Emergency prep essential for people with disabilities
Someone once said, “No one plans to fail, they simply fail to plan.”
What would you do if your water and other vital utilities were cut off for days? How would you use lifesaving medical equipment requiring electricity? Have you registered with emergency personnel as needing special assistance? What would you do with your pets if you had to go to a shelter where only certified service animals...
Katrina highlights need for disability disaster planning
When Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast region in late August, she blew destruction equally upon all in her path. Yet those with disabilities endured additional challenges and dangers both during and after the storm.
Many people with disabilities faced more difficulty in evacuating, greater inconvenience — and in some cases life-threatening danger — because of the loss of electrical...
In 1986, my older daughter, Katie, who had spinal muscular atrophy type 2 (SMA2), was ill and stayed home from eighth grade. Abruptly, she went into respiratory arrest. I gave her CPR, called 911, and gave her some more CPR. The paramedics stabilized her, and we left immediately for the hospital.
Now you may be thinking that this was the emergency, but it was only half of it. My younger daughter...
With a plan in place, you can get going when the going gets tough
You're sitting at your desk at work and you suddenly detect the smell of smoke, along with sounds of confusion in the hallway. Someone sticks his head through the doorway of your eighth-floor office and tells you the building is on fire. What do you do?