In keeping with the Independent Living Philosophy, CFI has promoted emergency preparedness, particularly for people with disabilities for over 10 years. CFI is a liaison to local, state, and federal departments of emergency management. We are disability integration advisors for agencies such as FEMA, Red Cross, and Portlight.
If you have a disability or access and functional need, you may need to take additional steps to prepare for emergencies. How well you prepare and how much you practice before a disaster occurs will determine how successful you are in the recovery of a disaster. It’s important to prepare yourself based on the capabilities and limitations you believe you will have after a disaster.
Keep in mind that your usual ways of support and assistance may not be available to you for some time during an evacuation and after the disaster has occurred. It’s important for you to have a personal disaster plan. You and only you know what supplies you require and what your needs are in the event of an emergency.
CFI can work with you to show you how to put together an emergency preparedness plan. If you would like to learn more about individual or community emergency preparedness, please contact one of our offices.
For more information, you can also check out this link Ready.Gov
Personal Emergency Checklist
Daily prescription medications
Infant formula or diapers
Important family documents
Important documents, including birth and marriage certificates
Important items you may need
Personal Emergency Information
Keep a personal emergency information card with you at all times containing your name, the nature of your disability, and what actions you need taken because of your disability.
First Aid Kit Checklist
Sterile gloves/Sterile dressings
Antibiotic wipes and ointment
Cell Phone and extra Batteries
Tube of petroleum jelly
Aspirin or non- aspirin pain reliever
Emergency Supplies Checklist
Battery-powered radio and/or a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
Flashlight and extra batteries
Wrench or pliers
Toilet paper, Tissues or paper towels, baby wipes
Plastic sheeting and duct tape
Garbage bags and plastic ties