Checklists and tips for preparing for Great Utah ShakeOut, natural disasters

Published: Tuesday, April 16 2013 1:35 p.m. MDT

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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The disorientation and challenges that a disaster brings are compounded when you have access and functional needs. Families should make contingency plans for loved ones who have these needs.

An emergency kit for someone with a disability or other functional need may include the following items:

— Copies of medical prescriptions, doctors’ orders, and the style and serial numbers of the assistive devices you use.
— At least a week’s supply of any medication or medical supplies you use regularly, or as much as you can keep on hand.
— Medical insurance cards, Medicare/Medicaid cards, physician contact information, list of your allergies and health history.
— Extra eyeglasses or hearing aid batteries.
— Battery chargers for motorized wheelchairs.
— Supplies for your service animal.
— If you use a motorized wheelchair, have a lightweight manual chair available for emergencies.
— Consider putting important information on to a portable thumb drive for easy transport in an evacuation.

If you have a disability, planning for emergencies may involve family, friends, caregivers, neighbors, support services and faith-based or community groups. Other plans may include contacting your city or county government's emergency information management office and working with them to use their emergency planning resources.

People who are not fluent in English may not be able to access information they need.
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