If you or someone you care for has a disability or special need, it is important to make sure that any critical information, mobility device, medication or aid is part of their emergency plan and kit.
Please see the Emergency Preparedness: Your Personal Guide (PDF file) and review it. By taking action now and planning ahead you can reduce the stress and impacts of an emergency later.
In addition, here are some things to consider:
- Medications, dentures, glasses or other corrective lenses, hearing aids
- Mobility devices such as wheelchair, walker, cane, crutches
- Any assistive devices for persons with a visual or hearing impairment (e.g., CommuniCard, Braille devices, white cane)
- For persons with non-visible disabilities, be sure to wear a Medic Alert bracelet and keep a supply of critical medication (e.g., inuslin and related supplies for persons with diabetes, Epipen for persons with severe allergies, asthma inhaler).
- Extra batteries for all types of devices
- A list of the style and serial numbers of medical devices
- Consider a place to store back-up equipment (e.g., neighbour’s home, work)
- If you live in a high rise building, be sure inform the building manager of your requirements