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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.