Be Prepared: Resources to Assist People with Disabilities in Planning for an Emergency

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Over the past month we have discussed the need for emergency preparedness and the positive impact training has made on people with disabilities. This week, I would like to share additional resources related to emergency preparedness. The following sites provide valuable information for all.

MA Emergency Shelters

Disability Policy Consortium Publications
Scroll to a section marked “DPC Emergency Preparedness Discussion Papers”. The Shelter List is first in that section;  click “Get”.
**PLEASE NOTE: This is only a partial list and some information may be out of date. Contact your town’s fire, police, or emergency manager to ask about shelter locations.

Emergency Supplies

FEMA Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
FEMA offers examples of what to include in your emergency supply kit.

“ICE” Your Phone

How to “ICE”, In Case of Emergency, Your Phone
Add emergency contact numbers of friends and family to your cell phone by putting the word “ICE” in front of them. ICE stands for “In Case of Emergency” and responders will look for it. For instructions (and a free sticker) visit this site. If you don’t have a cell phone, write the numbers down and store them in a safe place.

Personal Emergency Plan Template (large print)

Disability Policy Consortium Publications
Go to the 2nd item on that page and click “Get”. This will allow you to fill in specific information about yourself and carry it with you in an emergency.

Power Outage Planning for Medical Equipment

Home Use Devices / How to Prepare for and Handle Power Outages for Medical Devices that Require Electricity
Published by the Food and Drug Administration, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

This booklet asks specific questions about any assistive equipment you may use. Answering them will increase knowledge about your equipment, and what to do in case of a power outage.

FREE TRAININGS

Active Planning: Response and Planning for Cities and Towns

Join the Active Planning Project at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and receive a  free emergency response training. This information is extremely valuable for public health and public safety emergency responders, planners and managers in learning more about emergency response for people with disabilities. As part of the process, we help you hold a meeting with the local disability community to review your town’s emergency plan for gaps.

To schedule your town’s training or for more information contact:  Patrick Gleason at 781-642-0128 or Patrick.Gleason@umassmed.edu

Emergency Preparedness Training for Self-Advocates

Nate Trull, self-advocate, is available to provide free, two-part emergency preparedness trainings to self-advocates and organizations in Massachusetts.

For more information, or to schedule a training with Nate, please contact  Patrick Gleason at 781-642-0128 or Patrick.Gleason@umassmed.edu

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