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Prepare to help those who may not be able to take care of themselves if there is a disaster. The elderly, the disabled, and people with special needs are especially vulnerable.

As a caregiver, if you are taking care of someone who is elderly, disabled, or someone who has special needs, you should learn as much as you can about preparing for a disaster such as a fire, earthquake, hurricane, or any other emergency situation. Not only will you have to make sure that they are safe and secure but the responsibility of taking care of your other family members may fall on you as well.

Depending on how bad the disaster is, you may have to "shelter-them-in-place" or evacuate them to another location. Most disasters happen without warning and even if you know that something is about to happen, there is no way to know how severe it will be.

The people who depend on you for basic everyday needs will now depend on you for their survival. This is why it is imperative that you have a plan in place that will insure the safety and well being of those who can't take care of themselves.

The likelihood that you and your family will recover from an emergency tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today. While each person's abilities and needs are unique, every individual can take steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies from fires and floods to potential terrorist attacks.

By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan that fits those needs, you and your loved ones, especially the elderly, the disabled and people with special needs, can be better prepared.

This guide outlines common sense measures for caregivers to start preparing for emergencies before they happen.

Listed below are talking points developed by FEMA that will help you in making you and your family as prepared as possible if there is a disaster in the area in which you live.

(1) Are you prepared?

(2) Be informed

(3) Chemical and biological terrorism

(4) Chemical and biological weapons

(5) Consider your pets

(6) Create a personal support network

(7) Develop a family communication plan

(8) Emergency Information Management

(9) Emergency kit

(10) Emergency money

(11) Fire safety

(12) Get involved

(13) If you have to evacuate

(14) Important documents

(15) Make a plan

(16) Medical supplies

(17) Shelter-in-place

(18) Stay or go

(19) The elderly and the disabled

(20) Vehicle emergency kit

(21) Working together

Preparing Makes Sense. Get Ready Now.

Information was developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in consultation with AARP, the American Red Cross and the National Organization on Disability.

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