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Flood Safety Tips For People With Disabilities

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

How to prepare for flooding with a disability

If you have a disability you may have planned for fire or other emergencies, but have you created a plan for flooding? If you, a family member, or neighbor have disabilities, creating a flood emergency plan is essential to keeping everyone safe. 

This list is a great way to start your flood safety plan:

  • Establish a personal support network. This can be family, neighbors, or other nearby people who can help get you to a safe place during a flood. Provide them with copies of your emergency plan and include all necessary medical information. 
  • Make a list of medication dosages, necessary medical equipment, and emergency contacts and post it in an easily visible location. 
  • Register with local emergency management, the fire department, and volunteer centers. 
  • Identify multiple evacuation routes from your home and work.
  • Always carry emergency health information and emergency contacts. Using a medical alert tag can help alert those around you if you are unable to. 
  • If necessary, have an alternate form of communication like a whiteboard or notebook and pen. 
  • If you are mobility impaired and live or work in a highrise building, ensure that there is a mobility chair installed in the stairwell. 
  • Create an emergency ready kit and include items like wheelchair batteries, oxygen, medication, food for guide dogs, or any other medical necessities. 
  • Keep a flashlight, whistle, or bell nearby to signal to others if you are in need of assistance.

When flooding occurs in your home it can feel overwhelming, but the most important thing is to stay safe. SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg County is here to worry about the rest. If you have experienced a flood in your Charlotte, NC, home, give us a call anytime at (704) 840-6112. 

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