1. Practice Calm
2. Prepare in advance for immediate needs before a disaster strikes
3. Prepare in advance for immediate needs after a disaster strikes.
Here are some tips for adults or families who have extra challenges:
- Contact your local emergency information management office now. Many local emergency management offices maintain registers of people with disabilities so they can be located and assisted quickly in a disaster.
- Wearing a medical alert tag or bracelet to identify your [or your child's] disability may help in case of an emergency.
- Store a writing pad and pencils to communicate with others.
- Keep a flashlight handy to signal whereabouts to other people and for illumination to aid in communication.
My thoughts: Parents should remember to keep a photograph of each respective family member with them in case an unexpected separation occurs in the midst of chaos. Also, if possible it might be a good idea to beat the rush (to avoid getting stuck for hours in traffic) and evacuate before it is mandated if a disaster such as a hurricane is likely to strike.