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Let’s Make A Plan! Training Manual

Nancy Svirida, Disability Law Center, May 2007

2. What is Personal Preparedness?

You should know what you can offer and what you need

in many different situations.  

If you think you could use some help figuring out what you can offer and what you may need help with, consider doing an Ability Self-Assessment,1 like the one provided in your materials. [Insert into materials]

Personal emergency preparedness means being aware of risks, doing what you can to reduce those risks, and working to keep it up.  It’s important to be creative and talk to others when thinking about your own preparedness.  One person’s perceived disability is often a strength in many situations! [Example of blind man walking uptown on 9/11]

We’ll see many pictures in this training manual.  The pictures should help you to use this manual, along with the PowerPoint and Workbook.  Any time we see an information symbol, like the green symbol below, we should look to the Workbook to complete our plan.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

Develop a plan for before, during and after an event

Implement that plan and talk to others about it

Practice your plan with emergency drills

Maintain your plan by regularly reviewing and updating it2

1 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.

2 Terms “develop, implement, practice and maintain” taken from Preparing the Workplace for Everyone: Accounting for the Needs of People with Disabilities, July 2005, Interagency Coordinating Council on Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace.

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