What is the difference between Disaster Planning for Individuals with a Visually Impairment and Cognitive Disability versu...
Professional Responsibility <ul><li>Be prepared for disasters </li></ul><ul><li>Share this information with your agency & ...
Emergency Preparedness <ul><li>Emergency preparedness means being: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Being prepared yourself and havin...
Emergency Preparedness <ul><li>Is everyone’s concern! </li></ul>
Why prepare? <ul><li>The need to prepare is real. </li></ul>
FEMA  <ul><li>Emergency Preparedness Pyramid  </li></ul>Government State Community Citizen
Step One: Get Informed <ul><li>Be knowledgeable about: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural hazards  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>M...
Resources: <ul><li>911 Indicator Form </li></ul><ul><li>ICE phone # </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Reserves Corps </li></ul><ul...
Step Two: Make a Plan <ul><li>Meet with your family and review the information you gathered about community hazards and em...
Things To Check Before a Disaster <ul><ul><li>Utilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire Extinguisher </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
Step Three: Assemble a Kit  <ul><li>You may need to survive on your own after a disaster. This means having your own food,...
What to include in your disaster supplies kit <ul><li>Water </li></ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul><ul><li>First Aid supplies </...
Step Four: Maintain your plan and kit <ul><li>Review your plan </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct fire and emergency evacuation dri...
If Disaster Strikes <ul><li>stay put   </li></ul><ul><li>get away </li></ul><ul><li>evacuate </li></ul>
Additional Tips for Individuals with Special Needs  <ul><li>Create a Personal Support Network </li></ul><ul><li>Complete a...
Tips for People with Visual Disabilities <ul><li>Canes </li></ul><ul><li>Guide Dog Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Alternate Mobi...
Animal Safety Pets and Disaster  <ul><li>Have a Safe Place To Take Your Pets </li></ul><ul><li>Assemble a Portable Pet Dis...
Handout <ul><li>Disaster Supplies Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Family Communications Plan </li></ul><ul><li>911 Disability I...
Resources <ul><li>Personal Emergency Preparedness Plan:  Disability Policy Consortium, Boston MA 866-745-0917  www.dpcma.o...
Presenter Contact Information <ul><li>Meg Robertson COMS  Massachusetts Commission for the Blind  Director, Orientation & ...
Emergency Preparedness Visual Disabilities Related Sites and Information: <ul><li>Emergency Evacuation: Taking Responsibil...
<ul><li>Emergency Responders and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community: Taking the First Steps to Disaster Preparedness. ...
<ul><li>The Access Board:  www.access-board.gov :  Publications: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access Board Emergency Evacuation P...
Pet Safety Emergency Preparedness Disability Related Sites: <ul><li>Prepare:  www.prepare.org   </li></ul><ul><li>Humane S...
Resources to Purchase Emergency Supply Kits  <ul><li>911 Pack:  www.911pack.com </li></ul><ul><li>Target Stores: Target/Am...
Evacuation Chair Resources: <ul><li>Garaventa Accessibility: Evacu-Trac Emergency Evacuation Chair  www.garaventa.ca  or  ...
Suggestion for Making Community Emergency Preparedness Programs Accessible to Persons who are Legally Blind <ul><li>Notifi...
Evacuation, Emergency Transportation:  <ul><li>How are folks expected to get to a shelter or evacuate without a car? </li>...
Additional Tips <ul><li>Develop a personal assessment of individuals you work with </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Base plan on the ...
<ul><ul><ul><li>How agency plan to communicate with the emergency personal? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is th...
State Emergency Resources <ul><li>Massachusetts:  www.mass.gov/mema </li></ul><ul><li>Also try State Red Cross chapters, S...
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Disaster Planning for Individuals w/ Vision Loss bostonaer regional2011

  1. 2. What is the difference between Disaster Planning for Individuals with a Visually Impairment and Cognitive Disability versus Individuals without a visual impairment? <ul><ul><li>Little input into disaster planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency Preparedness information is not available in accessible formats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assumptions that someone else has taken care of it. </li></ul></ul>
  2. 3. Professional Responsibility <ul><li>Be prepared for disasters </li></ul><ul><li>Share this information with your agency & individuals you work for. </li></ul><ul><li>Assist individuals you work with in being prepared for any emergency </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in community’s disaster preparation planning </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage others to participate </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate on behalf of the individuals you work with. </li></ul><ul><li>Never assume plans are in place for disaster. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Emergency Preparedness <ul><li>Emergency preparedness means being: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Being prepared yourself and having your family prepared for all kinds of emergencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>able to respond in time of crisis to save lives and property </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>able to help a community return to normal life after a disaster. </li></ul></ul>.
