It is very important for community members with specific needs, that their care givers and family members prepare for disasters. Generally, the same public preparedness messages apply, but may require additional focus on the specific needs.
Do the County’s size and limited amount of first responders, there will never be enough manpower to respond to all needs during a catastrophic event. That is why it is important that families, and businesses who have vulnerable population patrons ensure they assist them in disaster planning. Below are some resources to assist with this:
- Hurricane Preparedness Guide for Parents with Access and Functional Needs Children (although we don’t have Hurricanes there are some great examples in this video on disaster planning for families)
- Great document from Skagit County showing Disalysis paients should plan for during a disaster-Kidney Center Plan
- A solid check list for special needs supplies during a disaster-Checklist_SpecialNeeds_supplylist (2)
- Another excellent draft of a “planning for emergencies” guide for those with chronic kideny disease produced by the National Kidney Foundation-Dialysis disaster_prepardness