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Brett Sears

Emergency Evacuation with Mobility Impairments

By October 29, 2012

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Hurricane Sandy has been barrelling up the US coast all day today, and it appears it has totally obliterated the New Jersey shoreline. Hopefully, emergency management officials have ensured that all citizens have been evacuated to safe locations.

Evacuating your home during an emergency can be difficult. It is especially hard if you have a disability or function mobility problem. Managing a cane, walker, or wheelchair can be difficult under normal everyday situations. But when you are forced to evacuate your home and your town in the face of impending danger, the difficulty may be magnified.

If you have a functional mobility impairment and are forced to evacuate your home, keep in mind some basic rules:

  • Be sure your power wheelchair is charged.
  • Write down specific instructions on how to fold or unfold your assistive device so that people who may be unfamiliar with it can still assist you.
  • If you have a service animal to help you with mobility, be sure to plan for his or her needs.

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