Helping the Disabled Prepare for a Crisis

If you or a loved one is disabled, you know first-hand how challenging life can be. Everything – even the most simple tasks – requires more time than it does for the able-bodied.

One of the many activities that becomes a huge challenge for those with disabilities is preparing for a crisis. Let’s face it – it’s difficult enough for those who are perfectly healthy.

So if you, a family member or a friend has a physical handicap, it’s important to get your house in order and make sure preparations are being made to handle a hunkering down or a bug-out situation.

Let’s take a look at a few things we need to consider in this situation:

    • Getting around. If you’re bugging out in an emergency, your disabled person will require more time than most to get out of the house and into a vehicle. So, be ready to start this process sooner than you would otherwise.
    • Equipment. Make sure all wheelchairs, walkers, ramps, crutches, canes, prosthetic limbs, oxygen tanks, etc., are in good working order, and keep spares whenever possible.
    • Prescription Medications. The disabled person should explain to his or her doctor their interest in being prepared, and ask to be allowed to stay three months ahead on their medications.
    • The Small Stuff. Some items the disabled person needs are small, but very important. Make sure to have extra inhalers, hearing aids and over-the-counter medications in a small bag that can be quickly added to a bug-out bag.
    • Batteries. A number of the important items a disabled person may need require batteries, so have plenty of fully-charged spares ready to go as well.
    • Generator. I realize this is also a piece of equipment, but I separated it because if you’re hunkering down, it may be crucial for the disabled person to have power for medical equipment. This could be a matter of life or death.

What other considerations would you recommend for the disabled to focus on prior to an emergency situation? I’m sure many of our readers would like to hear about them.


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