Being Prepared for a disaster means we should plan ahead. We must accept that disastrous events can happen anywhere. Below are some links to some valuable resources that you can use in case of a disaster.
READY.GOV: Launched in February 2003, Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.
Ready.gov shares great tips for individuals who are blind, have speech disabilities, and mobility disabilities. To visit their website, click here.
AMERICAN RED CROSS: Each day, thousands of people – people just like you – provide compassionate care to those in need. They have a network of generous donors, volunteers and employees who share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world.
They have great information on planning ahead, having a back-up plan and having an evacuation plan. To visit their website, click here.
REDFIN: Redfin is a real estate brokerage. It has a very informative page on fire safety for people with disabilities. To view their website, click here.
NATIONAL CENTER ON HEALTH, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND DISABILITY (NCHPAD Blog): NCHPAD Blog is committed to being an open forum where all things relating to disability and/or physical activity can be discussed honestly among their readers. They are dedicated to bringing you the most up to date news, facts, videos, opinions and personal stories in an effort to motivate and increase awareness. To view their website, please click here.
READYMARIN: Ready Marin is Marin County’s source for information on emergency preparedness, whether you are just starting or an experienced emergency volunteer. Their mission is to provide guidance, training and resources to keep you and your family safe during an emergency.
They believe it is important that members of the Senior community take a few special steps to prepare for a disaster. What is necessary may depend on your mobility and health issues. To review the information shared by ReadyMarin, please click here.
COUNTY OF MARIN: Marin County Aging and Adult Services (AAS) acts as the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for Marin County, under a framework and funding put forth in the Older Americans and Older Californians Acts. The AAA is the leading planner, administrator, and funder of services for persons over 60 and family caregivers in Marin County.
The AAA are required to submit an Area Plan, that reflects future activities of the AAA to best serve the needs identified by older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers in their designated Planning and Service Area (PSA). Click here to view the 2016-2020 Area Plan. To find out more about AAS, click here to go directly to their website.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: The mission of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. They fulfill that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.
To learn about the Emergency preparedness resources for persons with disabilities, please click here.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: The mission of the U.S. Department of Transportation is to serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.
To learn about DOT's emergency preparedness guidelines for people with disabilities, please click here.
CREATING A MEDICATION DISASTER PLAN: While people make their emergency preparedness plans, they sometimes forget about their prescription medications. A disaster can strike at any time and without warning. By preparing in advance, you can help make sure you’ll have the medications you need and one less thing to worry about in an emergency.
To download our tips for creating a medication disaster plan, please click here.