Emergency Preparedness

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

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  • Daily prescription medications

  • Infant formula or diapers

  • Important family documents

  • Pre-charged batteries

  • 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

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  • Sterile gloves/Sterile dressings

  • Cleansing agent/soap

  • Antibiotic wipes and ointment

  • Burn ointment

  • Adhesive bandages

  • Thermometer

  • Prescription medications

  • Cell Phone and extra Batteries

  • Scissors/Tweezers

  • Tube of petroleum jelly

  • Aspirin or non- aspirin pain reliever

  • Anti-diarrhea medication

  • Antacid

  • Laxative

Emergency Supplies Checklist

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  • Water

  • Food

  • Battery-powered radio and/or a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries

  • Flashlight and extra batteries

  • Whistle

  • Dust mask

  • Wrench or pliers

  • Can opener

  • Toilet paper, Tissues or paper towels, baby wipes

  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape

  • Garbage bags and plastic ties