Are you prepared for an emergency or a disaster? Do you know what to include in an individual or family emergency survival kit or evacuation kit?
Do you know how to contact those who may assist you in an emergency or disaster?
Have you considered trying to assist people with disabilities in communities in time of disaster, but do not know how to go about it? See our guide at How to Donate or Provide Assistance for People with Disabilities
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During an emergency or a disaster you may have to try to survive with a limited amount of resources.
Guides on Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
The following resources will assist you in having a plan in case of an emergency, creating a disaster supply kit or evacuation kit, keeping informed of communication about outages, emergency contacts and numbers, and who and how to go for help, if needed. For more guides, visit NHU's page on Safety: Guides: Emergency Preparedness
Safety During and in the Aftermath of a Disaster
As flood waters recede, bacteria and mold will remain. Mold can cause serious health problems whether you have asthma, allergies, compromised by immune system disorders or are a healthy person.
For accurate information about the health effects of mold, go to http://truthaboutmold.info .
Check out the Global Indoor Health Network at http://globalindoorhealthnetwork.com. Be sure to read the Global Indoor Health Network's position statement that discusses the diagnosis and treatment of illness caused by mold.
Once flood waters have dropped, act fast to clean your house of contaminants to avoid mold, if not throw away items that came in contact with flood waters. Moldings and baseboards should be disposed of. Cutting opening on wall bases will help things air out.
In moderate cases, detergent and hot water will clean hard surfaces.
Don't breathe in the mold while you are working to get rid of it. You can get an N95 respirator mask from the hardware store. Work boots and gloves that are puncture-proof offer protection. Clean up with clean water and detergent. Adapted from Dealing With Hazards of Hurricane Sandy's Aftermath By Jody Smith HERWriter October 30, 2011.
Information on applying for disaster relief from FEMA.
Disaster assistance applicants who have a hearing or speech disability and use TTYs should call 1-800-462-7585 directly. If you do not use a TTY and are calling through any relay service or by voice, you can also access the following voice telephone number: 1-800-621-3362. These toll-free telephone numbers (provided by FEMA) will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice
Contact your local city or county Office for People with Disabilities. This office offers information and resources for survivors of disasters that may need assistance. If you need assistance contact this office for who to contact depending on your needs such as accessible transportation or retrieval from your home. If you need life-saving equipment that requires electricity and you power is out, call 911. If you know of a person that needs assistance contact Senior Care who will retrieve home bound Seniors and relocate them.
For those who require shelters, they usually remain open until residents can safely return to their homes. To find a shelter please visit your local government website. If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and require an American Sign Language interpreter while in an evacuation center or shelter, or upon reporting to an evacuation center or shelter, you can request one and one will be provided to you.
For all the latest information on Bus and Access-A-Ride type services, please visit your local Transit Authority.
Individual Food Assistance
If you are a person with a disability and are in need of an accommodation in the form of food delivery or dry ice in areas without power, you can contact your local Office for People with Disabilities to request this accommodation. Please note you will have to provide proof of your disability to receive this accommodation.
Federal guidelines for emergency shelters (shelters must make exceptions to “no pets” or “no animals” policies to allow people with disabilities to be accompanied by their service animals. Service animals are not pets and are therefore not subject to restrictions applied to pets or other animals. )
To search for open shelters: text SHELTER and your Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA) (Standard rates apply) or call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
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