September 29, 2021

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by: admin

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Tags: AGE, Autism, Disaster, Preparedness

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Categories: autism

Catastrophe Preparedness – AGE OF AUTISM

Note: A reader asked me what yesterday’s post had to do with autism. Due to Covid being on everyone’s radar these days it is a balance to manage postflow. I hope that seems more relevant.

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From Safeminds
September 26, 2021
Identifying needs prior to a disaster is incredibly important

Emergencies and disasters happen in unpredictable ways and, in some cases, without warning. These unexpected situations are challenging for anyone, but can be especially difficult for those with special needs and their caregivers. It is for this reason that disaster risk reduction is critical to the disabled community. The Los Angeles Times recently published a report on this important issue. Her article works to ensure that people with disabilities recognize their daily needs and incorporate them into an emergency plan. This plan should include a detailed list of medications and dosages, names of doctors and their contact details, special equipment required, and health insurance information. The article also introduced the Americans with Disabilities Act Center’s four-tier framework for emergency situations, which can be customized for anyone. These suggestions include:

Find five trusted allies and share your emergency plan: You should have at least five people fully aware of your emergency plan, including supplies you need, your evacuation plan, and all of your medical information. Write down their contact information so you have it too. Don’t rely on just one person or on contact information being stored digitally.
Prioritize your health needs and make lists: Have physical and digital copies of everything: doctors and their contact details; Drugs and dosages; what kind of equipment you use, where to store it and how to use it. This information should be available to your allies and emergency responders.
Create Your Emergency Kits: You should have an emergency kit for your home, car, body, and work place. These kits should contain the emergency basics as well as accessories for any specific needs.
Plan how and when to evacuate: Usually an earthquake doesn’t trigger an evacuation, but forest fires do. Plan and practice at least two evacuation routes. Make sure they are accessible to you and your needs.

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