Preparedness for the Elderly and those with Functional or Mobility Needs:
Everything gets disrupted during a disaster. If you or a loved one is elderly or has special physical needs, it’s important that you do the following:
- Look at every detail of every day life and plan an alternative for it.
- Develop a personal support network of people who will be able to help you during a disaster.
- Make sure your disaster kit has a back up for everything critical to your physical existence, including enough medicines and supplies to last a week. If your life depends on it, you should never be without it.
- Discuss your plan with those you will depend on.
- Get information now on community services that can support your special functional or mobility needs during a disaster.
Preparedness for children:
Children take their lead from the adults around them. If you panic; they will panic. If you are calm; they will be reassured during a scary or unfamiliar situation. Take these simple steps to prepare for your child’s needs during a disaster:
- Remember age-appropriate supplies and comfort items when you prepare your child’s emergency kit. You may have put together a great kit for your infant, but if you haven’t updated it in the past year, your child’s needs won’t be adequately met now.
- Update your child’s kits every six months to ensure that clothing still fits, medical needs are being met, and supplies are up to date.
- Talk to your children about your family’s disaster plan. Knowing what to expect now will comfort them during an actual event.
- Talk to your child care provider about their plan and how it affects your child and your family.
- Be informed about what your child’s school’s disaster plan is.
Preparedness for pets:
- Your pet needs two kits – one for staying and one for leaving.
- Make sure your pet’s kit includes, food, water, medicine, collar with ID tag, harness or leash, sanitation supplies, and a picture of you and your pet together.
- Plan now where you will take your pet if you need to leave home.
- Make arrangements for a buddy system so that someone can look after your pets if you can’t.
- Be informed about appropriate disaster planning by talking to your pet’s veterinarian.
Helpful web sites: www.ready.gov/ or in Spanish at www.Listo.gov or www.redcross.org