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Sacramento OES Disaster Preparedness
If you are a senior or have a special need, you may want to add the following steps to your emergency preparations.
- Get to know about the various types of emergencies and how to prepare for them.
- Prepare an emergency kit and personalize it to your needs. In addition to the recommended items, consider including:
- Medicare and other medical insurance cards
- Emergency contact information – list of family, friends, relatives and health providers that should be notified if you are injured
- Extra supplies for medical equipment - wheelchair batteries, oxygen, eyeglasses, hearing-aid batteries
- A list of serial numbers and styles of medical devices
- Extra supply of medication
- Copies of prescriptions along with the reason you use them
- Develop a support team. If you know you will need assistance during an emergency talk to someone you know can help you.
- Discuss your plan with your support team.
- Talk to members about where you keep your emergency kit.
- Provide a key to your home to one of your team members.
- Show your support team how to operate medical devices you use.
- Ask your doctor, pharmacist, and health service provider about what else you can do to prepare. If possible, add them as members of your support team.
- Identify your disability by wearing medical alert tags or bracelets.
Disaster Preparedness Starts With You
California Telephone Access Program
For information on applying for a free specialized phone from California Telephone Access Program, please go to www.californiaphones.org
CTAP is a program of the California Public Utilities Commission Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program.
Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable Populations in an Emergency