Tips for Special Needs

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Being prepared does not end with registration for evacuation assistance. You need to do more to feel confident that you have everything that you will need to take with you. Decide what you will need to take and what you will need to do before you evacuate, because it is easy to become flustered as a storm is approaching. Instead of just making a couple of lists, consider making a Disaster Preparedness Notebook.

A 3-ring binder works well because you can add insurance papers, updated medical information, copies of identification, etc. For pages of your notebook, use ruled paper, magnetic photo pages, envelopes, etc. Be sure to label the notebook and keep it in a place where you can find it quickly in the event of an emergency.

Inside the front cover, tape a sheet of paper with your name, address, phone number, and social security number. On this same sheet, also list the following:
  • Other names and addresses you might need quickly:
    1. Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of family and friends you will notify with your location if you have to evacuate.
    2. Your doctor's name and telephone number.
    3. Name, address and telephone number of the person such as a veterinarian or friend with whom you have made prior arrangements to care for your pet when you have to evacuate. Do not plan to leave pets at home or expect to take them with you to a shelter.
  • At the front of the notebook, put a last minute checklist of things you need to do when you first hear that a hurricane is headed for Florida or that another type of disaster might affect your area.
Disaster Supply Kit
Make sure to review our Disaster Supply Kit page for a list of kit supplies. Have this Disaster Supplies Kit (tote size) assembled and ready to go. Since evacuation vehicles have to accommodate others, (if you require County assistance for transportation) it is important that you only bring a small bag / tote, snacks and sleeping items that can be easily carried.

If you live in a non-evacuation zone or are planning to evacuate to the home of a relative or friend in a non-evacuation zone, check with your suppliers and the power company about whether there are emergency plans for oxygen, respirators, etc. Also talk to your home health agency if you have one, or to your doctor.

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