Emergency Preparation

In recent years, Massachusetts has experienced tornadoes, a hurricane, blizzards and a terrorist attack. Many of these disasters are accompanied by extensive power outages and the shutting down of public transportation. It makes sense for everyone, especially people with disabilities who rely on specific services and medical supports, to be prepared. Many recommendations are common sense while some may be things you have not considered. Read the resources below, and make Plan A.  Once that is complete, make a Plan B. 

In case of an emergency, your local public safety agencies should know about any special needs. Below is a link to the form you can complete about individual needs which gets included into the state 911 emergency system. When a 911 call comes from your phone, the responding emergency agency will have some useful background info. Complete the form and send it the 911 Municipal Coordinator in your town (often the Police Dept). Disability Indicator Program

www.mass.gov/how-to/request-a-disability-indicator-landline-telephone-service-subscribers-only
If you have a disability and landline telephone service, you may qualify to have a unique code appear during 911 calls to indicate to emergency services that you may require special assistance.

Anyone who has life-dependent power needs or other daily requirements for medical care or services should register now at their Town Hall with the Civil Defense Emergency Preparedness staff.

Table of Contents

National Orgs and Resources

www.fema.gov

https://www.ready.gov/disability
Individuals with Access and Functional Needs

www.redcross.org

emergency.cdc.gov/
Emergency Preparedness and Response

State Resources

www.masspartnership.com/provider/ESP.aspx
Integrated community-based behavioral health crisis assessment, intervention, and stabilization services that promote resiliency, rehabilitation, and recovery

www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-emergency-management-agency

www.mass.gov/be-prepared-for-emergencies-disasters

www.mass.gov/files/documents/2019/08/12/2019 MEMA AFN Resource Guide.pdf

Personal Preparation

www.mass.gov/service-details/were-all-in-this-together-help-for-individuals-with-access-or-functional-needs

from MA EOHHS

red-cross-fema_emergency-prep-disabilities.pdf
by FEMA and the Red Cross

unitedspinal.org/ready-to-roll
by United Spinal Association

adata.org/factsheet/bedside-checklist
from the ADA National Network

www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/EmergencySituations/ucm055987.htm

www.fda.gov/downloads/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/HomeHealthandConsumer/UCM252812.pdf

www.icesticker.com/Instructions.html
Add emergency contact numbers of friends and family to your cell phone by putting the word “ICE” in front of them. ICE stands for “In Case of Emergency” and responders will look for it. If you don’t have a cell phone, write the numbers down and store them in a safe place.