Each person’s needs and abilities are unique. By evaluating your own needs and making an emergency plan, you can be better prepared for any emergency.

If you have a disability or functional or access need, review those preparedness guidelines as well.

Set up a personal support network. Designate someone to check on you in an emergency and to help you with evacuation or sheltering-in-place.

If you receive personal care assistance from a home healthcare agency or in-home support provider, find out how the provider will respond in an emergency. Designate backup or alternative providers that you can contact in an emergency.

If you use in-home support services, Meals-on-Wheels, Life Alert or other support services, work with them to personalize emergency preparedness plans to meet your needs so you can keep in touch with them during and after an emergency. That contact may be your lifeline to other services in a disaster.

If your neighborhood has a Map Your Neighborhood program, contact your Captain and find out what resources are available in your neighborhood.

Prepare and carry with you an emergency health information card. This will help you communicate if you are found unconscious or incoherent. Include information about your medications, adaptive equipment, blood type, allergies and sensitivities, insurance numbers, immunization dates, communication difficulties and preferred treatment, as well as contact information for your health providers, personal support network and emergency contacts.