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Protecting yourself at home when disaster strikes requires planning by both you and others who live with you for at least 72 hours. This checklist can help you get started.
Find out how you would be warned of an emergency. If the warning is by means not accessible to you, suggest or arrange alternatives.
Talk to your landlord, service provider, family and/or roommates to discuss what plans are in place for emergencies that might occur.
Assemble supplies you might need in an evacuation. Store them in an easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or duffel bag. Tailor this kit to your specific needs. Your emergency kit should include these items:
Adapted and reprinted with permission from “Emergency Preparedness at Home for People with Disabilities,” published by the Center for Disability and Special Needs Preparedness, Washington, D.C. Retrieved June 6, 2007 from their Web site at www.disabilitypreparedness.org. They may also be reached at 202/338-7158, x 201.
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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/201/default.html). Citation: Moseley, C., Salmi, P., Johnstone, C. & Gaylord, V. (Eds.). (Spring/Summer 2007). Impact: Feature Issue on Disaster Preparedness and People with Disabilities, 20(1). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration].
The PDF version of this Impact, with photos and graphics, is also online at http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/201/201.pdf.
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