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Title: Healthy people/Healthy communities

Healthy people/Healthy communities
Disaster Planning and People with Disabilities
What Really Happens
  • The concerns of people with disabilities and
    seniors are overlooked or swept aside.
  • Traditional government response agencies arent
    equipped to respond to the needs of disability
    and aging populations during emergency response.
  • Essential services not being provided.

Stop the Denial
  • It wont happen here
  • Even if it happens here, it wont happen to me.
  • Even if it happens to me, it wont be that bad.
  • Even if its that bad, theres nothing I could
    have done about it anyway.

Avoid Avoidance
  • Avoidance has greater consequences for people
    with disabilities than for people without
  • People with disabilities must be assertive to
    ensure that safety needs are included in all
    emergency planning.

Know What To Do
  • Prepare Now - your best protection in an
    emergency is to know what to do.
  • Know what can happen types of disasters that
    can happen in your community.
  • Preparation starts at home Emergency supply

Know What To Do
  • Learn how and when to turn off utilities
  • If there is damage to your home or you are
    instructed to turn off your utilities
  • Locate the electric, gas and water shut-off
  • Keep necessary tools near gas and water shut-off
  • Teach family members how to turn off utilities.
  • If you turn the gas off, a professional must turn
    it back on. Do not attempt to do this yourself.

Preparing Takes Time and Effort
  • Do a little at a time the important thing is
    that you start preparing
  • The more you do, the more confident you will be
    that you can protect yourself.

The First 72 Hours
  • Prepare for the risks
  • Stay informed?
  • Implement your plan?
  • Whats in your Emergency kit?
  • Lessons Learned
  • Be proactive, know your community resources
  • Develop your network

What is an Emergency?
  • An emergency is an unplanned event that can cause
    deaths or significant injuries
  • Numerous events can be emergencies

Prepare for the Risks
  • Flood
  • Tornado
  • Drought
  • Hazardous materials and spills
  • Storms
  • Wildfires
  • Fires
  • Large scale power outages
  • Explosions
  • Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (204)
  • or

Stay Informed
  • How would you be informed during an emergency?
    Can you access the information?
  • Who will check in on you?
  • Are you registered with EMS or local disability
  • How have you been involved in disaster plans that
    impact your safety?

Implement Your Plan
  • Create a safe home plan (water, gas, electrical,
    fire) with household escape routes and meeting
  • Identify your health needs Care attendant needs,
    personal network contacts, health/medical info,
    medications and equipment,
  • Consider pets, specific disasters, neighborhood
    safety plans
  • Take a first aid course

Whats in your Emergency Kit?
  • Food and water
  • Can opener and eating utensils
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Candles and matches
  • Canned foods and high energy foods
  • Battery powered radio
  • First Aid Kit
  • Meds and equipment
  • A copy of your emergency plan
  • Whistle
  • Blankets or sleeping bags

Neighborhoods and Apartments
  • A community working together during an emergency
    makes sense.
  • Talk to your neighbors about how you can work
    together during an emergency.
  • Find out if anyone has specialized equipment like
    a power generator, or expertise such as medical
    knowledge, that might help in a crisis.
  • Sharing plans and communicating in advance is a
    good strategy.

  • A support network is a group of individuals who
    have agreed to be a part of your preparedness
    plan and assist you in the event of a disaster.
  • Your support network will know your needs and
    capabilities and should be able to provide help
    within minutes.

BUILD A SUPPORT NETWORKAsk, Explain, Exchange,
and Arrange
  • Ask roommates, relatives, neighbors, friends, and
    co-workers to be a part of your network there
    should be at least 3 people in each place you
    regularly spend time
  • Explain why you need their help and how they can
  • Exchange contact information with your support
    network and think of alternate ways to
    communicate if phones are not working
  • Arrange for more than one person in your support
    network to check on you in an emergency

  • Choose people who are dependable.
  • Notify each other when you are going out of town
    and when you will return.
  • Place a quarterly reminder on your calendar to
    check the status of your personal support

Develop Your Network
  • Consider the resources you require to meet your
    diverse needs and identify people able to support
    those needs
  • Train people in your network to respond to your
  • Consider the method of evacuation, do you have
    access to transportation?
  • Determine the facility you are likely to be
    evacuated to and educate them on what needs to be
    in place to adequately support you
  • Have you planned for your communication needs?
    What resources exist?

Develop Your Network
  • Does your network include supports outside of
  • Will your nutritional requirements be met through
    emergency housing?
  • Have you educated others on the essential role of
    your service anima, adaptive equipment or care
  • Is the evacuation location accessible to you
  • Does your network plan include work, school,
    home, volunteer site etc.?