For people with a disability, emergencies such as fires, floods and acts of terrorism present a real challenge. The same challenge also applies to the elderly and other special needs populations. Make arrangements now to get the support needed during an emergency event. 


Build a personal support network 

  • Organise a personal support network of a minimum of three people to alert you to civil defence warnings, or to help if you need to be evacuated. This could be family members, carers, friends, neighbours or co-workers.

  • Ensure you have an emergency plan before a disaster happens and practice it with your support network. Plan for various disasters and situations you could encounter.

  • Discuss your needs with the support network and make sure everyone knows how to operate necessary equipment.

  • Inform your support team if you are travelling or away from home. 

Consider also:

  • Ensuring you have emergency survival items, including any specialised items you need, and a getaway kit in case of evacuation.

  • Keeping at least seven days’ supply of your essential medications and make provisions for those that require refrigeration.

  • Wearing a medical alert tag or bracelet to identify your disability or health condition.

  • When travelling, letting a hotel or motel manager know of your requirements in case of an emergency.

  • Knowing where to go for assistance if you are dependent on a dialysis machine or other life-sustaining equipment or treatment.

This Booklet will help people with disabilities prepare and emergency plan to protect themselves, family, friends, personal care assistant and others in the support network in the event of an emergency. Post the plan where everyone will see it, keep a copy with you and make sure everyone involved in your plan has a copy.


Asthma and respiratory problems

People with asthma or a respiratory disorder will be more susceptible to dust, volcanic ash, or the stress of an emergency. Make sure you have dust masks at home and in your emergency getaway kit and sufficient medicines for at least seven days.


Special food requirements 

If you, or someone you are caring for, have special dietary needs, make sure there is sufficient stock of these food items for at least seven days at home, and in the emergency getaway kit. If you have to be evacuated, emergency shelters are unlikely to have the special food items you may need.

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