Personal Support Network
Everyone should make a list of family, friends and others who will be part of a personal support network during a disaster. These should be people you know and trust.
The object of creating a personal support network is to establish a safety net of people who you can depend on to be there for you, and you for them, if there comes a time when you, or they, may need immediate help.
Talk to your employer and co-workers about the assistance you might need in an emergency. This is particularly important if you need to be lifted or carried. Talk about any communication difficulties, physical limitations, equipment instructions and medication procedures that might arise during an emergency.
(1) Talk to people and ask them to be part of your support network.
(2) Share each aspect of your emergency plan with everyone in your group, including a friend or relative in another area who would not be impacted by the same emergency who can help if necessary.
(3) Make sure everyone knows how you plan to evacuate your home or workplace and where you will go in case of a disaster.
(4) Make sure that someone in your personal support network has an extra key to your home and knows where you keep your emergency supplies.
(5) Practice your plan with those who have agreed to be part of your personal support network. Always participate in exercises, training's and emergency drills offered by your employer or in your community.
(6) If you undergo routine treatments at a clinic or hospital, or if you receive regular services such as home health care, meals, oxygen, or door-to-door transportation, talk to your service provider about their emergency plans. Work with them to identify back-up service providers within your area and the areas you might evacuate to.
(7) If you use medical equipment in your home that requires electricity to operate, talk to your health care provider about a back-up plan for its use during a power outage.
The people around you, whether they are family, friends or co-workers are important in your day to day life. But you never really understand how important they really are until there is a tragedy or during a disaster.
Although disasters often bring strangers together for reasons of mutual benefit, there is nothing like having people around you that you know and trust. This is one of the reasons that a personal support network can never be underestimated.
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.
(2) Be informed
(9) Emergency kit
(10) Emergency money
(11) Fire safety
(12) Get involved
(14) Important documents
(15) Make a plan
(16) Medical supplies
(18) Stay or go
(21) Working together
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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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