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Let’s Make A Plan! Training Manual

Nancy Svirida, Disability Law Center, May 2007

●  Watch for mold growth

●  Consult a contractor before you rebuild

●  Reach out to others for support

●  Ask for help if you think you need it

●  Consider volunteering

●  Exercise helps reduce stress

10. Practicing Your Personal Preparedness Plan21

●  Use different ways out of a building

●  Use whatever equipment you plan on using in an emergency ex) manual wheelchair

●  Include your personal network in your practices and have them practice with any supplies or adaptive equipment, too

●  Quickly explain to people the best way to guide or move you and your adaptive equipment

●  Brief, clear, and specific instructions and directions to rescue personnel, either orally or in writing

For example:

Please do not straighten my knees; they are fused in a bent position.

I am Deaf.  Please write things down for me.

I have a brain injury.  Please write down all instructions and information.

I am Blind.  Please let me grasp your arm firmly.

Please take my oxygen tank, wheelchair, and insulin from refrigerator.

●  Explain clearly and briefly why you need assistance and what kind of accommodation you need  You may also want to write it down ahead of time.  Consider making index cards that you can share if you choose.  The index card can list your condition, medications, anticipated assistance needed, allergies, immunization dates, communication or speech-related disability, adaptive equipment used, and sanitary needs.22

●  Keep your automobile fuel tank more than ½ full at all times and keep essentials in your car

Finally, the most important thing, once you’ve developed a plan and practiced it, is to keep it up!

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

22 Individual Disaster Preparedness: Nobody Left Behind: Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Mobility Impairments, developed and distributed by Ancient Living Resource Center San Francisco, in cooperation with June Kailes, through a grant from The American Red Cross Northern California Disaster Preparedness Network.

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