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Disability and Disaster Preparedness

Many adults act as caregivers for individuals with disabilities, special healthcare needs, or the elderly, often being family or friends who provide essential support. It's crucial for caregivers to prepare both themselves and their care recipients for disasters. Disasters can disproportionately affect people with disabilities, making preparedness vital.


Caregivers should identify potential risks and barriers, understand how their care recipient processes information, and ensure assistive technology is available. Key steps include maintaining an updated list of essential contacts, ensuring medical alert tags are worn, and preparing a comprehensive emergency kit with necessary supplies, medications, and backup power sources. Read more in FEMA’s Disaster Preparedness Guide for Caregivers.