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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.

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

Non-English speaking persons

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

You or the individual may need to make arrangements for transportation.

People with special dietary needs You or the individual should take special precautions to have an adequate emergency food supply.
People with medical conditions You or the individual 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 You or the individual may need help responding to emergencies and getting to a shelter.

This information was taken from the People with Disabilities and other Access and Functional Needs at 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
Service Location: 

899 North Capitol Street, NE


GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE
City: 
Washington
State: 
DC
Zip: 
20002