People with Disabilities
For people who have physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities, emergencies such as fires, floods and acts of terrorism present a real challenge. The same challenge also applies to the elderly and other special needs populations. This booklet, produced collaboratively by the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group, Disabilities Resource Centre Trust and American Red Cross, will help people with disabilities prepare an emergency plan to protect themselves, family, friends, personal care assistant and others in the support network in the event of an emergency. Post the plan where everyone will see it, keep a copy with you and make sure everyone involved in your plan has a copy.
- If you have a disability, make arrangements with a family member, friend, or neighbour to help you in an emergency
- People with hearing impairment may not be well served by radio. Make arrangements to be sure somebody informs you
- People with sight impairment may have difficulties if their home is disrupted - perhaps in an earthquake - and may have extra difficulties in an unfamiliar civil defence centre. You should arrange some form of buddy system
- People with asthma and other respiratory disorders may be especially affected by stress, dust or volcanic ash. Have plenty of medicines and face-masks in your emergency survival kit
- If you have special food needs, be sure to include as much as you can in your emergency survival kit
- If you need mobility aids, insist on bringing your aid if you are evacuated. Moving to safety is fine, but you won't want to be helpless when you get there