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  • People with Disabilities, Access and Functional Needs

    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.


    • Create a Personal Action Plan
    • Register with the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR). This helps keep a record of who may need help during an evacuation, power outage or other emergency.
    • 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.
    • Learn about NOAA All-Hazard Radio for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing


    • Create your Emergency Kit with the items that will keep you self-sufficient for three days. Be sure to keep a stock of any medicines you need.
    • Download and prepare your Vial of Life Kit.  This information may be used by first responders should you need assistance.
    • A medical alert tag or bracelet to assist in identifying your disability, access, or functional need.
    • Have an alternate means of communication, like a dry erase board or writing tablet and markers.
    • Keep a flashlight, whistle or bell handy to signal your whereabouts to others.