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How to Keep Persons with Special Needs Safe

• Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Resources The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services presents links to emergency and disaster preparedness resources created for various special populations.

• Michigan Office of Services to the Aging The Michigan Office of Services to the Aging is your state resource for information on aging in Michigan. If you're an older adult, family member, or caregiver, here you can easily find and be referred to community programs available in your local area. Information to help people age successfully is also at your finger tips. If you work with or for older adults, you will find up-to-date information to help keep you professionally informed.

• Define, Locate, and Reach Special, Vulnerable, and At-Risk Populations during an Emergency PDF icon This 2010 document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes a process that will help planners to define, locate, and reach at-risk populations in an emergency. Additional tools are included to provide resources for more inclusive communication planning that will offer time-saving assistance for state, local, tribal, and territorial public health and emergency management planners in their efforts to reach at-risk populations in day-to-day communication and during emergency situations.

• Accessible Emergency Information On this website you will find videos with American Sign Language interpreters advising how to prepare for 18 topics. The videos also have audio voice over and text along side the interpreter. Along with the videos we have included the Emergency Preparedness Guide formatted in braille, large print, and PDF regular font for download. All of the information is free for public use, any organization may link to the website and use the information to inform the public. The braille documents are formatted for reprint using a braille printer, local health departments can purchase the printers and reproduce these files at minimal cost.

• Disaster Preparedness and the Deaf Community PDF icon Whether you are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Latened Deaf there are specific things that you need to consider as you prepare for disaster.

• Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Case Management and Home Care Services PDF icon This emergency preparedness checklist is designed to ensure that clients receiving home care and case management services are better able to cover gaps in their own care during emergencies. It includes: questions to encourage conversations about preparedness between clients and case managers; space for contact information, pet information, meeting places, and medications; lists of essential items to stockpile; and space to list additional supplies that may be needed depending on the client's situation.

• Emergency Email and Wireless Network Get breaking emergency information via email or your handheld wireless device. This free service provide notification to citizens of local, regional, national, and international emergencies.

• Being Prepared for an Emergency PDF icon This booklet, produced by the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Family-to-Family Health Information & Education Center, includes fill-in-the-blank emergency forms for children with special needs.

• Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs PDF icon A brochure developed developed by

• Information for Older Americans PDF icon Each person's needs and abilities are unique, but every individual can take important steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies and put plans in place. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any situation.

• Michigan's Disabilities Resources Website One in every five Michigan residents has a disability. Michigan's launched the first website devoted specifically to the interests, concerns, and needs of Michiganians with disabilities. On these pages you will find the services and programs for people with disabilities offered by the State of Michigan as well as other sites of interest. Whether you're looking for assistance in finding a job, want to learn about the latest assistive technology, or have a question about your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you will find the answer here.

• Disaster Readiness Tips for People with Disabilities PDF icon You can decrease the impact of a disaster by taking steps to prepare before an event occurs. Results from focus groups conducted by the National Organization on Disability's Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI) indicate that people with disabilities need to be more self-reliant in emergencies.

• Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities PDF icon This booklet provided by the American Red Cross has been designed to help people who have physical, visual, auditory, or cognitive disabilities to prepare for natural disasters and their consequences. This booklet is designed with checklists and extra space for you to organize information.

• Disaster Tips for People with Development / Cognitive Disabilities PDF icon The terms "developmental disability" and "cognitive disability" includes people with dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), some neurological disorders, and persons who have suffered a stroke. This brochure from the National Organization on Disabilities is designed to help people with developmental or cognitive disabilities begin to plan.

• Disaster Tips for People with Sensory Disabilities PDF icon The term "sensory disabilities" refers primarily to persons with hearing or visual limitations, including total blindness or deafness. This brochure from the National Organization on Disabilities is designed to help people with sensory disabilities begin to plan.

• Special Needs Travelers This website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes information on traveling during pregnancy, travelling with children, information for immunocompromised individuals, and accessibility information for specific destinations.

• Evacuating Wheelchair Users Disabled People and Disaster Planning provides this helpful information on lifting motorized and non-motorized wheelchairs during an emergency evacuation.

• Disaster Tips for People with Mobility Disabilities The term "mobility disabilities" refers primarily to persons who have little or no use of their legs or arms. This brochure from the National Organization on Disabilities is designed to help people with mobility disabilities begin to plan.

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