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Florida Disaster – Get Prepared. Be a Survivor.

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 3, 2012

Florida Disaster - Get Prepared. Be a Survivor.A disaster can strike at any time – sometimes without warning. It is important for every Floridian, especially citizens with disabilities and other special needs, to plan ahead for an emergency situation and know what to do in the event of an emergency.

This portion of the Florida Division of Emergency Management Web site offers resources and information specifically tailored for people with disabilities/special needs and their families to help prepare for emergencies, protect themselves and be survivors. The links below provide additional information on preparedness planning, evacuation and shelters.

Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can plan for today!

CAT 5 Hurricane Shutters is located in West Palm Beach, Florida, Palm Beach County. We design, manufacture and install hurricane shutters according to the 2010 FL bldg. codes. We are licensed CGC # 1517869.

We service Palm Beach County, includes cities such as Atlantic, Boca Raton, DelRay Beach, Boynton Beach, Greenacres, Hypoluxo, Jupiter, Lake Clarke Shore, Lake Park, Lake Worth, Lantana, North Palm beach, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Springs, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, West Palm Beach and Wellington. In Broward County we have worked in cities such as City of Coral Springs, City of Deerfield beach, City of North Lauderdale, Lauderdale by the Sea, North Lauderdale, Lighthouse Pointe, Miramar, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pompano Beach, Plantation, as well as the upper and middle Florida Keys in Florida. We are licensed and insured. CGC# 157869.

Contact us for a free estimate at (561) 333-2285 or www.cat5shutters.net

Preparedness Planning

The best time to prepare for an emergency is well ahead of time. When you prepare from a position of safety and calm, you and your caregivers can better cope with an emergency or disaster situation when it happens. An emergency or disaster may present unique challenges for people with disabilities and special needs. If you or someone you care for has a disability or special need, you may have to take additional steps to prepare yourself and your family.

Here’s what you need to get ready for an emergency or disaster:

1. Form a Personal Support Network: These are the people you should involve in your emergency planning and can help you in an emergency situation. They include your nearby family, friends, caregivers, neighbors and co-workers. Be sure to give at least one trusted member of your support network a key to your house or apartment. Also, let members of your support group know where you store your emergency kit. Most importantly, you should not rely on just one person, but have at least three or more people you can call on for help.

2. Complete a Personal Assessment: Make a list of your personal needs and your resources for meeting them in a disaster environment. You need to take into account what you will be able to do for yourself and what assistance you may need before, during and after a disaster such as a hurricane. This should include daily living needs (personal care/personal care equipment, adaptive feeding devices and electricity-dependent equipment), your ability to get around before, during and after a disaster (cleaning up disaster debris, transportation and blocked roads) and evacuating if necessary.

3. Get Informed: Know about the specific hazards that threaten your community (hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, etc.), learn about community disaster plans and community warning systems and find out more about special assistance programs. Florida citizens with disabilities and special needs should register with their local emergency management office. More information on your local emergency management office can be found in the links below.

4. Make a Plan: The Florida Division of Emergency Management website includes an interactive planning tool that enables you and your family to create your own personalized Family Disaster Plan. Creating a plan is simple, easy and only takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Click here to start your Family Disaster Plan.

5. Create an Emergency Kit: Your emergency kit should have supplies specific to your special needs. A complete list of suggested items can be found in the links below.

• Preparedness Checklist
• Importance of Registration with Your Local EOC
• Create an Emergency Kit
• Medication Requirements

Other Helpful Tips
:

• Wear medical alert tags/bracelets to help indentify your disability/special need.
• Practice how to quickly explain your condition and your adaptive equipment to someone who is helping you.
• Wheelchair users need to have more than one exit from their residence that is wheelchair accessible. Practice how to escape from your home.
• Know the size and weight of your wheelchair, in addition to whether or not it is collapsible, in case it has to be transported.
• If you are dependent on dialysis or other life sustaining treatment or equipment, know the locations and availability of more than one facility in your area.
Evacuations and Shelters

Should you go or should you stay?

One of the most important decisions made during an emergency situation is whether to evacuate or stay in your home or current location. Determining factors such as your unique circumstances and the nature of the emergency should be carefully evaluated before either option is decided upon. As a person with disabilities/special needs or a caretaker of individuals with special needs, your disaster plan should consider and have options for both situations. It is also important to use all the information you can from local officials or the news to determine if there is immediate danger. Use your best judgment as no one knows your needs as well as you do.

However, certain emergency and disaster situations require immediate evacuation. If you are specifically ordered to evacuate, it is vital you do so immediately. If your daily activities require additional travel time or transportation assistance, your emergency plan should include prior travel arrangements.

• If You Go: Your Evacuation Priorities
• If You Go: Important Shelter Information
• If You Go: Tips for Evacuation Routes
• If You Stay: Shelter In-Place

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