Considerations for Special Needs


Disability/Special Need Additional Steps to Consider
Hearing impaired May need to make special arrangements to receive warnings.
Mobility impaired May need to make special arrangements to get to a shelter.
Working parents May need to make alternate child care arrangements.
Non-English speaking persons May need assistance planning for and responding to emergencies.
No vehicle May need to make arrangements for transportation.
Special dietary needs Plan to have an adequate emergency food supply.
Daily Medication needs Ensure you have an adequate supply.

 Planning for Special Needs

  • Find out about special assistance that may be available in your community.
  • Discuss your needs with your employer.
  • If you are mobility impaired & live or work in a multi-storey building, have a stairway escape chair.
  • If you live in a multi-unit building, ask the management to mark accessible exits clearly and to make arrangements to help you leave the building.
  • Keep specialized items ready, including extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen tanks, catheters, medication, food for service animals and any other items you might need.
  • Be sure to make provisions for medications that require refrigeration.
  • Keep a list of the type and model numbers of the medical devices you require.

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