dont have to be a victim"™
Texas Pirate

Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:04 pm

Ahoy Friends- I hope you have been keeping an eye on Isaac.
As of Sunday (8/26) he is still a Tropical Storm and giving Key West fits.
Shelters are open/evacuations going on throughout the area.

So, you say, what does THAT have to do with US?
Glad you asked - some of the latest weather models (who are reliable)
are beginning to shift ISAAC west. Yes, west.
One model puts it as a MAJOR CANE in NOLA (putting Houston in the "cone" or at least TX.LA more
under the gun)
one models puts it East of NOLA to Florida. (we would be out of the "cone")
Clear as mud huh?
It's Mother Nature who will be the definitive and we mustn't let our guard down yet.

NOW is the time for us to REVIEW our plans.
Go over evaucation plans /start THINKING about decisions: (Hello, Aunt Ruby? ....) just sayin.
Make sure we have the supplies we need
Any other supplies you may need to keep you up and running/surviving
Important papers (insurance/medical/personal information)

Later on tonight, I will come back and putup a supply list
what to take if you evaucate/what you need if you *cough* "hunker down)
(Did I tell you how I despise that word?)

Just giving y'all a little heads up and lets start monitoring that weather.
Hope this helps.
You can always PM me if you have any questions.. :D .

"because you're disabled, you don't have to be a victim"
Texas Pirate

Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:06 pm

Lets use this statement from NOLA regarding ISAAC as an example of what WE would do
IF this were us:

State of Emergency declared in New Orleans. New Orleans Mayor planning for shelter in place event verses evacuation for the moment. Advising all residents to prepare.

{They declare the State of Emergency so they can get HELP asap.}

At this point the mayor is saying he wants his residents to...no I'm not gonna say those words "stay in place"
There are no shelters available so everyone just stay put.
YOU make the decision as to what is BEST for you in your situation.
If your plans are to leave and stay with family/friends- so do so.
YOU know what works for you, a family member, better than anyone else.
You could decide you want to get out before the storm hits
(Isaac is EXPECTED to make landfall anywhere from Wed/Thursday, but I dont speak for
Mother Nature- you got to monitor. And we still dont have a definitive as to where....

IF you decide to stay in place, these are some of the supplies you will need
(This is from this forum but I have added a few from my own experiences)

Your important papers/meds in a safety box
Food for your pets

Red Cross list also: http://images.bimedia.net/documents/Hur ... sGuide.pdf

Hurricane Kit/Ride Out Items
1. Flashlight(s),
2. Extra bulbs for flashlights / lanterns/candles
3. Collapsible water containers (enough for 7 days at 1 gal/day per person)
4. Portable radio and/or TV
5. Weather radio A MUST!!!!!! There are wx radios now available for the deaf community.
6. At least 2 sets of extra batteries for all electronic devices
7 First aid kit
8 batteries - tons of them.
9. Toolkit - hammer, screw drivers, pliers and assorted nails/screws
10. Fire extinguisher (ABC type)
11. Manual can opener
12. Battery-operated fan
13. Duct tape
14. Blue tarp (15x20ft) and 100ft rope or cord
15. Gloves
16. Eye protection glasses
18. Automobile power inverter
19. Rain gear (poncho/raincoat)
20. Matches / lighter
21. Pocket knife/multi-tool
22. Plastic garbage bags
23. 5-gal gas cans (2-4) for car/generator WITH funnel (if needed)
24. Disposable camera
25. Battery-powered alarm clock (can use cell phone)
26. Outdoor extension cords (2-3 50ft)
27. Small window AC unit
28. Generator 29. Whistle
30. Plastic sheeting
31. Tree saw / axe / hatchet

