Finally, and potentially most importantly, we need to remember the needs of family members who have a disability or lack mobility. These family members are more affected by disaster and loss of services than others. For example, the local accessibility services that might normally be available for transporting those who lack mobility may not be there to help. A disaster-caused break in transportation services may require that alternative evacuation plans for the effected family member be developed. The first step is to contact local paratransit services and discuss their plan for servicing the community during a disaster. Also contact the Red Cross in your community. As the local shelter provider, Red Cross wants to be aware of any special requirements of residents in their area. If a service animal is going to be involved, can they handle that situation? What medical or support supplies will be available at the shelter? Any that are not available, will need to be packed in your emergency “Go Bag”.
Responsibility for family safety and security can be difficult during a disaster. Add to that the responsibility for preparing or managing a farm business and the burden can become an overwhelming. To reduce the potential for bearing such a burden, preparedness planning which assesses and builds family resiliency by addressing the unique needs of your family needs to be completed.
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