Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:18 am

This is from the Office of the Governor Rick Perry
Committee on People with Disabilities

Please share.


Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs
A unique instructional video containing information specific to Americans with disabilities or other access and functional needs regarding emergency preparedness.



Video (captioned): Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs (FEMA)
•VIDEO" http://www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/7028
•Transcript http://www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_ ... ripts/6509

Additional Resources:
•Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities (American Red Cross) http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_Cu ... _A4497.pdf
•Prepare For Emergencies Now: Information For People With Disabilities (Ready.gov) http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/file ... ties_1.pdf
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby rnmm » Wed Aug 29, 2012 3:52 pm

Such wonderful information here. Thank you Emmy for taking the time to put this together!! It's awesome!!!!!!
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:14 pm

Thank you for taking the time to notice. ♥
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Stormrider » Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:18 am

Keep that good preparedness info coming! Thanks! :)
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:25 am

Thank you Stormrider. If you or anyone you know, knows people with disabilties, please direct them to this
little blog. Thank you.

Its been a long week and all our prayers have gone to LA/MS as they have taken a real beating
from Isaac. :?

I hope those with disabilities got out, especially of the low lying areas- they did have mandatory
evac. orders, but, like here, there were those who stayed and had to be rescued.
(I truly believe there should be a charge for that..but thats not what this forum is about)

Next topic will be: What will my plan look like? What we will create, will be good for ALL emergencies,
not just hurricane planning.
I started with EVACUATION due to Isaac and thought it a good example to use.


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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Stormrider » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:33 am

Texas Pirate, I've been reading/hearing reports that several nuring homes have had to be evacuated in the midst of Isaac's land fall. I don't know the circumstances, but given the fact that the NHC warned of the storm surge and rainfall potential of a slow moving Isaac, should not the call to evacuate have been made sooner?
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:19 pm

On Monday the 27th of August on this little blog I stated that those with disabilities in NOLA get the hell out of dodge.
Of course, I'm a little voice but I do know which way the wind blows.
Also stated on this site, I told people that if you support a loved one's decision to go in a nursing home/assisted living place, make sure YOU SEE the emergency plans that home has in place. Dont rely on "yeah we got one" (shuffle paper, shuffle paper) DEMAND to see it. Tell your Mom/Dad/family member what would happen in an emergency situation, if you yourself can't be there to get them. Work that plan with them so they understand.

Our nursing homes/assissted living centers fail our loved ones many times. No all, but I've run enough fires with the RC and the Ike aftermath to tell you, we aint up to code. I had not heard of the evacuation of the nursing home you question me about, but trust me, I am NOT surprised at all.

Getting back to your question: did I think the NHC made the right call?
Here's from a government official:
The floodwaters “were shockingly fast-rising, from what I understand from talking to people,” Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said. “It caught everybody by surprise.” REALLY? Who failed in that communication to tell their citizens that no matter a TS or Cat 1 and living in a soup bowl, this couldn't happen?
NHC was ALL over this puppy. Yes, I know they were told to "hunker down" (GOD I HATE THAT WORD), but
the vulnerable are living in the fish bowl along with you and I. And even those who are non-disabled, who made a plan, needed to leave. LA/MS is a mess.

I know I am hearing many say "They should have called a cane sooner" (Even from our own beloved Dr. Neil Frank :D )
regardless, Gov. Jindahl began evaucations from the lower parishes when it was still a TS (Kudos, dude) although,
some didn't heed it - would those have heeded it had it been a cat 1? Remember there will always be Bubbas who feel
they have to protect their trucks than they end up tanking.....Pride and Ford Trucks goeth before a (water)fall.
NHC said over and over 'this is a rain maker...this is a rain maker....this is a rain maker" and if you live in the low lying areas,
"this is a rain maker" means you might end up swimming with the fishes. Jindahl and the low lying Parish leaders did evacuate as soon as possible, Mayor of NOLA told everyone to "shelter and place". Regardless, if you are vulnerable in a vulnerable landscape, GET OUT. Listen to what makes staying alive to YOU, count first and foremost.

Communication says lives. Heeding the warnings and being prepared will make the difference between leaving in time and staying alive and having only 90 minutes/panicking/and going into "survival mode" (as the dam story indicates)
Article : http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/30/us/weathe ... index.html

Hope this answered your questions, I know I prattle on but thanks for asking. I pray they are well if they were evacuated, and now safe.
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby rnmm » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:08 pm

We have talked a lot about what to do before and during a storm. I have thought about this for a couple of days now and did some research and found these links I thought would be helpful AFTER the storm has passed, however some of them can be used before and during as well. If there is a list like this one already, please feel free to delete this post. I sit here and look at the devastation in Louisiana and it just overwhelms me. I hope someone, somewhere will find these links helpful. I know some of them may only pertain to a specific state or location, but it might give folks in other states an idea of where to start in their area.

