Friday, September 21, 2007

In Case of Emergency: And you are disabled?

In my work I am often required to attend meetings in the heart of one of California's earthquake hot-spots; San Francisco. That's my impression at least, and for a person living with a mobility impairment like myself, an earthquake of 7.0 on the Richter's scale would most likely make San Francisco seem like 1906 all over again.

So how does a person living with disability prepare for the inevitable earthquake, hurricane, or tornado? Becoming informed is a great place to start. Here is a good article: Emergency Information for People with Disabilities.
IV. Home and Family Preparedness

SPECIAL NEEDS, BASIC NEEDS

Emergency Information for People with Disabilities
By John Cavanagh and Anne Malia

According to the National Organization on Disability, of the 54 million Americans with disabilities, 61% have not made plans to quickly and safely evacuate their homes, in the event of an emergency. Also, 46% of people with disabilities do not know whom to contact about emergency plans for their community. 53% percent say that they have not made plans to quickly and safely evacuate their home and 32% report that plans have not been made to evacuate them from their workplace in case of a disaster. These statistics illustrate the necessity of continuing to promote the importance of emergency preparedness for those with disabilities....

Read the full article.

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