(NC) Emergency Preparedness Week is the time to think about any specific needs that you or family members may have in an emergency.
While disasters and emergencies affect everyone, their impact on people with special needs is often compounded by factors such as reliance on electrical power, elevators, and accessible transportation â€“ all of which can be compromised in these situations.
Public Safety Canada offers these tips for seniors and people with special needs:
â€¢ Create a personal support network of at least three people who can help. Ensure they are aware of your needs (such as prescription medication) and how to operate any equipment you require.
â€¢ Make an emergency contact list with the names and phone numbers of your personal support network, doctors, neighbours, etc. Keep a copy of this list handy and share it with these same people.
â€¢ Familiarize yourself with all escape routes and emergency doors and exits in your home.
â€¢ Have a panic button installed in the building where you work or live so that you can notify others of your whereabouts if you need assistance.
â€¢ Create a basic emergency kit tailored to meet your specific needs. You may wish to include things such as:
– Devices such as canes, walkers, lightweight manual wheelchairs, hearing aids, breathing apparatus, blood glucose monitoring device.
– Prescription eyewear and footwear (if required).
– Extra supply of medications and vitamin supplements.
– List of all medical supplies and equipment related to your age or medical condition.
– Copies of all medication prescriptions.
– Extra dentures (if required) and cleaner.
– Latex-free gloves (to give to anyone providing personal care to you).
– Food and other items for your pet or service animal.
– If you have a pet or service animal, bring it with you in case of an evacuation and have an emergency plan for your animal as well.
More information is available at www.GetPrepared.ca.
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