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs:

http://www.tdhca.state.tx.us/disaster-r ... /index.htm

JFS of Broward County:

http://www.jfsbroward.org/hurricane_support

United Way of Miami-Dade:

http://www.unitedwaymiami.org/WhatWeDo/ ... ahurricane

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Agency:

http://www.weready.org/hurricane/index. ... 3&Itemid=3

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:14 pm

Nicole - thank you. This is fantastic!
I appreciate you adding to this... :D
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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:55 am

Well, last night the NHC issued its last statement on Isaac. Be gone.
The statements are over, but the clean up is just beginning.
Every hurricane has its own personality and brings with it, its own problems.
They show us, time and time again, the weaknesses & strengths within our infrastructures,
& our planning, both personally and for the population at large.
We plan for the worst, and hope for the best,as the saying goes.

What did we learn? Evacuations were given for low lying Parishes, some heeded, some didn't
and of course, they had to be rescued.

(Transportation for the disabled and disadvantage is something
that is being highlighted in many articles that I read on EP. Lookin for solutions)

NOLA sheltered and place and GOT THRU IT! YAY NOLA. Many of my friends there were prepared
for outages, etc. They are safe. NOLA was spared the "worst" of it.
MS was ravaged. Many didn't expect the rising waters to come up so fast. Really?
(Communication issues)

Another situation was that a dam was about to break and residents had literally 90 minutes
to leave. 90 minutes. Chilling huh? Could YOU do that? No one could have predictated that, but
as said, hurricanes bring their own issues.

Today, we will begin to get our plan together. Having an emergency plan isn't just for hurricanes, although here
on the coast it is foremost on our minds. Last summer, Texas suffered the worst fires in history, especially
for our friends in the hill country. An emergency is anything that DISRUPTS our "normal" living, they can come up quickly or give us warning (like canes) Tornadoes can whip up during a thunderstorm and in seconds destroy your "normal"living situation.
This is why we will start our plan today.

What I tell the community -regardless if you yourself are disabled, have a family/friend who is or work with people with disabilities..everyone needs a plan. Let's begin: Buy a safety box. This will be your new best friend. Place it where you could grab it in a moments notice. Emergency situations sometimes leave us in a panic, where we can't think straight, but this safety WILL think for you. Panicking is hazardous to your health. But we will be prepared to the best of our abilitie:

1) Make a copy of all important papers: SS cards, drivers licenses, insurance card, insurance for your home, passport, credit cards, medical information for you and your family. In case you lose any of the above information in a sudden situation or maybe even robbery, YOU have your information that you would need to INDENTIFY yourself/family member/friend. Remember emergencies arent' planned, but YOU gotta be. You can either stash the stuff in your SAFETY BOX (copy #1) and if you make 2 copies: send it to a person you trust (outside a flood zone perferably). My son has all my info. He lives up north in snowville.
And I dont think this needed to be said, but your ss card, insurance papers, passports, medical information should be in the box WITH your copies WHEN and IF you evacuate. Yeah I knew you knew that. :D


2) You could also WRITE your info down (or after you're finished put it all on a a USB) for you and your family. Its not hard. In an emergency, sometimes we forget our own names :lol: Pull out the sheet (each one for the family) and voila you dont have too worry. This is also in your safety box

On this sheet you will write/type/either place in safety box or put on usb and put THAT in the box:

Name/Address/City/Zip/Phone numbers/medical information/medical needs/allergies/dr information/YOUR NEEDS/
Vet info (if you have a service animal) and any other information you may want to put on your emergency information.
Again, if something were to happen, you have all the information. If something were to happen, someone ELSE may
have the information to help YOU/OTHERS through.

Storing MEDS: In your safety box you will have a box of ziplocs.
You will label each ziploc bag the name of the person and the meds.
Nothing like confusion if several members are on meds in the family and you cant tell who takes the green
or who takes the orange....You could prep this quite easily and in a cane situation, you would have a bit of time.
Do NOT throw all the meds into ONE box without proper labeling and information (how many times taken, etc etc)
Even if its on the script on the bottle - LABEL everything on the ziploc.

You will also have Refill Prescriptions in case you do evacuate and end up in Austin, San Antonio,Aunt Ruby's home.
Nowadays, doctors are very good at giving the script in the summer, ahead of any potential cane disaster.
I think Walgreens gives 90 days worth of meds...need to check that one out for y'all.

I named my safety box "Rita on the Run" :o ...anyone who lived through that understands and no need
to explain why I named the box, Rita.

I hope this helped.

If you have anything to ADD from your own experience OR just want to add, PLEASE DO SO.

"because you're disabled, you dont' have to be a victim."™
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