Let’s Make A Plan! Training Manual
Nancy Svirida, Disability Law Center, May 2007
● Majority of shelters are open to service animals but are closed to pets
● Develop your own personal network of support - think of at least three other individuals, in different locations, who will check with you in an emergency to make sure you are okay and give you assistance if you need it. Share your plan with them, consider exchanging important keys, agree and practice different communication techniques (phone, computer, walkie-talkie). If they are not familiar with your needs or any of your supplies or equipment, teach them. Give your network a copy of your plan.
● Create emergency contact lists for relatives and friends who live in your area, at least 100 miles away, and others, including emergency response agencies, equipment vendors, doctors, utility companies, employers, schools, and day care centers.15
● Consider registering with 9-1-1 disability indicator program (see Community Resources section for more information) – use the form provided in your materials [insert form into materials]
● Consider if clubhouses, independent living centers, agencies like MCDHH will help you prepare and practice your plan.
● Try to set up phone trees that would be helpful to you.16
● Learn Others’ Plans
What is your caretaker’s plan?
Example: Build a plan into your ISP - Emergency Evacuation Safety Plan with DMR17
What is the plan for your Employer? Landlord? Town? You may contact your local Town Hall (there are 26 in Franklin County) for specific information. Most towns use the schools as shelters in an emergency. Don’t be discouraged if it becomes difficult
15 ADD Program Update, June/July 2006, Administration on Developmental Disabilities: Administration on Children and Families US Department of Health and Human Services.
16 Guide on the Special Needs of People with Disabilities for Emergency Managers, Planners & Responders, January 2005, National Organization on Disability Emergency Preparedness Initiative.
17 For further information, review the Emergency Evacuation Safety Plan Guidelines Handbook, March 2005, Department of Mental Retardation.