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FEMA: Helping People With Special Needs Prepare For A Disaster

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Disaster preparedness takes on added dimensions for people with disabilities or other special needs.

If you or someone you care for has special needs, your disaster kit may require more than the standard items of food, water and supplies. Items to consider including are:

* Medications for at least a week. It’s also a good idea to have copies of prescriptions and dosage information.

* Medical supplies and equipment such as eye glasses, hearing aids and batteries, wheelchair and batteries, or oxygen. Be sure to include pertinent operating instructions.

via FEMA: Helping People With Special Needs Prepare For A Disaster.

Such good information. During Katrina I met a family that had been displaced from New Orleans. Their son was on dialysis and they’d left the city with 2 kids, one car and what possessions they could fit and they headed to my city. No records, nothing. They started  his care knowing nothing. I thought this list was a great start for all of us to be more prepared.

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