Emergency Supplies Checklist for Texans with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs

Hurricane season begins June 1, but don’t wait until then to prepare for a disaster. If you live in a hurricane evacuation zone and have special needs, plan ahead of time.

If you cannot drive or make acceptable transportation arrangements, dial 2-1-1 to register for transportation assistance. The transportation registry offered through 2-1-1 will ensure that you receive a ride if ordered to evacuate by local officials.

Checklist for Those with Special Needs

Whether it’s on public transportation or with a private group, the following checklist includes items that you may need if evacuating. This list should be adjusted to meet the needs of your special situation.

  • Medical equipment and assistive devices: glasses, hearing aid, catheters,     augmentative and alternative communication devices, cane, wheelchair, scooter, walker, dressing aids, oxygen, tubing, feeding supplies, etc. Label each item with your name/contact information, and have extra batteries on hand.
  • List of model numbers or serial numbers of medical devices and equipment
  • Medical alert tags or bracelets and a written description of your disability-related or health care conditions
  • Medication and copies of all prescriptions, including a list of the prescription name, dosage, frequency, doctor, and pharmacist. Also consider if medications need to be refrigerated; if so, bring a cooler with an ice pack or other coolant system.
  • Hygiene supplies, including personal grooming items such as: toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, towel, washcloth, comb, brush, absorbent pads, urinal, etc.
  • Phone numbers and names of your physicians or other health care providers, health insurance information, emergency contact information including your support network members
  • Supplies for a service animal including food, identification tags, proof of up-to-date vaccinations, and veterinarian contact information

Recommended Checklist for All Evacuees

These items will be useful during any type of emergency you face. Keep these items in a container that is easy to transport, such as a backpack or a small suitcase with wheels.

  • 3-day supply of non-perishable food, one gallon of bottled water per person per day
  • First-aid kit
  • Important documents and records, photo IDs, proof of residence, information you may need to process insurance claims
  • Extra keys
  • Cash (power outages mean banks and ATMs may be unavailable)
  • Battery-operated radio and flashlight with extra batteries
  • Road maps, a travel plan, hotel reservations, list of places between your town and your destination where you can stop if the highways are congested
  • Coolers for food and ice storage, paper plates, plastic utensils, paper towels, trash   bags
  • Manual can opener, knife, tools, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, duct tape, tarp, rope
  • Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, and extra clothing

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Emergency Supplies Checklist for Texans with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs

Materials adapted for use in Texas by Lisa Norman, Extension Assistant Emergency Preparedness, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. June 2007. Original content developed by Texas Governor’s Division of Emergency Management.

Updated by Josefa Pena, Extension Program Specialist, September 2013.

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