Planning for People with Access and Functional Needs
If you or someone in your family has access or functional needs, you may need to take some additional steps to prepare for a disaster. Remember, you may be on your own for up to three days before power, food, or water becomes available.
Make sure you take the following steps:
- Ensure you have a fully-stocked emergency kit with enough food and water for 72 hours.
- Determine if you will need any additional resources and make a plan in case those items are in short supply.
- Develop a support network to help you plan for emergencies. Include friends, family, neighbors, faith-based, and community groups.
- If you use in-home support services, plan on how you will keep them informed of your situation during and after an emergency.
- Work with local transportation and disability services to plan for accessible transportation if needed for evacuation.
- If you use a service animal, make sure you have food, water, and other items for your service animal in your emergency kit.
For more information:
We Prepare Every Day, a series of public service announcement (PSA) videos that aim to deliver a strong preparedness message by showing people with disabilities taking charge to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. The PSA provides equal access to all viewers and includes open captioning, a certified deaf interpreter, and audio description for viewers who are blind or have low vision.
National Association on Disability Emergency Preparedness Resources
Inclusive Preparedness Center Disaster Readiness Page