Emergencies can happen at a moment’s notice. It is important to know your plans ahead of time so you are better prepared for any situation that requires quick action. Below are some items to consider on getting informed, making a plan, assembling a kit, and maintaining plans for people with access and functional needs.
If you have a Personal Care Attendant, work with that person to decide how you will communicate with each other, such as by cell phone, if you are separated during an emergency.
Identify multiple escape routes from home and work. Ask your employer to include and test these plans.
Consider getting a medical alert system that will allow you to call for help if you are immobilized in an emergency. Most alert systems require a working phone line, so have a back up such as a cell phone or pager if the landlines are disrupted.
Learn about devices such as PDAs, text radio, pagers, etc. that can help you receive emergency instructions and warnings from local officials.