Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
Hurricanes are among nature's most powerful and destructive forces. According to the National Weather Service (NWS) - on average, 12 tropical storms, 6 of which become hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. Hurricane season – when conditions are most favorable for the formation of hurricanes runs from June 1 to November 30 each year.
We have already witnessed the terrible devastation that Hurricane Harvey has wreaked in Texas, Louisiana and beyond. Hurricane Irma – already a Cat 5, is on a path which is very likely to impact Florida. Updates from regarding Irma’s path are available from the NWS . Key messages are available from NOAA. The American Red Cross has a short video, and a very informative website regarding preparation for hurricanes.
Irma and Florida
Florida’s Governor Rick Scott has issued a State of Emergency saying, “In Florida, we know that the best way to protect our families in severe weather is to have a plan. I urge all Floridians to remain vigilant and stay alert to local weather and news and visit FLGetAPlan.com today as we all prepare for Hurricane Irma. We will keep monitoring and issuing updates on Hurricane Irma as it approaches Florida.”
In addition to the FLGetAPlan, the Florida Division of Emergency Management website has a section of resources and information specifically tailored for people with disabilities/special needs and their families to help prepare for emergencies, protect themselves and be survivors.
Emergency Supplies and Planning
American Red Cross helps you to 'Be Red Cross Ready'
Make these items a part of your emergency kit:
This is a guide on preparing and setting up shelters and educating staff & volunteers.
Florida Division of Emergency Management Family Disaster Planning website helps you create your family disaster plan as well as find emergency contacts, evacuation routes and more in your county.
General Emergency Preparedness Links
Resources for Community Members and Professionals
Resources for Kids