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«READY NOW! Emergency Preparedness Tool Kit For People with Disabilities Oregon Office on Disability and Health (OODH) Institute of Development & ...»

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Consider bringing extra items you may need, like a blanket, pillow, air mattress, towel, washcloth, food, and supplies for children and babies.

Usually, only service animals are allowed in emergency shelters. If you can’t make other plans for your pets, Animal Care and Control staff at the emergency shelter may be able to help you find a safe place for your pet.

Remember to take your pet’s emergency supply kit with him or her!

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Summary Checklist

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Write the date you finish each part of your emergency preparedness plan in the space provided. Update your checklist regularly.

1. Make an emergency information list. Include:

Medical and emergency contact information Emergency out-of-town contacts Names and phone numbers of everyone in your network Name and number of a relative or friend who lives more than 100 miles away Date Completed: _______________________

2. Write down the best way to communicate with you on a card or piece of paper that you can always carry with you if you have communication difficulties.

Date Completed:_______________________

3. Fill out a medical information list. Include:

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Adaptive equipment and system support equipment you use Allergies and sensitivities Communication or cognitive difficulties Date Completed:_______________________

4. Attach copies of health insurance cards and related information to your medical information list.

Date Completed:_______________________

5. Keep enough of your medications to last 7 days at all times. Fill your prescriptions at the earliest date possible. Remember: prescriptions for non-narcotic medicines can be used only one year after they are written, and narcotic prescriptions can be used for only 6 months. Put reminders on your calendar to check your medications and prescriptions monthly.

Date Completed:_______________________

6. Have extra copies of your prescriptions.

Date Completed:_______________________

7. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about what you should do if you do not have enough medicine during an emergency. Find out how long your medication is usable and what temperature to keep it at.

Date Completed:_______________________

8. Determine how often you should replace medication. Put reminders on your calendar.

Date Completed:_______________________

9. Identify safe places to go during a/an:

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Terrorist attack Date Completed:_______________________

10. Install at least one smoke detector on each level of your home and near the rooms you sleep in.

Date Completed: _______________________

11. Find utility cutoff valves and switches. Learn how to use them.

Date Completed:_______________________

12. Identify as many exits as possible from each room in your home and the buildings you spend your time in.

Date Completed:_______________________

13. Make a floor plan of your home that includes your main escape routes to keep posted on the refrigerator or other easy place to see.

Date Completed:_______________________

14. Practice leaving your building from different exits, especially if you are in a building with many stories.

Date Completed: _______________________

15. Decide what type of equipment you will need for help during an evacuation.

Date Completed:_______________________

16. Be ready to give brief, clear, specific instructions and directions to rescue personnel.

Date Completed:_______________________

17. If you do not drive, talk with your support people about how you will leave the area if authorities tell you to leave.

Date Completed:_______________________

18. Ask your local Emergency Management Office if transportation services are available for people with your disability during an emergency evacuation. Find out how to get the service.

Date Completed: _______________________

19. Learn all about the emergency evacuation plan for your office, school, and any other location where you spend a lot of time.

Date Completed: _______________________

20. Choose a place to stay if you can’t go home.

Date Completed:_______________________

21. Have a care plan for your pet and/or service animal.

Date Completed: _______________________

Source: American Red Cross (2007). Disaster Preparedness Information.

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American Red Cross Disaster Services for People with Disabilities Phone 202-303-5000 http://www.hhs.gov/od/documents/disabilityAmericanRedCross.pdf American Red Cross: General Disaster Campaign http://www.prepare.org/index.htm Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign http://www.ready.gov/america/_downloads/disabilities_508.pdf Department of Homeland Security Phone: 202-282-8000 http://www.dhs.gov/index.shtm FEMA: Tips for Individuals with Specific Needs Phone: 1-800-480-2520 http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/specialplans.shtm Ready.gov http://www.ready.gov/ If you do not have a computer, look for these resources in your local library.

You can call the local offices of the organizations if there is a number for

them in your phone book, or you can call the national office at:

American Red Cross: 202-203-5000 Department of Homeland Security: 202-282-8000 Federal Emergency Management Agency: 1-800-480-2520 My Local Resources ____________________________________________________________



















Learn How and When to Turn Off Utilities If there is damage to your home or local authorities tell you to turn

off your utilities, there are important things to keep in mind:

 Know where the electric, gas, and water shut off valves are located.

 Keep the tools you’ll need near the shut off valves for easy access.

 It’s a good idea to teach your family members how to turn off the utilities.

 If you turn the gas off, a professional must turn it back on. Don’t try to do it yourself!

Even if you live in an apartment, it is possible that the manager or landlord does not live on the property or is not able to turn off utilities. You may need to do it or you may need to be able to tell someone else how to do it.

