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Getting Ready for an Emergency in Your Home or Community

Man making emergency plan

An emergency is something that can happen anywhere.

  • An emergency can be a:
    • flood
    • fire
    • earthquake
    • snow storm, or
    • a spill of dangerous chemicals
  • Emergencies can happen without warning.
  • You can get ready for an emergency before it happens.
  • To get ready, you should:
    • Think:  How an emergency might change your life
    • Plan:  Have the right people and supplies ready
    • Do:  Follow your plan during an emergency

Emergency Preparedness Materials

The Consumer Advisory Committee and The Office of Human Rights and Advocacy Services have created "Feeling Safe Being Safe" materials.  These materials can help you, with the help of your supporter, make your own emergency preparedness plans.  The materials are easy to understand. You can find a DVD, disaster plan worksheets, a personal assessment, supply lists, a printable magnet and so much more.  Click on the link below to register and get your FREE materials. 

Preparing for an emergency is the first step in keeping you safe.


Emergency supply kits

  • Your support person can help you put together two emergency supply kits:
    • One for where you live.
    • One to take with you if you need to leave your home.
  • Both kits should have what you need to live for at least three days.
  • You can use an old backpack or a small suitcase with wheels for your supply kits.
  • Keep these kits somewhere easy to get to.
  • Start making your supply kits today!

Personal Support Team

  • Work with your support person to ask people you trust to be a part of your Personal Support Team.
  • Your Personal Support Team could be:
    • Roommates
    • Relatives
    • Neighbors
    • Friends
    • People you work with
  • Your Personal Support Team can:
    • Help you make an emergency plan.
    • Help you stay safe during an emergency!
    • Check on you after an emergency.

Personal Disaster Plan

  • Your Personal Support Team can help you make a Personal Disaster Plan.
  • Your Personal Disaster Plan should include:
    • Emergency contact information for the members of your Personal Support Team.
    • Emergency contact information for your “family contact”.
    • Your health/medical information (medications you take, doctor information).
    • A plan of your home and how to leave it.
    • A care plan for your pet or service animal.
  • Keep copies of your Personal Disaster Plan:
    • In your Emergency Supply Kits
    • In your car
    • In your wallet
    • In your wheelchair pack
    • Where you work

Practice your emergency plans.

  • Practicing your emergency plans will make it easier to do during an emergency.
  • You should practice:
    • Contacting your Personal Support Team.
    • Finding your Emergency Supply Kits.
    • How to leave the building you are in.

Other Resources

  • The DDS Consumer Corner is a helpful place to review emergency preparedness information. 
  • Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disasters
  • Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco
Last updated on Thu, 11/18/2010 - 16:40