Personal Items:
1. Prescription medications (2-4 week supply)
2. Non-prescription drugs (aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever)
3. Mosquito repellent / sunscreen
4. Pet medications (2-4 week supply)
5. Pet cage (if traveling with pet)
6. Emergency phone numbers
7. Important documents (insurance/passports/Soc. Security card, medical records)
8. Home PC backup disks/drive
9. Moist wipes
10. $100-$300 in extra cash (small bills)
11. Extra set of car/house keys
12. Disposable diapers
13. Feminine supplies
14. Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap)
15. Toys/games for kids (deck of cards)
16. Disinfectives - such as lysol, etc.
Food / Water:
1. Water – 1-2 gal/person for 7 days
2. Nonperishable food – enough for 7 days
a. Peanut butter
b. Bread
c. Canned goods (fruit/vegetables/soup/meat/tuna/beans)
d. Dried fruit
e. Powdered milk
f. Energy bars / breakfast bars
g. Snacks (cookies / crackers / chips / nuts / candy)
h. Boxed juices / energy drinks
i. Cereals
j. Dry & canned pet food
k. Baby formula
3. Camp stove and extra fuel
4. Ice chest(s)
5. Waterless soap
6. Extra charcoal/propane for BBQ pit
7. Disposable plates/cups/utensils/napkins
8. Salt/pepper/sugar
9. Aluminum foil
10. Garbage bags
11. Your favorite comfort foods

I hope this is helpful. NO ONE has commented, but I'm sure people are reading :-)
"because you're disabled, you don't have to be a victim" ™
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Andrew » Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:16 pm

Don't worry we are reading it. Thank you again for all the support and information you have provided us all. If Isaac does affect this area I am sure a lot more people will be checking this page.
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:41 pm

Thank you Andrew I appreciate your feedback.

This just came in:
MANDATORY evacuation for residents of Grand Isle, LA starts 10am Monday

I'm so happy Louisiana is on the ball. Considering this week, is the 7th anniversary of Katrina.
We have learned so much, sadly at so many people's expense and lives.
The disability community does NOT have to be victims this time. NO WAY! :cry:
Kudos to LA. But YOU need to step up.

If this WERE us: And hopeful this IS what the disability community is doing now:

This is THE time for those (especially the community) to gather
ALL your important stuff - and get ready to MOVE....
call your friends/family and tell them "guess who's coming to dinner...and breakfast...and lunch..."

You will take:
Your meds/important papers/doctors information/pillows/blankets/sheets/towels/hygeine products for you and if you have a family, them/
pet food/vet information if you have it for your pets/water/food/batteries/cell phone/anything essential pertaining
to your SURVIVAL and HEALTH.

No matter where you go for safety (friends/family home or maybe perhaps shelter:)
CALL someone you know and tell them WHERE YOU ARE. Even if you're at friends/family
you may have a family member OUTSIDE of the state who may worry about you.

You will wait it out til the "all clear"

To Louisiana and all points EAST (as of this time/date)
God Bless Y'all...I pray you well thru the storm if it does come your way.
AND...please stay safe.

I hope this information helps.

"because you're disabled, you don't have to be a victim"™
Texas Pirate

Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:46 am

TWC map has SE TX under an "AWARE" alert

This means we must begin to truly monitor Isaac in the next 48 hours
We wont have much time to gather our supplies if this TRULY does go to west of NOLA.
REMEMBER: we dont have to get a DIRECT hit, to feel the affects of this storm.

I dont know how to post pictures, or I'd show you the TWC map.
Texas Pirate

Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:28 pm

Good Monday morning - I'm sure many of us weather watchers are weary after
staying up the majority of the night watching Isaac. Yes, its a life.

What I want to say is this: NOLA mayor has stated that the residents are to "shelter and place"
(YAY he didn't say HUNKER) There are, at this time, NO LAST RESORT SHELTERS available.

Let me say this about that:
LEAVE! IF you are dependant on electricity/power to keep you alive and up and running
LEAVE....NOW. LEAVE. Get the hell out of dodge.

Even if Isaac doesn't take a direct hit on NOLA (the soup bowl), it is a RAINMAKER
and a large one at that. Power outages will be certain. Flooding, yeah definitely.

Please. Get ready.

I hope this helped.
Praying for all.

"Because you are disabled, you don't have to be a victim.™

Supply list: RED CROSS

http://images.bimedia.net/documents/Hur ... sGuide.pdf
Texas Pirate

Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:25 pm

To our community across the Gulf Coast
please find emergency information thru this link:

Stay safe.

http://www.weather.com/news/gulf-coast- ... e-20120827
Texas Pirate

Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:28 pm

Throughout SEPTEMBER you can receive a


To qualify, residents must live in Houston, have a low or fixed income and substantial hearing loss.

email: mopdmail@houstontx.gov

The life you save will be your own.

Tell em Texaspirate sent ya! :D

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Texas Pirate


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