Seniors & Disabled

Set Up a Personal Support Network
Designate someone to check on you in an emergency and to help with evacuation or sheltering-in-place.

Personal Care Assistance
If you receive assistance from a home healthcare agency or in-home support provider, find out how the provider will respond in an emergency. Designate backup or alternative providers that you can contact in an emergency.

For Persons Using a Wheelchair
Plan for how you will evacuate in an emergency and discuss it with your care providers. If you use a motorized wheelchair, have a manual wheelchair as a backup.

For Persons Who are Blind or Visually Impaired
Keep an extra collapsible cane by your bed. Attach a whistle to the cane; use it if you need to attract attention. Exercise caution when moving around after an earthquake; items may fall and block paths that are normally unobstructed.

For Persons Who are Hearing Impaired
Keep extra batteries for your hearing aids with emergency supplies. Consider storing your hearing aids in a container attached to your nightstand or bedpost, so you can locate them quickly after a disaster.