Preparing for Emergencies

November is here; clocks have been turned back, and I hope that has been a good reminder to you to  replace the batteries in the smoke detectors in your homes and the homes of those whom you care for and care about (many local fire stations will help with supplies).

It is also a good time of year to revisit emergency disaster plans and kits to make sure the information and supplies are up to date, refreshed, and ready to use in case of emergency or disaster.  Below are just a few of the handy information guides and resources you can use and share with others to help be prepared – just in case.

Preparing for an emergency can be difficult for individuals with developmental and other disabilities. To help address the needs of individuals with disabilities, the Red Cross created:

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs.” Individuals and their families and support system can use this guide to help plan for disasters.  It can be found at this web address http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4240199_A4497.pdf

For more in-depth information from the American Red Cross, get a copy of “Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities” (A5091), or visit:http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/disability.pdf

Disability Rights Ohio has many handy forms for creating emergency preparedness plans and kits on their web site: http://www.disabilityrightsohio.org/topic-emergency-planning

The Ohio Department of Health has great resources and tools:


And here is the link to the Ohio Disability Health Program web site where can find many resources for training planners and first responders to assist people who may have unique needs associated with a disability including a free video training available for viewing anytime via You Tube.