disaster-disabledDisasters never come with warning signs. One minute things may be fine, while at another your world can be turned upside down. While it is difficult to avoid these disasters completely, one can prevent the damage by being prepared for it. Almost everyone should learn to prepare for a disaster; however, those who are disabled must focus on this aspect with great attention.

Things You Will Need

Below are some pointers that will help you prepare for a disaster, especially if you are disabled –

Step 1

Medications - First things first, you must begin by keeping all your medications in a box at a handy spot. This kit should contain all your SOS medicines along with any other regular life saving medication that you may require. All the medication in this box must be within the expiry dates and fully updated. Keep this box in a safe place in the basement if living in an earthquake prone area.

Step 2

Access - You must ensure that you have unhindered and smooth access to the safe place in your house in case disaster strikes. The way to the front door must be free of any hurdles like decorative pots etc and the same holds true for the way to the basement. Remember that the time you take in getting out of disasters way plays a crucial role in determining your chances of survival.

Step 3

Emergency contacts – Always make sure that you have a list of emergency contacts with you. Your doctor, hospital, etc must be listed clearly in this list. In case you loose consciousness, your medical history should be easily available to those helping out.

Step 4

Provisions - Keep the handy provisions in the designated area too. This will include everything right from non-perishable food items to sleeping bags and even aids like, walking sticks, wheelchairs, hearing aids, etc (depending on the disability). A battery operated flashlight and a radio should also be kept in this region, since it can help tremendously in times of a disaster.
Most people presume that disasters will never happen to them and they will have enough time to get away. But this is not true. Statistics indicate that it is the elderly and the disabled who are most likely to suffer in the case of a disaster. So rather than depend on others, it is best to take your life in your hands and ensure that you are prepared in case a disaster does strike.

Tips & Warnings

Be prepared and have a plan. Practice makes perfect, even in disaster situations. Perform periodic drills so that when disaster strikes, you won't even need to think about what to do, it will be an instinctive reaction. Check your provisions periodically and ensure everything is fresh and still works.