Disabilities & Special Needs

If you have special needs, require personal attendant care or use life-sustaining equipment:

  • Arrange in advance for someone to check on you in the event of an emergency.
  • Know the location of evacuation shelters that are wheel chair accessible.
  • Wear a MedicAlert bracelet or carry an identification card.
  • Carry a personal alarm that emits a loud noise to draw attention to your wearabouts.
  • Label your equipment and attach instructions on how to use and transport it.

Your emergency kit should include:

  • Prescription drugs, medical supplies and special equipment
  • Any information sheet about your special needs or disability
  • Foods that meet your dietary needs
  • A detailed list of all prescriptions and medications

Assisting People with Disabilities or Special Needs:

  • Always ask if a person wants or needs your help. Do not touch the person, their service animal or their assistive devices without their permission.
  • Ask if they are injured or have any loss of movement and/or sensation.
  • Do not try to lift, support or assist in moving a person unless you know how to do it safely.
  • Follow instructions posted on special needs equipment and assistive devices.
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