Emergency Preparedness

Five days to emergency preparedness: Day 3 - Prepare for Unique Needs

Steps towards being prepared for an emergency:

Day 1: Make a PlanDay 2: Get Emergency SuppliesDay 3: Prepare for Unique NeedsDay 4: Be Informed, Sign up for AlertsDay 5: Create an emergency supply kit for your pet and car


Talk with family to identify unique needs

What things could your household members not do without? Consider:

  • Infants and young children (Baby food, diapers, wipes, blanket or toy)
  • Prescription medication (keep a three day supply with you)
  • Health-related supplies (For example, diabetics need insulin syringes, alcohol wipes, and glucometer supplies)
  • Assistive devices (glasses, canes, etc.)

Consider those with disabilities 

  • Create a personal support network to assist during an emergency
  • If you have a service animal ensure you create a pet emergency kit for them
  • If you use a mobility device, include a tire patch kit, can of seal-in-air product, supply of inner tubes, pair of heavy gloves and a spare deep-cycle battery for motorized wheelchair or scooter
  • If you have a visual impairment, include an extra cane, talking or Braille clock and any reading devices/assistive technology to access information
  • If you have a hearing impairment include extra writing pads and pencils for communication, pre-printed key phrases you would use during an emergency, and extra batteries for assistive devices