Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:07 pm

Okay, so I flip on CNN and lo and behold there is a story that I'm MORE than happy to share on this forum.

Placquemine Parish. Retired Marine Colonel and his wife who is a wheelchair user and in declining health.

So, whats your first thought (OR SHOULD BE) Yeah, they listened to the weather reports and HEEDED the
evacuation notice to GET THE HELL OUT. Right? I wish.
They stayed thinking they could "RIDE IT OUT". *sigh*
Isaac roared, the water soared. They HAD to get out. The man, makes it to his truck with his wife in the wheelchair.
And guess what.....(pausing for you to answer) THEY GOT STUCK.
Water began to rise. They called 911 (holding tongue ...not gonna say it) and of course 911 says
"Nothing we can do at this point, STAY IN YOUR TRUCK".

Hmmm. where is all that rushing water going to go? IN THE TRUCK? you say. "RIGHT>"
The retired Marine Colonel had to grab his wife and somehow SWIM to safety.
Hypothermia began to set it.

(This is called you're in survival mode...and could be Sh** out of luck)
He spies some dry land and anchors his wife.
He has to LEAVE HER to find help.

IS this making you sick yet? Made me want to puke. Sorry, it did.

Fortunately when he returned with help, she was still alive, and they got to safety.

Rob Marciano of CNN asked the Retired Marine Colonel
"What do you want to say?"
"Well" says the Marine Colonel "Other than I"m glad we are both here alive to say it. I SHOULD HAVE

badabing....Ya think?
No one to blame but poor planning (NO PLANNING) and bad decision making by this couple.
They got lucky.


I'll find the story to post it when its on the CNN website. Its a doozy.
"Because you're disabled, you DONT have to be a victim"™
Texas Pirate

Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:53 pm

Another sad story of victims. Elderly couple in need of assistance who wouldn't leave
Braithwaite, LA.
I think I"ve made my point.

http://cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bes ... s.cnn.html
Texas Pirate

Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:42 am

Its been a week since Isaac slowly roared through Lousiana/Mississippi
and is still wrecking havoc in the mid section of the country. (Good for the drought striken areas, if there
is an upside to any of this)

My friends in NOLA made it through and got their electricity back finally today - the 2nd of September.
Food was delivered to them, but frankly, they ran out of food and water - and they ARE people who
There are still many who are without electricity outside of the NOLA area.

I did hear of some complaints from various people in the NOLA area, that the worst they did suffer was
lack of electricity- no A/C and running out of their food supply. They did have help in the form of
several organizations bringing food to neighborhoods, etc. Cant have enough peanut butter and jelly. Or water.
If you think you have too much, buy more and store.
30 hours of straight rain and winds. I hope those with disabilities that depend on
electricity had generators or went to shelters. I have heard only a smattering of complaints that
certain shelters were not accessible, but overall the news was good on that front.
There is one organization I am very familiar with that is already helping "special needs" shelters in MS.
And reaching out to individuals with disabilities around the MS area.
And FEMA is actually showing up ON TIME when they say they will. Dayum.... :D

Now, if you've been keeping up with the evacuations - they are still ongoing.
People still being put on busses to shelter and when the water recedes, electricity turned back on
and the "all clear" is sounded, they will come back. Anxious moments.
Its a distruption and the thought of not knowing if you will even have a home to come
too is foremost on everyone's mind. But their lives are saved.

Over and over again I heard "I didn't know it was gonna be this bad"
You don't. Rivers overflow and dams threaten to break... Every hurricane brings its own personality. Because you or your Uncle Bubba survived hurricane X
doesn't mean you can withstand hurricane Y. Nature doesn't run that way. But you should. Especially if you
live under the sea. Two blocks from Sponge Bob and your area will flood. NHC warned everyone 'THIS WILL BE A RAIN
MAKER" They nailed it when they said 20 inches of rain or more. Kudos.

For those that are alllowed back in their homes, or sheltered and place and still flooded, the clean up
process will take a while. Make sure to take it easy on yourself. If you feel overwhelmed, talk to someone.
Remember if you have kids, they need your time also and need to process this disruption!
Make sure you have lots of mosquito repellent - and first aid kit available
There is a list I believe on the first page of this blog on what you need for after the storm.
However here is some EMOTIONAL ADVICE to get you through.

Minimize this emotional and traumatic experience by being prepared, not scared and therefore you and your family will stay in control and survive a major hurricane.


* Difficulty communicating thoughts.
* Difficulty sleeping.
* Difficulty maintaining balance in their lives.
* Low threshold of frustration.
* Increased use of drugs/alcohol.
* Limited attention span.
* Poor work performance.
* Headaches/stomach problems.
* Tunnel vision/muffled hearing.
* Colds or flu-like symptoms.
* Disorientation or confusion.
* Difficulty concentrating.
* Reluctance to leave home.
* Depression, sadness.
* Feelings of hopelessness.
* Mood-swings and easy bouts of crying.
* Overwhelming guilt and self-doubt.
* Fear of crowds, strangers, or being alone.


* Talk with someone about your feelings - anger, sorrow, and other emotions - even though it may be difficult.
* Seek help from professional counselors who deal with post-disaster stress.
* Do not hold yourself responsible for the disastrous event or be frustrated because you feel you cannot help directly in the rescue work.
* Take steps to promote your own physical and emotional healing by healthy eating, rest, exercise, relaxation, and meditation.
* Maintain a normal family and daily routine, limiting demanding responsibilities on yourself and your family.
* Spend time with family and friends.
* Participate in memorials.
* Use existing support groups of family, friends, and religious institutions.
* Ensure you are ready for future events by restocking your disaster supplies kits and updating your family disaster plans.

