In the event of a natural disaster or other emergency, a custom go-bag can make a big difference for a successful evacuation. In recognition of National Preparedness Month, here are suggestionsto help identify your essentials.Many thanks to Ability Tools (the CA AT Act Program) and WisTech (the WI AT Act Program) for their years of disaster response experience, and help informing this post.
A go-bag’s contents will vary by household depending on individual needs. Basics include bottled water, food (“MREs” or ready-to-eat meals), Sterno cans, first aid kit, pocket knife, lighters, plastic storage bags, and medication. But also remember:
Remember the needs of your powered assistive technology (AT) and durable medical equipment. Some solar chargers have integrated rechargeable batteries so you can access power at anytime (and pre charge before you may lose power). Whenever possible, consider non-powered alternatives (such as a custom communication board if a member of your household uses a powered augmentative and alternative communication device).
A Solar Hand-Crank Weather Radio
A solar-powered hand-crank radio can keep you connected to emergency services and updates when power and cell towers go out. This Midland NOAA radio will charge by hand, sun, rechargeable built-in battery, or AAs.
An SOS Signal
If you live in an area at risk for wildfires, consider a Sirius Signal SOS Kit. This LED device functions as a flare and has a marine whistle to help rescue workers find you.
A Portable Cooler
If you have medication or other items that need to stay cool, particularly in a warm climate or time of year, consider designating a cooler for your kit. One option that can help with portability is a cooler backpack.
Consider an Adapts Transfer Sling if there’s a wheelchair user in your household. A transfer sling makes transferring between seats comfortable and may be essential to assist you or a loved one out of harm’s way. Download the Adapts Evacuation Methods for wheelchair users (helpful even if you don’t own a sling).
Disability and Disaster Hotline: 1-800-626-4959 (Accessible and multilingual information to callers, including via videophone for d/Deaf callers, is available upon request to email@example.com.)
The AT3 Center, the Association of AT Act Programs (ATAP), and the Administration on Community Living (ACL) make no endorsement, representation, or warranty expressed or implied for any product, device, or information set forth in this blog. The AT3 Center, ATAP, and ACL have not examined, reviewed, or tested any product or device hereto referred.
The Assistive Technology Act Training and Technical Assistance Center(AT3/AT3 Center) is a project funded under grant award # 90ATTA0001 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living (ACL). AT3 provides technical assistance and supports to State Assistive Technology (AT) Programs funded under Section 4 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended (P.L. 108-364). The AT3 Center is a sponsored project of the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) The information on this website does not necessarily reflect the position or policy of ACL, and no official endorsement should be inferred.
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