(Unable To Self Evacuate)


EVERYONE should have an emergency plan.  This means anyone who is aging or who has a disability, lives with someone who is aging or with a disability, or helps someone who is aging or with a disability, has a greater need to plan ahead and be prepared when an emergency strikes.  People with physical, visual, auditory, cognitive, or breathing limitations require special preparation BEFORE an emergency.

So, what should you do?

Know your home... where are shut off valves for water and gas?  Where is the safest place in your home in the event of a tornado?  Do you live in a mobile home?  If so, is it securely tied down?  Do hallways and doorways allow for easy movement?

Notify... Enhanced 911 of your disability or special need, and make sure they have your current contact information.  Local utility companies of your heating and electrical needs and before connecting emergency generators.

Create... a personal support network consisting of at least three (3) contacts; a neighbor who can respond quickly to you, someone across town, and a person 50-100 miles away.  Make sure each person has your emergency information, medication list, physician information and the phone number of your other contacts.

Consider... what you will be able to do for yourself and what help you will need before, during and after an emergency?  Do you use personal care equipment, adaptive feeding devices, electricity-dependent equipment, specially equipped vehicle, oxygen tanks, visual aid devices, service animals or pets?  Then, make a list of what you will need during an emergency to identify what you will need in your Basic Emergency Supply Kit

Be sure to inspect the items in your Basic Emergency Supply Kit every six (6) months and replace items prior to their expiration date.

Consider... your pets.  Plan for pet emergency needs.  If it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for your pets!  Follow this Emergency Checklist Guide for pets to ensure appropriate planning and safety for your furry family members.

Consider... participating in CERT training to learn how to take care of your family and neighborhood before, during and after an emergency.  Contact your local Emergency Management Agencyfor additional information on CERT training.

For additional information on preparing a plan go to: http://www.ready.govhttp://www.redcross.org/, http://wyohomelandsecurity.state.wy.us/being_prepared.aspx http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness/ or http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/animals.shtm

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