Hurricane resources for those with disabilities, functional needs




It is important that everyone in the area stay safe ahead of a natural disaster. For those with disabilities or functional needs, they have to take preparation a step further to ensure their safety.

Here are some tips from Federal Emergency Management Agency to help those with disabilities prepare for a hurricane:Advertisement

General tips

  • Talk with friends, family or a support network about how to stay in touch.
  • Keep phone numbers for doctors, aides and family in a sealed waterproof bag.
  • Pack eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and dentures in an emergency kit.
  • Ask neighbors or someone in your support circle to help keep you informed.
  • Plan ahead for accessible transportation in case evacuation becomes necessary.
  • Identify the closest shelter in case you need to leave your house.
  • Identify which medical facilities are close to your house or shelter.
  • Wear medical alert tags or bracelets with information about healthcare needs.
  • Plan and practice for an evacuation, and remember to take your medical devices in a waterproof bag.
  • Have at least a 10-day supply of prescription medicines along with copies of prescriptions; list of all medications and dosage; list of allergies; list of dietary restrictions.
  • Make plans for a pet, including a note for emergency responders: I have a service animal named ____, who must evacuate with me.

Tips for people who are deaf or hard of hearing:

  • Get a weather radio with text display and a flashing alert.
  • Stock up on extra hearing-aid batteries and protect them with a plastic bag.
  • Carry pen and paper to help communicate with someone who does not know sign language.
  • Have access to TTY and/or VRS.

Tips for people who are blind or have low vision:

  • Carry a picture of your family members to help connect you with them in an emergency.
  • Mark emergency supplies with Braille labels or large print. Keep a list of emergency supplies on a portable flash drive or make an audio file and keep it in a plastic bag and where it’s easy to find.
  • Keep a Braille or deaf-blind communications device in an emergency supply kit.
  • Practice your evacuation route and be comfortable getting to your family’s meeting point.
  • Tips for people with a mobility disability
  • Make sure all assistive devices that depend on electricity or batteries are working and keep your batteries in a waterproof bag.
  • Keep an emergency supply kit in a backpack attached to your walker, wheelchair or scooter.
  • Show others how to operate your motorized wheelchair, and have a lightweight manual chair available as a backup.
  • Keep an extra cane or walker for emergencies.
  • Keep an extra seat cushion to protect your skin or maintain your balance, and take it along if evacuation becomes necessary.

Tips for children and adults with autism:

  • Familiar items will help children adjust to new surroundings and ease the stress of the transition. Remember to pack their favorite toys, movies and computer games.
  • Headphones or earplugs can dampen the noise in unfamiliar settings. Consider bringing duct tape to mark the perimeters of your family’s assigned space in a communal shelter.
  • Children with autism often wander away. Work with teachers, police and community members as you develop safety plans to help protect children from dangerous situations.
  • Tips for people with a mental health condition

The National Hurricane Center has issued a forecast track for the potential tropical development in the Gulf of Mexico. The NHC forecast shows a possible category one hurricane with winds of 85 mph before it makes landfall.

The latest track as of 10 am shows this potential hurricane making landfall around southwest Louisiana. This puts southeast Louisiana on the east side of the storm, which could mean greater impacts for our area.

According to the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, possible storm surge from Invest 92 L, a tropical disturbance in the Gulf, would cause the river to rise 3 feet.

The Army Corps of Engineers has already been dealing with high-river problems for months.

The city is protected up to 20 feet in height.

Flood warnings have been issued for Orleans Parish, Plaquemines Parish, St. Charles Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish and St. James Parish.

The track and intensity can change, so stay tuned for updates.

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