Thursday, August 16, 2007

New Preparedness Resources For Seniors, People With Disabilities And Pet Owners

The severe weather experienced this summer in parts of the country, and the continuing threat of terrorism, are reminders of how critical it is for all Americans to prepare for emergencies. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign has released three new demonstration videos designed to highlight the specific steps older Americans, individuals with disabilities and special needs, and pet owners should take to prepare for emergencies.

“All Americans have a responsibility to take steps now to be prepared for emergencies whether they are caused by nature or by man,” said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. “These new demonstration videos detail some of the unique steps seniors, people with disabilities and pet owners should take to keep themselves and their families safe and prepared for the unexpected.”

The Department of Homeland Security worked with AARP, National Organization on Disability and The Humane Society of the United States to develop these new emergency preparedness resources. The videos, available online at, remind individuals to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and be informed about the different types of emergencies while considering the unique needs of these individuals, their families and caregivers. The videos recommend seniors include any necessary prescription medications in their emergency supply kits. It encourages Americans with disabilities or special needs to create a personal support network that they can rely on during an emergency. Pet owners are advised to learn which emergency shelters in their area and/or along their evacuation route will allow pets.

1 comment:

  1. In addition to CEAN, late next month, the county will present on-line & elsewhere, a project called the 'Special Needs Registry', for Social Need provider Organizations & for Medical Needs recipient Individuals. It will act as a combination of Em.Prep. publicity campaign and county risk research survey for individuals at unusual (transportation, medical, or communications) risk and for organizations like churches & agencies which normally address particular social needs (homeless, poor, ...).
    John Birch -CERT -Mason District, Fairfax Co., Va - CERT Community blog-site


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