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Emergency Preparation in Tompkins County, New York


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If you have a service provider, talk to them about being prepared for emergencies.

Special Needs & Elderly

Ten Steps to emergency preparedness:

Seniors and people having disabilities should do the following when planning for an emergency.

  Create a Communication Plan that you can follow.
  Make an Emergency Supply Kit that is tailored to your needs.
  Put a whistle or loud bell near your bed ( to attract attention).
  Keep an extra pair of eye glasses, and an extra hearing aid with batteries handy, or extra assistive technology as needed.
  Keep mobility aids close and in good repair.
  Make a list of all medications and allergies and keep it handy.
  Keep extra food and water handy for service animals (i.e. seeing-eye dogs, mobility pets)
  Create a plan with any personal care attendants you may have.
  Develop a buddy system with a family member, friend or neighbor and make plans on how to assist one another during an emergency.
  Find out if you are eligible for a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) unit through the Tompkins County Office for the Aging..

Additional Resources - National disaster aid organization

Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions

The National Organization on Disability

The Center for an Accessible Society

The National Center on Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

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