This standard guide will provide a roadmap for persons with disabilities to use in preparing themselves for emergencies or disasters. While it recognizes that assistance will be provided by local first responders and the community in general, the standard identifies actions that both the community and a person with disabilities can take in order to mitigate the personal impact of disasters. It addresses actions that can be taken before a disaster occurs as well as what one can do during the actual event in order to minimize impact on the individual.
During a disaster, the first responder community has an enormous job to do in order to save lives and property. In many instances, first responders are unable to attend the needs of all residents in a community, thereby necessitating that persons with disabilities plan in advance those actions that they can take to avoid a desperate situation for themselves. While such advance planning may have been discussed, this standard guide is needed to will capture and document actions that an individual can take to lessen the effects of the circumstances surrounding a disaster.
KeywordsPersonal preparedness; pre-planning; action plan; critical concerns; accessibility; susceptibility and need; and, mobility.
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