Disaster Planning for Those With
Disabilities and/or Mobility Concerns

 

 

Individuals with mobility problems and/or disabilities have specialized concerns during an emergency situation, as does the caregiver. If a caregiver needs assistance in moving and/or assisting a family member during everyday circumstances, help will certainly be needed during an impending disaster.

The following link will show you what your state may offer.  Check with your local Aging Agency or state Division of Emergency Management to see what is available for you.

 

Weather Alert Radios

"NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

NOAA Weather Radio In conjunction with federal, state, and local emergency managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 telephone outages).

 

The NWS uses something called Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) technology to send warnings of imminent severe weather or other hazard conditions from any of 122 weather forecast offices directly into homes, ..., nursing homes, and to many other locations using the national NWR network of transmitter stations. At least 97% of the American population is covered by NWR. The NWS is working toward a coverage level of 95% in every State.

Special NWR SAME radio receivers can be programmed to set off an alarm for specific events (tornado, flash flood, toxic spill, evacuate, etc.) and specific locations (your county) of interest to you, the listener. Some receivers are also equipped with special output connectors that activate alerting devices - bed shakers, pillow vibrators, sirens, and strobe lights or other alerting systems.

Those who use hearing aids or cochlear implants equipped with telecoils may also be able to use Aloop technology to listen to NWR broadcasts. Many receivers are equipped with external output connectors that will accept a Aneckloop. The Aneckloop creates an electromagnetic field that couples the NWR receiver to the telecoil in the hearing aid or cochlear implant, allowing the user to hear the broadcast. FM, infrared, and loop based Assistive Listening Devices can also be used. There are also some hearing aids and cochlear implants with adapter cables that can connect directly to the output of an NWR receiver."

*courtesy National Weather Service

Some states make these radios available for free to those with disabilities.Check with your local agency serving those with disabilities, your local aging agency, or your local county government.

 

Satellite View of Hurricane

 

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