Living With A Disability: Are You Prepared For The Unexpected?

emergencies when living with a disability, Phoenix, ArizonaNatural events such as tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes — as well as fire or the seasonal power outage — are situations that everyone needs to be prepared to handle. Having a flashlight, battery-powered radio and nonperishable food on hand is a given. But if your mobility is limited, you need to be even more prepared — to ride out the event at home or to evacuate, if necessary.

What you need to have with you at all times

  • Of course, you need to keep your insurance, bank, charge and Social Security cards with you, wherever you are. But at home, keep your important documents such as your birth certificate, wedding certificate and insurance policies in one place, where they can be easily collected and put in a zip-top bag, should you need to leave home. In addition, have copies of your prescriptions readily available to put in the bag, and fill out a card stating your medical condition and any specific instructions, in case you need assistance.
  • Keep at least a week’s supply of your medications on hand. Having a supply that’s longer is preferable.
  • You should have a three-day supply of nonperishable food, as well as a three-day supply of drinking water, in the event your water supply becomes contaminated.

Should you need to evacuate

  • Again, you should have a three-day supply of nonperishable food and drinking water, along with a can opener, eating utensils and paper towels.
  • Assemble a first-aid kit that you can grab and take with you. The kit should include bandages, antiseptic, towelettes, sunscreen, pain relievers, petroleum jelly and antacids.
  • Take along personal hygiene products, including toilet paper, diapers for an infant, if you have one, and  a toothbrush and paste.
  • Include blankets and pillows.
  • If you use a power wheelchair, you’ll need a spare battery, as well as a car-charging device and a wheelchair tire-repair kit.
  • Also pack roadside lights for use if you experience a breakdown.
  • Have your cell phone and a car charger for your cell phone.

The experts at Power Mobility and Lifts have 35 years of experience assisting clients throughout Arizona. Should you need service, we’re available seven days a week. Have any questions about emergency preparedness? Give us a call. We’re happy to help.

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