Emergency Preparation Video Created By and For the Disabled
Shared with us by: Steven Dutro
Emergency preparation makes sense for everyone. Being prepared for disasters, man made or natural, is vital for those who have access and functional needs. In addition to the basics we all should do, being prepared personally and as a support group just takes a bit more planning when capabilities are different. We find the greatest obstacle is often inertia created by a sense that nothing will be effective to keep me safe given my particular disability or special need. Thankfully the folks at Ready Colorado created a video prepared by members of the access and functional needs community addressing emergency preparation for the disabled. Hosted by Josh Blue, winner of the Last Comic Standing, the 24 minute video is available on YouTube. Please share this with both special needs individuals and with their families. Emergency preparedness is for everyone. Registering for your local Reverse 911 emergency alert services is an easy first step.
SafetyInformed.org has created a free book that contains twenty-four pages of step-by-step guidance and fill-in-the-blank worksheets that help you complete an emergency plan for your entire household. It’s a great for planning together with the entire family and as a homeschool exercise.
It’s freely available for download at the SafetyInformed.org web site. To support SafetyInformed you can also purchase a hardcopy that includes the Kindle version on Amazon.
Why Get Started with an Emergency Plan?
When an emergency or natural disaster affects your home or community, how would you know when to evacuate or avoid affected areas? What should everyone do if there is a fire in your home? What if a storm causes widespread damage and power outages in the community? Do you have a communication plan in case your cell phone network goes down? Do you know where to meet in case your family is physically separated during an emergency?
That’s where making an Emergency Plan for your household comes in. Disasters and domestic emergencies often come swiftly and without warning. Most people don’t think of what to do in the event of a natural disaster or community emergency until it is too late; then they suddenly realize how unprepared they are for the massive changes it can make in their lives. On top of that, local officials can be overwhelmed and emergency response personnel may not be able to reach everyone who needs help right away. Each type of disaster requires clean up and recovery and the period after a disaster is often very difficult for families and can be as devastating as the disaster itself.
The old adage is true “An ounce of prevention (and planning) is worth a pound of cure.” Families that are prepared ahead of time can reduce the fear, confusion and losses that come with disaster. They can be ready to evacuate their homes, know what to expect in public shelters and how to provide basic first aid.
Get Your Emergency Plan Workbook
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(Kindle version is included free with the purchase of a paperback but does not include the worksheet pages)
Don’t miss the call to evacuate or shelter-in-place
The first step in keeping your family safe is to register all your mobile phones with local Reverse911 services
Learn step-by-step how to set up Reverse911 and create an effective Emergency Plan to protect your whole family before, during, and after the most common emergencies. It’s FREE to sign up.