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Access and Functional Needs

Living with an access and functional need during and after a disaster can be especially challenging. Planning ahead to address your specific needs will mean lessening the stress you might feel after a disaster.

After a disaster you may not have access to a medical facility or even a drugstore. It’s crucial to plan for your regular needs and know what you would do if they become limited or unavailable.

Some of these ideas may help you address your individual needs:

  • Create a support network. Keep a contact list in a watertight container in your disaster supply kit.
  • Wear medical alert tags or bracelets.
  • Plan how you will communicate with others if your equipment is not working, including laminated cards with phrases, pictures or pictograms.

Visit for some more tips and ideas that may be right for your plan.