- Do you use communication devices?
- Do you depend on accessible transportation?
- Do you receive medical treatments (e.g. dialysis) on a regular basis?
- Do you need assistance with personal care?
- Do you rely on electrical equipment or other durable equipment?
- Do you use mobility aids such as a walker, cane, or a wheelchair?
- Do you have a service animal?
6 Ways to Prepare People with Special Needs and Disabilities
Last week, my family went to a minor league baseball game. We love these games because we can sit so close to the action. We were right above the bullpen. One thing was strange. My 10-year-old special needs daughter kept asking, “Where’s the cannon?” Finally, we identified the “cannon.” It was the sound of the baseball hitting the catcher’s glove. We’re adding earplugs to her emergency preparedness bag. The American Red Cross booklet, “Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs,” offers six steps to be prepared. Create a personal support network A personal support network is a group of at least three people from every place a disabled person spends time. Their job is to help prepare and assist that person if disaster occurs. They need to know the capabilities and special needs of the disabled person, like how to use a wheelchair or give medication, according to a FEMA pamphlet, “Preparing Makes Sense for People with Disabilities and Special Needs.” They also need to know the person’s evacuation plan. At least one other person should have a key to the disabled person’s home. Complete a personal assessment A personal assessment is a list of daily needs and resources. It includes questions like these from the National Organization on Disability. The questions help with planning.
Tags: Disability, Disaster prep, Special needs
Learn how to build an evaporative cooler made with flower pots, sand, a towel and a DC fan that is powered by a small solar generator with battery backup.
The unit works by putting 2 different sized flower pots inside each other, fill the space between the pots with sand. Wet the sand until saturated. Place insulin inside inner flower pot. Wet and place towel over pot assembly and place fan so that it blows air across the pots and towel. As the water evaporates the inside pot will act as a cooler. Lowering the temperature around 20-30 degrees from the ambient temperature. So in summer best to set this up in a cool space like a basement and in winter leave it there too.
Now this is a last resort cooler when there is no power and all the ice is gone to prolong the life of the insulin. However, the life of the insulin will be reduced because of the higher temps. In a basement say it is 65 degrees then this cooler will possibly get down to around 45 degrees.
Another idea is to have a 4" hole bored in the earth to reach the depth where it stays in the 50’s all year long….cap it off with a PVC plumbing cap and use this as a storage space for the insulin when the power is off and the ice has been used up.
One more way to do this emergency cooling is to get an DC thermal unit “refrigerator/cooler” and purchase a battery backup solar generator and solar panel….this also has the drawbacks as the flower pots in that it will only cool down 30-40 degrees below ambient temperature so keep this in a cool place again like the basement.
These are last resort methods of keeping insulin and other meds that need to be cool because the life expectancy of the med will be shortened but it still can potentially save someone’s life verses just letting the insulin go bad in higher temps.
Buy and charge a backup battery for my electric scooter. Nothing like getting halfway to your destination and having your battery die.
I am 100% dependent on Insulin, which must be kept cold. Always having ICE in the freezer, in order to keep my supply cold is a must.