The first step in planning is to consider your day to day routine and how a disaster would impact your ability to continue those routines. The next step is to create a network of neighbors, relatives, and friends to assist you in an emergency. Discuss your needs with them and make sure that they know how to operate any equipment that you may rely on.
Put together an emergency kit. Your kit should include:
- The basics: food, water, warm clothes, light source and radio
- Specialized items such as; batteries for wheelchairs, oxygen, catheters, etc.
- A 7-10 day supply of any medications you take and a plan if any of your medicines require refrigeration.
- An extra pair of glasses, hearing aids and hearing aid batteries
- A copy of your medical insurance and Medicare/Medicaid cards
- A list of the type and model numbers of medical devices you require.
If you undergo routine medical treatments talk with your service provider about their emergency plans. Work with them to identify back-up services both in the area you live and in any potential evacuation locations.
Lastly, don't forget about your pets or service animals. Having a plan for them is as important as having one for yourself.
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