Everyone hopes that natural (or man-made) disasters will never happen but we all know they will: nor’easters, ice storms, flooding and terrorism – are all part of life today. The importance of being prepared for such disasters is critical particularly if you are a person with a disability.
- Sign up to receive Maine Emergency Management Agency’s (MEMA) daily safety and preparedness tips. Visit Maine Emergency Management Agency
- Build a kit of emergency supplies that will last you and your family for at least three days. Take steps to plan and prepare for emergencies. Read and download the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) document, Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs. Get Ready Now – PDF.
- There is no place like home. It’s a place to relax, share laughs with family and enjoy home cooked meals. But did you know that the majority of fire deaths occur in the home? Help everyone in the home stay safe from fire. View the National Fire Protection Association website
- Research has shown that the vulnerable population, such as people with disabilities, are more likely to die or be left behind during a disaster. How do we lessen the impact of a disaster on the vulnerable population? For more information, visit the the University of Kansas – Disability Prepared website.
- See also: ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments – Emergency Management Under Title II of the ADA: Evacuation, Shelters and More.
- Emergencies can happen in a moment’s notice. People with disabilities have specific needs, view Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities from the American Red Cross.
- There is an Emergency Manager in every town. If you need help in the event of an evacuation, contact your town Emergency Manager now and talk about what your needs would be. Don’t wait for an emergency. Know where your local shelters are and know the law as it pertains to service animals and pets. Contact your town office for your local Emergency Manager. Use this link from MEMA for a list of Emergency Managers by county in Maine.