ACTION PLAN

Emergency PREPAREDNESS FOR SENIORS TO PLAN AND STAY INFORMED.

SENIORS PREPARE. PLAN. STAY INFORMED:

* Get An Emergency Supply Kit * Encourage Electronic Payments for Federal benefit Recipients. The U.S Department of Treasury Recommends Two Safer Ways to get Federal Benefits:

(800)333-1795 OR www.GoDirect.org (877)212-9991 OR www.USDirectExpress.com

More Information See: Disaster Preparedness For People With Disabilities; FEMA, and The Red Cross Website. http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/seniors.html

FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN:

*Identify an OUT-OF TOWN CONTACT...May be in a better Position to Communicate among Separated Family members. *Be Sure every member of your Family Knows the phone number and has a Cell Phone, COINS, or a Prepaid Phone Card to Call the Emergency Contact. *Teach Family members how to use text messaging (Also Known as SMS or Short Message Service). *Subscribe to Alert Services:  Local Office Of Emergency Management Web Site;  Get instant text alerts or e-mails to let you know about Bad weather, Road closings, Local Emergencies, etc.       IN Determining A-Stay OR GO Situations During Circumstances and the Nature of Emergency, Feel Free to Use Common Sense and Available information, including what you are Learning here, to determine if there is an immediate Danger.       Feel Free to Watch TV, Listen to the Radio or Check the Internet Often for information or Official instruction as it becomes available; Further information on Staying Put or Sheltering in Place.       You may inquire about Emergency Plans at Places where your Family Spends time: Work, DayCare and School...If no Plans exist, Consider Volunteering to Help Create One. (School & WorkPlace).

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND OTHER ACCESS AND FUNCTIONAL NEEDS:

Feel Free to Plan ahead for what you may need to Stay Safe, Healthy, Informed, Mobile, and independent during a Disaster. Consider all the Strategies, Services, Devices, Tools and Techniques you use to Live with a Disability on a daily basis.         Keep in Mind that you may need Medications, Durable medical Equipment, Consumable medical Supplies, Your Service Animal, Assistive Technology, Communications Tools, Disability Service Providers, Accessible Housing, Transportation, and Health-related items.

*Creating a Support network to help you Plan for an emergency...Consider Family; neighbors, Friends, people who Provide Services to you, Fait-based and Community Groups. Let People Know where you Keep your Emergency Supplies, Give at least One member of your Support network a Key to your House or Apartment.

*Contact your City or County Government's Emergency information Management Office and Work with them to use their Emergency Planning Resources.

*If you receive dialysis or Other Life Sustaining Medical Treatment, identify the Location and availability of more than One Facility and work with your Provider to develop your personal emergency Plan.

*Show others how to Operate your Wheelchair or Other assistive Devices.

*Keep contact information for Local independent Living Centers and Other disability Services Organizations in a Safe and easy-to-access Place...Keep data up to date.

*If you use in-home support Services,  Meals-On-Wheels, Life Alert or other support Services, Work with them to personalize emergency preparedness Plans to meet your needs so you can keep in touch with them during and after an emergency(Lifeline to Other Services in a Disaster).    *Develop back-Up Plans for personal assistance Services, Hospice, or other forms of in-Home assistance.

*Keep in Mind that during an emergency, you may need to explain to first responders and Emergency officials that you need to evacuate and Shelter with your Family, Service Animal, Caregiver, or Personal assistance Provider so they can provide the support you need to maintain your Health, Safety and independence.

ITEMS FOR YOUR GO KIT MAY INCLUDE:

*Extra eyeglasses, hearing aids if you have them, or have Coverage for them. *Battery Chargers and extra batteries for hearing aids, Motorized Wheelchairs, or Other battery-Operated Medical or assistive Technology devices.

*Copies of Medical Prescriptions, Doctors Orders, and the Style and Serial numbers of the Support devices you Use.

*Medical alert tags or Bracelets or written descriptions of your disability and Support needs, in Case you are unable to describe the Situation in an Emergency.

*A List of Personal Contacts, Family and Friends that you may need to Contact in an Emergency.

*A Laminated Personal Communication Board, if you might need assistance with being Understood. *Even if you do not Use a Computer yourself, Consider putting important information onto a Portable Thumb drive for easy transport in an evacuation.

*If Possible, extra medicine, Oxygen, insulin, Catheters, or Other medical supplies you Use regularly.     http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/disabled.html

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