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Disaster Preparedness for Individuals with Special Needs

If you or someone close to you has a disability and other access and functional needs, you may have to take additional steps to protect yourself and your family in an emergency.

Disability and Other Access and Functional Needs Additional Steps
Visually impaired May be extremely reluctant to leave familiar surroundings when the request for evacuation comes from a stranger. A guide dog could become confused or disoriented in a disaster. People who are blind or partially sighted may have to depend on others to lead them, as well as their dog, to safety during a disaster.
Hearing impaired May need to make special arrangements to receive warnings.
Mobility impaired May need special assistance to get to a shelter.
Single working parent May need help to plan for disasters and emergencies.

Non-English speaking persons

May need assistance planning for and responding to emergencies. Community and cultural groups may be able to help keep people informed.
People without vehicles

May need to make arrangements for transportation.

People with special dietary needs Should take special precautions to have an adequate emergency food supply.
People with medical conditions Should know the location and availability of more than one facility if dependent on a dialysis machine or other life-sustaining equipment or treatment.
People with intellectual disabilities  May need help responding to emergencies and getting to a shelter.

Information taken from the People with Disabilities and other Access and Functional Needs website.

For additional resources, visit Disability.gov.

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

 

Service Contact: 
Bioterrorism Division of the Department of Health - HEPRA
Contact Phone: 
(202) 671-4222
Contact Fax: 
(202) 671-0707
Contact TTY: 
711
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday, 8:15 am to 4:45 pm