BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Red Stick Ready has shared some tips on how to prepare disabled loved ones for unexpected disasters.

Staying informed on when storms hit the area is the group’s first tip. Red Stick Ready says to keep up with all alerts and continuously check local weather apps. Below are other suggestions when getting you and your family ready for disasters.

  • Create a support network of people who can help in a disaster by telling your support network where you keep emergency supplies and register people with disabilities to self-identify to receive targeted assistance during emergencies.
  • Plan ahead for accessible transportation needed during a disaster and keep in mind any medical facility locations that are open during disasters.
  • Keep a list of electrically powered life-sustaining medical equipment and have backup batteries charged if equipment is needed.
  • Know how to find and access electronic health records by using the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ online tool.
  • Stock up on non-perishable items and know of any dietary needs.
  • Include caregivers and pets in your evacuation plans.

Red Stick Ready also says that those with visual impairments should be prepared to explain how to guide them and those with hearing disabilities should write down instructions for first responders to read. For more tips on emergency preparedness, click here.