  4. 5. Emergency Preparedness <ul><li>Is everyone’s concern! </li></ul>
  5. 6. Why prepare? <ul><li>The need to prepare is real. </li></ul>
  6. 7. FEMA <ul><li>Emergency Preparedness Pyramid </li></ul>Government State Community Citizen
  7. 8. Step One: Get Informed <ul><li>Be knowledgeable about: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural hazards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Man-made hazards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Hazards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Disaster Plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Warning Systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assistance Programs for Individuals with Special Needs </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Resources: <ul><li>911 Indicator Form </li></ul><ul><li>ICE phone # </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Reserves Corps </li></ul><ul><li>Check Local City/Town’s plan-What is the Community Warning System? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you know your Agency’s plan? </li></ul>
  9. 10. Step Two: Make a Plan <ul><li>Meet with your family and review the information you gathered about community hazards and emergency plans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose an &quot;Out-of-Town&quot; Contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decide Where to Meet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete a Communications Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Escape Routes and Safe Places </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan for Pets </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Things To Check Before a Disaster <ul><ul><li>Utilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fire Extinguisher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smoke Alarms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insurance Coverage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First Aid/CPR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inventory Home Possessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vital Records and Documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce Home Hazards </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Step Three: Assemble a Kit <ul><li>You may need to survive on your own after a disaster. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. </li></ul><ul><li>Every household should assemble a disaster supplies kit and keep it up to date. </li></ul><ul><li>A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items a family would probably need to stay safe and be more comfortable during and after a disaster. </li></ul><ul><li>Have emergency supplies for home, work, and vehicles. </li></ul>
  12. 13. What to include in your disaster supplies kit <ul><li>Water </li></ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul><ul><li>First Aid supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Non-Prescription and Prescription Medicine Kit Supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Kitchen Items </li></ul><ul><li>Equipment and Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Clothing </li></ul><ul><li>Sanitation and Hygiene Supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Documents and Keys </li></ul><ul><li>Flashlights, crank-up radio & extra batteries </li></ul><ul><li>Contact information </li></ul><ul><li>Pet supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Map </li></ul><ul><li>Comfort Items </li></ul><ul><li>Remember the special needs of your family members </li></ul>
  13. 14. Step Four: Maintain your plan and kit <ul><li>Review your plan </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills </li></ul><ul><li>Keep canned foods in a dry cool place </li></ul><ul><li>Keep kit in airtight portable containers </li></ul><ul><li>Change stored food and water supplies every six months </li></ul><ul><li>Write the date you store it on all containers </li></ul><ul><li>Check clothing and other supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Update your communication plan </li></ul><ul><li>Update pet plan </li></ul>
  14. 15. If Disaster Strikes <ul><li>stay put </li></ul><ul><li>get away </li></ul><ul><li>evacuate </li></ul>
  15. 16. Additional Tips for Individuals with Special Needs <ul><li>Create a Personal Support Network </li></ul><ul><li>Complete a Personal Assessment </li></ul>
  16. 17. Tips for People with Visual Disabilities <ul><li>Canes </li></ul><ul><li>Guide Dog Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Alternate Mobility Cues </li></ul><ul><li>Label Supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Secure Computers </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy Issues </li></ul><ul><li>(from the American Red Cross www.redcross.org ) </li></ul>
  17. 18. Animal Safety Pets and Disaster <ul><li>Have a Safe Place To Take Your Pets </li></ul><ul><li>Assemble a Portable Pet Disaster Supplies Kit </li></ul><ul><li>Know What To Do As a Disaster Approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Have Neighbor as back up in a disaster </li></ul><ul><li>Keep animals secured and attended </li></ul><ul><li>Do not leave your animals behind. </li></ul>(from the Humane Society and the American Red Cross)
  18. 19. Handout <ul><li>Disaster Supplies Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Family Communications Plan </li></ul><ul><li>911 Disability Indicator Form </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions for Making Community Emergency Preparedness Programs Accessible </li></ul>
  19. 20. Resources <ul><li>Personal Emergency Preparedness Plan: Disability Policy Consortium, Boston MA 866-745-0917 www.dpcma.org Free Booklet </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency Preparedness & People Who Are Blind: www.acb.org </li></ul><ul><li>Hadley School for the Blind Course: www.hadley-school.org </li></ul><ul><li>An ADA Guide for Local Governments: New Emergency Preparedness Guide US Dept. of Justice : www.ada.gov </li></ul><ul><li>NOAA Radio Information: www.weather.gov/nwr </li></ul><ul><li>National Organization on Disability: www.nod.gov </li></ul><ul><li>American Red Cross: www.redcross.org </li></ul>
