Be sure that your Family Emergency Plan includes the needs of all members of your household.  Consider forming a neighborhood network to assist in times of emergency.  Individuals in need of special support may include:

  • Elderly
  • Casual workers
  • Pregnant women or parents with newborns
  • Homebound individuals
  • Non-English-speaking individuals
  • Post-surgery patients
  • People with physical or emotional disabilities
  • People with reduced physical abilities
  • Individuals with no access to transportation
  • People with special dietary needs
  • People with sensory disability needs

When considering how to prepare for emergencies, think about the people in your neighborhood and how you can work together.  The first people to assist in an emergency are often your neighbors, friends and co-workers.  Neighbors, not professional responders typically perform 70% to 90% of all rescues in major disasters.

Los Angeles County has additional tips and an assessment tool for seniors and people with disabilities and mobility limitations in our publication “Stay Safe, Stay in Control”.  Click on the link to download a copy or order a free copy by dialing 2-1-1 from your phone.

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