In addition to having your basic survival supplies, your emergency kit should contain items to help meet individual needs during an emergency. Consider the items you need on a daily basis and how you could build up extra supplies, substitute other supplies, or function with existing supplies during a disaster.
Tips for People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Tips for People Who are Blind or Have Low Vision
- Mark emergency supplies with Braille labels or large print.
- Keep a Braille or Deaf-Blind communications device in your emergency kit.
Tips for People With a Mobility Disability
- If you use a power wheelchair, have a lightweight manual chair available as a backup if possible. Know the size and weight of your wheelchair in addition to whether or not it is collapsible in case it has to be transported.
- Show trusted individuals how to operate your wheelchair.
- Purchase an extra battery for power wheelchairs or other battery-powered medical or assistive technology devices. Keep batteries on a trickle charger.
- Consider keeping a patch kit or can of sealant for flat tires or an extra inner tube in your emergency supply kit if your wheelchair or scooter is not puncture proof.
- Keep a backup mobility device such as a cane or walker if you use one.
- If you use a seat cushion to protect your skin or maintain your balance and you must evacuate without your wheelchair, take your cushion with you.
Additional Kit Items
- Keep at least week-long supply of any prescription medications on hand. Talk to your healthcare provider about developing an emergency supply. Keep paper and digital copies of prescriptions in a safe place.
- Create a list of what medications you or a loved one takes, what the medications are for, and the dosage of each medication.
- Extra eyeglasses, contacts, and hearing-aid batteries.
- A list of the serial number and style of any assistive devices used. Include special instructions for operating your equipment, if needed.
- Copies of medical insurance cards and information.
- Contact information for doctors and your support network.
- Extra animal preparedness supplies for your service animals.