I hope this helps. You WILL get through this.

"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 Sep 03, 2012 2:02 am

Here is a great website: Galveston County Office of Emergency Managment
Special Needs page:
Please book mark this or better yet, send this to someone you know who may need this.
It has great information from Fire Safety to Hurricanes...

Texas Pirate

Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby unome » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:22 am

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Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:56 am


Wonderful information!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Texas Pirate

Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Mon Sep 03, 2012 3:32 pm

Sadly, there has been one death related to HEAT STROKE in NOLA.
With no electricity, temps rising and working the clean up - (YOU NEED TO GO EASY ON YOURSELVES)
and SHOULD buy a BATTERY OPERATED FAN (which is on the supplies list!)

But it doesn't take a hurricane to cause heat stroke! We are experiencing high temps here and
heat indices of 104-108 ourselves. PLEASE CHECK UP on the vulnerable in your neighborhood

Here are the symptoms of HEAT STROKE: (but hang in everyone: a cold front is ON ITS WAY this weekend!!!
Although I'm not a cold weather person, even I'm looking forward to this :D )

Warning signs of heat-related illness include fatigue, headache, dizziness, mental confusion, muscle cramps, rapid breathing, nausea and vomiting.

To help prevent heatstroke, avoid outside physical exertion during the hottest times of the day, usually between 2 and 5 p.m. If you must be outdoors, wear light, loose-fitting clothing, try to stay in a shaded area, hydrate with lots of water and avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages as they tend to cause dehydration.

If you have elderly neighbors or family members, check on them during the day for signs of heat-related illness. Make sure they have access to electric fans and, if necessary, transport them to an air-conditioned location.

(In the summer when we do experience weeks of very hot temps/heat indices of over 100, the City of Houston does open
Cooling Centers. You would call 311 for the nearest Cooling Center)

If you see someone showing signs of heat illness, get them to a cooler environment, moisten their skin with lukewarm water, fan them and call 911 immediately for assistance.

If you are outside this summer be vigilant about making sure you and those around you stay hydrated and get in the shade and rest often.

Hope this 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 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:20 pm

September is National Preparedness Month

Wouldn't THIS be a great time to start your plan? if you don't have one
or go over it and tweak it? Perhaps help a family member who is disabled
or a loved one in an assisted living home????
Use ISAAC as an example to ask yourself: What would I have done?
Where would I have gone? Was I informed enough about the weather
and conditions of this storm? Was I aware of evacuations that were being called for????
If you use that as your example, it might help you plan if you dont have one, or
as stated, you can tweak it better....

How about:
Stock or restock your supplies?
Check the batteries in your fire alarm
(Remember the CITY OF HOUSTON is giving away FREE Fire Alarms for our deaf/hard of hearing community
this month - info is on this forum)

In between the waning last stranglehold of summer ( make sure you hydrate! Its HOT out there)
and the first taste of fall via pumpkin pie and all other delights the harvest brings....
CREATE THAT PLAN. Bring it to fruition ( I did not just say that....:-))

Remember - its not just for hurricane season.
we got winter coming up....

Seriously, if anyone TRULY needs help in creating a plan- PM me, I'll help.

September is National Preparedness Month - lets do it! :D

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

Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:32 pm

Some wonderful information/links I just received from our friends in Austin:

Please share and bookmark-

Office of the Governor Rick Perry
Committee on People with Disabilities

In celebration of September as National Preparedness Month, the Texas Disability Stakeholder Preparedness and Outreach Advisory Subcommittee has produced a series of “Texas Neighborhood Heroes” templates that can be used by local neighborhood and community organizations to help inform their community on preparedness. The Neighborhood Heroes templates cover Wildfires, Extreme Heat, Floods, Flu, Hurricanes and Tornados. We know in Texas that neighbors, friends and family are often the first responders in emergencies and disasters and it takes the Whole Community to address our challenges. Whole Community is a means by which residents, emergency management practitioners, organizational and community leaders, and government officials can collectively understand and assess the needs of their respective communities and determine the best ways to organize and strengthen their assets, capacities, and interests.

Be a “Texas Neighborhood Hero” and utilize the templates to help inform your local community.

Texas Neighborhood Heroes HURRICANES 090412.doc
Texas Neighborhood Heroes EXTREME HEAT 090412.doc
Texas Neighborhood Heroes WILDFIRES 090412.doc
Texas Neighborhood Heroes TORNADOS 090412.doc
Texas Neighborhood Heroes FLU 090412.doc
Texas Neighborhood Heroes FLOODS 090412.doc

Hope all this information is helping.

"because you are disabled, you don't have to be a victim." ™ -> trademark
Texas Pirate

Re: Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Postby Texas Pirate » Sat Sep 08, 2012 2:11 pm

A plea for support:

If you are on FACEBOOK, I am asking everyone to go to this link
Chase Community Giving Campaign and vote for Dionysus Theatre.
We are THE only inclusion theater in TEXAS - dedicating our stage
to actors with disabilities and those who are non-disabled

We're MORE than just theater for the disability community
(Yes they learn how to EMPOWER and SAVE LIVES in emergencies too....)

We educate/entertain/enlighten/empower
The charity with the MOST votes WIN

Please help us continue our mission and message - Houston SHOULD be proud. :D
Thanks so much.

http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunity ... 7eab63e85d

Hope everyone gets to enjoy our "cooler" weather. 88 degrees seems like a dream huh?
Texas Pirate


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