If you, a member of your family, friend or neighbour has mobility issues, hearing or visual impairments or intellectual disabilities, it is important you take extra time to plan for how you will respond to an emergency.
People who need assistance need to put in place a support network of people close to home or work who can provide support during an event.
Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand have services available to assist deaf and hearing impaired people. Information on the hazards and advice on how to be prepared is presented in New Zealand Sign Language and captions on Youtube and available on DVD.
Physical Disability or Mobility Impairment
If you or someone you are caring for has a physical disability or difficulty with mobility, include mobility aids in your emergency getaway kit. This will help you cope if you are evacuated to a different area. If you are in an earthquake and cannot Drop, Cover Hold, understand the correct actions to take.
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.
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.