Seniors & Disabled Preparedness
- Set up a Personal Support network – Designate someone to check on you in an emergency
and to help with evacuation or sheltering-in-place.
- Personal Care Assistance – If you receive assistance from a home healthcare agency
or in-home support provider, find out how the provider will respond in an emergency.
Designate backup or alternative providers that you can contact in an emergency.
- For Persons using a wheelchair: Plan for how you will evacuate in an emergency and
discuss it with your care providers. If you use a motorized wheelchair, have a manual
wheelchair as a backup.
- For Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired: Keep an extra collapsible cane by
your bed. Attach a whistle to the cane; use it if you need to attract attention. Exercise
caution when moving around after an earthquake; items may fall and block paths that
are normally unobstructed.
- For Persons who are Hearing Impaired: Keep extra batteries for your hearing aids with
emergency supplies. Consider storing your hearing aids in a container attached to
your nightstand or bedpost, so you can locate them quickly after a disaster.