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Let’s Make A Plan! Training Manual

Nancy Svirida, Disability Law Center, May 2007

Extra Considerations for Individuals with Sensory Disabilities:12

●  Pad of paper with pens or pencils for writing notes

●  Extra batteries for tape recorders, portable TTYs, etc.

●  Extra pair of dark glasses, if medically required

●  Folding mobility cane

●  Consider purchasing a National Weather Radio (NWR) which turns itself on and emits a loud alarm or can emit a visual strobe alarm, and connects to other devices to shake a pillow or bed when the National Weather Service issues an alert [story from deaf focus group of individual who was deaf but had no communication devices and did not know neighbors – need to take responsibility]

Extra Considerations for Individuals with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Breathing Conditions:13

●  Towels, masks, industrial respirators or other supplies to filter your air supply

●  N95-rated particulate filter mask (protects against dust, radiological dust and biological agents)

●  Beware of fumes from idling emergency and other vehicles

Extra Considerations for Owners of Pets or Service Animals:14

●  Food, medicine, and favorite toy for your service animal

●  Plastic bags, disposable gloves, and other items for animal’s care

●  Cage/carrier labeled with contact information

●  Identification tags, consider microchip implant

●  Veterinary records and proof of ownership

●  First aid kit and manual (call your vet)

●  Leash, collar, harness

●  Litter, litter pan, litter scoop

●  Manual can opener and spoons

●  Muzzles (for dog or cat)

●  Newspaper (for bedding or litter)

●  No spill food and water dishes

●  Stakes and tiedown

12 Taken from Prepare Yourself Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Sensory Disabilities, National Organization on Disability Emergency Preparedness Initiative.

13 Emergency Preparedness: Taking Responsibility for Your Safety – Tips for People with Disabilities and Activity Limitations, June 2006, Emergency Survival Program Los Angeles Office of Emergency Management, and Emergency Preparedness and People with Disabilities #4, People with Chemical Sensitivities, January 23, 2007, Disability Policy Consortium.

14 Taken from Prepare Yourself Disaster Readiness Tips for Owners of Pets for Service Animals, National Organization on Disability Emergency Preparedness Initiative.

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