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SPECIAL NEEDS


People with Special Needs

Remember family members with special needs. Include family members who need special attention, items, or supplies in your emergency plans.



What Will They Need to Survive?

Think about family members who may need special attention or supplies in an emergency. Modify your family planning and emergency kits to include them. Here are some ideas to consider:


For Babies:

  1. Formula
  2. Diapers
  3. Bottles
  4. Powdered Milk
  5. Medications
  6. Baby Wipes
  7. Diaper Rash Ointment
  8. Vaccination Records
  9. List of allergic reactions

For Children

Emergency plans can be a scary thing for kids. One way to involve your children is to make your plan a fun family project. FEMA offers a great web site for kids to help you teach them about emergencies in a way that's fun for the whole family. For more information, visit FEMA's Ready Kids.


For Adults:

  1. Prescriptions
  2. Dentures and Supplies
  3. Contact Lenses and Supplies
  4. Spare Eye Glasses

For Seniors:

  1. Label any equipment (wheelchairs, canes and walkers) with your name and contact information.

  2. Make a list of prescription medications including your dosage for your supply kit.

  3. Have a list of your allergies in your supply kit.

  4. Pack an extra pair of eyeglasses and hearing aid batteries.

  5. Have extra special equipment (like wheelchair batteries, etc.) in your kit.

  6. Make a list of serial numbers for any medical devices for your kit.

  7. Make copies of all medical insurance and Medicare cards.

  8. Keep a list of doctors and emergency contacts.

For Disabled Persons:

  1. Give one member of your support network a key to your house or apartment.

  2. Wear any medical alert tags or bracelets to help identify your disability.

  3. Know the size and weight of your wheelchair and if/how it collapses for travel.

  4. Label any equipment (wheelchairs, canes and walkers) with your name and contact information.

  5. Make a list of prescription medications including your dosage for your supply kit.

  6. Have a list of your allergies in your supply kit.

  7. Pack an extra pair of eyeglasses and hearing aid batteries.

  8. Have extra special equipment (like wheelchair batteries, etc.) in your kit.

  9. Make a list of serial numbers for any medical devices for your kit.

  10. Keep a list of doctors and emergency contacts.

  11. Register with your city or county emergency information management office so they may quickly locate you in an emergency situation.

  12. Register with your local electric utility company if you use medical equipment (such as a ventilator) at home.


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