  20. 21. Presenter Contact Information <ul><li>Meg Robertson COMS Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Director, Orientation & Mobility Department </li></ul><ul><li>Boston MA Meg.Robertson@state.ma.us </li></ul><ul><li>617-626-7581 </li></ul><ul><li>Margie Carney </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher of the Visually Impaired </li></ul><ul><li>Perkins School for the Blind </li></ul><ul><li>Watertown MA </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  21. 22. Emergency Preparedness Visual Disabilities Related Sites and Information: <ul><li>Emergency Evacuation: Taking Responsibility for Your Safety: A Guide to for People with Disabilities and Other Activity Limitations. June Isaacson Kailes, from Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic,800-221-4792 GV 5200, or go to her website at http://www.jik.com/disaster.html </li></ul>
  22. 23. <ul><li>Emergency Responders and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community: Taking the First Steps to Disaster Preparedness. 2006 Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Emergency Preparedness Network CEPIN Project 301-589-3786/v -3006/TTY www.tdi-online.org “Are You Ready” Fact sheets. </li></ul><ul><li>Tips for First Responders : Laminated filed guide on information on how to assist persons with disabilities. Contact Anthony Cahill at Center for Development and Disability; 505-272-2990 or [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Employers’ Guide to Including Employees with Disabilities in Emergency Evacuation Plans. JAN-Job Accommodation Network http://www.jan.wvu.edu/media/emergency.html </li></ul><ul><li>New Emergency Preparedness Guide. An ADA Guide for Local Governments : US Dept. of Justice. http://www.ada.gov/emergencyprepguide.htm </li></ul>
  23. 24. <ul><li>The Access Board: www.access-board.gov : Publications: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access Board Emergency Evacuation Procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ADA Design Requirements for Accessible Egress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources on Evacuation Planning and Assistive Products </li></ul></ul><ul><li>American Red Cross: www.redcross.org </li></ul><ul><li>Be Ready Campaign: www.ready.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Emergency Management Agency: www.fema.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare: www.prepare.org </li></ul><ul><li>American Assoc. for People w/Disabilities: www.aapd.com </li></ul><ul><li>Disability Resources:   www.disabilityinfo.gov </li></ul><ul><li>National Organization on Disability: www.nod.gov </li></ul><ul><li>National Council on Disability: www.ncd.org </li></ul><ul><li>The National Center on Emergency Planning for People with Disabilities: www.disabilitypreparedness.com </li></ul>
  24. 25. Pet Safety Emergency Preparedness Disability Related Sites: <ul><li>Prepare: www.prepare.org </li></ul><ul><li>Humane Society: www.hsus.orG </li></ul>
  25. 26. Resources to Purchase Emergency Supply Kits <ul><li>911 Pack: www.911pack.com </li></ul><ul><li>Target Stores: Target/American Red Cross First Aid Emergency Preparedness Starter Kit: www.target.com </li></ul><ul><li>Solar Lanterns & Radios: Check out hardware/outdoor rec stores </li></ul><ul><li>Or try Real Goods: 800-919-2400 www.realgoods.com </li></ul><ul><li>NOAA Radio information: www.weather.gov/nwr/nwrrrcvr.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Or “Google” ‘emergency supply kits’ for other resources. </li></ul><ul><li>(No endorsement implied!) </li></ul>
  26. 27. Evacuation Chair Resources: <ul><li>Garaventa Accessibility: Evacu-Trac Emergency Evacuation Chair www.garaventa.ca or www.evacutrac.com 800-663-6556 </li></ul><ul><li>Stryker: Safety Evacuate Immobile Personnel Chair: www.evacuation.stryker.com </li></ul><ul><li>800-784-4336 </li></ul>
  27. 28. Suggestion for Making Community Emergency Preparedness Programs Accessible to Persons who are Legally Blind <ul><li>Notification Issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>TV announcements/notices are not in usually in an audio format. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be sure websites are accessible to screen reader software. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All handouts should be in large print, at least 14 point or larger. </li></ul></ul>
  28. 29. Evacuation, Emergency Transportation: <ul><li>How are folks expected to get to a shelter or evacuate without a car? </li></ul><ul><li>Will transportation be provided and will it be accessible? Is the pick up location accessible to walk to? Are there detailed walking directions? </li></ul><ul><li>Shelter/meeting areas should be accessible by Public Transportation with detailed walking directions from the bus stop and/or train/subway station. etc. </li></ul>
  29. 30. Additional Tips <ul><li>Develop a personal assessment of individuals you work with </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Base plan on the lowest anticipated level of functioning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ADL issues </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Getting around </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evacuating: What is the plan for home & day/work program? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  30. 31. <ul><ul><ul><li>How agency plan to communicate with the emergency personal? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is the agency’s communicate plan? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is there a place for back-up equipment? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  31. 32. State Emergency Resources <ul><li>Massachusetts: www.mass.gov/mema </li></ul><ul><li>Also try State Red Cross chapters, State Department of Public Health & Safety and or Homeland Security agencies or State FEMA agencies </li></ul>

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