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1.4 Disaster Preparedness for People With Disabilities General Information Many people will have a disability, either short-term or permanent, that will limit their ability to move around.

Disabilities manifest themselves in varying degrees. Everyone needs to have a plan to be able to evacuate a building, regardless of his or her physical condition. When preparing for a disaster, we must consider carefully all aspects and categories of disabilities. The Five General Categories of Disabilities


Mobility Impairments Visual Impairments Hearing Impairments Speech Impairments Cognitive Impairments

Advice For Persons with Disabilities Ÿ If you are in a wheelchair when the earthquake

begins, lock your wheels.

Ÿ Keep your service animals with you in a safe

place at home, or take them with you to a shelter. (SERVICE ANIMALS ARE THE ONLY ANIMALS ALLOWED IN A SHELTER)

Ÿ If you are taking your service animal to an Emergency Shelter, remember, these places, cannot care for your animal.

Do not forget to take a collar, harness, identification tags, records of vaccinations, medications, and food for your service animal with you.

Ÿ Install at least one smoke detector on each level of your home, outside sleeping areas. Install a system with flashing

strobe lights for the hearing impaired. Replace batteries in detectors at least once a year, such as on your birthday, New Year's Day, or an easily remembered day. Test smoke detectors once a month by pushing the test button.

Ÿ Find the location of and learn how and when to disconnect main utility cutoff valves and switches in your home

during an emergency. Try to do this yourself, or arrange for help.

Ÿ When traveling, know the types of disasters that threaten the area you will be visiting. Let the hotel or motel front

desk know of your possible needs in case of an emergency. Describe the type of help you may need. Inform friends, family and/or your network members of your travel plans, when you will leave and when you will return. 23 Community Disaster Preparedness Guide

BVI DDM Community Disaster Preparedness Guide  
BVI DDM Community Disaster Preparedness Guide  

The Disaster Management Department of the BVI's Community Disaster Preparedness Guide, released May 18, 2012