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Emergency Planning for People with Disability. Community Access Project 2009 Iowa Department of Public Health University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development. Why prepare and plan?. In the past 10 years: - All 99 counties have been declared a national disaster

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emergency planning for people with disability
Emergency Planning for People with Disability

Community Access Project 2009

Iowa Department of Public Health

University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development.

why prepare and plan
Why prepare and plan?

In the past 10 years:

- All 99 counties have been declared a national disaster

- 2 floods at the 100 and 500 year level

- Parkersburg Level 5 tornado

Annually, ~1000 home fires statewide

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Why prepare and plan?

> 1/1000 EMS staff for population

Be ready to take of yourself

for 3 days

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Not an effective plan

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national message
National Message

National Message for everyone

Be informed

Make a plan

Make a kit

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Be informed Make a Plan Make a Kit 8 steps

  • Know emergencies and what to do
  • Complete a personal assessment
  • Develop a personal support team
  • Make an emergency info list
  • Make a medical information list
  • 3-7 day supply of medications
  • Make an emergency supply kit
  • Make your home/school/work a safer place
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Be informed:

Do you know the disasters in your community?

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Home fire

Tornados

Floods

Loss of power: cold/heat

Pandemic illness: H1N1

Toxic spill

Terrorism

Be informed:

Do you know the hazards in our community?

Photo courtesy of NOD

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Home fire

Tornados

Floods

Loss of power: cold/heat

Pandemic illness: H1N1

Toxic spill

Terrorism

How will you:

Be alerted or warned?

Evacuate to safe place?

Stay at home?

Evacuate home

- transportation?

Shelter elsewhere?

Return/recover after?

Be informed:

Do you know how to respond?

Photo courtesy of NOD

2 complete a personal assessment
2. Complete a Personal Assessment
  • What can you do re: disaster?
    • Independently
    • With assistive technology
    • With personal assistance
  • Then what will you need in a disaster?
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2. Complete a Personal Assessment
  • How will you be alerted or warned?
  • How will you immediately evacuate?
  • What will you need to shelter or stay in place for ADLs?
  • What will you need to evacuate?
  • What will you need at shelter?
  • What help will you need to return home and recover?
3 develop a personal support team
3. Develop a personal support team
  • Assist you with disaster response: alert, evacuate, transportation, ADLs at home or shelter, recovery.
  • Possible team members.
  • Ask and confirm commitment!!!!
  • Share plan, information, keys, and ADL care instructions.
  • Set a calendar date to re-confirm support team.
4 make an emergency info list
4. Make an emergency info list
  • For cell phone, wallet, auto, and kit
  • ICE: In Case of Emergency
  • Personal information:
    • Contact info, DOB
    • “Good to know information”
    • Service providers: case manager!
    • AT and medical supply information
    • Insurance: health, home and auto
    • Legal papers
    • Inventory of home
    • Important papers
5 make medical information list
5. Make medical information list
  • Medical conditions
  • Doctors
  • Pharmacy
  • Medicines:
    • Name and dosage
    • Description of the pill
    • Also the prescription number
6 keep a 3 7 day supply of medications
6. Keep a 3-7 day supply of medications
  • This can be a PROBLEM!
  • Don’t let get down to zero
  • Keep meds in one place
    • So easy to grab and go
  • Rotate new with old in kit.
7 make an emergency supply kit
7. Make an emergency supply kit
  • Shelter or stay at home for 3 days
  • Take along to support team home or community shelter
  • Ready.gov or Fema or Red Cross for list of item.
7 make a kit assistive technology supplies backup
7. Make a kit >>>> Assistive Technology supplies & backup

Loss of power, lost or contaminated:

  • Extra batteries, chargers
  • Low tech alternatives
  • Mobility
  • Communication
  • Hearing
  • Mobility
  • Independent ADL
8 make your home school work a safer place
8. Make your home/school/work a safer place
  • Tornado Watch vs Warning?
  • Home, work, school & community:
    • Know evacuation routes and safe places
    • Smoke detectors
    • Warning systems
    • Clear paths & doorways
pets and service animals
Pets and Service Animals
  • Service animals can go to shelter, unless they pose a threat or undue hardship
  • Pets will need to go to arranged or community shelter
  • Both need:
    • Plan for evacuation and sheltering
    • Emergency kit
ada pets vs service animals
ADA: Pets vs Service Animals
  • ADA “Domesticated animal” = dog/cat so really a dog in this case
  • Shelter staff can only ask 2 questions:
    • Do you need this animal due to a disability?
    • What tasks or work has this animal been trained to perform?
      • So service not therapy animals
additional information
Additional information
  • Iowa Department of Public Health www.idph.state.ia.us/bh/disability_emergency_prep.asp
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Securitywww.ready.gov
  • American Red Crosswww.prepare.org
  • Federal Emergency Management Agencywww.fema.gov/preparedness/
  • National Organization on Disabilitywww.nod.org/emergency
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Do you have a plan and a kit?

Photo courtesy of NOD

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