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It is crucial to think ahead when you have persons in your family that have special needs. Special needs are not always obvious. We have seen time and time again what happens to people who cannot take care of themselves and rely on others to do so. We saw it in living color during Katrina. There were people in wheelchairs dying on the side of the road, nursing home residents drowned because they were not evacuated and pets left to fend for themselves without food or water. A Deluxe Search and Rescue Kit is great to have in case of unDangerous Travel Destinationsexpected natural disasters such as hurricanes or tornadoes.

There are many groups with special needs and even those who may not be considered special needs but may enter that category during the time of an incident. People who are otherwise healthy may become a part of this group by injury or change of health status. Military families have their own unique needs because of their tendency to relocate.

People with special needs need to create a support system and let people know where you keep important documents or medicine. Contact your local emergency management office to let them know what your needs are. Wear alert bracelets if possible. Have any payments made electronically if at all possible. Also make sure to have emergency car kits as well as first aid kits in case unpredictable circumstances arise that you need help with.

Here are two websites that can be very helpful when planning for persons with special needs.

Disaster supply kitsCategories: Visually impaired, hearing impaired, mobility impaired, medical conditions, persons without vehicle, single working parent, Non English speaking, intellectual disabilities and/or special dietary needs.

Important considerations:

•    List of doctors, relatives and friends to notify
•    Extra batteries
•    Extra oxygen
•    Hearing aid batteries
•    Wheelchair batteries
•    Extra eyeglasses
•    List of medication and doses along with allergies
•    Style and serial numbers of equipment

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