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Let’s Make A Plan! Training Manual

Nancy Svirida, Disability Law Center, May 2007

8. During an Event [story from Lois Simmons about preparedness manuals]

●  Be gentle with yourself and others

●  Know that everyone affected by a disaster may experience several symptoms which could include:

anxiety

crying

anger

flashbacks

sleep disruption

headaches

nausea

chest pains

tremors

rapid breathing

heart palpitations

confusion

inability to communicate

indecisiveness

increase use of alcohol/drugs

family problems19

[Story of riding the train after anthrax scare] [Story from MH focus group– the more experience the more you have to offer during and after that event to help others!]

9. After an Event

Returning Home or Once the Power Goes Back On20

●  Don’t enter a home if you smell gas

●  Avoid contaminated waters – touching and drinking

●  Check carbon monoxide alarm

●  Check for structural, plumbing and/or electrical damage (do not touch electrical wires and do not turn power back on until electrician can inspect your home)

●  Record any damage and take photos

●  Do not drive through deep puddles and drive slowly (traffic lights may be out)

●  Throw out old food

19 Adapted from Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities, 1996, American Red Cross.

20 Adapted from Dealing with Disaster, AARP

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