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Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities & Their Families: The Take & Go Emergency Book
Ready.gov has a printable fill-in-the-blank forms booklet to record important information in one place that a person can easily take with them during emergencies.

Click here for Ready.gov
Take & Go Emergency Book

Preparing Makes Sense for Older Americans.
Ready.gov has a Guide which outlines commonsense measures older Americans can take to start preparing for emergencies before they happen.

Click here for Ready.gov Guide

Disaster Planning for Pets.
If it's not safe for you, it's not safe for your pets/service animals.

Click here for
information from
the Humane Society of the
United States

Lisa Tarricone
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Director of Systems Advocacy
Lisa Tarricone

No matter what the form of the disaster, no matter where we live, preparation is very important. And, the responsibility for preparedness rests on you.

Planning in advance for an emergency will help you to take care of yourself and your loved ones. The following are suggestions and links to sites that are designed to assist you with your personal preparedness.


Put Together 2 Emergency Supply Kits. One should contain everything needed to stay where you are and make it on your own. The other should be a light-weight, smaller version you can take with you if you have to get away. For articles to include in Emergency Supply Kits, click here.

Make a Family Communication Plan. You and your family may not be together when an emergency strikes, so your Family Communication Plan should include plans on how to contact one another in different situations. Click here for ideas on how to develop a Family Communications Plan.

Organize Important Paperwork. Organize your important legal, financial, and insurance paperwork. When you have six feet of water in your living room is not the time to wonder whether or not you have insurance for this kind of thing. For tips on organizing your Important Paperwork, click here.

Make a Checklist for Service Animals and Pets. You love them and rely on them. In an emergency, they will also need you. Click here for the Humane Society's Disaster Preparedness Checklist for Service Animals and Pets.

Make Arrangements for a Support Network. In the event of a serious disaster, you may need assistance from your personal support network. Arrangements made prior to an emergency will be crucial. For tips on Making Arrangements for a Support Network, click here


The following suggestions/tips are offered in no particular order:

  • Conduct an ability self-assessment
  • Collect "carry-with-you" supplies to keep with you at all times
  • Collect disability-related supplies for emergency kits
  • Maintain a 7-day supply of essential medications
  • Keep important equipment and assistive devices in a consistent, convenient and secured place
  • Write out instructions for things you will need help with in an emergency
  • Customize an emergency health information card - include name, address, phone #, blood type, physicians names and telephone #s, medications, allergies, equipment needs, communication needs, insurance carrier & ID #, emergency contacts, etc. - Keep copies in wallet, purse, and emergency supply kits
  • Make an emergency contact list
  • Establish a personal support network
  • Make arrangements, prior to an emergency, for your support network to immediately check on you after a disaster
  • Make copies of important keys for your support network
  • Show your support network where you have your emergency supplies and important equipment and assistive devices
  • Notify your support network when you are going out of town and when you will return. And have them do the same.
  • Keep emergency documents in a consistent, convenient and secured place
  • Make copies of important documents and give to your support network
  • If you have pets and/or service animals, don't forget to make plans for them as well. They will also need food and supplies in an emergency

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