It is a good idea to hold an emergency planning meeting with your manager and all the residents in your building or complex.

Source: Ready.Gov. Deciding to Stay or Go. Information adapted from http://www.ready.gov/america/makeaplan/stayingput.html Accessed January 9, 2009.

Source: Information adapted from the City of San Francisco Department of Emergency Management http://www.72hours.org/utilities.html Things to Know about Your Utilities in an Emergency Gas

If you smell or hear gas, see a broken pipeline, or think you have a leak:

• Shut off the main valve.

• Open all the windows and doors.

• Do not turn on electrical switches or appliances.

• Do not light a match or candle – it could cause an explosion.

Here’s how to turn off your gas:

1. First, find the main valve. It’s usually on the outside of large buildings and inside a closet in many homes. If the shut-off valve is inside a landlord’s apartment, find out what to do if he/she is not home or cannot get home.

Your main valve may look like this:

2. After you find the valve, turn it slightly. You’ll know the gas is off when the lever is in a straight line from left to right on the pipe.

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Keep a wrench or another tool you can use to help you turn the lever.

Remember: You must not turn the gas back on yourself. Call your gas company to ask them to do it.

The name of my gas company is: _______________________________

My gas company’s phone number is:____________________________

Water Water leaks can cause damage to your home and electrocution. Here are

some general rules for handling water leaks:

• Shut off your water after an earthquake or explosion.

Here’s how to turn off your water:

1. The water shut off valve is usually in the basement, garage, or where the water line comes into your house. You will see a pipe coming out of the ground with a valve on it that looks like a wheel.

2. Turn the wheel clockwise to shut off the water.

The name of my water company is:______________________________

My water company’s phone number is: __________________________

Electricity You can be electrocuted and killed if you touch live electrical wires or anything that has been touched by live electrical wires. Shut off the

electricity when:

• The insides of electrical devices burn when you plug them in.

• There is a fire or water leak.

• You smell the insulation in your house burning.

• The area around switches and plugs is hot when you touch it.

• The area around switches and plugs is black.

• The power goes out and you smell something burning.

The name of my electric company is:____________________________

My electric company’s phone number is:_________________________

Sewer Service Damage to sewer lines can affect the way you deal with human waste. When sewer lines aren’t working, you will not be able to flush the toilet. If you think your sewer line is damaged, don’t flush the toilet! Turn off the water at the main valve, and call your sewer company.

Here are some things you can do to keep clean if the sewer line is


• If there is no water in the toilet bowl but your sewer lines still work, pour 3 to 5 gallons of water into the toilet bowl so you can flush it.

• If there is no water in the toilet bowl and the sewer lines are broken, line your toilet bowl with double garbage bags to collect waste. After you use the toilet, add a small amount of bleach to the bowl. Then, seal the garbage bag and put it into a container with a lid that fits tightly. Keep the container away from people.

• If your toilet can’t be used at all, line a bucket that has a tight fitting lid and line it with garbage bags. Remember to add a small amount of bleach and keep the bucket away from people and animals.

The name of my sewer company is:____________________________

My sewer company’s phone number is:__________________________

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If your home was damaged by fire or a burglar made off with your valuables, would you remember the details of your possessions? If asked, could you recall your TV's screen size and brand name? How about your camera or video camera? Do you remember when and where you bought these items and how much they cost?

If your belongings are stolen or destroyed, your insurance company will ask you to provide a record of them. Without an inventory, important details are sure to escape you. Add the trauma and stress a major loss can cause, and inevitably, you'll forget items. Save yourself time, money and frustration by planning ahead and completing a personal property inventory.

How an Inventory Can Help You

If a disaster strikes, a personal property inventory will help you:

• Provide your insurance company with a complete list of your household goods and personal belongings so you're sure to receive compensation for everything your policy covers.

• Promptly file a complete claim that can be settled quickly and accurately.

• Confirm that you have adequate coverage for your belongings.

• Determine which items were stolen and identify recovered property after a burglary.

• Provide a record of serial and model numbers for easy identification of your items.

• Provide a receipt from the original place of purchase.

• Verify any parts of your loss that you may write off on your federal income taxes.

A Complete Inventory Contains:

• A listing of all your items with pertinent facts

• Receipts for your most valuable objects

• A videotape or photographs of your home and contents

• Current appraisals It's Easy to Get Started Prepare your inventory by hand or on a computer. Several software packages are available just for this purpose, or design your own form with a spreadsheet program. Keep in mind, a computerized inventory is easy to update and store.

If you design your own form, include columns for the name and description of each item, the quantity, model and serial number, purchase date, where you bought it, original cost and estimated current value. You may want to add a column to indicate if you have a receipt or photo of the article.

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