You are less likely to have problems in either large or small emergencies if you are prepared. A power failure or your drug store running out of your medications are examples of small emergencies. Large emergencies affect a wide area, overload emergency services, and may mean that you have to be self-sufficient for a week or more.
Systems that people rely on may not work in a major disaster. Things can be even harder for people with disabilities and activity limitations. Planning is important in order to deal with these problems. You need to plan for all kinds of hazards. Make your plans, then practice, evaluate and update them. Preparing takes time and effort. You might want to do a little at a time. The important thing is to start. We provide the following resources to assist you:
Emergency Plan Workbook
An Emergency Plan Workbook For People With Disabilities And Their Families has been developed by Shasta County's Ready Shasta program. The workbook provides space for you to supply information about yourself, agencies that already help you, medical information, a list of essential items for an emergency preparedness kit, and much more. You can view and print the workbook by clicking this link: Emergency Plan Workbook
Tips For People With Disabilities
"Emergency Preparedness: Taking Responsibility for Your Safety" is a booklet of tips to help you through emergency situations. This booklet contains information on establishing a support team, creating an emergency plan, and gathering disability-specific supplies for emergency supply kits.
Read and print the English version here: Preparation for Emergencies
Read and print the Spanish version here: Preparación para Emergencias
A number of websites are available that provide additional information about emergency planning and preparedness. We recommend:
Talking Web Page